Monthly Archives: November 2016

LIGO goes back to the gravity-wave grind

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory is back on the hunt for ripples in spacetime, months after reporting the first signature of a black hole collision in gravitational waves. After a series of upgrades, the LIGO detectors at Hanford in Washington state and … Continue reading

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Four superheavy elements get official names

After months of review, the world’s authority on chemical names has approved the official labels for four extremely rare elements at the bottom of the periodic table. This week’s decision from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, or IUPAC, … Continue reading

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‘Shark tank’ keeps aerospace dreams afloat

Some aerospace ventures came to Starburst Accelerator’s shark tank in Seattle today to find investors. Others were looking for customers. But unlike the TV version of “Shark Tank,” none of them was sent away in defeat. “There are no winners … Continue reading

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Genes edited to create color-coded stem cells

Researchers in Seattle have taken advantage of two of the hottest trends in biotech – cell reprogramming and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing – to create human stem cells that glow as they turn into different tissue types. The Allen Institute for Cell Science … Continue reading

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How NASA uses the cloud on the final frontier

When one of NASA’s top geeks talks to the cloud-computing geeks at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference, you can bet the talk is not going to be just about outer space. Tom Soderstrom, chief technology and innovation officer at NASA’s … Continue reading

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Asteroid plan faces scrutiny in Trump transition

House Republicans are voicing renewed doubts about NASA’s plan to have astronauts study a piece of an asteroid – a turn of events that was expected for the transition to the Trump administration. The Asteroid Redirect Mission, or ARM, was a … Continue reading

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PT Scientists go with Spaceflight for moonshot

A German team that’s going after the Google Lunar XPRIZE has secured a contract with Seattle-based Spaceflight to get its rover-carrying lander to the moon. PTScientists, based in Berlin, announced the deal today, and Spaceflight confirmed the partnership. If the contract is verified by … Continue reading

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