Space 

Effective Space signs first contract for satellite life extension services

WASHINGTON — Effective Space, a U.K.-headquartered company developing spacecraft to extend the life of communications satellites, announced Jan. 17 that it has signed its first contract with an undisclosed customer. Effective Space said the contract, with a “major regional satellite operator,” covers the launch of two of its Space Drone satellite life extension vehicles in 2020, which will dock with two of the customer’s existing satellites to provide stationkeeping and attitude control capabilities. The company said the multi-year contract has a total value of more than $100 million. In an…

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Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow?

More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059. But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes. Iceland, the rugged but progressive island nation between north America and northern Europe, this month became the first country to force employers to prove that they are paying men and women the same for similar work,…

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Sport 

Why was Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the press box against Chelsea? Did he enjoy it?

It was an unusual sight, seeing the Arsenal boss sitting among reporters, and brought far more camera attention to the area than usual. Wenger was alongside his trusted lieutenant Jens Lehmann, and just behind Express Sport’s Tony Banks, for the goalless draw. Arsenal held Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final but it wasn’t all good news with Jack Wilshere picking up an injury and Calum Chambers getting hurt. Why was Arsene Wenger in the press box? The Arsenal boss was banned from the touchline for three…

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Science 

Coal baron's 'action plan' became Trump policy initiatives

FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, Robert “Bob” Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. In the early days of the Trump administration, Murray, the head of one of America’s largest coal companies sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of key environmental and mine safety regulations he claimed would help revive the struggling mining industry. A review by The Associated Press…

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Space 

In space and cyber, China is closing in on the United States

“China’s satellite manufacturing industry is growing at an alarming rate,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Co. WASHINGTON — It should be no surprise that China is moving to challenge the United States for dominance in space, cyber, artificial intelligence and other key technologies that have wide national security applications. But the question that is still being debated is whether the United States is taking this threat seriously. This may not be a Sputnik moment, but the United States could soon be unpleasantly surprised as China continues to shore up its domestic…

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Why California may not dominate the pot market

SALINAS, Calif. — This state has long been dubbed America’s salad bowl, because of the ability of California’s industrial-scale farms to produce food in mass quantities. Beginning this year, it will also begin widespread legal production of a very different crop. The grower of more than one-third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts is expected to begin providing an outsize share of its marijuana, after the drug became legal for recreational use on Jan. 1. But it’s still not clear who will produce all that…

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Science 

US energy watchdog rejects plan to subsidize coal, nuclear sectors

Energy Secretary Rick Perry had in September proposed providing federal aid to nuclear and coal power plants with at least 90 days’ worth of production capacity, arguing the move was necessary to make the national grid more resilient in case of extreme events (AFP Photo/FAYEZ NURELDINE) More Washington (AFP) – The US energy watchdog terminated Monday a key proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration to subsidize coal and nuclear plants, finding it neither justified nor reasonable. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was handed down in a…

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Space 

Op-ed | An argument for space fission reactors

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2017 of SpaceNews magazine. America’s space program has long held a special place in the public’s imagination, but NASA missions are limited by budget constraints. NASA must use its funding wisely to implement balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop enabling technologies, such as technologies to power future NASA missions. Speaking as the former project manager of three successful missions — Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini — and the canceled Prometheus-Icy Moons Orbiter, I have a unique perspective to share. Space nuclear power has long…

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Feds’ pot policy shift could slow booming industry

America’s marijuana industry, already threading a thicket of conflicting state and federal laws, entered a new era of uncertainty this week when the Justice Department scrapped a policy that allowed pot to flourish in states that legalized it. In his memo Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t directly order a federal crackdown on pot enterprises. But it was vague enough to leave that possibility open. So while growers, sellers and their financial backers aren’t panicking, they know Sessions’ move isn’t good for business. Sessions on Thursday rescinded an Obama-era guidance…

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For legal marijuana to survive Trump, Congress must legalize it

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE In a not-at-all shocking move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Cole Memo, a list of Department of Justice enforcement priorities that has been the tenuous legal foundation for the burgeoning cannabis industry since August of 2013. News outlets, nonprofits, and blogs went crazy, cannabis stocks plunged and investors ran for the hills. What happened was simply a restoration of prosecutorial discretion to individual U.S. Attorneys to make enforcement decisions within their own districts. So what does this really mean, and what might…

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