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Apr 5, 2019

New NASA Robots Will Be ‘Busy As a Bee’ Aboard ISS

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NASA’s newest International Space Station crew members are creating quite the buzz.

The agency is sending three Astrobee robots to the orbiting outpost.

The cube-shaped devices will stay “as busy as a bee” flying around the station, assisting with routine tasks like maintenance and inventory tracking.

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Apr 4, 2019

Israel’s Beresheet Lunar Lander Moves Into Moon Orbit

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Next week, the robotic probe built by the nonprofit SpaceIL is to attempt to land on the lunar surface.

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Apr 3, 2019

Scientists discover first organism with chlorophyll genes that doesn’t photosynthesize

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis.

The peculiar organism is dubbed ‘corallicolid’ because it is found in 70 per cent of corals around the world and may provide clues as to how to protect in the future.

“This is the second most abundant cohabitant of coral on the planet and it hasn’t been seen until now,” says Patrick Keeling, a University of British Columbia botanist and senior researcher overseeing the study published in Nature. “This organism poses completely new biochemical questions. It looks like a parasite, and it’s definitely not photosynthetic. But it still makes chlorophyll.”

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Apr 3, 2019

Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling

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The Milky Way has a mass of 1.5 trillion suns. We have no idea what most of it is made of.

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Apr 3, 2019

Beijing’s Fight for the Final Frontier

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U.S. commercial space efforts are being undercut by aggressive Chinese plans.

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Apr 2, 2019

Israeli Moon Lander Tweaks Orbit to Prep for Thursday Lunar Arrival

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The 5-foot-tall (1.5 meters) Beresheet fired its engines for a little over a minute early this morning (April 1), altering its trajectory slightly to prepare for a planned capture into lunar orbit on Thursday (April 4).

If all goes according to plan, the robotic lander will touch down on the moon one week later, on April 11. That will be a huge milestone. To date, the only organizations to pull off a soft lunar landing are superpower governments — the Soviet Union, the United States and China.

Related: israel’s 1st moon lander beresheet in pictures.

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Apr 2, 2019

Undoing Aging in the Viewfinder

Posted by in categories: business, life extension, space

LEAF Director Elena Milova shares a report from the recent Berlin Undoing Aging conference with you today. Hosted by the Forever Healthy Foundation and SENS Research Foundation, the event saw the leading figures in aging research come together for this superb conference.

The day after I got back from the Undoing Aging 2019 scientific conference, which was jointly organized by the SENS Research Foundation and Forever Healthy Foundation, Moscow greeted me with the first sunny days of the spring. Still tired and lacking sleep, but happy and inspired, I want to share my impressions of this year’s conference with you.

Actually, I began preparing for this event in the autumn of 2018, when it was first announced. I booked the hotel well in advance, including some spare rooms that could be transferred to our partners later on. B&B Alexanderplatz is located next to the conference venue Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz, literally next door, and it has a nice social space in the lobby, making it very handy for setting appointments with business partners, so we at LEAF decided to make it our headquarters once again. I arrived on March 26th, got some brief rest, and went downstairs to work while also keeping an eye on who was arriving.

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Apr 2, 2019

Gravitational-wave hunt restarts — with a quantum boost

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space

Detailed data on space-time ripples are set to pour in from LIGO and Virgo’s upgraded detectors.

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Apr 2, 2019

India anti-satellite missile test a ‘terrible thing,’ NASA chief says

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India’s anti-satellite missile test created at least 400 pieces of orbital debris, the head of NASA says — placing the International Space Station (ISS) and its astronauts at risk.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Monday that just 60 pieces of debris were large enough to track. Of those, 24 went above the apogee of the ISS, the point of the space station’s orbit farthest from the Earth.

“That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station,” Bridenstine said in a live-streamed NASA town hall meeting. “That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight.”

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Apr 2, 2019

Student astronomer spots two new planets with the help of AI

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Discovering planets that nobody has ever seen before is even harder than it sounds. Space telescopes from NASA and other scientific bodies have gathered an incredible amount of data that will take astronomers years and years to sift through, and many times there’s just nothing there to be found.

But humans don’t have to do all of the work, and Anne Dattilo, a senior at the University of Texas in Austin enlisted the help of artificial intelligence to study data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and found not one, but two new exoplanets in the process.

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