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Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics China is reportedly developing a reusable spaceplane capable of delivering cargo to Earth orbit. The unnamed spacecraft appears similar to the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane and likely has the same missions. However, it does differ from its American cousin in some key respectsat least for now.
Anne N. Connor, The Scientist In the 1990s, pharmacologist Dave Sharp of the University of Texas's Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San Antonio was studying mice with pituitary dwarfisma condition in which the pituitary gland fails to make enough growth hormone for normal development. The puzzle, Sharp explains, was that research had shown that these hormone-deficient dwarf mice lived longer than normal mice. I wondered, why is being small connected with longer life? he says.
Tien Nguyen, C & E News The single carbon-carbon bond is among the most familiar covalent connections in organic compounds. But a new study suggests that chemists have yet to fully explore the limits of this basic bond.Scientists have previously found that these ubiquitous bonds, which typically measure about 1.54 in length, can be elongated through the use of bulky substituents to endow molecules with special properties.
Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic Among the more practical advice that can be offered to international travelers is wisdom of the bathroom. So let me say, as someone who recently returned from China, that you should be prepared to one, carry your own toilet paper and two, practice your squat.I do not mean those goofy chairless sits you see at the gym. No, toned glutes will not save you here. I mean the deep squat, where you plop your butt down as far as it can go while staying aloft and balanced on the heels.
Jeremy Deaton, Popular Science President Trump's proposed 2019 budget calls for deep cuts to research, and while it is unlikely to gain traction in Congress, it is a troubling statement of the administration's priorities. As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted, The fastest way to Make a America Weak Again: Cut science funds to our agencies that support it.
Ross Pomeroy, RealClearScience Maintaining sexual desire the drive to engage in sexual activity between partners is often integral to a successful, long-term monogamous relationship, but frequently left unspoken is how difficult this can be.Behind closed doors, counselors help couples deal with desire problems all the time, so it's high time to bring this discussion out into the open. A new systematic review published to The Journal of Sex Research does just that.
Katia Moskvitch, Wired Silke Weinfurtner is trying to build the universe from scratch. In a physics lab at the University of Nottinghamclose to the Sherwood forest of legendary English outlaw Robin Hoodshe and her colleagues will work with a huge superconducting coil magnet, 1 meter across.
Allison Eck, PBS NOVA Amidst rising global nuclear tensions, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk is calling for drastic action. He wants humans to colonize Marsstat.An MIT team designed the Redwood Forest, a series of forest habitats inside open, public domes.It's important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it's far enough away from Earth that [in the event of a war] it's more likely to survive than a moon base, Musk said at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas last Sunday.
Jake Parks, Astronomy For decades, astronomers suspected that Mars might be teeming with organics, which are carbon-based molecules like proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. However, it wasn't until 2015 that the Mars Curiosity rover uncovered the first evidence showing these life-supporting compounds were not only present, but also likely scattered all over the Red Planet.
Andrew Grant, Physics Today On 28 February we learned that an RF telescope isolated from the electromagnetic clamor of civilization had detected a signal with enormous implications. After years of painstaking analysis to filter out noise from the atmosphere, the galaxy, and technology, researchers concluded that the faint residual radiation hails from the dawn of the universe.
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