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NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining NASA has selected the winning candidates that they’ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have […]

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Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars A new study tests a device that can efficiently split the resource’s water into pure oxygen and hydrogen in Martian conditions. Source: www.wired.com Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

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Everlywell raises $175 million to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing

Everlywell raises 5 million to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing Digital health startup Everlywell has raised a $175 million Series D funding round, following relatively fast on the heels of a $25 million Series C round it closed in February of this year. The Series D included […]

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Warp Speed, Atomic Structure, and the Future of Vaccines

Warp Speed, Atomic Structure, and the Future of Vaccines John Mascola, who worked on the research that led to the Moderna shot, thinks Covid-19 proves we have to prep for the next virus, too. Source: www.wired.com Warp Speed, Atomic Structure, and the Future of Vaccines

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The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis Researchers loaded containers with trackers and released them in the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, giving new insight into how plastic pollution travels. Source: www.wired.com The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

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New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place Reinforcement learning might be the next step in keeping broadband-carrying balloons afloat above remote areas. Could Venus be next? Source: www.wired.com New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

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China’s Chang’e-5 lunar lander successfully lands on the Moon

China’s Chang’e-5 lunar lander successfully lands on the Moon Chinese state news agencies are reporting a successful landing of the Chang’e-5 lunar robotic lander, which will seek to return lunar rock samples back to Earth. The launch took off on November 23, and attained lunar orbit on November 28. It launched the […]

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Virgin Orbit targets launch window on December 19 for second orbital test launch

Virgin Orbit targets launch window on December 19 for second orbital test launch Virgin Orbit has announced the target timing for its next orbital flight attempt, which follows a demonstration launch earlier this year that went mostly well — right up until its rocket separated from the carrier launch craft and fired […]

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Alphabet’s DeepMind achieves historic new milestone in AI-based protein structure prediction

Alphabet’s DeepMind achieves historic new milestone in AI-based protein structure prediction DeepMind, the AI technology company that’s part of Google parent Alphabet, has achieved a significant breakthrough in AI-based protein structure prediction. The company announced today that its AlphaFold system has officially solved a protein folding grand challenge that has flummoxed the […]

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Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener Using tricked-out drones, scientists are watching vegetation boom in the far north. Their findings could have big implications for the whole planet. Source: www.wired.com Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

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