Science X Newsletter Sunday, Jul 25

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for July 25, 2021:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

NASA selects SpaceX for mission to Jupiter moon Europa

Artificial intelligence helps improve NASA's eyes on the Sun

Image: Hubble views a faraway galaxy through a cosmic lens

China's Tencent ordered to end exclusive music contracts

UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion

Electric vehicle maker Rivian raises another $2.5 bn

6.7-magnitude quake hits Philippines: USGS

Baby orca dies in New Zealand after fruitless search for mother

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg dies at 88

Coffee froths to new highs as Brazil frost hits crops

Going electric: Carmakers make the switch

Europe to boost battery production as electric shift accelerates

Boeing set to face investor scrutiny as problems plague jets

Uber driver independence a bumpy road

Physics news

Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg dies at 88

Physicist Steven Weinberg, who won the Nobel prize in 1979 with two other scientists for their separate contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, has died at 88, the University of Texas at Austin said Saturday.

Astronomy and Space news

NASA selects SpaceX for mission to Jupiter moon Europa

NASA on Friday said it had selected SpaceX to launch a planned voyage to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, a huge win for Elon Musk's company as it sets its sights deeper into the solar system.

Artificial intelligence helps improve NASA's eyes on the Sun

A group of researchers is using artificial intelligence techniques to calibrate some of NASA's images of the Sun, helping improve the data that scientists use for solar research. The new technique was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on April 13, 2021.

Image: Hubble views a faraway galaxy through a cosmic lens

The center of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is framed by the tell-tale arcs that result from strong gravitational lensing, a striking astronomical phenomenon which can warp, magnify, or even duplicate the appearance of distant galaxies.

Technology news

China's Tencent ordered to end exclusive music contracts

Internet giant Tencent was ordered by regulators to end exclusive contracts with music copyright holders, adding to increased enforcement of anti-monopoly and other rules as Beijing tightens control over booming online industries.

Electric vehicle maker Rivian raises another $2.5 bn

Electric vehicle maker Rivian on Friday said it has raised another $2.5 billion from backers including Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund as it gears up to bring a pickup truck to market.

Going electric: Carmakers make the switch

Leading automakers have signalled their intention to scrap internal combustion engines by 2030 or cut back sharply on their production as the sector turns towards electric vehicles.

Europe to boost battery production as electric shift accelerates

As electric car sales take off and petrol engines face being phased out by 2035, Europe is looking to develop its own battery production base.

Boeing set to face investor scrutiny as problems plague jets

The aviation industry appears to finally be past the worst of the coronavirus downturn, but Boeing's to-do list remains extensive following a messy start to 2021.

Uber driver independence a bumpy road

Uber driver Mae Cee scoffs at the notion, touted by the global ride-share service, that she and her peers are self-employed contractors—and that most of them are happy with the arrangement.


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