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First passengers travel safely on a Hyperloop

    9th November 2020 First passengers travel safely on a Hyperloop In the Nevada desert yesterday, Virgin Hyperloop tested human travel in a Hyperloop pod for the first time.     “For the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its groundbreaking technology into reality,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group. …

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The Head of NASA Is Quitting After Trump Defeat

Stepping Down NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is planning to step aside once president-elect Joe Biden takes over, according to Aviation Week. “The right question here is ‘What’s in the best interest of NASA as an agency, and what’s in the best interest of America’s exploration program?’” he told the site over the weekend. “For that, what you need is somebody …

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There Could Be 300 Million (or More) Earth-Like Planets in Our Galaxy

The first planets discovered outside our solar system were strange, unfamiliar worlds. These were giants like Jupiter, hotter than Venus, tearing around their suns inside the orbit of Mercury. Astronomers have since discovered planets where 10,000 mile-per-hour winds whip up metallic storm clouds that rain molten iron. The diversity of extremes is captivating, and also somewhat beside the point. What …

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Monkeys in Zoo Prefer Traffic Noise to Nature Sounds

City Slickers A team of scientists started out with a noble goal: making life more comfortable for monkeys living in a Finnish zoo by letting them control the music for the first time. But they walked away with a shocking revelation, Agence France-Press reports. Given the choice, the white-faced saki monkeys preferred the sounds of automotive traffic over nature noises …

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Flights into wildfire plumes could make smoke forecasts better

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Wildfire smoke forecasts may incorrectly predict the amount of particles in staler smoke, according to a new study. Researchers made their find by tracking and flying through wildfire plumes to collect data on how the chemical composition of smoke changes over time. Wildfires burning …

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With 100,000 New COVID-19 Cases, the US Broke its Own Daily Record Again

In the United States, the coronavirus pandemic continues to break its own records. Over 107,800 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday alone, The New York Times reports, making it the single worst day — coming after the single worst week — for new infections so far. In addition to the national records, five U.S. states also experienced their highest number …

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This Baby Horse Was Cloned Using DNA That Was Frozen for 40 Years

When Dolly the sheep was born in 1996, she instantly achieved worldwide fame for being the first-ever animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Since then, she hasn’t had many competitors for the title of “world’s most famous cloned animal.” Other animals have been cloned, but just haven’t made as many waves in the news. There’s the lab in …

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BioRevolution Could Reach $4 Trillion Per Year in the 2030s

McKinsey forecasts a biotech revolution will improve human health and transform agriculture and food, consumer products and services, and materials and energy production. Advances in biological sciences accelerated by developments in computing, data analytics, machine learning, AI, and biological engineering. They group innovations into four arenas: biomolecules, biosystems, biomachine interfaces, and biocomputing. Biomolecules are related to gene therapy and the …

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3.2 Billion Images and 720,000 Hours of Video Are Shared Online Daily. Can You Sort Real from Fake?

Twitter over the weekend “tagged” as manipulated a video showing US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supposedly forgetting which state he’s in while addressing a crowd. Biden’s “hello Minnesota” greeting contrasted with prominent signage reading “Tampa, Florida” and “Text FL to 30330.” The Associated Press’s fact check confirmed the signs were added digitally and the original footage was indeed from …