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NASA astronauts launch from America in historic test flight of SpaceX Crew DragonFor the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humansA team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells.Astronomers discover new class of cosmic explosionsAnalysis of two cosmic explosions indicates to astronomers that the pair, along with a puzzling blast from 2018, constitute a new type of event, with similarities to some supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, but also with significant differences.Increased fertility for women with Neanderthal gene, study suggestsOne in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neanderthals -- a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during early pregnancy and fewer miscarriages, according to new research.Bumblebees speed up floweringWhen pollen is in short supply, bumblebees damage plant leaves in a way that accelerates flower production, new research reveals.Rarely heard narwhal vocalizationsWith the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at 'deadliest possible' angleNew simulations have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the 'deadliest possible' angle.Babies know when you imitate them -- and like itSix-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a new study. The babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as opposed to when the adult responded in other ways. Babies also approached them more, and engaged in imitating games.
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Coronapod: The divisive hydroxychloroquine study that's triggering mass confusion
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01625-wThe plot thickens for controversial coronavirus drug as it is mired with possible safety concernsEconomists must collaborate courageously
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01505-3To navigate pandemic trade-offs, policymakers need syntheses.Introducing the Zoom interview: tips for job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01618-9Abdelrahman Y. Fouda shares six things he learnt from interviewing online.Quantum weirdness gives radar a boost
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01588-yEntangled photons can be used to make quantum radar that delivers a target’s location.Daily briefing: Black holes lead to the discovery of a link between entropy and energy
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01630-zAn electrifying discovery about black holes, serology surveys from hard-hit cities show we are nowhere near herd immunity to the coronavirus, and how precious ultramarine paint ultimately dulls the colours of Renaissance art.Author Correction: Topological quantum chemistry
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2305-xAuthor Correction: Topological quantum chemistryCoronavirus in charts: the fact-checkers correcting falsehoods
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01136-8Data and infographic updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.Coronavirus diaries: rejection under lockdown
Nature, Published online: 29 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01624-xJohn Tregoning overcomes his peer-review blues.
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NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch!
NASA and SpaceX made history today with the launch of second demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon (Demo-2), which signalled the restoration of the US' domestic launch capability!
The post NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch! appeared first on Universe Today.Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn’t Exist After All
Oh Planet Nine, when will you stop toying with us? Whether you call it Planet Nine, Planet X, the Perturber, Jehoshaphat, “Phattie,” or any of the other proposed names—either serious or flippant—this scientific back and forth over its existence is getting exhausting. Is this what it was like when they were arguing whether Earth is …
The post Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn’t Exist After All appeared first on Universe Today.SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost!
SpaceX suffered yet another setback when their SN4 prototype exploded into a fireball during a static fire test of its single Raptor engine.
The post SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost! appeared first on Universe Today.Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday
This Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will make their second attempt to send astronauts to the ISS from US soil for the first time since 2011!
The post Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday appeared first on Universe Today.Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map
Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it’s still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars is all of the evidence, clearly visible on its surface, that it harbored liquid water. Now, all that water is gone, and in fact, liquid water couldn’t survive on the surface of the Red Planet. …
The post Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map appeared first on Universe Today.A New Kind of Supernova Explosion has been Discovered: Fast Blue Optical Transients
For the child inside all of us space-enthusiasts, there might be nothing better than discovering a new type of explosion. (Except maybe bigger rockets.) And it looks like that’s what’s happened. Three objects discovered separately—one in 2016 and two in 2018—add up to a new type of supernova that astronomers are calling Fast Blue Optical …
The post A New Kind of Supernova Explosion has been Discovered: Fast Blue Optical Transients appeared first on Universe Today.How to Make the Food and Water Mars-Bound Astronauts Will Need for Their Mission
New technologies are being developed that will ensure astronauts have plenty of drinking water and food wherever resupply missions are not readily available
The post How to Make the Food and Water Mars-Bound Astronauts Will Need for Their Mission appeared first on Universe Today.Powerful Telescope Confirms There’s an Earth-Sized World Orbiting Proxima Centauri
There is an Earth-sized planet only four light years from Earth. Whether it has life is yet to be known.
The post Powerful Telescope Confirms There’s an Earth-Sized World Orbiting Proxima Centauri appeared first on Universe Today.
