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The effects of air pollution on children appear to be more dangerous than realized. A new study shows how pollutants like wildfire smoke and car exhaust can affect heart development in children, posing risks later in life.

Temperature scanners of 'limited value' in detecting COVID-19

Many workplaces and businesses have put in place thermography scanners on building entrances or they are asking people to take their temperature before travel. Is this a useful COVID-19 safety measure?

Essential Science: New supermassive black holes revealed

Out there, in the depths of the Universe, are extremely heavy, invisible objects that pull on jumbles of stars, causing them to rush around at dizzying speeds. Known as supermassive black holes, these objects remain of great interest.

Low risk of coronavirus reinfection for 'several months'

New data suggests that acquired immunity from a coronavirus infection produces antibodies that protect a person from reinfection over a period of time. This makes the case for wider testing.

Why do some people need a day time nap? The science of siestas

There is, new research reveals, a scientific basis for day time napping, and the answer lies in genetics. A study has found 123 regions within the human genome connected with daytime napping. There are three different mechanisms that promote napping.

Statins don't cause muscle pain after all: study

Cholesterol-lowering statins do not in fact cause muscle pain, despite a long-standing reputation that has discouraged many from taking the life-saving medication, researchers reported Thursday.

NASA releases panorama taken by Mars rover

The US space agency NASA released a spectacular panoramic view on Wednesday of the landing site of the Perseverance rover on Mars.

UK's new science agency aims to reward high-risk innovation Special

The U.K. has created a new science agency, called the Advanced Research & Invention Agency. This agency will be led by scientists who will be given the freedom to identify and fund transformational science and technology at speed.

Dogs came to N. America with earliest humans: study

Scientists said Wednesday they had discovered the oldest remains of a domestic dog in the Americas dating back more than 10,000 years, suggesting the animals accompanied the first waves of human settlers.

New obesity drug can cut weight down by 20 percent

A new anti-obesity drug is set to be released. The results have been described as a 'gamechanger'. The new medication is appears to be capable of cutting body weight down by up to 20 percent.

Essential Science: Autonomous cars edge to the future

Autonomous cars are the future, being a question of 'when' rather than 'if', given the levels of investment. It is probable that legislation will one day only allow for self-driving vehicles on the roads. We look at the latest developments.

Touchdown: NASA's Perseverance rover ready to search for life on Mars

After seven months in space, NASA's Perseverance rover overcame a tense landing phase with a series of perfectly executed maneuvers to gently float down to the Martian soil Thursday and embark on its mission to search for signs of past life.

The search for life beyond Earth

Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

Antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19: Implications

A new research paper suggests that COVID-19 will have an ongoing impact on the emergence, transmission and burden of antimicrobial resistance. What are the societal implications of this finding?

Remembering Dr. Charles R. Drew — Blood Bank Pioneer

The number of people who owe their lives to Dr. Charles R. Drew is beyond measure. The African American physician pioneered the preservation of blood and plasma at the start of World War II and is responsible for America’s first major blood banks.

Scientists find sponges living under Antarctic ice shelf

The accidental discovery of strange life forms on a boulder beneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic has confounded scientists with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Perseverance rover lands on Mars this week

After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on Thursday after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.

Seven COVID-19 variants have been detected in the U.S.

As Americans anxiously watch the spread of coronavirus variants that were first identified in Britain and South Africa, scientists are finding a number of new variants that seem to have originated in the United States.

Essential Science: Can a cat’s hunting ways be tamed?

For cat owners worried about the threat that the domestic feline poses to all manner of wildlife (and especially to birds), a new study finds that the wilder site of cats can be tamed through diet and exercise.

'Deep concerns' raised over WHO report on origins of COVID-19

Investigators from the World Health Organization, looking into the origins of coronavirus in China discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and had possibly started earlier in another part of China.

Egypt unearths 'world's oldest' mass-production brewery

A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday.

