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NASA Invites Students to Join the Artemis Generation at SciFest Virtual Event

NASA Invites Students to Join the Artemis Generation at SciFest Virtual Event

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Venture with NASA to discover the future of flight, understand the portrait of planet Earth, and take the next steps in exploration at SciFest, the virtual STEM expo from the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The free event, which runs from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature NASA researchers, scientists, engineers, and technicians discussing various topics related to science, technology, engineering and math.

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A virtual greeting from Thomas Zurbuchen, associate for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, invites the Artemis Generation to enter and explore the NASA Hall, where visitors can download games and activities and ask NASA what it takes to join its mission to make new discoveries in aeronautics, science, and space.

With the

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Tesla’s Nevada lithium plan faces stark obstacles on path to production

By Ernest Scheyder



Aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada


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Aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s plan to produce lithium for electric vehicle batteries close to its Nevada Gigafactory faces stark challenges from the outset, including an onerous permitting process, uncertain access to water and questions about unproven methodologies.



FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car at Tesla's showroom in Manhattan's Meatpacking District in New York


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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car at Tesla’s showroom in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in New York

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday Tesla has secured rights to 10,000 acres in Nevada where it aims to produce lithium from clay deposits using a process developed internally.

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The move would make Tesla the first company in the world to commercially produce the white metal from clay. Lithium is produced either from brine, commonly found in South America, or spodumene hard rock, usually in Australia.

In Nevada,

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NASA wants a big budget increase for its Moon plans. Is Congress biting?

A man in a suit speaks in front of a mural of the Moon landing.
Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says that competition is good for the Artemis Moon program.

The odds of NASA sending humans back to the Moon by 2024 are long—not zero, but pretty close.

Probably the biggest near-term impediment the space agency faces is funding. Specifically, NASA requires an additional $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2021 to allow contractors to begin constructing one or more landers to take astronauts down to the Moon’s surface from a high lunar orbit. This is a 12 percent increase to NASA’s budget overall.

The 2021 fiscal year begins in a week, on October 1. The US Congress recently passed a “continuing resolution” that will keep the government funded through December 11. By that time, after the 2020 election, it is hoped that the House and Senate can agree on a budget that would fund priorities for the remainder of the fiscal year.

NASA Administrator

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PureStake raises $1.4 million to launch Ethereum-compatible network on Polkadot

Blockchain startup PureStake has raised $1.4 million in seed funding to launch Moonbeam Network — the Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform built on top of Polkadot.

The seed round was led by Hypersphere Ventures, Polkadot co-founder Robert Habermeier’s venture firm, with participation from Arrington XRP Capital, HashKey, and Bitcoin.com Exchange, among others.

Moonbeam is a Polkadot parachain, Katie Butler, director of marketing at PureStake, told The Block, adding that it is focused on making it easy for Ethereum developers to deploy existing smart contracts to a Polkadot-based environment. It means Ethereum developers can use the same developer tools and code they already use and can get access to the Polkadot ecosystem, said Butler.

Moonbeam launched its first testnet earlier this year and expects to deliver a parachain deployment on Polkadot in Q2 2021. Esports betting protocol BetProtocol and cross-chain synthetic asset protocol Linear Finance will be leveraging Moonbeam smart contracts.

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You Don’t Need Money, You Need A Network

President of Alliance Reservations Network, Founder & CEO of The Strack Group, serial entrepreneur passionate about empowering others.

You are who you surround yourself with, period. Often, I talk to entrepreneurs who are completely focused on raising capital — it’s the only thing they think about. But to me, other resources are much more valuable than money.

What’s the No. 1 resource I advise entrepreneurs to acquire? A strong professional network.

As a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, my network has been invaluable to me. My relationships, both professional and personal, have given me knowledge, resources and introductions that saved me an incredible amount of time and money.

The Ideal Network

Your network should deliver three items: 

• Council: Business leaders who will give you free advice because you have a relationship with them.

