Reuters : science
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U.S. tech firm Maxar taps startup’s robotics for moon mission  00h47 23 octobre
U.S. technology company Maxar Technologies Inc said it picked software developed by space startup Olis Robotics to run a robotic lunar lander that’s part of NASA’s broader goal of human moon missions by 2024.
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Musk’s satellite project testing encrypted internet with military planes  22h55 22 octobre
The Air Force is using SpaceX’s fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company’s president said on Tuesday, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk’s planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites....
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Two thumbs up - or is it four? Odd lemur has evolved extra ’finger’  18h51 22 octobre
For a strange little lemur native to Madagascar that boasts one of the most unusual hands in the animal kingdom, a high five is more like a trick six.
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German WW2 U-boat base in France reboots as data center  17h05 22 octobre
The thick concrete walls of a long-abandoned World War Two German submarine base in Marseille, southern France, are set to find a new purpose: keeping banks of computer servers safe and cool.
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Bezos’s Blue Origin partners with Lockheed, others on moon lander  15h23 22 octobre
U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024.Blue Origin’s so...
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China’s next commercial rockets to make test flights in 2020, 2021: Xinhua  04h35 20 octobre
China will launch test flights for the next two space rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, as an expected boom in satellite deployment gathers pace.
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U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk  21h50 18 octobre
Two NASA astronauts made space history on Friday, completing the first spacewalk by an all-woman team when they stepped outside the International Space Station.
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Planetary ’autopsies’ indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos  18h48 17 octobre
A new way of studying planets in other solar systems - by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf - is showing that rocky worlds with geochemistry similar to Earth may be quite common in the cosmos.
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Paris zoo unveils the blob , an organism with no brain but 720 sexes  16h33 17 octobre
A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the blob , a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal.
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Brexit hits UK science funding, deters international researchers  14h39 17 octobre
Uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union has hit science funding to the tune of almost half a billion euros and is putting off international researchers from coming to Britain, a leading institution said on Wednesday.
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NASA eyeing inflatable space lodges for moon, Mars and beyond  14h37 17 octobre
When astronauts orbit the moon or live on its surface in the decade ahead, they will probably be doing so inside inflatable space lodges now in development.
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NASA unveils new spacesuit prototypes for missions   06h47 17 octobre
NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space agency’s accelerated drive to return to the moon by 2024.
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Japan to participate in U.S. moon landing plan: Kyodo  05h11 17 octobre
Japan has decided to participate in a U.S. plan for putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and the government will officially inform the United States within this year, the Kyodo News agency reported on Thursday.
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Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans  02h42 17 octobre
Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world’s deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans - giving insight into the origins of one of human history’s biggest killers.
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Historic all-female spacewalk set for Friday at International Space Station  20h44 16 octobre
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make history on Friday when they conduct the first ever all-female spacewalk to replace the power source on the International Space Station (ISS).