ESA's one-year-old Solar Orbiter 'hides' behind the Sun

The ESA's deep-space mission, Solar Orbiter, is doing a vanishing act as its orbit takes it behind the Sun. On February 10, the plucky little orbiter, affectionately called "Solo" by Mission Control, began its crucial pass behind the Sun.

China's Mars probe sends back video of Red Planet

China's space agency released video footage from its spacecraft circling Mars on Friday, two days after it successfully entered the planet's orbit in Beijing's latest ambitious space mission.

Q&A: How will commercial buildings keep up with COVID-19 in 2021? Special

While the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be rolled out, this cannot be seen as the only failsafe. Monitoring indoor air is set to be fundamental to handle the second virus wave and stopping air pollution problems such as respiratory issues.

Vaccine shows potential against deadly leptospirosis bacteria

Researchers have reported success with a new protective vaccine that shows considerable potential against deadly leptospirosis bacteria. The disease can cause considerable lung damage.

UAE on edge as 'Hope' probe poised to enter Mars orbit

A tense half-hour on Tuesday will determine the fate of the UAE's "Hope" probe to Mars, as the Arab world's first space mission carries out a tricky manoeuvre to enter the Red Planet's orbit.

Is evidence growing towards 'double masking'?

As new variants of the novel coronavirus are spreading across the globe and there is talk about vaccine effectiveness against the some of the mutations, it is timely to re-look at masks and the current considerations around double-masking.

Essential Science: Saving the crops — tackling fungal disease

Cereals are a stable foodstuff around the world, yet the crops can be ruined by fungal diseases and this can lead to world hunger. Different studies are being conducted to tackle mycotoxins, and three examples are considered.

Scientists identify new bacterial disease in Chimpanzees

Researchers have identified a bacterium that they believe is responsible for a “new and always fatal” illness that has been killing western chimpanzees in the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone.

Transparent wood — Stronger and lighter than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties.

China's space probe sends back its first image of Mars

China's Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said, as the mission prepares to touch down on the Red Planet later this year.

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective: Lancet study

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6 percent effective against symptomatic Covid-19, according to results published Tuesday that independent experts said allayed transparency concerns over the jab, which Moscow is already rolling out.

SpaceX aims to launch 'all-civilian' trip into orbit

SpaceX announced Monday it's aiming to launch this year the first all-civilian mission into Earth's orbit, led by a tech billionaire who plans to raffle off one of the spots aboard the craft.

Essential Science: Can climate change be tackled nationally?

As new research reveals how economic development, fossil-fuel combustion and air quality are connected on both international and national scales, does this mean that only supranational solutions will work?

WHO virus probe begins with fieldwork in ground-zero Wuhan

Experts from the World Health Organization visited a Wuhan hospital Friday as the fieldwork began in a closely watched coronavirus origins probe that will take in a food market presumed to be "ground zero" of the pandemic.

Caltech and NTT developing the world's fastest quantum computer

Researchers are developing a Coherent Ising Machine that will apply quantum computing power into the fields of drug discovery and with process logic problems.

Remains of historic First Nations fort rediscovered in Alaska

The remains of a 19th-century fort in Alaska, the site of a battle in 1804 between the Tlingit clan and Russian soldiers, has been revealed by radar scans. The fort was the last to fall before Russia colonized the land, occupying it for six decades.

Ice loss around the world is being driven by global warming

Earth’s ice is melting faster today than in the mid-1990s, new research suggests, as the climate crisis nudges global temperatures ever higher.

Essential Science: EU clears mealworms as ‘safe to eat’

The European Union has taken a major step, whatever your individual feelings, in declaring mealworms as ‘safe to eat’ and hence as a sustainable source of protein that can be used to replace meat within a diet.

Heat and air movement indoors explains different COVID-19 risks

The physics of thermodynamics can be valuable when it comes to assessing the movement of particles carrying the coronavirus, according to new research. This provides a stepwise approach for building design.

Virus mutations down to chance, in more ways than one

The emergence of several, more infectious strains of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has worried governments and scientists, who are investigating how and why the virus became more transmissible.
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