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Cursor and Wheels up as the gorgeous electric Eviation Alice takes flight 🔊After showing off with some extravagant runway wheelies last week, Alice, the "world's first all-electric commuter aircraft," lifted off overnight on a historic first flight. It's another major milestone toward zero-emissions medium-range air travel.

Alice took off at 7.10 am local time from Grant County International Airport in Washington state, and made a short, 8-minute circuit, reaching an altitude of 3,500 ft (1,067 m) before coming in and touching down.

 

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Hero imageA NASA spacecraft intentionally slammed into a stadium-sized asteroid on Sept. 26 — possibly giving the space rock its worst day of the last 1,000 years — and then the paparazzi showed up.

LICIACube, a satellite the size of a breadbox provided by the Italian Space Agency, arrived on the scene of the crash three minutes later, taking pictures of the impact and debris plume. The images, combined with data from a follow-up European space mission, will help scientists prepare to intervene if an asteroid ever threatens to hit the planet in the future.

Image: A tiny Italian satellite caught the intense aftermath of DART's impact with the Dimorphos asteroid. Credit: ASI / NASA

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156BDE06 E9E1 410A 847EA06EC19E8BAF sourceNASA deliberately crashed its DART spacecraft into the Dimorphos asteroid on Monday. It's a test to see if it's possible to move a celestial body and prevent its collision with Earth. However, we'll have to wait to see if the mission was a success. Read what happens next and see the incredible final images of DART before its historic impact.

Image: The asteroid Dimorphos, as seen by NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft moments before impact. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

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Visualized The World s Population at 8 Billion by CountryAt some point in late 2022, the eight billionth human being will enter the world, ushering in a new milestone for humanity.

In just 48 years, the world population has doubled in size, jumping from four to eight billion. Of course, humans are not equally spread throughout the planet, and countries take all shapes and sizes. The visualizations in this article aim to build context on how the eight billion people are distributed around the world.

Image: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualized-the-worlds-population-at-8-billion/

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NASA s DART anti asteroid satellite successfully smashes into space rock TechCrunchNASA has completed a key step of its “Double Asteroid Redirection Test” (DART), smashing a satellite roughly the size of a vending machine into a small moon that’s about half-a-mile in diameter. The moon, Dimorphos, is orbiting an even larger asteroid, Didymos, and while neither is in any danger of colliding with Earth, they’re good test cases to see whether us puny humans smashing them with technology can cause them to change course.

Image: NASA

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Prepare for dough for plastic wrap 2022 09 16 02 42 28 utcResearcher Dr. Feng Jiang developed the wood-based alternative to single-use plastic in research published in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

To create the product, Dr. Jiang breaks down wood fibers from forest waste in a solution of cold sodium hydroxide along with some mild mechanical blending. The process creates a plastic-like film that is strong, translucent, and water resistant.

 

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Cursor and Thickened battery electrodes hint at fast charging EVs with doubled rangeScientists experimenting with key components in lithium batteries have come up with a promising new design that could one day see electric vehicles charge much faster, and offer twice the range at the same time. The breakthrough centers on a new, thickened electrode made up of vertically stacked layers that allows for easier transport of lithium ions.

Image: A battery breakthrough holds exciting promise for the performance of future electric vehiclesDepositphotos

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Herpes virus genetically engineered to kill cancerScientists have genetically modified a strain of the herpes virus to act as a cancer-killing agent in humans. Findings from an initial human trial are encouraging, with the experimental treatment proving safe and promisingly effective.

“Viruses are one of humanity’s oldest enemies, as we have all seen over the pandemic,” explained Kristian Helen from the Institute of Cancer Research. “But our new research suggests we can exploit some of the features that make them challenging adversaries to infect and kill cancer cells.”

Image: The herpesvirus is designed to be injected into tumors and attract cancer-killing immune cellsDepositphotos

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Steve Case 6244482532If you were on the internet in the 1990s, chances are that you paid a company called America Online, better known as AOL, for the privilege. The man who was largely responsible for introducing America to the internet was Steve Case, who cofounded AOL in Vienna, Virginia, and served as its CEO until 2001, when it merged with Time Warner.

 

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Solar protocol network tega brain alex nathanson benedetta piantella design dezeen 2364 hero 852x479Internet traffic is controlled by the "logic of the sun" in Solar Protocol, a solar-powered network whose creators argue for digital design within planetary limits.

Solar Protocol involves a series of solar-powered servers, set up in locations across the world's time zones and serving its hosted websites from whichever spot is enjoying the most sunlight.

Image: https://www.dezeen.com

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