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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...