Monthly Archives: May 2017

Trump puts quake alert on shaky ground

The Trump administration wants to eliminate federal support for the West Coast’s ShakeAlert earthquake warning system, but its backers in Congress won’t let it go without a fight. “Defunding the earthquake early warning system isn’t just irresponsible – it’s dangerous,” Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., … Continue reading

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Genetic code harnessed as digital circuitry

Researchers from the University of Washington have taken advantage of synthetic biology to turn yeast cells into building blocks for digital information processing. The experiment, described today in Nature Communications, turned the cells’ genetic code into NOR logic gates suitable for … Continue reading

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Juno mission reveals surprises at Jupiter

NASA’s Juno orbiter has been sending back stunning pictures of Jupiter for months, but now the mission’s scientists are sharing their first peer-reviewed findings about the planet’s previously unseen polar storms and powerful magnetic field. “The results from Juno’s initial … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab celebrates coming close to orbit

Rocket Lab didn’t quite make it to orbit on its first try, but the company’s CEO says he’s “very happy” with the Electron rocket’s performance nevertheless. “We got a lot further than certainly we expected,” founder and CEO Peter Beck … Continue reading

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Here’s how NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will look

The rover that NASA is getting ready to send to Mars in 2020 looks a lot like the Curiosity rover that’s been working on Mars for almost five years – except for that freakishly big robotic arm. The arm is one … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab’s first test flight reaches space

Rocket Lab says its first Electron rocket “made it to space” after a test launch from a New Zealand pad, marking a big step toward its goal of putting payloads into orbit for $5 million. Liftoff came at 4:20 p.m. May … Continue reading

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Boeing wins DARPA’s nod for space plane

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has selected the Boeing Co. to develop and test its XS-1 hypersonic space plane, using a design now known as the Phantom Express. Boeing won out over Northrop Grumman and Masten Space … Continue reading

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