SpaceX Landed a Falcon Heavy Booster. Then It Fell Into the Sea.

SpaceX successfully landed three Falcon Heavy boosters last week. But stormy weather had a different plan for them, and one fell into the water.

Falcon Heavy Landing

The booster for a SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully landed after a mission — but then stormy weather toppled the booster into the roiling ocean.

Otherwise than that minor hiccup, the mission was a success, according to CNN. The Falcon Heavy launched on Thursday and carried a satellite for a Saudi Arabian TV network into space, and afterward all three boosters landed successfully.

“As conditions worsened with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright,” SpaceX told the network. “While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes Lees verder

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NASA Announces Plan to Keep Astronaut in Space for 328 Days

By extending astronaut Christina Koch's space mission to 328 days, NASA hopes to glean new insights into the impact of longterm spaceflight on humans.

Record Setter

NASA astronaut Christina Koch joined the crew aboard the International Space Station in March, and on Wednesday, NASA announced plans to extend her space mission until February 2020.

Not only will the extension make Koch just the second astronaut to spend nearly a year in space and earn her the record for longest space stay by a woman — but the data from her trip could help humanity reach Mars.

ISS Insights

In total, Koch will spend 328 days in space. That’s just shy of Scott Kelly’s record 340-days-long space mission, which yielded incredibly valuable data regarding the impact of longterm Lees verder

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Scientists Generated Nuclear Fusion With a Tabletop Device

A 1.5-meter device called a Z-pinch generated nuclear fusion, but not for long enough to be useful. Still, it shows that small-scale fusion is possible.

Scaling Down

A team of physicists managed to generate a nuclear fusion reaction using a device that can fit on a tabletop.

The device, called a Z-pinch, operates in a similar way to any other fusion reaction, according to Physics World — but it can do so at a much smaller scale than the building-sized generators that scientists typically use to explore fusion.

Trial Run

Scientists from the University of Washington built a 1.5-meter Z-pinch device that was able to sustain a nuclear fusion reaction for five microseconds.

The Z-pinch works by trapping and pressurizing plasma in a powerful magnetic field, Physics Lees verder

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Andrew Yang’s Goal: Steer Us Away From a Bleakly Dystopian Future

Public Enemy

Long-shot U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang isn’t hopeful about the imminent future of humanity — that much become instantly clear in a bleak profile published today by The Verge.

Public enemy number one: automation, which Yang sees as a destructive result of a rapidly globalizing market-obsessed future. The risk is millions of jobs lost and a host of undesirable side effects like financial insecurity and a decline in mental health — a joyless, dystopian future in which humans have been replaced by the machines they built.

A Long Way Up

Yang’s core promise is to provide every U.S. citizen with $1,000 every month. That’d usually be called basic income. Lees verder

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This Couple Hired a Robot Photographer for Their Wedding Day

Eva the Robot Photographer

Almost every couple hires a photographer to capture precious moments during their wedding day, but not everyone employs a robot as well. For their April 7, 2019 wedding, English couple Gary and Megan hired Eva the Robot Photographer—a 5-foot-tall android created by England-based Service Robots that’s designed to take guests’ portraits. This was Eva’s first wedding job, and it likely won’t be her last.

Service Robots, which launched in February 2019, cleverly designed Eva to freely move around in a pre-mapped space using infrared sensors. By using facial recognition to “latch onto” guests, Eva is able to Lees verder

Via:: Technologie, MET

      

An Interstellar Rock Like ‘Oumuamua May Have Hit Earth In 2014

Harvard astronomers found evidence that 'Oumuamua isn't the only interstellar visitor we've had in recent years. Others may have crashed into the Earth.

Another One

When scientists first detected the comet ‘Oumuamua in 2017, it dominated the news cycle as the first interstellar object that we’ve seen pass through our solar system.

But new research suggests that ‘Oumuamua wasn’t the first interstellar visitor at all. In fact, another one like it may have impacted Earth back in 2014, according to Space.com.

Unusual Trajectory

The new research hasn’t yet been published, but it’s available on the preprint server ArXiv as of Monday. In it, Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb — the same dude who doubled down on the idea that ‘Oumuamua could be an alien spacecraft Lees verder

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Insight report: transitie in de verpakkingswereld

Er is een transitie gaande in de verpakkingswereld waarbij circulair verpakken de norm wordt. De keuze om verpakkingen te verduurzamen is onvoorwaardelijk: verpakkingen hebben een belangrijke functie, maar tegelijkertijd bestaat 20 procent van het afval in Nederland uit verpakkingen. Zowel in het bedrijfsleven als door de overheid worden ambities geformuleerd en concrete stappen gezet om duurzaam te verpakken.

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15,000 Black Paper Butterflies Swarm the Fondazione Adolfo Pini for Carlos Amorales’s Latest Installation of ‘Black Cloud’

Photographs: Andrea Rossetti

Hoards of black butterflies of various sizes and species cover the grand staircase, mirrors, walls, and doors of the Milan-based Fondazione Adolfo Pini. The dark and vast swarm is a part of the more than 10-year series Black Cloud by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales (previously) as a part of his solo exhibition THE ACCURSED HOUR. The butterflies surround an installation of paper cut-outs from his series Life in the folds, a project of gray-toned human Lees verder

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Procter & Gamble en Suez: samen op weg naar circulair

FMCG-bedrijf Procter & Gamble en grondstoffenbedrijf Suez hebben allebei stevige ambities om de recycling van verpakkingen naar een hoger plan te tillen. Maar om de verpakkingsindustrie te veranderen hebben ze elkaar nodig.

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New CRISPR Tech Could Cure Herpes

Hunter-Seeker

Gene hacking techniques that were recently used in human cells for the first time could someday let doctors shred up and destroy viruses like herpes or hepatitis B inside human cells, scientists say.

The new technique is called CRISPR-Cas3 — usually, when you hear about CRISPR tech, it’s the Cas9 variety — and Cornell researchers believe it could be used to cure viral diseases, according to a university-published press release.

DNA Shredder

The scientists used Cas3 to identify and shred long stretches of human DNA, according to research published in the journal Molecular Cell last week. The new gene-hacking tool makes more Lees verder

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