• Introductions: Referrals to companies, services and other people who are otherwise hard to access.

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Microsoft Ignite 2020: All the news from Redmond’s IT Pro conference

Watch this: ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and Larry Dignan discuss everything you need to know about the news out of Microsoft’s Ignite conference. 

New perpetual Office clients for Windows and Mac, as well as on-premises versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business are coming in the second half of next year.

Microsoft is adding three new edge-computing devices and moving ahead, with various Azure-branded services that are part of its hybrid-cloud family.

Microsoft’s Azure Communication Services (ACS) will give customers and partners access to the same voice, video, chat and texting services that Microsoft uses to power Teams.

Project Cortex is going to be delivered as a number of add-ons to existing Microsoft products, starting with SharePoint. The change in strategy is the result of ‘user feedback,’ Microsoft execs say.

The wait is over: Microsoft’s ‘Chredge’ browser will be available to Insider testers in preview starting in October.

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New analysis of black hole reveals a wobbling shadow

New analysis of black hole reveals a wobbling shadow
An animation showing the consistency of the measured ring diameter and the uncertainties of the orientation measurement. Credit: M. Wielgus and the EHT Collaboration

In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration delivered the first image of a black hole, revealing M87*—the supermassive object in the center of the M87 galaxy. The team has now used the lessons learned last year to analyze the archival data sets from 2009-2013, some of them not published before.


The analysis reveals the behavior of the black hole image across multiple years, indicating persistence of the crescent-like shadow feature, but also variation of its orientation—the crescent appears to be wobbling. The full results appeared today in The Astrophysical Journal.

The Event Horizon Telescope is not one singular telescope, but a global partnership of telescopes—including the UChicago-led South Pole Telescope—which performs synchronized observations using the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry. Together they form a

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TIME Hosts Members of the New 2020 TIME100 List for a Special Three-Part Series of TIME100 Talks

(New York, NY — September 23, 2020) — To coincide with the launch of its annual list of the world’s most influential people, TIME will host 2020 TIME100 honorees for a special three-part series of consecutive TIME100 Talks, TIME’s series of virtual conversations that convenes influential leaders across fields to encourage cross-disciplinary action toward a better world. This series of TIME100 Talks will air on September 23, 24 and 25 on Time.com and across TIME’s social media platforms.

Each installment of TIME100 Talks on September 23, 24 and 25 will feature conversations with 2020 TIME100 honorees about their work, their impact, and their visions for the future. Confirmed speakers include: Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, author Ibram X. Kendi, Netflix Vice President Lisa Nishimura, author Tomi Adeyemi, chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara, actor and philanthropist Emilia Clarke, former

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Bezos’ Blue Origin to set record with launch testing NASA moon mission hardware

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The sixth landing of the same New Shepard booster.


Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the space company founded and funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos, is planning to make its 13th trip to space on Thursday, using a New Shepard rocket that will be flying for the seventh time, which will set a record for rocket recycling. 

Mission NS-13 will be carrying a dozen payload to the edge of space and back, including a lunar landing sensor demonstration that will test technologies for future moon missions as part of NASA’s Artemis program.

The sensor will be the first payload to ride mounted to the exterior of New Shepard rather than inside its capsule. 

SpaceX, another commercial space outfit headed by a famous billionaire in the form of Elon Musk, has so far used a

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Huawei says Qualcomm applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese giant will use them if allowed

  • Huawei has been restricted from procuring chips for its smartphones due to U.S. sanctions.
  • American firms looking to sell to Huawei must get a license from the U.S. government in order to do so. 
  • Huawei said that Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese giant will use them in smartphones if permission is granted by the U.S. government. 



a close up of a sign: The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020.


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The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020.

Huawei said that Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese technology giant will use them in smartphones if permission is granted by the U.S. government. 

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China’s Huawei was put on a U.S. blacklist last year that restricted American businesses from selling products to the Chinese phonemaker. U.S. companies, including Qualcomm, were required to get

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