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Desalination may be key to averting global water shortage, but it will take time

As the most water-scarce region on the planet, the Middle East is particularly reliant on desalination technology. Maxim Petrichuk/Shutterstock Kiran Tota-Maharaj, Aston University Clean freshwater is critical for sustaining human life. However, 1.1 billion people lack access to it worldwide. Desalination represents an increasingly popular way of addressing this. Desalination is the process of extracting salt from saline water to …

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A new era of spaceflight? Promising advances in rocket propulsion

SpaceX concept of Starship. AleksandrMorrisovich/Shutterstock Gareth Dorrian, University of Birmingham y Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has recently commissioned three private companies, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics, to develop nuclear fission thermal rockets for use in lunar orbit. Such a development, if flown, could usher in a new era of …

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Aerial images detect and track food security threats for millions of African farmers

An early warning system detects and prevents diseases in banana, a key food security crop in Africa. It relies on machine learning and imagery collected by mobile phones, drones and satellites INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (CIAT) IMAGE: A GROUND-LEVEL VIEW OF A BANANA PLANT AFFECTED BY XANTHOMONAS WILT OR (BXW). view more  CREDIT: MICHAEL SELVARAJ / INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE New …

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Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut in the new era of human spaceflight?

Astronauts Bob and Dough made it to the International Space Station in a privately funded vehicle. NASA

Astronauts Bob and Dough made it to the International Space Station in a privately funded vehicle. NASA Adam Hawkey, Solent University Millions of people watched breathlessly as astronauts for the first time successfully travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) in a privately funded spacecraft, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, on May 30. The historic launch, which …

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