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New study examines recursive thinking
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New study examines recursive thinking

"The ability to represent recursive structures is present in children as young as three years old, which suggests it is there even before they use it in language," said Stephen Ferrigno, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and first author on the paper. Ferrigno at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA el al., "Recursive sequence generation in monkeys, children, US adults, and native Amazonians," Science Advances (2020).

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Sat Jun 27 - Medicalxpress
Wealthy tourist to have the opportunity to go on a space walk in 2023
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You can go on a space walk in 2023

The tourist paying to undertake the space walk will fly to the ISS on a Soyuz capsule - the same spacecraft used to ferry NASA astronauts and eight other paying passengers to the station. Until the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule became the first commercial company to take astronauts to the ISS in May, NASA was paying Roscosmos $80 million a trip to send its crew up to the station.

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Sat Jun 27 - Dailymail
SpaceX scrubs Friday launch attempt of Starlink satellites [Updated]
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SpaceX scrubs Friday launch attempt of Starlink satellites

SpaceX announced the delay by saying on Twitter, "Standing down from today’s Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. Friday's launch attempt will loft 57 Starlink satellites, with visors, along with a rideshare mission of two BlackSky Global satellites arranged by Spaceflight.

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Sat Jun 27 - Arstechnica
COVID-19 risks ranked: Grocery stores among least-likely places to contract virus
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COVID-19 risks ranked: Grocery stores among least-likely places to contract virus

Grocery stores among least-likely places to contract virus. The tennis court is one of the easiest places to ace the COVID-avoidance game — as long as your partner doesn’t have the disease. Places and activities ranked on a scale of 1-10 for risk of contracting COVID-19, with 10 being the riskiest and 1 the least dangerous:

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Sun Jun 14 - Nypost
NASA Wants Your Help to Navigate Its Rovers Around Mars
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NASA inviting public to navigate its rovers around Mars

NASA has an algorithm called SPOC (Soil Property and Object Classification), which labels different types of Mars terrain such as boulders or sand to create maps that the rover driver can use when maneuvering the vehicles.
To help with the task of training the algorithm, NASA is inviting the public to help classify bits of martian terrain.

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Sun Jun 14 - Digitaltrends
NASA confirms JWST will miss March 2021 launch date
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NASA said JWST will miss March 2021 launch date

In a presentation to an online meeting of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said that work on JWST had been going well in months before the pandemic but that the slowdown in work since March made it impossible to keep the mission on its previous schedule.

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Thu Jun 11 - Spacenews
Engineers find neat way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful material
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Engineers find neat way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful material

In a paper published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, Dr. Rahman Daiyan and Dr. Emma Lovell from UNSW's School of Chemical Engineering detail a way of creating nanoparticles that promote conversion of waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial components.

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Thu Jun 11 - Phys
Elon Musk tells SpaceX employees that its Starship rocket is the top priority now
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Elon Musk's Starship rocket mission

Elon Musk urged SpaceX employees to accelerate progress on its next-generation Starship rocket "dramatically and immediately," writing Saturday in a company-wide email seen by CNBC. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on the Demo-2 mission with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard.

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Mon Jun 08 - Cnbc
NASA's SpaceX astronauts to bring back a very special flag from the ISS
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NASA's SpaceX astronauts to bring back a very special flag from the ISS

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lay claim to a unique patriotic symbol that's been waiting for them on the International Space Station. In a press conference from orbit on Monday, Hurley said the flag represents the hard work of thousands of NASA and SpaceX people who helped to bring human launches back to US soil.

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Tue Jun 02 - Cnet
Two US astronauts docked at International Space Station in SpaceX Nasa mission
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Two US astronauts docked at International Space Station in SpaceX Nasa mission

Two US astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Their Dragon capsule - supplied and operated by the private SpaceX company - edged them into port on the high-flying lab's bow section. The men will have to wait for leak and pressure checks to be completed before they can disembark and join the Russian and American crew already on the ISS

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Sun May 31 - BBC
Pangolins played a major role in coronavirus transmission, study shows
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Pangolins played a major role in coronavirus transmission, study shows

A team of researchers from Duke University and Los Alamos National Laboratory reported in the journal Science Advances that the novel coronavirus seems to have spent some time infecting both bats and pangolins before it jumped into humans. It is clear that coronavirus has swapped genes repeatedly with similar strains infecting bats, pangolins, and a possible third species, study shows.

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Sun May 31 - CNN
Sun unleashes biggest flare since 2017. Is our star waking up?
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Sun releases biggest flare since 2017

On May 29, sun fired off its strongest flare since October 2017, an eruption spotted by NASA's sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). "However, it takes at least six months of solar observations and sunspot-counting after a minimum to know when it's occurred," NASA officials wrote today in an update announcing SDO's flare detection .

