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First Private Moon Lander Heralds New Lunar Space Race

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN – 21 February 2019 – Elizabeth Gibney – Israeli firm is sending a privately built craft to the Moon – and leading a fresh era of exploration. Israel is heading

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Microsoft Wants Rules For Facial Recognition, But…

WIRED –TOM SIMONITE – 21 February, 2019 – IN DECEMBER, MICROSOFT President Brad Smith urged lawmakers to set rules on facial-recognition technology to prevent a privacy-threatening “race to the bottom.” Now the

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Hippocamp: the Moon That Shouldn’t Be There

FUTURISM – 21 February 2019 -Kristin Houser – In 2013, scientists discovered a tiny moon orbiting Neptune. They gave it the forgettable name S/2004 N 1, but it soon earned the nickname of “the

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Signs of Ancient Flowing Water on Mars

ESA – 21 February 2019 – These images from ESA’s Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that hint at a

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Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

PHYS.org – 21 February, 2019 – A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin

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Astronaut Photography Benefiting The Planet

ESA – 18 Feb 2019 – When astronauts take photographs of our planet while orbiting 400 km above our heads, they are doing much more than just taking pretty pictures.

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Space junk: Harpoon Tested to Clean Up Space

BBC – 17 February 2019 – New footage from a space mission shows the latest idea to collect space junk. A harpoon was fired at a target in orbit to demonstrate

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‘Shock therapy’ Isn’t as Scary as its Name – or the Movies – Suggest

POPULAR SCIENCE – Nicole Westman – 31 January 2019 – Contrary to popular thought, under the right conditions, electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, doctors argue, is usually safe and effective. For

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The ‘Stuff’ of the Universe Keeps Changing

Phys.org – Laura Arenscheld – 1 February 2019 – The composition of the universe—the elements that are the building blocks for every bit of matter—is ever-changing and ever-evolving, thanks to the

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UK’s MoD Backs Satellite ‘Origami Radar Antennas’

BBC – Jonathan Amos – 28 January 2019 – The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approached start-up Oxford Space Systems (OSS) to design antennas for a sovereign satellite radar system.

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