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Mississippi science museum displays moonshot command module

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss.— An early artifact of America’s moonshot program is now on display in Mississippi. Infinity Science Center is displaying the command module from Apollo 4, an unmanned 1967 mission that successfully demonstrated the full Saturn V rocket and the capsule that would carry men to the moon. The 9-hour mission showed the rocket’s …

Earth’s ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988

WASHINGTON — The ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA said Thursday. The huge hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer reached its maximum this year in September, and this year NASA said it was 7.6 million square miles wide (19.6 million square kilometres). The hole size shrinks after mid-September. This …

New chemical cocktails found in Hudson Bay polar bears

New tests have found a wide range of previously undiscovered contaminants in polar bears around Hudson Bay. The new study complicates our understanding of the complex cocktail of chemicals the bears are exposed to as they try to adapt to changing climate, said Environment Canada researcher Robert Letcher. “For many of these newer compounds, there …

I-TECH launched to commercialize Filipino inventions

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the Land Bank of the Philipines launched the I-TECH Thursday afternoon, aiming to help Filipino inventors commercialize their products. Through the I-TECH (Innovation and Technology Lending Program), a special financing window will be provided by DOST-TAPI and LandBank to …

Lockheed Martin reveals Mars landing plans

ADELAIDE — US defense, aerospace and security giant Lockheed Martin on Friday revealed plans for a Mars lander and a base camp. Presenting during the final day of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, South Australia, Lockheed Martin revealed its new Mars Ascent Descent Vehicle (MADV), a reusable lander that will be used …

Canadian Space Agency and its partners developing plans for lunar space station

MONTREAL— The Canadian Space Agency is working to develop robotic arms as its contribution to a small lunar outpost to be built by international partners in the next decade. Earlier this week, the American and Russian space agencies signed a statement long-term space projects, which focus on the so-called deep space gateway. The small space …

Nuclear agency inspecting Maryland lab after contamination

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at a facility in suburban Maryland following a worker’s potential exposure to radioactive contamination. A five-member NRC team began the inspection Tuesday after an incident last month when a glass ampule broke in a National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratory. Test results …

DNA lab techniques, 1 pioneered in New York, now under fire

NEW YORK— Two techniques for analyzing DNA evidence that were once considered cutting edge are now under fire amid questions about their reliability, and criminal defence attorneys in New York have asked a state agency to investigate the renowned lab that once used both methods. The New York City medical examiner’s lab developed one of …

DOST, UPV, microfinance company partner for business competency

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the microfinance company Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. (TSKI), and the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) have agreed to help entrepreneurs improve their competency. They inked a memorandum of agreement on their collaboration during the opening of the three-day Regional Science and Technology (S&T) Week here …

DOST recognizes best SETUP adopters in West Visayas

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday recognized the best provincial and regional adopters of the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) during the Regional Science and Technology Week on August 29-31. SETUP is DOST’s nationwide program that aims to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting …

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