Cargo Spacecraft Carrying New Toilet to ISS Finally Launches

After several scrubbed attempts, a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket has taken off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, launching an uncrewed Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft is carrying a total of 8,000 pounds of crew supplies and science experiments for the ISS.

The mission had been expected to originally launch on Tuesday, September 29, but this had to be pushed back due to unfavorable weather conditions. The new launch date was set for Thursday, October 1, and the rocket was fueled and ready to go but was then scrubbed again after an issue with ground support equipment. The launch was pushed back once more to late on Friday, October 2, and this time the launch went ahead as planned at 9:16 p.m. ET.

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2020, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket is carrying a Cygnus spacecraft with 8,000 pounds of supplies and experiments.
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2020, from
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States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built — here’s why

  • New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states which have published alert apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.
  • 70 million people, or 21% of the U.S. population, now has access to a Covid-19 app.
  • Covid apps are starting to catch on six months after the system was first announced because it is becoming faster and easier for governments to build the apps.
  • New York and New Jersey’s apps also work across some state lines, addressing a major issue with the early versions. 

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

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New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

Six months after it was announced, the tech that Apple and Google built for sending Covid-19 exposure alerts to smartphones is finally gaining momentum in the United States.


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Tough September Is Finally Over

Apple investors can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The past month was Apple’s worst in the stock market since February 2020, and the toughest month of September since the 2008 Great Recession: -10%.

As the graph below illustrates, Apple stock fell off a cliff in the first part of the month, finally recovering only in the last five trading days. Compared to the rest of the FAAMG group, Apple underperformed in September by more than 1 percentage point. Against the S&P 500, Apple shares lagged by even more: 6.5 percentage points.

Valuation-driven correction

From a business fundamentals perspective, there wasn’t much about the month of September that could fully explain the drastic swing in Apple share price. In my view, the 22% top-to-bottom decline can be almost completely justified by a correction in valuations that had skyrocketed in August.

On the bearish side, in addition to the

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NASA says it has finally located the leak on the International Space Station

NASA officials said the leak on the International Space Station was from a Russian module on the orbiting laboratory.

water next to the ocean: The International Space Station in low Earth orbit.

The International Space Station in low Earth orbit.

Astronauts aboard the space station and flight controllers on Earth have been trying to track down the location of this tiny leak for weeks.

NASA said in a statement Tuesday that the leak, which appeared to be growing in size, had finally been spotted in the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module on the ISS.

“The size of the leak identified overnight has since been attributed to a temporary temperature change aboard the station with the overall rate of leak remaining unchanged,” the statement said.

The leak poses no danger to the crew on board the ISS, NASA said. There are currently three people aboard the ISS: Station commander Chris Cassidy (the solo American) and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin

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There’s a giant ‘Green Banana’ off Florida’s coast, and researchers have finally gotten to the bottom of it

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If you haven’t heard of the “Green Banana blue hole” you might imagine a tropical cocktail you can order in Key West, or a dessert you ordered after a night on Bourbon Street.

Forget that. This Green Banana is actually a mysterious sink hole. More specifically, it’s a huge, underwater cavern off the coast of Florida that humans had never fully explored—until last month.

Scientists say the Green Banana could hold clues to the formation of toxic red tides, algae blooms that are devastating to Florida’s shoreline, and the extent of the aquifer that supplies the state with most of its drinking water.

Maybe even the origins of life.

Blue holes—sink holes that form under water—are not unusual in the Gulf of Mexico. In the mid-1970s, a boat captain sailing about 60 miles west of Sarasota spotted one about 160 feet under water, and an unripe

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NASA finally tracks down air leak on ISS, but it’s not fixed yet

The ISS has a small but pesky air leak.


A longstanding space mystery is almost solved. NASA and the ISS crew have been bothered by an air leak first noticed in late 2019. The leak seemed to pick up the pace recently, sending NASA on a hunt to track it down. A new round of tests has finally narrowed down the location.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner have conducted a series of tests that involved closing hatches around the station so NASA could monitor the air pressure in each section. Their latest efforts led NASA to the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module.

The Russian-built Zvezda Service Module contains living quarters along with life support, communications and propulsion systems. “Additional work is underway to

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E-Trek Technology will finally launch their Off-Road Bike on Indiegogo this September

Meet E-Trek Monster

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — E-Trek Technology (E-Trek) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest off-road bike, E-Trek Monster, on Indiegogo in September. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, E-Trek Monster hopes to provide all the desired features e-bikers are looking for.

Make the world your pavement with E-Trek Monster
Make the world your pavement with E-Trek Monster

“Built for off-road”

Equipped with 750W Snowmobile Motor and 48V/14.4mAh hidden and removable Samsung batteries, E-Trek Monster allows up to 100KM traveling range with one single charge. Because of its 20” Shock Absorber Snowmobile Frame, front and rear suspension, 7-Speed SHIMANO variable Speed System, and 20” Fat Tires, E-Trek Monster can conquer all terrains such as snow-covered fields, forests, beaches, and country roads.  It is also easily transported thanks to an easy 3-step folding featuring, allowing users to easily store it in the trunk of an SUV.


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Synthetic aperture radar finally shedding its mystique

When Capella Space’s first operational synthetic aperture radar satellite launched from New Zealand last month on a Rocket Lab Electron, a team of agriculture specialists at The Climate Corporation watched with excitement.

“We were really happy,” said Steven Ward, the director of geospatial sciences at The Climate Corporation, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of life sciences and pharmaceutical giant Bayer that leverages satellite imagery to help farmers boost crop yields and insure against weather-driven losses. “We actually had a Slack channel where we were celebrating that launch.”

The Climate Corporation processed 600 million satellite images in 2019, most of it optical, Ward said. The company hasn’t integrated synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, imagery into its Climate FieldView product line yet, but is studying how radar, which can peer through clouds, could fill gaps left by optical satellites over notoriously cloudy regions like Brazil, Indonesia and the Niger delta, he said.


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We may finally know what life on Earth breathed before there was oxygen

Billions of years ago, long before oxygen was readily available, the notorious poison arsenic could have been the compound that breathed new life into our planet.

a close up of a beach: La Brava microbial mats.

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La Brava microbial mats.

In Chile’s Atacama Desert, in a place called Laguna La Brava, scientists have been studying a purple ribbon of photosynthetic microbes living in a hypersaline lake that’s permanently free of oxygen.

“I have been working with microbial mats for about 35 years or so,” says geoscientist Pieter Visscher from the University of Connecticut.

“This is the only system on Earth where I could find a microbial mat that worked absolutely in the absence of oxygen.”

Microbial mats, which fossilize into stromatolites, have been abundant on Earth for at least 3.5 billion years, and yet for the first billion years of their existence, there was no oxygen for photosynthesis.

How these life forms survived in such

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COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public.

The NHS COVID-19 app comes as Britain braces for a second wave of infections, with daily cases numbers rising at rates not seen since the peak of the pandemic and a testing system unable to cope with demand in many areas.

The government had said a COVID-19 app would arrive in May, but early trials were dogged by problems, and developers abandoned home-grown technology in favour of Apple <AAPL.O> and Google’s <GOOGL.O> model in June.

As the delay lengthened, the government downplayed the importance of smartphones in fighting COVID-19, saying that rather than an app being central to the test and trace system, it was “the cherry on

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