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Nasa puts up a deep-space atomic clock

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This was only the third time in Falcon Heavy had flown                  Nasa has a miniaturized atomic clock in orbit that it believes can revolutionize deep-space navigation. About the size of a toaster, the device is said to have 50 times the stability of existing space clocks, such as those flown in GPS satellites. If …

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SpaceX launches powerful rocket with 24 satellites

SpaceX launched its most powerful rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a mid-of-the-night rideshare with a deep space clock, sun seal, a clean and green rocket fuel test bed and even human ash. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first one ordered by the military. The Ministry of Defense's mission, called STP-2 for space …

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Bacteria from your gut may be the key to running farther

The researchers found the bacteria after examining the poop or Boston Marathon runners. To generate energy for itself, Veillonella breaks down lactic acid, which is produced at higher level when athletes perform particularly strenuous activities. To determine if the bacteria was making a difference, the researchers isolated and strain it and inserted it into 16 mice, then placed them on …

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Dung beetles can navigate by the wind, study finds

When a Cape buffalo goes down in South Africa, lions, hyenas, and painted dogs will soon arrive to fight over the carcass. Using scent detectors on their antennae, dung beetles home in on a pile or feces and descend a lot. Each beetle then races to tear off a chunk, roll it away, bury it, and devour the droppings before …

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SpaceX Florida rocket to carry Cal Poly SLO satellite, update

Watch SpaceX launch the Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base See time-lapse video showing the SpaceX rocket launch from the Vandenberg aircraft landing at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. At × See time-lapse video showing the SpaceX rocket launch from Vandenberg as an aircraft landing at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. At Update 8:50 pm …

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Engineering enzymes to transform plant waste into sustainable products

The newly developed enzyme. Credit: University of Portsmouth A new family of enzymes has been designed to perform one of the most important steps in the transformation of plant waste into sustainable and high quality products such as nylon, plastics and chemicals. The discovery was led by members of the same British and American enzyme teams who, last year, constructed …

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Tropical soil degradation can be hidden source of CO2

Tropical areas such as Congo experience extensive deforestation and land use conversion for agriculture. Credit: Rob Spencer Thousand-year-old tropical land upgraded by accelerating deforestation and agricultural land use can release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a recent study by researchers at Florida State University. In a survey of 19 sites in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers …

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Many international visitors to see solar eclipse next month in Chile

The world's last total solar eclipse occurred in August 2017. Millions of Americans stopped what they did to observe the eclipse that passed over parts of the entire United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and earth match perfectly. The next total eclipse will happen on July 2. However, the total eclipse can only be seen …

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