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Microbiologist met recently in the U.K. to discuss best practices for monitoring cleanroom environments (the space within which pharmaceutical medicines are produced). The theme of the event was on risk-assessment.

NASA's SPHEREx Mission will be a new eye tracking the heavens

NASA has announced a new space telescope mission dedicated to understanding the origins of life and the universe. It's called the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer or SPHEREx, for short.

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet -- but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample.

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact.

The DNA of ancient giant trees could possibly save our forests

What if we could revive giant creatures that once roamed the Earth? Well, that’s what arborists are doing today, only they’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees, the giant redwoods.

Mars One is dead — Was the chance to live and die on Mars a scam?

Mars One, the company that promised to put humanity on the red planet has met an unfortunate, and what many say is an wholly-expected, end. Mars One Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Mars One mission, was declared bankrupt back in January.

Essential Science: 2019, year of the Periodic Table

2019 may be the year of the pig (for those who follow the Lunar New Year). For chemists there’s something else to mark – the 150th anniversary of the periodic table. Such is the significance that it’s been declared a United Nations event.

Remembering the first Africans to arrive in America

This month, Black History Month is celebrated in the U. S., And later this year, our nation and other countries around the world will collectively come together to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of African Landing Day.

Leak in space: ISS toilet floods astronauts

A leaking toilet can be a pain, especially when water gushes out. Imagine what it is like on-board a space station. This is what astronauts had to content with recently on the International Space Station.

ESA's Swarm Mission helped in updating the Earth's magnetic North

The foundation of many navigation systems, the World Magnetic Model, finally got a much-needed update with the end of the U.S. government shutdown. The update was released on Monday — and now the magnetic North can be located accurately.

Petermann Glacier's new cracks indicate possible calving event

Cracks in the floating ice tongue of Petermann Glacier in the far northwest reaches of Greenland indicate the pending loss of another large iceberg.

Gender funding gap grows when research pitches get personal: study

Women are less successful in receiving research funding than men if the selection process focusses on the scientist making the pitch rather than the science presented, according to new research released Friday.

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

A British-made rover that will set off for Mars next year in search for signs of life was named Thursday after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin.

World’s first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis implanted

The first below-elbow amputation implant, using an osseo-neuromuscular prosthesis, has taken place. The prosthesis has aided a patient with recovery period following surgery.

The Earth's 'Third Pole' is thawing fast due to climate change

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw in this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said on Monday.

Can probiotics help stop honeybee colony collapse? Special

SeedLabs is focused on solving ecological problems, like honeybee colony collapse. The company has developed a BioPatty,TM a blend of probiotics for honeybees, that has demonstrated success in prevention and treatment of a fatal bacterial disease.

Dinosaur that defended itself with spiny backbone found in Patagonia

A herbivorous dinosaur that fended off predators with a row of spines running along its back and lived 140 million years ago has been found in Argentine Patagonia.

Essential science: Link between heart disease and climate change

It may not seem the most immediate connection, but new medical research has drawn a connection between climate change and an increase in the proportion of babies born with heart defects.

China launches world's first robot ship for sounding rockets

China has built the world's first robotic, partially submersible boat for launching sounding rockets - a technology that will help meteorologists better understand the atmosphere over Earth's oceans.

An undersea plague is obliterating a key ocean species

A huge number of sea stars that used to dot the coastline of the U.S. Pacific Coast are gone. And it’s not just tide pools and coastal inlets that are missing their sea stars either—they've vanished from the deeper ocean as well, new research shows.

Artificial skin promises enhanced perception

For robotics to advance sufficiently to undertake a number of roles performed by humans, the ability for the robot to ‘sense’ the external environment needs to improve. As part of this, a ‘super-sensitive’ artificial skin has been developed.

Huge cavity in bottom of Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay

A massive cavity that is two-thirds the size of Manhattan and nearly the height of the Chrysler Building is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica - a discovery that NASA scientists called “disturbing.”

Chinese rover finds lunar nights 'colder than expected'

China's lunar lander has woken from a freezing fortnight-long hibernation to find night-time temperatures on the moon's dark side are colder than previously thought, the national space agency said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Breakthrough - New solar liquid storage can last for a decade

The main issue with solar power is storage. That problem may well have been solved by Swedish research, which has come up with an elegant and simple way to manage storage using a liquid medium

Look into the eyeball: How animals see

New research has revealed how animals see, by the use of a novel chemical compound. The compound stimulates retinal neurons under low-light conditions, triggering retinal activity to increase.

In Canada's Arctic, a landscape unseen in over 40,000 years

Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that haven’t been ice-free in more than 40,000 years and the region may be experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years, new University of Colorado Boulder research finds.

The incredible 10,000-year history humanity shares with cannabis

Today, as more countries change their laws and relax the legal restrictions surrounding the use of marijuana, one thing is missing from the discussion - the incredible 10,000-year history that cannabis shares with humankind.

Essential Science: AI can reduce X-ray screening times

A new study shows how machine learning can be applied to reduce the amount of time needed to process abnormal chest X-rays. The system was developed through reviewing thousands of medical images.

Why are cats antisocial? It's actually down to you

When a cat seems anti-social the reason is probably less to do with the feline friend than with the person it is reacting to. New animal psychology shows that cats are social with people who pay them attention and are aloof to those who ignore them.

Microplastic contamination found in groundwater in U.S.

A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers - a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply.

Can technology affect the memories of children?

Is the way we remember in the era of technology changing? What is the importance of tangible vs. digital memories? And does this affect children more than adults? These research questions have recently been explored.

Op-Ed: Talk to plants, pets, etc? Congratulations, you’re human!

Yep, it’s true. Talking to “other things” is perfectly normal. Better still, there’s even a reason for it being normal. Anthropomorphism, the practice of humanizing non-humans, turns out to be sane, if you like that sort of thing.

Excessive pumping of groundwater in Iran causes ground to sink

Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed by excessive water pumping from the underground aquifer - the parched landscape around Iran’s capital has begun to sink dramatically.

Global warming is creating a groundwater 'time bomb'

Over two billion people worldwide are dependent on groundwater for their source of fresh water. A new study shows we could be facing a groundwater "time bomb" because of climate change.

Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket

Blue Origin, the rocket company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is poised to launch the 10th test flight of its unmanned New Shepard rocket on Wednesday as it competes with Virgin Galactic to become the first to carry tourists on brief visits to s...

Project aims to grow human organs in space

There is a shortage of organs patients worldwide. This has led to developments with lab-grown organs, but these are hampered by various factors. Growing organs in micro-gravity may be the answer.

ESA and ArianeGroup sign contract to study planned moon mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday awarded a one-year contract to ArianeGroup to study and prepare for a mission to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith.

China's second gene-edited foetus is 12-14 weeks old: scientist

The second woman carrying a gene-edited foetus in China could now be 12 to 14 weeks into her pregnancy, according to a US physician in close contact with the researcher who claimed to have created the world's first genetically-modified babies last year...

Essential science: What is the future of lab-grown meat?

A meatless food industry featuring lab-grown meat, plus variants of seafood substitutes, and insect protein could represent the future of food. Considerable investment is going into each of these food technologies. We take a look at these issues.

Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the Americas, where the moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow.

Remains of ancient life found beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in Subglacial Lake Mercer, buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.
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