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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.

Deep red light therapy can improve failing eyesight

A new study has demonstrated that eye conditions that lead to failing eyesight can be moderated by applying deep red light technology. Initial findings are encouraging and could pave the way for a wider application of the therapy.

Latest epidemiology, immunology and COVID-19 research

From finding ways to stop the coronavirus in its tracks (by blocking spike proteins) to a new therapeutic intervention to address symptoms, new COVID-19 research shows how the science community are responding to the challenges that the virus poses.

A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks

"We have lift-off, we have lift-off!"The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start.

A dog's life: Scientists find new formula for canine age

A well-known "rule of paw" holds that you can tell how old your pooch is in human terms by multiplying its age in years by seven.

NASA hits Boeing with 80 recommendations before next space test

NASA has drawn up a list of 80 recommendations that US aerospace giant Boeing will have to address before attempting to refly its Starliner space capsule, following the failure of an uncrewed test last year.

Essential Science: Severe warming recorded at the South Pole

New climatology evidence presents some concerning news about the South Pole. Researchers have discovered that the South Pole is warming at a rate three times above the global average. This has occurred across the past 30 years.

Mutated, more virulent coronavirus strain now dominates globally

The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, according to a new study published in the journal Cell on Thursday.

Symptoms of coronavirus infection linked to loss of smell

Researchers have looked into the loss of smell and taste as major COVID-19 symptoms. This finding has come from patients with high recovery rates. The scientists advise clinicians to include sensory impairment as part of coronavirus screening measures.

Research: Looking at why some words are so easy to forget

You want to say something and it's on the tip of your tongue and then disappears...Why are some words more memorable than others? New psychological research has probed the brain for the answer.

Tracking the virus: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in human stools

Working out where the coronavirus has occurred and where it is currently most prevalent is an area of important healthcare epidemiology and necessary to drive public policy. Human waste represents one area of assessment.

China eyes July 20-25 launch for Mars rover

China's first Mars rover should launch later this month, authorities said Wednesday, as the country races to catch up with the US dominance of space.

COVID-19: Why surfaces still present a contamination vector

This week has seen some interesting COVID-19 related research published. This includes an association with surfaces from a hospital outbreak and a new project to look at how easily the virus can be tracked through testing samples of wastewater.

New Flu virus discovered in China has 'pandemic potential'

Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic, according to a study released on Monday.

Up to 500 guillotine victims found in walls of French monument

The administrator of a historic chapel in France noticed the walls were looking odd in places, and he called in an archaeologist to take a professional look. The reason for the anomalies is a dark one, dating back to the French Revolution.

Essential Science: Can blood plasma therapy reduce aging?

It appears that by diluting blood plasma it is possible to rejuvenate tissue. Through this is may be possible to reverses aging. At this stage the process is based on studies conducted using mice. Going forwards a human therapy could be possible.

Op-Ed: Evidence emerges of Trump's interference in key COVID-19 research

A case has been made, based on official government documents, that President Trump has personally interfered in blocking a U.S. collaboration on coronavirus research, aimed at attempting to ascertain the origins of the virus.

To boldly go: NASA launches Lunar Loo challenge

Everyone poops.

Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already "deeply" entered the world's most remote land-based food systems.

Coronavirus: Is it safe to use public swimming pools?

As society starts to open up in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, how safe are public swimming areas? Is the virus killed by the addition of chlorine and are there any other risk factors?

Building on the Moon using moon dust and astronaut urine

If humans want to build a Moon base then there will be a limit on the number of materials that can be transported into space. This means that some of the Moon's own resources will be needed, with a little help from the occupants.

Neolithic circle near Stonehenge a 'masterpiece of engineering'

Archaeologists have discovered a massive series of Neolithic-era shafts surrounding a settlement at Durrington Walls, very close to the Stonehenge site in southern England. The sheer scale of the site has left scientists in awe.

Essential Science: The world’s most powerful quantum computer

With Google achieving a 'quantum supremacy' breakthrough, Honeywell building the world's most powerful ion-trap quantum computer, and venture capitalists pouring millions into QC start-ups, the decade ahead could jump-start commercial quantum computing.

Research: The dirtiest room in the house is the kitchen

A new study conducted by Currys PC World in collaboration with scientist Dr. Jonathan Hughes analyzed various kitchens revealing the dirtiest areas of the typical kitchen, highlighting the most founded bacteria together with remediation tips.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers in Africa, Asia

Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

How long do COVID-19 antibodies last? Not that long

Two studies - published this week show that antibodies faded quickly in both asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 patients during convalescence, raising questions about whether the illness leads to any lasting immunity to the virus afterward.

Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia

Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse to shadow the Earth in years.

Space Perspective joins race to send tourists to the stratosphere

Space Perspective has formally announced plans to take paying customers to space aboard their spaceship Neptune, lifted to the edge of space by a high altitude balloon system, with test flights set to begin in early 2021.

New Alliance Network for cell and gene therapies Special

Biotech group Vineti has announced a new initiative called the new Vineti Alliance Network. This is designed to deliver integrated solutions to clinical and commercial advanced therapy manufacturers.

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, but when will they arrive?

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, offering hope for a world rocked by pandemic. But how is the science progressing?

US vows to curb China and Russia in space

The United States wants to prevent China and Russia from taking control of space and will look to allies for help, according to a new "Defense Space Strategy" unveiled by the Pentagon on Wednesday.

COVID-19 research and the problem of fast tracked peer review

As with other areas of publishing, science journals need subscribers, readers, and sometimes advertisers. The 'impact factor' of the journal also needs to be high, leading to a rush to be topical. Is this why some COVID-19 research is contradictory?

Essential Science: Firing the arrow with new antibiotics

Scientists have successful developed a so-termed 'poisoned arrow' designed to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such developments are critical in the battle against antimicrobial resistant organisms. The success is based on a dual-mechanism.

Fifth state of matter created onboard the ISS

Scientists working on-board the International Space Station have created what they describe as the fifth state of matter, a state referred to as the 'Bose-Einstein condensate', initially theorized by Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose in the 1920s.

Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies

It's as if the Earth has closed its eyes, some scientists say: the coronavirus pandemic has forced astronomers in northern Chile to shut down the world's most powerful telescopes, running the risk of missing out on supernovas and other spectacles in sp...

Hug me tender: scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle -- just don't squeeze too tight.

Tiny songbird is East Asia's 'oldest' carved artwork

A miniature bird sculpted out of burnt bone in China around 13,500 years ago is the oldest known figurine from East Asia, according to researchers who discovered it in a refuse heap near an archaeological site.

Aussie scientists turn to drones to protect sea turtles

Australian researchers have discovered they were underestimating numbers at the world's largest sea turtle nesting site after turning to drone technology for the first time.

Q&A: Insight into XPRIZE's Pandemic Alliance Special

XPRIZE partnered with Anthem, Intel, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and more to launch the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance, a global coalition to accelerate solutions that can be applied to health pandemics.

New Zealand cuts research to keep Antarctica virus free

New Zealand said Tuesday it will reduce its scientific projects in Antarctica to keep the virtually uninhabited continent free from COVID-19.

New clinical trial to treat patients with suspected COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given specialty biotech, FSD Pharma, permission to submit an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for the use of FSD-201 (ultramicronized palmitoylethanolamide, or ultramicronized PEA) to treat COVID-19.
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