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This bartender wants to lower your cocktail's carbon footprintClaire Sprouse is the owner of Hunky Dory in Brooklyn and passionate about sustainability in an infamously wasteful industry. With the pandemic, she's getting even more creative.weeHouse architect and Plant Prefab launch new line of wee accessory dwelling unitsThere is a lot of history here, and a great future.Kids are suffering worldwide from ongoing pandemicThis crisis has "turned back the clock on years of progress" made on children's health and wellbeing, says Dutch charity KidsRights.Photo: Three snowy egrets waiting on a logOur wonderful photo of the day comes from Goleta, California.It's time for a fashion industry resetBritish and American fashion councils are both calling for a slower style of business.In the middle of a bike shortage, Uber shreds thousands of Jump e-bikesWhy are they doing this?Minimalism is doomed ... for a while, at leastNobody wants to be stuck with an empty house and nowhere to get anything.This menstrual cup maker gives back to women in developing countriesSaalt funds projects that educate and provide sustainable menstrual solutions to women around the world.
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NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts into new era of private spaceflightOn 30 May, SpaceX and NASA pulled off a historic launch – the first private spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit, and the first crewed launch from US soil in 9 yearsSimulating dead bodies could help calculate an accurate time of deathForensic scientists currently use basic temperature measurements to determine time of death, but a 3D simulation of the entire body could give much more accurate estimatesCovid-19 news: One in seven people in the UK have had visitors at homeThe latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemicGrey hairs sometimes regain their colour when we feel less stressedGrey hairs sometimes naturally regain their old colour, typically when people experience reductions in stress. The finding hints that it may be possible to develop drugs to reverse greyingThe Milky Way may have been shrunk down by ancient magnetic fieldsMagnetic fields from the early universe may have compressed the Milky Way and other galaxies like it, which could have helped feed black holes at their centresVentilators may not be the best treatment for severe covid-19Ventilators may not be the best treatment for covid-19 patients with severe breathing difficulties, as they can worsen lung damage in some casesCannabis was burned for religious rituals in Biblical-era IsraelResidues of cannabis found on stone altars from a shrine in what was once the Biblical Kingdom of Judah suggest the plant was burned for its psychoactive effectsFirst map of tumour microbiomes finds bacteria live in many cancersMore than 500 strains of bacteria have been found living in seven types of tumour. Understanding their behaviour may lead to new kinds of treatments
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The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayFirst Rocket Launch From U.S. Soil in Nine Years PostponedThe two NASA astronauts will lift off from historic launch pad 39A, used for the Apollo and space shuttle missionsA Sculptor's Provocative Memorial Acknowledges the High Cost of ConflictPaul Thek's haunting sculpture looks beyond the pomp of traditional battle memorialsThis Artwork Recognizes the Sacrifices Made by Native American Soldiers in VietnamTaking 'Best in Show' at the Northern Plains Tribal Art Show, the 2002 beadwork tableau is held in the collections of the American Indian MuseumHear Daniel Radcliffe Read the First Chapter of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'The actor is one of 17 celebrities slated to participate in newly announced read-alongs of the series' first bookJoy Harjo, First Native American Writer to Be Named U.S. Poet Laureate, Reappointed for Second TermHarjo, a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation, says the appointment "honors the place of Native people in this country, the place of Native people’s poetry"How a Spy Known as the ‘Limping Lady’ Helped the Allies Win WWIIA new biography explores the remarkable feats of Virginia Hall, a disabled secret agent determined to play her part in the fight against the NazisA Gentile’s Guide to Keeping Kosher for PassoverPizza and pasta are pretty obviously out, but what are the other no-nos?
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Comment on "High-surface-area corundum by mechanochemically induced phase transformation of boehmite"
Amrute et al. (Reports, 25 October 2019, p. 485) claimed that no methods were able to produce high-purity α-Al2O3 with surface areas greater than 100 m2 g–1, even though much higher surface areas up to 253 m2 g–1 have been reported. Moreover, the materials they obtained could be porous aggregates and may not be 13-nm nanoparticles, as claimed.
