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July 6, 2021

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Space.com

New NASA chief Bill Nelson brings a politician’s eye to space agency

Nelson comes to the position after representing the Space Coast and Florida in Congress for decades, and he takes the reins at a busy time for NASA, which is pushing double quick toward crewed missions to the moon while also feeling out its place in an …

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Space.com

Tropical Storm Elsa delays SpaceX Dragon cargo ship’s return to Earth

Storm surge in Florida would make recovery after splashdown unsafe, so the Dragon will stay at the space station a bit longer. Click here for more Space.com videos… NASA and SpaceX have delayed the departure of the SpaceX CRS-22 Dragon cargo ship …

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Space.com

Europe will launch a new two-handed robotic arm to the International Space Station soon

The European Robotic Arm (ERA), built by European aerospace company Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA), will fly to the orbital outpost on July 15 together with the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also known as Nauka (the Russian …

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Space.com

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity sails through 9th flight on the Red Planet

NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity has now flown nine times on the Red Planet, letting mission engineers test a host of capabilities that could pave the way for more Martian choppers. Ingenuity made its ninth flight on Mars on Monday (July 5), …

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Phys.Org

Ultrathin semiconductors are electrically connected to superconductors for the first time

The reason why this combination of semiconductor and superconductor is so interesting is that the experts expect components of this kind to exhibit new properties and physical phenomena. “In a superconductor, the electrons arrange themselves into pairs …

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EarthSky

More rogue planets found drifting in Milky Way

Like children shoved from a schoolyard by a bigger bully, these rogues might have been ejected from their own star systems by interactions with larger planets. Astronomers used gravitational microlensing to find these lonely planets, amongst a sea of stars, …

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Phys.Org

Enzyme from fungi shows molecules which way to turn

A small fungal enzyme could play a significant role in simplifying the development and manufacture of drugs, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Xue Sherry Gao and collaborators isolated a biocatalyst …

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Phys.Org

Kepler telescope glimpses population of free-floating planets

The results include four new discoveries that are consistent with planets of similar masses to Earth, published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study, led by Iain McDonald …

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Phys.Org

Aryl radical formation by aryl halide bond cleavage by a N-heterocyclic carbene catalyst

Aryl halides with a benzene ring directly bonded to a halogen atom are readily available and chemically stable, so they are used as a source of benzene rings in organic synthesis. For example, a chemical reaction that generates a highly reactive aryl radical …

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EurekAlert

Research brief: New fossil sheds light on the evolution of how dinosaurs breathed

Using an exceptionally preserved fossil from South Africa, a particle accelerator, and high-powered x-rays, an international team including a University of Minnesota researcher has discovered that not all dinosaurs breathed in the same way. The findings give …

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