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The robots occupying our sidewalks

The Mountain View City Council voted on May 5, 2020 to allow Starship Technologies’ robots on city streets. Founded in 2014, Starship operates no-contact delivery robots in several cities around the world. How would the autonomous robots react to disabled...


MONDAY 10. AUGUST 2020


Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

The dwarf planet Ceres -- long believed to be a barren space rock -- is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the NASA Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its...


SATURDAY 8. AUGUST 2020


The Coronavirus Is New, but Your Immune System Might Still Recognize It

Eight months ago, the new coronavirus was unknown. But to some of our immune cells, the virus was already something of a familiar foe.A flurry of recent studies has revealed that a large proportion of the population -- 20% to 50% of people in some places -- might harbor immunity assassins called T cells that recognize the new coronavirus despite having never encountered it before.These T cells,...

Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed

Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out over the exposed bottom lands of the lake and it was like looking at the Sahara Desert,” said Dave Rothman, a board member with the Four Lakes Task Force, which is looking to obtain the four dams as well as the two...


FRIDAY 7. AUGUST 2020


SpaceX launches 57 stealth satellites for Starlink network, plus a pair for BlackSky

After weeks of delay, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent up 57 more satellites for its Starlink broadband internet constellation, with two BlackSky planet-watching satellites hitching a ride. The launch was originally scheduled for June, but had to be put off several times due to technical concerns, weather delays and range schedule conflicts. This time around, the countdown proceeded smoothly to...


THURSDAY 6. AUGUST 2020



WEDNESDAY 5. AUGUST 2020


Poop scoop: Satellite images reveal Antarctic penguin haunts

British scientists say there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought based on evidence of bird droppings spotted from space. A study published Wednesday by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey counted 61 emperor penguin colonies dotted around the southernmost continent, 11 more than the number previously confirmed. The majestic emperor penguin breeds in...


TUESDAY 4. AUGUST 2020


Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst COVID-19 Cases

Scientists are beginning to untangle one of the most complex biological mysteries of the coronavirus pandemic: Why do some people get severely sick, whereas others quickly recover?In certain patients, according to a flurry of recent studies, the virus appears to make the immune system go haywire.Unable to marshal the right cells and molecules to fight off the invader, the bodies of the infected...


MONDAY 3. AUGUST 2020


Virgin Galactic unveils supersonic airplane concept with Boeing and Rolls-Royce as supporters

Virgin Galactic has taken the wraps off a concept for an airplane capable of flying three times the speed of sound, to be developed with support from Boeing and Rolls-Royce. The project would be distinct from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital space plane program, which is closing in on the start of commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Today's announcement...

Erobotics, a solution for the sexual health and well-being of astronauts

Although they are trained to live in isolated spaces for long periods, astronauts are still human beings, and some human needs become difficult to ignore over time. Among these are emotional and sexual needs, and a solution for this may be found in erobots, an inventive new technology in the sexual doman. Researchers Simon Dubé (Concordia University) and Dave Anctil (Laval University) are...


SUNDAY 2. AUGUST 2020


NASA astronauts splash down in SpaceX Dragon capsule, capping historic mission

The first mission to send NASA astronauts into orbit on a commercially owned spaceship came back down to Earth today with the splashdown of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule in the Gulf of Mexico. "On behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams, welcome back to planet Earth, and thanks for flying SpaceX,” Mike Heiman, a lead member of SpaceX's operations team, told astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob...

Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people. In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in both countries as a...


SATURDAY 1. AUGUST 2020


SpaceX’s Dragon aims to dodge hurricane for homecoming of two NASA astronauts

NASA and SpaceX are going ahead with plans to bring NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken home from the International Space Station for a splashdown this weekend, even though Hurricane Isaias is heading for Florida's Atlantic coast. Fortunately, SpaceX's Dragon capsule is heading for waters off Florida's other coast. NASA said weather conditions are all systems go for the...