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Russia's space agency said Tuesday it hoped to launch its own orbital station in 2025 as Moscow considers withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone.

Why are there so many tarantulas in the world?

One curious thing about tarantulas is that they are found across six continents. Yet these spiders do not travel far, with females rarely leaving their burrows. How come this type of spider is so ubiquitous?

SpaceX set to take four astronauts to ISS Thursday

SpaceX is preparing to carry four astronauts to a crowded International Space Station on Thursday, in the second routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight, and the first with a European.

Essential Science: Innovations in solar power to boost efficiency

Solar power seeks to produce clean energy from the Sun and it is a promising technology to address greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce humanity’s collective dependence upon fossil fuel. We look at some innovations.

Metabolic changes in fat tissue lead to adverse health effects

A study using twins has successfully pinpointed the biological machinery responsible for energy handling in fat tissue and how this works poorly in obesity. This is something taking place at the cellular level.

NASA's Mars copter flight could happen as soon as Monday

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could make its first flight over the Red Planet as soon as Monday, the US space agency reported, following a delay of more than a week due to a possible technical issue.

AI developed to 'crack the language of cancer and Alzheimer's'

Diseases manifest as signs and symptoms, many of which are present before they can be detected by conventional technology. Researchers have been working on forms of artificial intelligence that could provider earlier indications.

Pfizer vaccine may protect babies breastfed by their mothers

Data suggests that the administering of coronavirus vaccines imparts a protective effect upon babies that are breastfed by their mothers. This provides an important addition to the assessment of vaccine effectiveness.

New coronavirus detection method looks at indoor dust particles

A new viral disease surveillance tool is being considered. This looks at indoor dust as an objective for surveillance of the virus that causes COVID-19 - SARS-CoV-2. The aim is to help to inform public health decisions.

'Unusual Mortality Event' declared as manatee deaths surge

Environmentalists are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of Florida’s waterways after the deaths of more than 600 manatees so far this year, three times the average rate.

New species of frog unearthed in Peruvian Amazon jungle

A new species of marsupial frog has been discovered in Peru's Amazon jungle, the state service for natural protected areas said on Monday.The new species belongs to the Gastrotheca genus of tailless frogs found in South and Central America.

Op-Ed: Huge chunks of Theia in Earth’s magma and big ramifications

A long time ago, Earth collided with a planet called Theia. Big chunks of Theia still exist in the fluid parts of Earth under the mantle. A giant electromagnetic anomaly is one of the possible issues.

More warm water flowing under Thwaites Glacier raises new alarms

For the first time, researchers have been able to obtain data from underneath Thwaites Glacier, also known as the "Doomsday Glacier." They find that the supply of warm water to the glacier is larger than previously thought.

Essential Science: Learning to live with the novel coronavirus

How will we live with the coronavirus going forwards? What risks will new variants pose? Focusing on the disease risk, this week’s Essential Science delves into the pathophysiology of COVID-19.

From Sputnik-1 to Sputnik V: Russian scientific achievements

Russia boasts a rich history of scientific invention across a wide variety of fields, from the Sputnik satellite to the coronavirus vaccine of the same name.

Enigmatic X-rays are being beamed from Uranus

From Uranus emitting unexplained X-rays to the Martian subsurface containing oceans of water, a number of interesting astronomical observations have been reported this month.

Too much sugar affects learning and memory

A study using a rodent model finds that the daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages during adolescence affects the performance of both learning and memory in later adulthood.

Three-man crew docks at ISS after flight honouring Gagarin

A three-man crew docked at the international Space Station Friday after a flight honouring the 60th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space.

Egyptologists uncover 'lost golden city' buried under the sands

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient city in the desert outside Luxor that they say is the "largest" ever found in Egypt and dates back to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago.

Soyuz crew to blast off and mark 60 years of spaceflight

A three-man crew will blast off to the International Space Station on Friday in a capsule honouring the 60th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space.

Genome analysis reveals unknown ancient human migration in Europe

Genetic sequencing of human remains dating back 45,000 years has revealed a previously unknown migration into Europe and showed intermixing with Neanderthals in that period was more common than previously thought.

60 years after Gagarin, Russia lags in the space race

A station on the moon! A mission to Venus! A next generation spacecraft!

New phase of light holds the key to quantum encryption

A new phase of light has been discovered. This has been named a "super photon". It is formed of thousands of individual light particles (photons). This could help unlock quantum encryption.

Smart lighting solution harvests daylight for underground light

Is it possible to develop a 'smart' device that can harvest daylight and then relay this to underground spaces like car parks? Such technology is in progress and it fits with the sustainability drive.

Earlier snow melt in North America will impact water resources

More snow is melting during winter across western North America, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new analysis of 40 years of data.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as "a major milestone" for the tiny craft as it prepares for its first flight.

Rise of the 'robo-plants', as scientists fuse nature with tech

Remote-controlled Venus flytrap "robo-plants" and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation.

Op-Ed: Hysteria, the Hyades star cluster, and not enough answers

The Hyades cluster is big, and only153 light-years from Earth. Something turned it into a pretzel. The result is hysteria, based on 200-year-old astrophysical gossip.

Essential Science: Learning languages and shaping our brains

This week’s Essential Science looks at the latest research into linguistics, especially in terms of how we learn languages during our formative years. Much of the focus of the research is on changes to the brain.

New advancement with MRI scanning leads to faster diagnosis

Recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology include software developments, permitting faster contrast scans, more straightforward cardiac imaging workflows, and the ability to assess the human lung in richer detail.

Immune response may contribute to post-COVID-19 blood clots

Numerous reports of vascular events after an initial recovery from COVID-19 have led to clinical scientists investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vascular health in relation to recovered patients.

Coronavirus distribution and tissue damage in patients

Researchers have mapped the distribution of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in deceased patients with the disease, and shed new light on how viral load relates to tissue damage.

Peering into the dark side: Origins of the universe revealed

Dark matter comprises the majority of matter in the Universe, but its nature remains unknown. The detection of new particles may offer a clue as to the origins and a connection to black hole formation.

A 'starter kit' for supermassive black holes?

Scientists have reported the discovery of a rare, medium-sized black hole that may help answer one of the more tantalising questions in astronomy: how do their supermassive counterparts come into being?

Bears behaving oddly raising red flags about mystery disease

Wildlife officials in California are worried about a strange ailment that appears to strip young bears of their fear of humans—and also is causing fatal brain inflammation. The mystery disease has shown up in Nevada and California, starting in 2014.

Essential Science: Interesting patterns and number science

Numbers are important. They are needed for measurements and calculations, and they help to process how we think about the world and interact with others. For this week’s column, we look at new developments in maths.

Digital data is driving unique astronomical insights

Astronomy has always relied on mathematics and the collection of information. However, the digital data revolution has enabled new insights to be obtained. Three examples of this are presented.

Quantum leap: Semiconductor qubits scale in two dimensions

By positioning four qubits in a two-by-two grid, and demonstrating universal control over all qubits, scientists have made progress towards achieving a scalable approach for quantum computation.

Op-Ed: Pentagon UFO docs – ‘Hard to explain’ vs the Big Silence

The Pentagon’s release of “hard to explain” UFO information is a departure from an intolerable norm. The decades of denigration of honest sighting reports continue to give off a palpable stench of dishonesty. The question now is “…And…?”

NASA will attempt first off-world flight in early April

NASA is targeting early April for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet, the space agency said Tuesday.

Risk of Legionella is high when offices reopen after lockdown

Once more offices open up, following the easing of coronavirus measures, a new danger presents itself - Legionnaires' disease. This arises because of poorly maintained water and air conditioning systems.
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