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Critics and supporters come out in force to discuss SpaceX’s plans to launch from South Texas

SpaceX stacking its Starship spacecraft on top of a Super Heavy booster at the company’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. | Image: SpaceX This week, a vibrant mixture of supporters and critics voiced their opinions about SpaceX’s launch operations in Boca Chica, Texas during virtual town halls — input that will be considered as …

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NASA’s tiny electrical aircraft is almost ready for lift-off

NASA’s first electric plane is getting ready for takeoff. For the last five years, a small team of NASA engineers has been working to convert an Italian Tecnam P2006T aircraft so that it runs only on battery power. The X-57 Maxwell, named after 19th-century Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, recently began high-voltage functional ground testing …

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Extreme heat is a growing concern for doctors around the world

A resident splashes water onto their face during a heatwave in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 8, 2021.  | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Extreme heat is a huge worry for doctors and public health experts around the world, and it’s steadily become a bigger problem over time, according to a sweeping new …

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FDA clears boosters for Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, following its authorization of a third Pfizer / BioNTech shot in September. The agency also said today that it will allow “mix-and-match” boosters — eligible people who are already fully vaccinated …

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VR treatment for lazy eye in children gets FDA approval

Luminopia The Food and Drug Administration approved a virtual reality-based treatment for children with the visual disorder amblyopia, or lazy eye, the company behind the therapy announced today. Patients watch modified TV shows or movies through a virtual reality headset to improve their vision. “We’re proud to be part of the FDA’s groundbreaking decision today, …

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Giant retailers pledge to leave fossil-fueled ships behind

A cargo ship carrying containers are seen covered in thick smog in Near of Kolkata City on January 25.2021. | Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images Major retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, are beginning to clean up their shipping pollution. A group of companies pledged yesterday that by 2040, they’ll only contract ships using …

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Scientists took the first steps toward pig-to-human kidney transplants

Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images For the first time, surgeons successfully attached a kidney from a genetically modified pig to a human patient — a major scientific breakthrough, and one that could open up a new way to provide organs to sick people. Scientists got the kidney from a pig genetically engineered so that it …

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The mission to break barriers to space travel for people with disabilities

Azubuike “Zuby” Onwuta flashes “Hook ‘em Horns” for the camera aboard the Zero G flight. | Image: Mission: AstroAccess When Sina Bahram shifted into weightlessness for the first time on Sunday, he could feel the air brushing past his skin as his body began to float into the air. As someone who’d longed to be …

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How corrosive valves may have delayed the launch of Boeing’s Starliner

Boeing’s Starliner seen rolling out to its launchpad, ahead of the August delay | Photo by /NASA via Getty Images Boeing says it is narrowing down the source of the issue that delayed the launch of its new Starliner spacecraft this summer, blaming the problem on excess water and humidity causing the vehicle’s valves to …

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