Daily Archives: 06.06.2021

A connectomic study of a petascale fragment of human cerebral cortex

The human brain is the most interesting object in neuroscience. Recently, researchers from Harvard University and Google released a 1.4-petabyte dataset of a small sample of the human cerebral cortex (a surface layer of the brain, responsible for higher-level cognitive functions). Brain connectivity – artistic concept. Image credit: Mohamed Hassan via Pxhere, CC0 Public Domain The sample has been imaged ...

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What Would It Take To See Artificial Lights at Proxima Centauri B?

Is there an alien civilization next door? It’s…possible(ish). In late 2020, we discovered a signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri (not necessarily from Proxima Centauri), our closest neighbour star. Named BLC- 1 by project Break Through Listen, the signal is still being analyzed to ensure it isn’t simply an echo of our own civilization – typically what they turn ...

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SpaceX delivers for SiriusXM with successful midnight hour launch

Hauling SiriusXM’s SXM 8 radio broadcasting satellite, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 12:26 a.m. EDT (0426 GMT) Sunday. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now A Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral early Sunday with a high-power digital radio satellite for SiriusXM, marking SpaceX’s 18th Falcon 9 flight since Jan. 1, ...

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Next Atlas V Mission Delayed, As ULA Investigates Anomalous RL-10C Behavior

Although successful, last month’s SBIRS GEO-5 launch atop an Atlas V experienced anomalous behavior with the RL-10C engine of its Centaur upper stage. United Launch Alliance (ULA) seeks a deeper understanding of the issue before committing STP-3 to flight. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace For the second time this year, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced a delay to the joint ...

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G7 ministers agree global minimum tax of at least 15%

The G7 finance ministers met in London Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations have endorsed a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15%, rallying behind a US-backed plan targeting tech giants and other multinationals accused of not paying enough. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hailed the “unprecedented commitment”, saying in a statement that a global minimum tax “would end ...

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