Science

Extraterrestrial Protein?

Researchers Find Extraterrestrial Protein in Meteorite Acfer 086 A research team led by Harvard University scientist Julie McGeoch has found a never-before-seen protein inside a meteorite called Acfer 086. A sample of Acfer 086. Image credit: McGeoch McGeoch, arXiv: 1707.09080. Acfer 086 is one of a large collection of meteorites …

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Open Source Ventilator

MIT Develops Cheap, Open Source Ventilator for Coronavirus Treatment As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, medical centers around the world have started running short of vital supplies like masks, gloves, and disinfectants. Hospitals are also running critically low on ventilators, which can keep COVID-19 patients alive if the disease …

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Coronavirus Test Kits

UK Plans to Roll Out 15-Minute Home Coronavirus Test Kits This Week Healthcare professionals and infectious disease experts around the world agree that extensive testing is the best way to combat coronavirus. However, the extreme shortage of COVID-19 testing kits has made that impossible. The Public Health England (PHE) just …

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Mars Rover New Selfie

Mars Rover Snaps New Selfie Before Record Climb NASA is still aiming to get the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars this summer in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the Curiosity rover is still setting records and doing science on the red planet even if it has …

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Bilaterian Fossil

Oldest Bilaterian Fossil Found in Australia Ikaria wariootia, a wormlike creature that lived more than 555 million years ago (Ediacaran period) in what is now Australia, is the earliest bilaterian, according to new research led by University of California, Riverside researcher Scott Evans. Reconstruction of Ikaria wariootia in life position. …

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Stopping COVID-19

What Does Evidence Say Are Best Measures? COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has been spreading rapidly but at a different rate in different countries. A variety of emergency responses and policy strategies have been implemented with varying outcomes so far. This scanning electron microscope image shows …

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Bacteria in Bodily Fluids

Newly-Developed Device Detects Dangerous Bacteria in Bodily Fluids An international team of researchers has developed a micro- and nano-fluidic device stacked with magnetic beads that can rapidly isolate, retrieve and concentrate Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria from bodily fluids. This image shows bacterial cells trapped in a 3D microbead matrix. …

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Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke

Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke is Real Threat to Public Health, Study Shows Third-hand smoke is a residual contamination from cigarette smoking that adheres to walls and other surfaces in places where smoking has previously occurred. A new study shows that this third-hand smoke can travel in large quantities into indoor, non-smoking …

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Meet Wonderchicken

Meet Wonderchicken, Bird from Final Part of Dinosaur Era A new species of ancient bird has been identified from a nearly complete, three-dimensionally preserved skull and associated bones found in Belgium. A detailed analysis of the skull shows that it combines landfowl- and waterfowl-like features, suggesting that the bird is …

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Webb Space Telescope

NASA Pauses Work on James Webb Space Telescope Due to COVID-19 Pandemic The chronically delayed James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is looking at another setback, but this time it’s completely out of NASA’s control. The agency has announced it will pause work on the telescope immediately due to the ongoing …

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