Daily Archives: 11.04.2021

What Would Raindrops be Like on Other Worlds?

Precipitation is much more widespread throughout that solar system than commonly assumed.  Obviously it rains water on Earth.  But it snows carbon dioxide on Mars, rains methane on Titan, sulfuric acid on Venus, and could potentially rain diamonds on Neptune.  The type of material falling out of the sky is almost as varied as the planets themselves.  New research from ...

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Phase Four wins U.S. Air Force contract for electric propulsion of satellites

(8 April 2021 – Phase Four) Phase Four, the creator of the radio-frequency thruster for satellite propulsion, announced today that it has secured a contract with the U.S. Air Force for the company’s propellant-agnostic Maxwell thruster. Under the contract, Maxwell will utilize iodine, a new alternative fuel, to replace the costly, legacy electric propulsion propellants in high-performance commercial and defense ...

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NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts set for launch to space station

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, commander Oleg Novitskiy, and Russian flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov after a pressure check of their Sokol launch and entry suits at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 27. Credit: NASA/GCTC/Irina Spector NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and two Russian cosmonauts will ride a Soyuz ferry ship to the ...

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Asylum seekers able to open account with BoI – IHREC

The IHREC said that the development comes following formal engagement with Bank of Ireland Asylum seekers will be able to open a bank account with Bank of Ireland following an agreement that the bank will accept State-issued documents. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said that the development allows asylum seekers direct access to basic financial services. ...

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No more red lights

Imagine getting through your evening commute safely and seamlessly without ever having to wait at a red light or stop sign. That’s what one research team at the University of Missouri College of Engineering is studying in anticipation of roadways filled with self-driving cars. Dan Lin, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science, and Jian Kang, a PhD student, have developed ...

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