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Companies turn to space with help from the U.S.

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President Trump speaks about the space program during a meeting at the White House earlier in 2018.(© Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)   By :  ShareAmerica / IENA-NEWS   The Trump administration is giving private space companies a boost in their efforts to capitalize on the final frontier. President Trump signed a space policy directive on …

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A pioneer town reinventing how we harness energy

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Colorado State University’s Energy Institute connects entrepreneurs, teachers and students like Mark Macheck (above) with venture capitalists. (© Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)   By : Emily Louise Bowman / ShareAmerica.   The city of Fort Collins sits along the eastern foothills of Colorado’s Front Range, where the Great …

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Turning plants into fuel

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A researcher inspects plants in a lab affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy. (Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)   By :  Lea Terhune / ShareAmerica   One day, your car may be running on energy produced by grasses or trees. Four U.S. research centers are looking into this possibility as part of …

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The woman behind your GPS

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(Shutterstock) By : Lauren Monsen / ShareAmerica.   If you rely on a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to guide you on unfamiliar roads, you have Gladys West to thank for it. West, 87, is a retired mathematician living in northeastern Virginia. Her former employer, the U.S. Navy, credits her with …

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U.S. supports era of private spaceflight

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The private firm SpaceX launched the spacesuited mannequin “Starman” out of Earth’s orbit to demonstrate the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket. (SpaceX)   By :  ShareAmerica / IENA-NEWS   Elon Musk’s aerospace startup, SpaceX, recently enjoyed big news coverage of its launch of the world’s most powerful rocket, …

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Making a time capsule from the web

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(© Shutterstock)   By : Mark Trainer / ShareAmerica.   As communication, news reporting and even mundane records move from print to the digital realm, the Library of Congress keeps records of much of it. Abigail Grotke, head of the library’s web archiving team, and her colleagues have been documenting Internet content …

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By : Michael Buchanan / ShareAmerica. Under the wings of the Space Shuttle Discovery, Vice President Mike Pence announced that America will push the boundaries of human space exploration at the first meeting of a reconstituted National Space Council. “We will return American astronauts to the moon,” he said October 5, speaking in Virginia at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. “Not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.” Pence leads the National Space Council, which coordinates U.S. space policy. In the first meeting of the council in almost 25 years, he brought together space agencies and related industries. The meeting included U.S. military officers and business executives. America “will look beyond the halls of government for insight and expertise,” Pence writes in an October 5 Wall Street Journal commentary. Representatives from companies such as SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada said they are ready to launch a new era of spaceflight. They outlined new spacecraft and capabilities that will assist future U.S. missions to the moon and Mars. Pence and Cabinet secretaries are seeking advice on regulations that harm launch capabilities and on how to unleash innovation. “Under President Trump, America will lead in space again,” Pence said. World Space Week lasts from October 4 to 10. Download a free poster and celebrate exploring new worlds in space

. A team of coders from Kazakhstan is showing how girls can make the world safer. Their team, “/Flash,” competed in the 2017 Technovation Challenge, designing an app called QamCare to keep youth safe and parents informed when their children are traveling alone. “What inspired me to take part in …

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