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More ‘murder hornets’ are turning up. Here’s what you need to knowTwo more specimens of the world’s largest hornet have just been found in North America.Genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s also raise the risk of getting COVID-19People who have the APOE4 genetic variant appear to be more vulnerable to the disease, but it’s unclear why.Neon colors may help some corals stage a comeback from bleachingWhen some corals bleach, they turn bright colors. Stunning hues may be part of a response that helps the corals recover and reunite with their algae.Meteorites might be more likely to strike near the equatorMeteorites from Antarctica have helped scientists assess the total number likely to hit Earth every year — and where they are most likely to fall.A biblical-era Israeli shrine shows signs of the earliest ritual use of marijuanaChemical analyses reveal a residue of cannabis and animal dung on an altar from a biblical-era fortress in use more than 2,700 years ago.How more powerful Pacific cyclones may be fueling global warmingIncreasingly strong storms in the North Pacific may be speeding up the fast-moving Kuroshio Current — which could bring more heat to high latitudes.Wastewater could provide up to a week of warning for a COVID-19 spikeA new study adds to evidence that sewage may serve as an early warning signal that the coronavirus has hit a community.SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks a milestone for commercial spaceflightTwo NASA astronauts aboard the privately built Crew Dragon capsule are the first to be sent into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011.
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Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are GrowingPolling finds public trust in medical scientists has increased, but only among Democrats—while optimism about a vaccine is broadly shared -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comHow 'Cognitive' Tech Can Prevent a Food CrisisThe pandemic is threatening the food supply chain, but automation can fill crucial gaps -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comThe Boulders of Lyell CanyonScience in meter and verse -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comRethinking Easter Island's Historic 'Collapse'Controversial new archaeological research casts doubt on a classic theory of this famous island's societal collapse -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comWhat a U.S. Exit from the WHO Means for COVID-19 and Global HealthAs President Trump terminates the U.S.’s relationship with the agency, experts foresee incoherence, inefficiency and a resurgence of deadly diseases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comYour Brain, Free Will and the LawStanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky talks about human behavior, the penal system and the question of free will. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comCoronavirus Roundup, May 23-May 29Here are pandemic news highlights for the week -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.comRapid Antarctic Ice Melt in the Past Bodes Ill for the FutureGeological evidence shows glaciers retreated by as much as 6 miles in a year at the end of the last ice age -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NASA Administrator, Sen. Cruz, Rep. Babin to Discuss Crew Dragon Test Flight at Briefing in HoustonNASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 31, at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts RobertNASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew DragonFor the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.Next NASA Advisory Council Meeting PostponedThe NASA Advisory Council (NAC) virtual public meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, has been postponed until further notice.Eight US Manufacturers Selected to Make NASA COVID-19 VentilatorAfter receiving more than 100 applications, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California has selected eight U.S. manufacturers to make a new ventilator tailored for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.Updates to Coverage of Landmark NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Test FlightNASA will provide live coverage of prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.Coverage of Landmark NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Test FlightNASA will provide live coverage of prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight on Wednesday, May 27, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.NASA Science to Hold Virtual Community Town Hall MeetingNASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting via teleconference with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and his leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 28, to discuss updates in NASA’s science program and the current status of NASA activities.NASA Invites Public to Be Its Guests to Celebrate Historic ‘Launch America’NASA is inviting the public to help celebrate a historic milestone in human spaceflight as it prepares for #LaunchAmerica – the first flight into orbit of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil since the end of the space shuttle era in 2011.
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Coronavirus measures for hosted meetings and visitorsForty-five years of the ESA Convention
After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European space cooperation in 2014, we now mark 45 years since the signing of the Convention for the creation of a single European Space Agency on 30 May 1975.Week in images: 25-29 May 2020
Week in images: 25-29 May 2020
Discover our week through the lensCall for Media: Rapid action in response to coronavirus with Earth observation
Press Release N° 9–2020
ESA and the European Commission invite media representatives to follow an online event on 5 June at 11:00 CEST where they will present the ‘Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation’ dashboard, also known as RACE. The RACE platform provides access to key environmental, economic and social indicators to measure the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and monitor post-lockdown recovery.Solar Orbiter to pass through the tails of Comet ATLAS
ESA’s Solar Orbiter will cross through the tails of Comet ATLAS during the next few days. Although the recently launched spacecraft was not due to be taking science data at this time, mission experts have worked to ensure that the four most relevant instruments will be switched on during the unique encounter.Live discussion on education during the COVID-19 pandemic
Join us on Wednesday 3 June for a live streamed conversation with European experts on how space can help with post-millennials’ education and social lives.Data-relay satellite ready for service
The second node in the most sophisticated laser communication network ever designed is ready to go into service.
Dubbed the “SpaceDataHighway”, the European Data Relay System (EDRS) helps Earth-observing satellites to transmit large quantities of potentially life-saving data to Europe in near-real time.
Its second satellite, EDRS-C, has now completed its in-orbit commissioning review and is ready to start service.
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