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Soyuz brings three space station fliers back to Earth – Spaceflight Now

HISTORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS AND USED BY PERMISSION The landing module of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft after landing in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Today One week after two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut arrived at the International Space Station, the three crew members they were replacing were placed in their own Soyuz spacecraft, undocked and returned to …

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BYU nanofiber technology makes more effective face masks

PROVO – New technology from BYU’s engineering department could help protect against COVID-19 through traditional face masks. A team of engineers created a new filter by electrospinning nanofibers. The fibers have an electrical charge that attracts COVID-19 particles. When they put the filter inside the fabric pieces of a homemade face mask, it made the mask or more of the …

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Watch OSIRIS-REx bite over the asteroid Bennu

The sample collection process is a carefully organized dance. OSIRIS-REx extended TAGSAM’s 2 meter (6.6-foot) robotic arm with a attached 30 cm (1 foot) ten head attached, while folding its solar panels to protect them. The probe then slowly approached the surface, eventually touching within one meter (3.3 feet) of the selected target. The whole process is monitored by a …

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The genome sequence shows the barrier to the spread of Africanized bees

A wild honeybee in Davis, California. European honeybees (Apis mellifera) were introduced to America in the 1600s. Since 1957, “Africanized” honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellata) have been interbred with other honeybees. New genomics research shows that climate forms a barrier to the spread of these scutellata genes in the north and south. Credit: Erin Calfee Since the 1950s, “Africanized” honeybees have …

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NASA releases unseen images of Bennu, an asteroid that can hold life blocks

Following Tuesday’s historic handling of the asteroid Bennu, NASA released unseen images of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft kicking rocks and debris over space rock. The images are from the moment when OSIRIS-REx approached and touched the surface of Bennu, which is over 200 million miles from Earth. “The sampling arm of the spacecraft – called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) …

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Grapping with epigenetically-modified rootstock yields a surprise

The grafted tomato plants involved in the research produced seed resulting in offspring that were, on average, 35% more productive. And that vigorous growth continued in the offspring for five generations in learning. Credit: Penn State Novelty grafted plants – consisting of roottocks epigenetically modified to “believe” that it is under stress – join an unmodified scion, or shoot in …

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NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

In this photo taken from a video released by NASA, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft touched the surface of the asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. (NASA via AP) NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it easily touched an asteroid, a powerful clue that collected samples to return to Earth, officials said Wednesday. Scientists will not know …

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