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Virgin Galactic space shot is go ‘within weeks, not months’

November 2, 2018

Richard Branson commits to SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity flight beyond Earths atmosphere Virgin Galactic will take its first trip into space within weeks according to Richard Branson, the firms billionaire chief and founder. The feat would mark a milestone for the company which is in a race against CNBC, Branson said his company was more than […]

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New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

September 26, 2018

People in the satellite industry are fond of automobile analogies. Like this one: Imagine that you buy a car and need it to run for 15 years, but you can’t change the oil or replace the alternator, let alone refuel it. That, they say, is the state of satellites. Once they’ve slipped the surly bonds […]

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Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

September 24, 2018

Euro-Arabian Expedition Besides science, Aston’s hope was that a shared objective—reaching the North Pole—would bring European and Arabian women together, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures. In an interview before the expedition, Swedish team member Ida Olsson told the BBC that over the team’s two training trips she’d gained a new […]

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The anti-smoking giant that wants to stop JUUL

September 9, 2018

Don't try this at home, kids.Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE JUUL is the vape giant that went from zero to $16 billion in three years. Truth Initiative is the largest anti-smoking organization in the United States. Both the company and the non-profit claim to have the same goal: helping smokers quit tobacco cigarettes. But Robin Koval, CEO […]

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98.6 Degrees Is a Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite

September 7, 2018

You wake up at 6 am feeling achy and chilled. Unsure if you’re sick or just sleep-deprived, you reach for a thermometer. It beeps at 99°F, so you groan and roll out of bed and get ready for work. Because that’s not a fever. Is it? Yes, it is. Forget everything you know about normal […]

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Trump’s New Power Plan Comes With a Deadly Price

August 25, 2018

West Virginia is second only to Wyoming in both coal production and President Trump’s winning vote percentage in the 2016 general election. So it was no surprise that Trump flew to the Mountain State on Tuesday to stump for his new plan to boost coal-fired power plants by cutting regulations on planet-warming carbon emissions. “We […]

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Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

August 23, 2018

This story originally appeared on High Country News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. At the end of July, Twitter user Alicia Santana posted a photo of a man sitting in a plastic folding chair in his yard. He’s looking away from the camera, towards a monstrous, orange cloud of smoke filling the sky beyond a wire […]

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Study: Rising Temperatures in U.S. and Mexico Will Lead to More Suicides

August 16, 2018

A Marshall Burke, an assistant professor in the department of earth system science at Stanford University. Thats odd and counterintuitive, and it inspired Burke and his colleagues to look into searching literature and data for an answer to what might seem like a simple question: Do suicide rates go up in the warmer months? Burke […]

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Ankis New Home Robot Sure Is Cute. But Can It Survive?

August 15, 2018

If you had your very own home robot, what would you want it to do, exactly? Pick up after you? Do the dishes? Help you make coffee? Yeah, me too, but that kind of robot is a long, long ways off. That isn’t stopping robotics companies from jumping into the robotic assistant fray. Consider Jibo, […]

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Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America’s Abortion Care

August 10, 2018

Imagine a woman in Lubbock, Texas, who just found out that she's pregnant. She wants an abortion, but Lubbock is one of 27 abortion deserts in the US: The nearest clinic is 308 miles away in Fort Worth, forcing her to take time off from work, pay for travel, and likely arrange childcare to get […]

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