Don't buy the 'murder hornet' hype
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Don’t buy the ‘murder hornet’ hype

Giant hornets, like you, need protein.  The two-inch-long wasps Vespa mandarinia — regrettably dubbed “murder hornets” — attack bee colonies because they teem with prey. These hornets are remarkable, tenacious-looking animals. They’re the biggest wasps in the world. The problem is they’re native to Asia, but in 2019 and 2020 …

Virgin Orbit aims for December for second attempt at orbital demonstration launch
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Virgin Orbit aims for December for second attempt at orbital demonstration launch

Would-be small satellite launch service provider Virgin Orbit is aiming to redo its key orbital demonstration launch this December, which would be a remarkable turnaround after its previous attempt didn’t manage to reach orbit as the company had hoped. The company aims to offer low-cost launch services for small satellites, …

Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’
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Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’

Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly its first mission to space from its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This is the site that the company will use to host all of its commercial flights, and making it to space from this launch locale is crucial to getting to …

Don't buy the 'murder hornet' hype
animals

Don’t buy the ‘murder hornet’ hype

Giant hornets, like you, need protein.  The two-inch-long wasps Vespa mandarinia — regrettably dubbed “murder hornets” — attack bee colonies because they teem with prey. These hornets are remarkable, tenacious-looking animals. They’re the biggest wasps in the world. The problem is they’re native to Asia, but in 2019 and 2020 …

NASA loads 14 companies with $370M for ‘tipping point’ technologies
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NASA loads 14 companies with $370M for ‘tipping point’ technologies

NASA has announced more than a third of a billion dollars worth of “Tipping Point” contracts awarded to over a dozen companies pursuing potentially transformative space technologies. The projects range from in-space testing of cryogenic tech to a 4G LTE network for the Moon. The space agency is almost always …

Virgin Orbit aims for December for second attempt at orbital demonstration launch
Aerospace

Virgin Orbit aims for December for second attempt at orbital demonstration launch

Would-be small satellite launch service provider Virgin Orbit is aiming to redo its key orbital demonstration launch this December, which would be a remarkable turnaround after its attempt in March didn’t manage to reach orbit as the company had hoped. The company aims to offer low-cost launch services for small …

Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’
Aerospace

Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’

Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly its first mission to space from its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This is the site that the company will use to host all of its commercial flights, and making it to space from this launch locale is crucial to getting to …

Don't buy the 'murder hornet' hype
animals

Don’t buy the ‘murder hornet’ hype

Giant hornets, like you, need protein.  The two-inch-long wasps Vespa mandarinia — regrettably dubbed “murder hornets” — attack bee colonies because they teem with prey. These hornets are remarkable, tenacious-looking animals. They’re the biggest wasps in the world. The problem is they’re native to Asia, but in 2019 and 2020 …

Microscopic photos show the hidden beauty of an invisible world
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Microscopic photos show the hidden beauty of an invisible world

We know that wildlife photos of large mammals and wide open vistas can be breathtaking, but you know what doesn’t get enough of a look in? Close-up shots. As in microscopic, invisible-to-the-naked-eye kind of shots. Enter the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which celebrates images taken using microscopes and has …

Sasha Sagan interviews a series of inspiring female scientists
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Sasha Sagan interviews a series of inspiring female scientists

In Violet magazine, writer Sasha Sagan, author of the must-read For Small Creatures Such As We, is interviewing a series of inspiring and diverse female scientists. First up is evolutionary biologist Dr. Michelle Trautwein, “curator of flies” at the California Academy of Sciences. — Read the rest Continue Reading…