For the first time, scientists detect the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe

In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside the sun.

It’s a landmark finding that confirms theoretical predictions from the 1930s, and it’s being hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in physics of the new millenium.

“It’s really a breakthrough for solar and stellar physics,” said Gioacchino Ranucci of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), one of the researchers on the project since it began in 1990.

The scientists used the ultrasensitive Borexino detector at the INFN’s Gran Sasso particle physics laboratory in central Italy – the largest underground research center in the world, deep beneath the Apennine Mountains, about 65 miles northeast of Rome.

The detection caps off decades of study of the sun’s neutrinos by the Borexino project, and

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Airbus, Boeing expected to turn to hybrid engine technology for new planes-lessor

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Airbus SE AIR.PA and Boeing Co BA.N are expected to turn to hybrid electric technology when they develop the next generation of airplanes because of limits on improving current engines, the head of a major aircraft lessor said on Thursday.

Airbus is already working hard on a hybrid solution but Boeing is likely to be more cautious about making a major investment in a new program given its challenges with the return of the 737 MAX and certification of the 777X, Air Lease Corp AL.N Chief Executive Steven Udvar-Hazy said at the Skift Aviation Forum.

“I have serious doubts that either Boeing or Airbus can design an all new airplane using current aerodynamic engine technologies that can have a meaningful – let’s call it double-digit advantage over what we already have,” he said in reference to fuel efficiency. “So what I see evolving is more of a

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BYD Introduces New DM-i Hybrid Technology and 1.5L New Xiaoyun Engine

On November 13, BYD launched the DM-i hybrid technology alongside the official announcement of the high efficiency version, which is dedicated for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), of the 1.5L Xiaoyun engine. As a leader in new energy vehicles (NEVs), the announcements underline BYD’s lead in strategically segmenting its plug-in hybrid technologies. After defining new performance standards for PHEVs with the DM-p technology, BYD continues to break new ground with the DM-i , this time prioritizing ultra-efficient fuel consumption.

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Eric Li, Deputy General Manager of BYD Auto Sales (Middle) presenting tech details of Xiaoyun Engine. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new highly efficient 1.5L plug-in hybrid engine, is specifically built for the DM-i hybrid technology. With a Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) of 43%, it stands as the world’s highest thermally efficient gasoline engine in production. The engine’s immense fuel efficiency easily

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How L.A. Castle Studios Used a Game Engine to Help Film and TV Productions Shoot Safely With Virtual Locations

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down film and television production, Hollywood had to come up with new ways to allow casts and crews to continue to work safely. L.A. Castle Studios in Burbank, Calif., was already a one-stop shop for camera, lenses, sets, crew and lighting. But the studio, which features a full 4K virtual system powered by the Unreal video game engine, is also one of the few that can shoot with multiple freely moving cameras. That versatility, mixed with the technology, means a production can look like it takes place anywhere in the world, from the Oval Office to ancient Rome, at a fraction of what it would cost to travel there — if you could these days.

Owner Tim Pipher’s main concern was the same as that of many business owners when the shutdown happened: how to stay in business. With no productions scheduled for the foreseeable

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How The World’s Largest Green Search Engine Is Fighting Climate Change

In the 60 seconds it will take you to read this post, more than 12 trees will have been planted in an area where natural forests have disappeared. It takes about 45 searches through the world’s biggest not-for-profit search engine Ecosia to plant a tree. 

So far, the world’s largest not-for-profit search engine has planted more than 113 million trees in biodiversity hotspots such as Brazil, Madagascar and Ethiopia, an area equivalent to nearly 40,000 hectares.  

Ecosia doesn’t plant the trees,  but works on the ground with local organisations. “We stay close to the communities and ecosystem where the trees are needed and concentrate on countries where the government doesn’t have the means to carry out forestation,” explains founder and CEO Christian

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Relativity’s 3D-printed engine has completed a mission duty cycle test-firing

Full-duration test of Aeon 1 rocket engine.

