Daily Archives: 18.11.2020

Getting Closer! NASA’s Perseverance Rover Less Than 100 Days From Landing on Mars

Artist’s illustration of the Perseverance rover on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, is now less than 100 days away from its landing in Jezero Crater on Mars (94 days at the time of this writing). The rover is currently just over 177 million miles (285 million kilometers) from its destination, with touchdown scheduled for Feb. 18, ...

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Astronomers think they’ve seen a magnetar form for the first time; the collision of two neutron stars

A magnetar is a neutron star with a magnetic field thousands of times more powerful than those of typical neutron stars. Their fields are so strong that they can generate powerful, short-duration events such as soft gamma repeaters and fast radio bursts. While we have learned quite a bit about magnetars in recent years, we still don’t understand how neutron ...

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Watch live: Station cosmonauts begin spacewalk

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION  Two Russian cosmonauts suited up for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday to begin preparing the Pirs airlock and docking compartment for removal next year to make way for attachment of a new laboratory module. The excursion, starting around 9:30 a.m. EST, also will validate using the Poisk docking compartment, on ...

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HOVER Raises $60M Series D Led By Insurance Carriers

HOVER, a San Francisco-based startup that creates measured models of buildings, has raised $60 million in a new round led by a group of insurance carriers. Insurance carriers Travelers Insurance, State Farm Ventures, and Nationwide Insurance led the Series D, with participation from investors including Standard Industries, Menlo Ventures, GV, Alsop Louie Partners, and Guidewire Software. As a digital data ...

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House purchases still below last year’s levels

Residential property fell by 0.8% in September nationwide – the third month of falls in a row There was a pick-up in activity in the property market in September, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. However, overall levels of house purchases remain significantly below where they were last year. The CSO has also for the first time ...

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Fast radio bursts within the Milky Way seem to be coming from magnetars

Fast radio bursts are some of the most mysterious events known in astronomy, but they are slowly becoming better understood. Case in point: recent observations of a fast radio burst in the Milky Way reveals the powerhouse behind the blasts: a flaring magnetar. FRBs could be cause by magnetic bursts of a neutron star. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. ...

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State-owned Belarusbank Launches Crypto Exchange Amid Sanctions Against Lukashenko

Sanctions aim to support anti-government protesters in Belarus who have been met with violence from security forces. Source: Twitter/@franakviacorka The biggest bank in Belarus, the state-owned Belarusbank, has announced plans to co-launch a “legal” crypto exchange service that will allow customers in both Belarus and neighboring Russia to buy and sell crypto “using Visa payment cards” at the time when ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №6

Weekly portion of interesting news is already here: Sally C. Krueger – 11’20 has left the “Farmer’s Business Network”, she was Head of Brand and Content. Took office as Chief PR Strategist in “Rooster Strategic Solutions”. Dennis Kautz – 10’20 has left the “Farmer’s Business Network”, he was Head of Support, FBN Direct Global. Took office as Vice President of ...

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Good Falcon 9 Test Fire at Vandenberg Sets Stage for NASA/ESA Sentinel-6A Launch Nov 21

Artists impression of the Sentinel 6 spacecraft in orbit. Image Credit NASA SpaceX conducted a successful Static Test Fire today of the Falcon 9 rocket tasked with launching NASA and ESA’s latest Earth observing science satellte, Sentinel-6A, paving the way for a launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB in southern California on Nov 21 at 9:17 a.m. PST from Space Launch ...

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The family tree of the Milky Way. The mergers that gave us the galaxy we see today

Galaxies build themselves up slowly over time by cannibalizing their neighbors. Using an advanced suite of computer simulations, researchers have now traced back the evolutionary history of our own Milky Way. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, currently hosts hundreds of billions of stars, and is pretty respectably sized for the kind of galaxy it is. But it hasn’t always been ...

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