Made in Space, an extra-terrestrially focused 3D printing company, successfully completed its first extended test of its printing capabilities in a space-like environment — a huge step forward for the technology, per Scientific American.

  • What happened: Made in Space built multiple objects, including a nearly 3-foot-long beam, inside a NASA thermal vacuum chamber (think: the environment of space but with Earth's gravity).
  • The goal: This 3D printing capability is just a part of a larger Made in Space system called the Archinaut, which they hope will be able to use autonomous robotic arms to assemble structures in space.
  • Why it matters: Space exploration is currently limited by the exorbitant costs of transporting Earth-built spacecraft skyward, but Made in Space's technology would significantly reduce those barriers to entry — allowing for larger, more complicated structures to be built off-Earth.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.