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The International Space Station and spaceship Earth share the same priorities, astronaut Nicole Stott says

the international space station and spaceship earth share the same priorities, astronaut nicole stott says

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Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott will share the similarities between space station engineering and Earth’s natural systems in an online panel discussion Friday (Oct. 30).Stott and several other space station astronauts will participate in the discussion as part of The Virtual Astronaut series, which highlights the contributions of astronauts to space exploration. The discussion on the 20th anniversary of permanent occupation of the International Space Station (ISS) will be moderated by collectSPACE founder and Space.com contributor Robert Pearlman. You can buy tickets here.Stott flew twice in space, during the three-month Expedition 20/21 in 2009 and the 12-day space shuttle mission STS-133 in 2011. As an engineer, Stott found it fascinating to see how space exploration “takes gravity out of the equation” for manufacturing and basic research in space, she told Space.com. (One commonly cited application of space research is the effect on human health, which simulates in part the aging process on Earth as bones weaken and muscles lose strength.)Related: Astronaut-artist Nicole Stott shares view from space in paintings  Astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission’s first spacewalk of the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station on Sept. 1, 2009. (Image credit: NASA.)Space also served …

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The International Space Station and spaceship Earth share the same priorities, astronaut Nicole Stott says

the international space station and spaceship earth share the same priorities, astronaut nicole stott says

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Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott will share the similarities between space station engineering and Earth’s natural systems in an online panel discussion Friday (Oct. 30).Stott and several other space station astronauts will participate in the discussion as part of The Virtual Astronaut series, which highlights the contributions of astronauts to space exploration. The discussion on the 20th anniversary of permanent occupation of the International Space Station (ISS) will be moderated by collectSPACE founder and Space.com contributor Robert Pearlman. You can buy tickets here.Stott flew twice in space, during the three-month Expedition 20/21 in 2009 and the 12-day space shuttle mission STS-133 in 2011. As an engineer, Stott found it fascinating to see how space exploration “takes gravity out of the equation” for manufacturing and basic research in space, she told Space.com. (One commonly cited application of space research is the effect on human health, which simulates in part the aging process on Earth as bones weaken and muscles lose strength.)Related: Astronaut-artist Nicole Stott shares view from space in paintings  Astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission’s first spacewalk of the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station on Sept. 1, 2009. (Image credit: NASA.)Space also served …

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The pandemic has scrambled trust in science, with big implications for climate change

the pandemic has scrambled trust in science, with big implications for climate change

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The pandemic is throwing a wrench into Americans’ understanding of science, which has big implications for climate change.Driving the news: Recent focus groups in battleground states suggest some voters are more skeptical of scientists in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while surveys reveal the persistence of a deep partisan divide.Why it matters: Science is at the heart of understanding the impacts of a warming world and what kind of policies governments should enforce.The world’s response to COVID-19 is providing what some experts say is a hyper-fast glimpse into how the world might address climate change over a longer period of time.Climate change, because it’s slower moving and its impacts more diffuse, is going to be even harder to tackle than a relatively fast-moving pandemic.Where it stands: Swing voters in five battleground states surveyed over the last six months expressed an increasing skepticism about science as the pandemic took over America.Focus groups with nearly 60 swing voters in Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin answered questions on several topics, including science and climate change, on a regular basis. (Most of the voters voted for Barack Obama in 2012, then Donald Trump in 2016.)These focus groups, part …

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NASA’s Artemis program must lead us back to the moon | Commentary

nasa’s artemis program must lead us back to the moon | commentary

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Known as Artemis, a myriad of the largest and the smallest aerospace and technology companies are underway manufacturing, assembling, and testing the engines, fuel tanks, rocket vehicle, and crew module necessary for long duration spaceflight and cislunar operations.

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The science behind ‘the breath of a wok,’ an essential ingredient in the perfect bowl of fried rice

the science behind ‘the breath of a wok,’ an essential ingredient in the perfect bowl of fried rice

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(CNN) — Chef Kwok Keung Tung tosses the wok with one hand, using the other to stir with a metal spatula. Both hands occupied, he uses his knee to nudge the gas stove’s lever up and down to control the fire fan, sporadically engulfing a third of the wok in flames.It takes only three minutes for the lump of white rice to transform into the bowl of golden fried rice he places on the serving counter.”This is what you’re looking for — wok hei (the breath of wok),” Danny Yip, co-founder of Hong Kong restaurant The Chairman, tells CNN Travel. “Wok is the essence of Chinese cooking in South China. And Cantonese chefs are the master of fire and wok.” Wok hei: An invisible but essential ingredient in Cantonese cooking. Maggie Hiufu Wong/CNNIf anyone’s an authority on the subject of wok hei, it’s Yip. For those who grew up in a Cantonese family, it’s almost impossible to go to a Chinese restaurant without hearing someone — usually older — comment “gau wok hei” (enough wok hei) or “ng gau wok hei” (not enough wok hei) when establishing a benchmark of how authentic a Chinese restaurant actually is. Hei ( …