Relativity Space said Monday that the company has successfully completed a full-duration test-firing of its Aeon 1 rocket engine, running it at full power for 187 seconds.

The test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi took place with all of the engine’s key components—including turbopumps, injector, and combustion chamber—operating in a flight-like configuration. Surprisingly, the company met this milestone ahead of schedule—Relativity had been targeting completion of this mission duty cycle test before the end of 2020.

“Despite the coronavirus, we’re on track,” said Relativity’s chief executive, Tim Ellis, in an interview. “The mission-duty-cycle engine test is actually two months ahead of schedule. So I think it really demonstrates how the 3D-printing approach to building a rocket is lightning fast.”

Moving fast

It is safe to say that Relativity, which aims to 3D print nearly the entirety of its rockets, is moving

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Rolls-Royce Launches Emerging Tech Project Aimed at Improving Engine Maintenance, Sustainability

Rolls-Royce is launching a new project to develop 20 emerging technologies aimed at enabling better engine maintenance while reducing airline disruption and environmental impacts. Dubbed REINSTATE, the project is being conducted in partnership with the ATI Programme, a joint government and industry investment trying to grow the UK’s position within civil aerospace.

Some of the focus technologies for the project were already being developed by Rolls-Royce, including snake robots deployed within engines to access and repair complex parts, embedded cameras and additive repair methods. The REINSTATE project will work to industrialize these technologies before their use in Rolls-Royce’s MRO network.

Additional technology being developed within the project includes the utilization of data from engine sensors for predictive maintenance—a focus of Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs innovation arm—and advanced automated repair technologies targeting parts that cannot currently be repaired. Part of the project will entail looking at technologies for analyzing and repairing

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SpaceX seeks to fly unproven rocket, put engine issue to rest

SpaceX has not launched a brand-new rocket since June, when it boosted a GPS III satellite for the US Space Force on a Falcon 9 rocket. Since that time the company has launched several commercial missions and its own Starlink satellites on a variety of previously flown rockets, and they were all successful.

However, when the company tried to launch a new Falcon 9 first stage on October 2—this was for yet another GPS satellite, named GPS III-04—the attempt was scrubbed at T-2 seconds. Later, SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann explained that two of the rocket’s nine first-stage engines ignited early during the early October launch attempt, and this triggered an automatic abort of the engines.

This problem was eventually traced to a tiny bit of lacquer used during a metal-treatment process that was supposed to be removed before flight but was not. Now the company believes it has addressed the problem,

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Why Customer Success Is The New Growth Engine For SaaS Companies

Sergei Anikin is Chief Technical Officer at Pipedrive, a global sales CRM.

It is true that a great many industries and businesses have suffered tremendous hardship during the pandemic to date. Others have done very well. The SaaS industry largely saw a massive surge in adoption, as customers rapidly accelerated their technology implementation to support remote and distributed working. They pivoted so their customers still received great service.

We are lucky to have had such levels of internet connectivity, mobile devices and business-ready collaboration tools in 2020. Imagine if the pandemic had struck 10 years ago. We would not have coped as well in business — or society — if online shopping and streaming were not so advanced.

These as-a-service companies, particularly SaaS, are in a strong position. They are currently building on the growth and success of the past few months as the world has pivoted from

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Apple Building Search Engine To Take On Google, Report Claims

Google’s dominance of the search engine landscape could be under threat with reports that Apple is ramping up its own search engine.

The Financial Times reports that Apple is planning to attack Google, just as the company faces intense scrutiny from antitrust authorities, who are also threatening to curb the search leader’s grip on the industry.

The FT notes that Apple has quietly beefed up its own search offering in iOS 14, but the default search engine continues to be Google – something for which the search giant pays Apple between $8-$12 billion per year, according to a recent report in The New York Times.

That is just one of the factors being considered by antitrust authorities, who are concerned that such deals create “continuous and self-reinforcing monopolies in multiple markets”.

Ready to strike?

There are increasing signs that Apple is

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