Glaciers accelerate in the Getz region of West Antarctica

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A small boat in a large body of waterGlaciers in West Antarctica are moving more quickly from land into the ocean, contributing to rising global sea levels. A 25-year record of satellite observations has been used to show … The post Glaciers accelerate in the Getz region of West Antarctica appeared first on British Antarctic Surv...

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Robotic gliders deployed on giant iceberg mission

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A large ship in a body of waterScientists have completed the first phase of a research mission to determine the impact of the giant A-68a iceberg on one of the world’s most important ecosystems. A team of … The post Robotic gliders deployed on giant iceberg mission appeared first on British Antarctic Survey.

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Discovery of life beneath Antarctica’s ice shelves

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Borehole in iceFar underneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic, there’s more life than expected, finds a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, published this week (15 February 2021). … The post Discovery of life beneath Antarctica’s ice shelves appeared first on British Antarctic Survey.

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Using AI to track whales from space

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A fish swimming under water.British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists will work with an Artificial Intelligence company after being awarded a contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to support the protection of an endangered … The post Using AI to track whales from space appeared first on British Antarctic Survey.

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February 4, 2021 – OPTIMIST DAY – NATIONAL HOMEMADE SOUP DAY – NATIONAL HEMP DAY – NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY – NATIONAL CREATE A VACUUM DAY

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Evaluation concludes BAS research is ‘world leading’

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A group of people sitting at a table.An evaluation of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has provided an objective assessment of its research excellence and impact. It concludes BAS is ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. Two independent panels … The post Evaluation concludes BAS research is ‘world leading’ appeared first...

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Penguins benefit from extended maritime zone

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Gentoo penguins are benefiting from a newly enlarged no-fishing zone (known as a No-Take Zone NTZ) around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia following British Antarctic Survey (BAS) tracking research … The post Penguins benefit from extended maritime zone appeared first on British Antar...

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Opportunities for Antarctic research – Apply now

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Aerial view of Marguerite Bay.Applications to carry out small-scale research projects in the Antarctic in the 2021/22 season are invited from UK-based researchers. The Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme (CASS) provides fieldwork opportunities for scientists … The post Opportunities for Antarctic research – Apply now ap...

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Expedition to map biodiversity in Atlantic deep sea

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A close up of an animal.A British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientist departs Germany today (8 January 2021) onboard the research vessel SONNE  to study the diversity of marine organisms in the Atlantic deep sea. Dr … The post Expedition to map biodiversity in Atlantic deep sea appeared first on British Antarctic Survey...

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The strangest things sent into space | Space

An electric car is just one of the many unusual objects that have left the confines of Earth.

Humankind has been fascinated with space for our entire existence, and it seems as soon as we could start sending things up there — be it animal, toy or food — we did. Here’s a list of some of the more bizarre things humans have launched into space.

Eight Strangest Things Sent Into Space

 

Moon Proposal Takes Aim at Cosmic Dark Ages and Exoplanets | Space

The far side of the moon is an attention grabber for many reasons. A new mission idea capitalizes on those reasons in a project dubbed the Farside Array for Radio Science Investigations of the Dark ages and Exoplanets, shortened to this enlightened abbreviation: FARSIDE.

The concept would place a low-radio-frequency interferometric array on the far side of the moon. Jack Burns of the University of Colorado Boulder and Gregg Hallinan of the California Institute of Technology have sketched out a way to execute the mission in a NASA-funded report published last month.

Source: Moon FARSIDE: Lunar Astronomy Proposal Takes Aim at Cosmic Dark Ages and Exoplanets | Space

Blue Origin Will Launch (and Land) a Reusable Spacecraft Tuesday. How to Watch | Space

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, will launch a spacecraft filled with science experiments — and thousands of postcards from kids — on Tuesday (Dec. 10), but only if Mother Nature allows. The company’s reusable New Shepard spacecraft is scheduled to launch on the suborbital NS-12 mission at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT) from Blue Origin’s West Texas proving grounds. You can watch Blue Origin’s launch here and on Space.com’s homepage, courtesy of the company’s webcast, beginning at 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT). You can also watch the launch directly from Blue Origin’s website here.

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Opinion | A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us – The New York Times

Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it, but we can’t imagine a world without it.

Though we talk about reforming and regulating it, “fixing” it, those of us who grew up on the internet know there’s no such thing as a social network that lasts forever. Facebook and Twitter are slowly imploding. And before they’re finally dead, we need to think about what the future will be like after social media so we can prepare for what comes next.

I don’t mean brainstorming new apps that could replace outdated ones, the way Facebook did Myspace. I mean what will replace social media the way the internet replaced television, transforming our entire culture?

To find out what comes next, I went on a quest. I was looking for a deeper future than the latest gadget cycle, so I spoke to experts in media history, tech designers, science fiction writers and activists for social justice. I even talked to an entity that is not a person at all.

Source: Opinion | A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us – The New York Times

Five Spaceships will be Docked at the ISS by Tomorrow.

As of tomorrow morning, there will be five space vehicles parked at the International Space Station.

The SpaceX Dragon space freighter, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply ship, and Russia’s Soyuz MS-13 and MS-15 crew ships are already there. The Russian Progress 74 that launched Friday at 4:34 a.m. is expected to dock to the Pirs compartment on the station’s Russian segment at 5:38 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

NASA TV and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of Progress rendezvous and docking at 4:45 a.m.

Dragon and Progress are two of four robotic spaceships that currently fly resupply missions to the ISS. The other two are Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle and Cygnus, which is operated by Virginia-based Northrop Grumman.

See also:  https://www.space.com/russian-progress-cargo-spacecraft-launches-space-station.html

Though not a freighter itself, the Bigelow BEAM is also docked there… Bigelow_Expandable_Activity_Module The BEAM is an inflatable module that is being used as extra storage space and carrying out some experiments to judge the suitability of inflatable/expandable modules for use in space as habitats and utility compartments.