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Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Technology
NASA has given SpaceX and Blue Origin the nod to develop its new lunar landers which will take the first woman and the next man to the surface of the moon.The private spaceflight companies, owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, will develop competing systems in parallel, alongside a third company called Dynetics, but NASA will eventually choose one. NASA has awarded the three companies 10-month contracts that are worth a combined $ 967m (£770m), with payments subject to the companies reaching specific development milestones. Image: NASA's new Artemis mission will return the space agency to the moon The contracts are to design and build the human landing systems for NASA's return to the moon by 2024, including the launch and landing vehic
NASA chooses SpaceX, Blue Origin to build Artemis human lunar landers

NASA chooses SpaceX, Blue Origin to build Artemis human lunar landers

Science
April 30 (UPI) -- SpaceX, Blue Origin and Huntsville, Ala.-based Dynetics will build human lunar landing systems for its planned Artemis moon landing program, NASA announced Thursday. Artemis is a mission to land the first woman and next man on the surface of the moon by 2024. The total combined value for all awarded contracts is $ 967 million for the 10-month base period. "This is the first time since the Apollo era that NASA has direct funding for a human landing system, and now we have companies on contract to do the work for the Artemis program," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. According to NASA, Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., will develop a three-stage lander to be launched on its own New Glenn rocket and the United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket. Both rockets are being develop...
Chinese firm says it can build HS2 in five years and at much lower cost

Chinese firm says it can build HS2 in five years and at much lower cost

Business
A Chinese railway company could be about to take over construction of the troubled HS2 rail link.The British government is in talks with the China Railway Construction Corporation, which has said it can build the line in just five years at a much lower cost. In a letter reported in Building Magazine but seen by the Financial Times, CRCC wrote to HS2 Ltd's chief executive saying: "We are certain that we can offer a cost that is significantly lower than the projections we have seen. :: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker"The advantages are too great, in our opinion, too great to dismiss on the basis that there are obstacles to overcome. ...
China races to build its own Tesla as economy slows and subsidies dry up

China races to build its own Tesla as economy slows and subsidies dry up

Finance
A view of electric cars owned by a local car-sharing company in Wuhan, China.Feature China | Barcroft Images | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesBEIJING — When an idea strikes a chord with national ambition in China, the result can be millions of dollars wasted and a handful of start-ups struggling to survive in a cooling economy.In the last few years, venture capitalists rushed to pour billions of dollars into the emerging electric vehicle industry backed by the Chinese government. So far, it's less clear how that bet has paid off. Take a look at the recent headlines:Shares of U.S.-listed Nio, arguably China's closest competitor with Tesla, are down more than 50% this year to about $ 2.70 each.In November, Alibaba-backed XPeng tapped its own Chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng for a $ 400 million inv
Neuroscientists build model to identify internal brain states

Neuroscientists build model to identify internal brain states

Science
Nov. 25 (UPI) -- How humans respond to stimuli depends on not only external factors, but internal variables like mood and memory, as well. These internal brain states are invisible to the outside observer, but neuroscientists have developed a new model to predict internal brain states based on observations of outward behavior. For now, the model only works to predict the internal states of fruit flies, but it could eventually be used to better understand the relationship between human brain states and behavior. During a previous study, scientists were able to predict a portion of a male fruit fly's singing behavior by observing the insect's behavior. With the help of the new model, scientists can more accurately predict the fruit fly's seduction methods. "By estimating the fly's interna...