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Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing - Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and TechnologyDate:Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00amLocation:2318 Rayburn House Office BuildingSubcommittees:Subcommittee on Energy (115th Congress)Subcommittee on Environment (115th Congress)Opening Statements:Full Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas)Witnesses:Dr. Phil Rasch, chief scientist for climate science, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy, Niskanen Center [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate, Cornell University [Truth in Testimony]Ms. Kelly Wanser, pri...

Object passes earth at 15 million MPH (24 million KMH) and has astronomers baffled

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A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. This unusual object – for now designated A/2017 U1 – is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers are urgently working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analyzed, astronomers may know more about the origin and possibly composition of the object. A/2017 U1 was discovered Oct. 19 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth ob
FRBS: Repeating Radio Signals Coming From Distant Galaxy Detected By Astronomers

FRBS: Repeating Radio Signals Coming From Distant Galaxy Detected By Astronomers

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Repeating radio signals from a mysterious source in a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away have been detected by astronomers. Using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the Breakthrough Listen initiative—a massive project dedicated to finding signs of intelligent alien life—recorded 15 repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) on August 26. The FRBs only last a few milliseconds, appearing to be coming from deep space. Because FRBs have an extremely short duration, and because scientists usually find them in data only after the event has taken place, pinpointing their origin has not been possible. Almost two dozen FRBs have been recorded. Most often, they are one-off events, but in 2016 scientists announced in the journal Nature that they had found a repeating rad
Miss the eclipse? Another one’s coming, and Cleveland will have a front row seat!

Miss the eclipse? Another one’s coming, and Cleveland will have a front row seat!

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Traveling a different path from the 2017 eclipse, the total eclipse will be visible in Mexico, the central US and east Canada, with a partial eclipse visible across North and Central America. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Although Monday’s eclipse was peaking over two minutes in the path of totality, the 2024 eclipse will have peaks of 4½ minutes. In the United States, it will be visible in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA. Cities like Austin, Texas; Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis; Toledo, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; Montpelier, Vermont; and Montreal will be directly in the path of totality. Source: Miss the eclipse? Another one’s coming, and Cleveland will have a front row
Coming Soon! A United States Space Corps.

Coming Soon! A United States Space Corps.

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Last weekend, an NPR radio personality sat down with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps. Then Wednesday, The house armed services committee voted to moving forward with the creation of a Space Corps.  Overall, they voted against an amendment that had been forwarded by Rep. Mike Turner, a republican from Ohio. "This mark is asking us to do something we have not done since 1947", said Mike Turner Mike says that he mostly concerned that we haven't risen to the level of knowledge for us to make this kind of decision. The new branch of the Military would be housed by the Air Force, but leaders of the National Air Force are concerned that this will create unneeded bureauc
Chinese scientists set new distance record for quantum communication

Chinese scientists set new distance record for quantum communication

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Chinese scientists have reported the successful transmission of entangled photons across 1,200 km using satellite technology, over 10 times the distance achieved by land-based optical fibers, in a feat that could help with the development of communication networks over vast distances. The research, led by Professor Pan Jianwei from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), was published in the US journal Science on Friday. "This work lays a reliable technical foundation for large-scale quantum networking and quantum communication experimental research, as well as experimental testing of basic principles of physics, such as general theory of relativity and quantum gravity, in outer space in the future," Pan told Xinhua News Agency in an interview. Entangling or "linking" quantum particles to...
Boeing-Built Satellite Will Enhance Global High-Speed Broadband Network

Boeing-Built Satellite Will Enhance Global High-Speed Broadband Network

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The fourth Boeing [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which was launched yesterday, will noticeably expand the high-speed broadband service available through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network after the satellite becomes fully operational later this year. The Inmarsat-5 satellites are uniquely able to provide seamless communications coverage through fixed and steerable beams that can be adjusted in real time to accommodate demand surges. “Inmarsat-5 F4 joins our existing Global Xpress constellation, which is already being adopted as the new standard in global mobile broadband connectivity by companies, governments and communities around the world,” said Michele Franci, CTO, Inmarsat. “Boeing has been an outstanding partner in our journey to make Global Xpress a reality.” This is the fo
X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands after 718 days in the skies

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands after 718 days in the skies

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The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OTV-4), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility May 7, 2017. “Today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th Space Wing as we continue to break barriers,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW commander. “Our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and I am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today’s safe and successful landing of the X-37B.” The OTV-4 conducted on-orbit experiments for 718 days during its mission, extending the total number of days spent on-orbit for the OTV program to 2,085 days. "The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation," said Lt. Col. Ron Feh

Preparing the Nation for Intense Space Weather

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While major geomagnetic storms are rare, with only a few recorded per century, there is significant potential for large-scale impacts when they do occur. Extreme space weather can be viewed as hazards for the economy and national security. The entire Canadian province of Québec, which covers twice as much area as the State of Texas, was plunged into darkness on the morning of March 13, 1989. An intense geomagnetic storm seized Québec’s power-grid system, tripping relays, damaging high-voltage transformers, and causing a blackout. This geomagnetic storm’s impact on Québec pales in comparison to what could happen in the future. A report by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that a rare but powerful magnetic superstorm could cause continent-wide loss of el