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Sat May 30 - Space
Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life
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Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life

The announcement of the new Russian space station comes as NASA moves a step closer to ending its reliance on Roscosmos rockets to send astronauts to the ISS. After the ISS ends its life Roscosmos plans to take the modules it built for the station and use them as the base parts of its new orbiting space station - which will take a decade to build

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Fri May 29 - Dailymail
Tesla CEO Elon Musk awarded stock worth more than $700 million as electric car maker hits goals
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Elon Musk's $700 million jackpot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has qualified for a compensation package worth about $770 million after the electric vehicle company hit certain goals reflecting its rapid growth in recent years. The company said he had received the right to buy about 1.688 million shares of Tesla stock at a price of $350.02, which is where the stock was trading when the compensation package was set.

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Fri May 29 - Usatoday
Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakens, Impacting Satellites and Spacecraft: Space Agency
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Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakens

The Earth’s magnetic field is weakening between Africa and South America, causing problems for spacecraft and satellites, scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have said. “The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously,” said Jürgen Matzka, from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, in an ESA news release.

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Tue May 26 - Theepochtimes
China set to launch Mars probe and rover mission in July – TechCrunch
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China's Mars probe and rover mission

China set to launch a Mars mission in July.This will be the first rover mission to Mars for China’s space program, and is one of the many ways that it’s aiming to better compete with NASA’s space exploration efforts. The nation’s space program also recently test-launched a new crew spacecraft, which will eventually be used in its mission to land Chinese astronauts on the surface of the Moon in July

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Tue May 26 - Techcrunch
A stitch in time: How a quantum physicist invented new code from old tricks
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A quantum physicist invented a new code from old tricks

Dr. Benjamin Brown from the School of Physics has developed a type of error-correcting code for quantum computers that will free up more hardware to do useful calculations. "Because quantum information is so fragile, it produces a lot of errors," said Dr. Brown, a research fellow at the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

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Sat May 23 - Phys
NASA is looking for participants to isolate in a Russian lab for 8 months
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NASA seeking participants for a new mission

NASA is seeking US citizens for an eight-month study on social isolation in preparation for missions to Mars and the moon. The research is being done to study the effects of isolation and confinement as participants work to complete simulated space missions. NASA will consider other participants with a bachelor's degree and other qualifications such as military or professional experience.

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Sat May 23 - Cnn
Climate change is causing Antarctica's snow to turn green, study says
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Antarctica's snow is turning green, reason is climate change

According to a recent study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, the vibrant color is caused by microscopic algae blooming across the surface of the snow. Using satellite data and fieldwork observations, a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey have created the first large-scale map of the green algae and predicted the future spread of the bizarre snow.

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Fri May 22 - Cbsnews
NASA will pay you to spend 8 months locked in a Mars simulation
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NASA is recruiting volunteers

NASA is recruiting volunteers to spend eight months locked up in a simulated spacecraft on its way to Mars. You might be asking yourself why any of this is necessary, especially when NASA already sends humans to the International Space Station for many months on end.

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Thu May 21 - Bgr
Earth’s magnetic north moving at a ‘rapid pace’: report
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Concerns regarding Earth’s magnetic north pole

Concerns are rising regarding the movement of Earth's magnetic north pole. Actually, it’s been on the move for a few years, and, according to a Popular Mechanics report, it’s moving at “a rapid pace.” The magnetic north pole was first identified in Canada’s Nunavut territory in 1831, according to the report and scientists have measured it since.

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Sat May 16 - Pennlive
Covid-19 and swimming: The scientific factors you should know
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Pool, Chlorine and COVID-19

"There's nothing about a pool that would eliminate the need for social distancing, avoiding contaminated surfaces, or not breathing air from somebody who's close by," Purdue University's Ernest Blatchley said . Currently, there's no data exploring how common water disinfectants affect the Covid-19 virus specifically. It's possible that the virus may be more sensitive to chlorine and other common water disinfectants than other viruses because it has an envelope structure.

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Sat May 16 - Inverse
Famous Mars meteorite discovered with interesting, new organics
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New organic molecules discovered in famous Mars meteorite

According to a new study, Nitrogen, together with organic molecules , carbon-rich molecules that are considered the building blocks of life as we know it have been spotted in the Alan Hills meteorite.. Even though the Alan Hills sample has been in the news before, this was the first definitive evidence that there was nitrogen in the meteorite.

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Wed May 13 - Teslarati
4-year-old Port Orchard boy describes seeing meteor over Puget Sound
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4-year-old Port Orchard boy describes meteor experience

Four-year-old Tobin was one of the few people to see the meteor that streaked through the sky this week and resulted in a loud boom heard around Puget Sound. People across Puget Sound heard the loud boom Wednesday evening that was the result of a meteor, but few people saw it as it streaked across the sky. The boy described it scary and horrific

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Sun May 10 - King5
'Jurassic Park' raptors may not have hunted in packs like they did in the movies
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Interesting theory about Raptors

Raptors may not have hunted in packs, that's the finding of a new study that analyzed teeth from Deinonychus antirrhopus, wolf-sized raptors that lived in what is now North America during the Cretaceous Period more than 100 million years ago.

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Sat May 09 - CNN