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Commercial Space Stations May Soon Replace the International Space Station

commercial space stations may soon replace the international space station

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For years, the International Space Station (ISS) has been in low earth orbit at 250 miles above the planet. It is likely that after 2024, funding may discontinue, giving room for other ways of exploring space.
Phil McAlister from NASA said that space destinations might transfer from government projects such as the ISS to the private sector. NASA will turn the focus to deep space exploration while establishing partnerships with entrepreneurs.
Some of the goals for the next few decades include building moon bases and missions to Mars, which can be accomplished after funding for the ISS has stopped. At the same time, the private sector can establish new space stations in low earth orbit so that new space technology can be tested.
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Michael Suffredini from Axiom Space shared that his company is planning to build a new station after the ISS retires. Axiom will be attaching their crew module to an ISS docking port by 2024 and expand.
The company also has plans for at least two more modules. One will be a laboratory and manufacturing site while the second will be a panoramic observatory.
The ISS is expected to retire after 2028. When operations cease, Axiom’s modules will …

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Trump’s Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters’ Lives

trump’s closing argument on virus clashes with science, and voters’ lives

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As an immense new surge in coronavirus cases sweeps the country, President Trump is closing his re-election campaign by pleading with voters to ignore the evidence of a calamity unfolding before their eyes and trust his word that the disease is already disappearing as a threat to their personal health and economic well being.The president has continued to declare before large and largely maskless crowds that the virus is vanishing, even as case counts soar, fatalities climb, the stock market dips and a fresh outbreak grips the staff of Vice President Mike Pence. Hopping from one state to the next, he has made a personal mantra out of declaring that the country is “rounding the corner.”Mr. Trump has attacked Democratic governors and other local officials for keeping public-health restrictions in place, denouncing them as needless restraints on the economy. And venting self-pity, the president has been describing the pandemic as a political hindrance inflicted on him by a familiar adversary.“With the fake news, everything is Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid,” Mr. Trump complained at a rally in Omaha on Tuesday, chiding the news media and pointing to his own recovery from the illness to downplay its gravity: “I …

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Doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on Venus show how science works | Science News

doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on venus show how science works | science news

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It was one of those “big, if true” stories. In September, scientists reported that Venus’ atmosphere seems to be laced with phosphine, a possible sign of life.

Now there’s increasing emphasis on the “if.” As scientists take fresh looks at the data behind the Venus announcement, and add other datasets to the mix, the original claim of inexplicable amounts of phosphine is being called into doubt. And that’s a good thing, many scientists say.

“It’s exactly how science should work,” says planetary scientist Paul Byrne of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who studies Venus but was not involved in any of the phosphine papers. “It’s too early to say one way or the other what this detection means for Venus.”

Here’s a closer look at efforts to get from “if” to “true:”

The big claim

On September 14, astronomer Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in Wales and colleagues reported that they had seen signs of phosphine in Venus’ clouds using two different telescopes (SN: 9/14/20). The phosphine seemed to be too abundant to exist without some kind of source replenishing it. That source could be strange microbes living in the clouds, or some weird unknown Venusian …

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Space exploration technology created by Sierra Nevada Corporation

space exploration technology created by sierra nevada corporation

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The moon lacks the bodies of liquid water that are a hallmark of Earth but scientists said on Monday lunar water is more widespread than previously known, with water molecules trapped within mineral grains on the surface and more water perhaps hidden in ice patches residing in permanent shadows.
While research 11 years ago indicated water was relatively widespread in small amounts on the moon, a team of scientists is now reporting the first unambiguous detection of water molecules on the lunar surface. At the same time, another team is reporting that the moon possesses roughly 15,000 square miles of permanent shadows that potentially could harbor hidden pockets of water in the form of ice.

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How computer scientists and marketers can create a better CX with AI

how computer scientists and marketers can create a better cx with ai

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Researchers from Erasmus University, The Ohio State University, York University, and London Business School published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines the tension between AI’s benefits and costs and then offers recommendations to guide managers and scholars investigating these challenges.
The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing, is titled “Consumers and Artificial Intelligence: An Experiential Perspective” and is authored by Stefano Puntoni, Rebecca Walker Reczek, Markus Giesler, and Simona Botti.
Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was the stuff of science fiction. Now it is changing how consumers eat, sleep, work, play, and even date. Consumers can interact with AI throughout the day, from Fitbit’s fitness tracker and Alibaba’s Tmall Genie smart speaker to Google Photo’s editing suggestions and Spotify’s music playlists. Given the growing ubiquity of AI in consumers’ lives, marketers operate in organizations with a culture increasingly shaped by computer science. Software developers’ objective of creating technical excellence, however, may not naturally align with marketers’ objective of creating valued consumer experiences. For example, computer scientists often characterize algorithms as neutral tools evaluated on efficiency and accuracy, an approach that may overlook the social and individual complexities of the contexts in which AI is …

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