Hunter, director of the defense industrial initiatives group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, would be the Department of the Air Force’s senior acquisition executive. WASHINGTON — The White House announced July 16 that President Biden intends to nominate defense procurement expert Andrew Hunter to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for
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TAMPA, Fla. — Malaysian operator Measat has likely lost control of an aging satellite that has been drifting westward in geostationary orbit for nearly a month, according to analysts at space tracking company ExoAnalytic Solutions.  The ExoAnalytic space tracking system detected an anomaly for Measat-3 on June 21, after which it started drifting out of
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TAMPA, Fla. — Satellite operator SES is leading a consortium to design a system for guarding communications in Luxembourg against cyberattacks, which could feed into Europe’s broader plan for a network that is also protected by quantum technology. The consortium will devise a satellite and terrestrial network for Luxembourg’s Quantum Communications Infrastructure (LuxQCI) project, which
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Do you have any bird feeders and/or birdbaths on your premises? The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife together with other wildlife officials are advising residents of the Bay State to take them out. (Photo : Getty Images) The Mystery Disease  Mass.gov is making reports on a wildlife advisory concerning the “mystery disease” that birds
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BOOK REVIEW 16 July 2021 Cooperation’s pros and cons, construction decarbonized, and into the wild: Books in brief Andrew Robinson reviews five of the week’s best science picks. Andrew Robinson 0 Andrew Robinson Andrew Robinson’s many books include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts and Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved
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WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill July 15 that leaves intact overall funding for NASA but tweaks language regarding the Human Landing System and nuclear thermal propulsion. The committee voted 33–26 to advance the commerce, justice and science (CJS) appropriations bill to the full House. The bill allocated $81.3 billion in
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WASHINGTON — An 18-year-old Dutch man will fly on Blue Origin’s first crewed New Shepard suborbital flight, taking the place of the unidentified winner of an auction last month for the seat. Blue Origin announced July 15 that Oliver Daemen will be the fourth and final member of the crew of the New Shepard flight
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Sharks are an assorted group of fish that have been lurking in our oceans for hundreds of millions of years. The group comprises several enormous, food chain-topping animal preys from the defunct Helicoprion, whose jaw is like a circular saw, to today’s great white sharks that move through water like a bullet as they hunt
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Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation.By Dave Cooke, Senior Vehicles Analyst A recent New York Times article noted that the Biden administration will be looking to use vehicle efficiency standards to boost electric vehicles sales. Our analysis shows that strong standards are the best way to accelerate toward an electric future and that we need exactly
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In a bone-filled week, a rediscovered cranium from China might represent an entirely new species of human that’s possibly our closest evolutionary relative. And, while studying a 5,000-year-old skeleton, scientists found evidence of what might be the earliest plague infection. Hosted by: Hank Green Thumbnail Credit: Chuang Zhao SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called
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TAMPA, Fla. — Facebook said it remains committed to using space-based technology for improving global connectivity, after agreeing to transfer a group of satellite experts to work on Amazon’s low-Earth-orbit megaconstellation Project Kuiper.  More than a dozen employees including physicists and engineers moved from the social media giant in April to work on the constellation,
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Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty Images The planet’s demand for electricity is set for a strong rebound this year and next after dropping by approximately 1% in 2020, according to a new publication from the International Energy Agency. Released Thursday, the IEA’s Electricity Market Report forecasts that global electricity demand will jump by
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by David Waterworth Yesterday, my neighbourhood had its monthly coffee morning. Four or five neighbouring families get together for a catchup and a chat. We are mostly retired and the chat is usually about grandchildren, home maintenance, and other mundane matters. Tim is a retired high school headmaster, his wife is still working, and he
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OUTLOOK 14 July 2021 Autoimmune disease When the body becomes the target of its own defensive arsenal, medicine must step in. Richard Hodson 0 Richard Hodson Senior supplements editor. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook
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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that Defense Secretary Austin received Brown’s letter expressing his desire to withdraw.  WASHINGTON — President Biden’s pick to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, Michael Brown, has withdrawn his nomination. Brown is the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Pentagon’s commercial outreach office based in
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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Koalas are pretty darn cute, but…they aren’t the brightest bulb on the continent. They will only eat eucalyptus leaves off the branch. On a plate, a koala won’t recognize their one and only food. Yet, somehow, koalas are still alive. And it’s all thanks to some pretty clever adaptations. Hosted by: Michael Aranda SciShow has
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NEWS ROUND-UP 14 July 2021 Mars auroras, deadly heatwave and new ERC president The latest science news, in brief. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via E-Mail Share via E-Mail Download PDF Images taken by Hope’s onboard spectrometer (left-hand panel) and an artist’s impression (right) show discrete auroras
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