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NSF releases footage from the moment Arecibo’s cables failed

Enlarge / The instrument platform and the cables that until recently supported it, as viewed from the suspended walkway that allowed researchers to service them. (credit: University of Central Florida) Today, the National Science Foundation released video taken at the moment the Arecibo Radio Observatory's cables failed, allowing its massive instrument...

Meet Ravn X—a fully autonomous, air-launched rocket for small satellites

The Ravn X first stage and Aevum founder Jay Skylus. [credit: Aevum ] An Alabama-based startup unveiled a launch system unlike any other on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida. The company is named Aevum, and until now it has largely operated...

Nation-state backed hackers going after COVID vaccine supply chain

Enlarge / A climate controlled thermo haulage truck trailer outside the Pfizer Inc. facility in Puurs, Belgium, on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images) Cyber attackers have targeted the cold supply chain needed to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report detailing a sophisticated operation likely backed by a nation-state....

It’s happening: Starship may fly to 15km as early as Friday

Enlarge / When Elon Paul says it's happening, it's happening. (credit: Aurich Lawson / SpaceX / The Internet) SpaceX has taken a key step toward getting a green light to fly its Starship vehicle to an altitude 100 times higher than the spaceship prototype has previously flown. On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary...

Physics is somewhat less broken, but still not quite right

Enlarge / One way to measure the charge radius of a proton is to bounce something off it (proton-sized clamp is only available via metaphor). (credit: Jefferson Lab) How big is a proton? This doesn't sound like a very complicated question, but it's one that turned out to have the potential to wreck a lot of modern physics. That's because different...

EU throws shade as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine after 10-day review

Enlarge / UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photograph with a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, at Wockhardt's pharmaceutical manufacturing facility on November 30, 2020 in Wrexham, Wales. (credit: Getty | WPA Pool) Regulators and health officials in the United Kingdom are waving...

Lead-based inks likely used as a drying agent on ancient Egyptian papyri

Enlarge / Detail of a medical treatise from the Tebtunis Temple Library with headings marked in red ink. (credit: The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection) An international team of scientists used high-energy X-rays to analyze 12 fragments from ancient Egyptian papyri and found lead compounds in both red and black inks used. According to their recent paper,...

China releases a super-clear image of the Moon taken by Chang’e 5 probe

Enlarge / This panoramic image shows the Chang'e 5 lander and the lunar landscape. (credit: CNSA) Less than a day after its Chang'e 5 probe made a soft landing on the Moon, the China National Space Administration has released both a short video showing the spacecraft's descent to the surface as well as a high-definition image of the lunar landscape....

Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

Space Perspective seeks to take people to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle. [credit: Space Perspective ] A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday...

CDC experts voted: Here’s who should get the first COVID-19 vaccine doses

Enlarge / Vials with COVID-19 Vaccine labels showing logos of pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech. (credit: Getty | Photonews) The very first doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine should go to both front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, a committee of expert advisers for the...

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