Monthly Archive: April 2021

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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity snaps 1st color photo on Red Planet

NASA’s little Mars helicopter has opened its eyes on the Red Planet. The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper, known as Ingenuity, snapped its first color photograph on Saturday (April 3), shortly after being lowered to the Martian dirt by the Perseverance rover. The tableau shows “the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater and a portion of two […]

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China wants to launch its own Hubble-class telescope as part of space station

China is preparing for a space telescope and its own space station. China could launch the first module for its own space station this month as the country also prepares to send a large space telescope to join it in orbit within the next few years. The Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST), which is set […]

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US military picks 3 companies to test nuclear propulsion above low-Earth orbit

General Atomics, Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin each received contracts for the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program’s first phase. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked three big space companies for the first phase of a larger project to test nuclear propulsion above low Earth orbit by 2025. General Atomics, […]

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A student’s physics project could make quantum computers twice as reliable

  (Image credit: Shutterstock) A student’s tweak in quantum computing code could double its ability to catch errors, piquing the interest of Amazon’s quantum computing program. The new code could be used to build quantum computers that live up to the promises of lightning-fast processing time and the ability to solve more complex problems than […]

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2020 Top 10 Innovations

From a rapid molecular test for COVID-19 to tools that can characterize the antibodies produced in the plasma of patients recovering from the disease, this year’s winners reflect the research community’s shared focus in a challenging year. The Scientist Staff Dec 1, 2020    ABOVE: © The Scientist Staff We know the old saw: necessity […]

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Top Technical Advances of 2020

Home News & Opinion Top Technical Advances of 2020 The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home. Shawna Williams Dec 18, 2020   COVID-19 diagnostics A mockup of an at-home test MAMMOTH BIOSCIENCES Much of the world became aware of the disease now known as […]