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A giant Hyundai cargo ship’s long haul in the Pacific was at least partly autonomous

A giant Hyundai cargo ship’s long haul in the Pacific was at least partly autonomous

This article was originally featured on The Drive. Proponents of autonomous vehicles often point to improved efficiency as a reason for operators to hand over control. They don’t just have their eyes on the road, either, as a Hyundai-built cargo ship completed a pioneering trip across the Pacific controlled by autonomous shipping technology this month. The journey…

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James Webb Space Telescope suffers 1st noticeable micrometeoroid impact just months into flight

James Webb Space Telescope suffers 1st noticeable micrometeoroid impact just months into flight

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist’s depiction of the James Webb Space Telescope at work. (Image credit: Northrop Grumman) NASA’s next-generation space observatory has sustained its first noticeable micrometeoroid impact less than six months after launch, but the agency isn’t too concerned.The James Webb Space Telescope, also known as Webb or JWST, launched on…

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Bacterial cellulose in kombucha enables microbial life under Mars-like conditions

Bacterial cellulose in kombucha enables microbial life under Mars-like conditions

Section of the EXPOSE-2 platform outside the International Space Station (ISS) simulating a Mars-like environment that was used for the experiments. Credit: European Space Agency (ESA) An international research team including the University of Göttingen has investigated the chances of survival of kombucha cultures under Mars-like conditions. Kombucha is known as a drink, sometimes called…

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When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go

When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Late last June, farmers in Walla Walla, Washington, noticed something odd happening to their onions. Walla Walla, an oasis in the middle of the state’s high desert, is bursting with vineyards, wheat fields and acres of the city’s eponymous sweet onions.…

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James Webb Space Telescope coverage wins Pulitzer Prize for science writer Natalie Wolchover and Quanta

James Webb Space Telescope coverage wins Pulitzer Prize for science writer Natalie Wolchover and Quanta

Home News Science & Astronomy Coverage of the James Webb Space Telescope by science writer Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. (Image credit: James Vaughan) Science writer Natalie Wolchover has received a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for her work at Quanta Magazine explaining the intricate story of NASA’s James…

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