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SpaceX ready for Falcon 9 launch with next Starlink mission – NASASpaceflight.com

SpaceX will continue the deployment of its Starlink constellation with the launch of another sixty…

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SpaceX will continue the deployment of its Starlink constellation with the launch of another sixty satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday. Liftoff from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre is expected at 08:27 Eastern Time (12:27 UTC).
Sunday’s launch is the thirteenth Falcon 9 mission to deploy operational Starlink satellites, designated Starlink v1.0 L13. This continues the first phase of Starlink deployment, which is aimed at setting up an initial operating capability and allowing SpaceX to…

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Researchers Surprised After They Graft Tomato Plants With Epigenetically-Modified Rootstock – SciTechDaily

Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants. Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe”…

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Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants.
Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe” it has been under stress — joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot, give rise to progeny that are more vigorous, productive, and resilient than the parental plants.
That is the surprising finding of a team of researchers that conducted large-scale field trials with tomato plants at three widely separated locations over…

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Volcanic Impact on Jupiter’s Moon Io Shown Directly for the First Time – SciTechDaily

New radio images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of…

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Composite image showing Jupiter’s moon Io in radio (ALMA), and optical light (Voyager 1 and Galileo). The ALMA images of Io show for the first time plumes of sulfur dioxide (in yellow) rise up from its volcanoes. Jupiter is visible in the background (Hubble). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), I. de Pater et al.; NRAO/AUI NSF, S. Dagnello; NASA/ESA
New radio images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere…

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The diabolical ironclad beetle is practically indestructible. Now scientists know why – CNET

Drive over the beetle in your car and it won’t even break a sweat. How does it do it?

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You can accidentally stomp on the diabolical ironclad beetle and it won’t even flinch. Go one further — drive over it in your car — and that won’t cause the critter any trouble at all, either. Its exoskeleton is one of the toughest in the animal kingdom. And scientists now believe they know why.
In a study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers have unraveled the secrets of the diabolical ironclad beetle’s astounding crush-resistance and demonstrate how new…

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