Science and Technology 

Hubble Telescope Opens Its Eye Again

For three weeks in October, Hubble’s eyes on the Universe closed. On the evening of Friday 5 October, the orbiting observatory put itself into safe mode after one of its gyroscopes failed. The telescope stopped making science observations, oriented its solar panels toward the Sun, and waited for further instructions from the ground. Within hours the ground control team had activated a backup gyroscope. However, when that gyroscope did not work correctly, the long, hard work to get the telescope exploring the Universe once again began in earnest. The Hubble…

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Paleontologists Discover A New Giant Dinosaur, The Volgatitan

Paleontologists from Russia have described a new dinosaur, the Volgatitan. Seven of its vertebrae, which had remained in the ground for about 130 million years, were found on the banks of the Volga, not far from the village of Slantsevy Rudnik, five kilometers from Ulyanovsk. The study has been published in the latest issue of Biological Communications. The Volgatitan belongs to the group of sauropods – giant herbivorous dinosaurs with a long neck and tail, who lived on Earth about 200 to 65 million years ago. Weighing around 17 tons,…

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Researchers Use Gelatin to Make Powerful New Hydrogen Fuel Catalyst

A cheap and effective new catalyst developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best — but also most expensive — water-splitting catalyst out there. The catalyst, which is composed of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide, is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle. “Platinum is expensive, so it would be desirable to find other alternative materials to replace it,” said senior author Liwei…

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Sends Series of New CubeSats to Space

A series of new CubeSats now are in space, conducting a variety of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations, following launch Sunday of Rocket Lab’s first mission for NASA under a Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) contract. An Electron rocket lifted off at 1:33 a.m. EST (7:33 p.m. NZDT) from the company’s launch complex on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, marking the first time CubeSats have launched for NASA on a rocket designed specifically for small payloads. “With the VCLS effort, NASA has successfully advanced the commercial launch service choices for smaller…

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Sports 

PSG facing injury crisis ahead of Man United match

PARIS (AP) — Facing a rampant Manchester United side in the Champions League was already a tough enough prospect for Paris Saint-Germain. Tuesday night’s match in chilly northwest England now looks a daunting one amid an ongoing injury crisis. PSG will be without the world’s most expensive player Neymar and possibly 192-goal, all-time club leading scorer Edinson Cavani against a revitalized United side unbeaten under its new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Furthermore, PSG will go to United with doubts over whether key midfielder Marco Verratti should start the game, having…

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Real Madrid wins Madrid derby, rises back to 2nd in La Liga

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is making it clear it’s still in the fight for the Spanish league title. With a convincing victory in the Madrid derby on Saturday, Real Madrid returned to second place in the Spanish league for the first time since September and moved within five points of leader Barcelona, which has a difficult away match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. “We reached our goal, which was to regain second place and move closer to the lead,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said. “The league isn’t over yet.…

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Doncic, Mavericks erase deficit in 102-101 win over Blazers

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 28 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 24 and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-101 on Sunday. Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quarter to help the Blazers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth before the Mavericks mounted their rally. Dorian Finney-Smith started the comeback by tipping in his own miss, and Doncic’s assist on Dwight Powell’s alley-oop dunk…

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Ex-Bulls Portis, Parker make victorious return to Chicago

CHICAGO — Bobby Portis was sitting courtside at United Center on Saturday, a few moments before tipoff. The Chicago Bulls’ arena went dark, the intro music – that final vestige of the Michael Jordan era – swelled, and Portis’ mental prep kicked in as it had so many times before. [INSERT RECORD SCRATCH] Wake up, Bobby. Your new team, the Washington Wizards, already has been introduced. You’re on the visitors’ bench and all those Bulls buddies you’ve known for so long, they’re the bad guys now. Cut Portis some slack.…

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