Month: February 2021

Chinese health workers test frozen food and packaging for traces of SARS-CoV-2.Credit: Sipa Asia/Shutterstock Momentum is growing for the suggestion that the coronavirus can spread from infected frozen wildlife. A World Health Organization (WHO) fact-finding mission in China did not rule out the idea that this mode of transmission contributed to early outbreaks of COVID-19
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Google search for ‘coronavirus’. Getty Images # How Did People Search Google For Covid And Coronavirus In 2020? As Covid-19 spread in 2020, people googled for information on Coronavirus and the disease and pandemic it caused. Which were the most popular search terms associated with the virus? We can study that using Google’s Trends tool.
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VALETTA, Malta — On the heels of raising $24 million in December, Orbex announced Feb. 24 that it has commissioned AMCM to build a large-volume 3D printer for manufacturing its rocket engines.  The Scottish microlauncher startup is currently developing Prime, a two-stage launch vehicle powered by six first-stage and one second-stage biopropane engines. The maiden
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Indian wind energy generator Continuum Wind Energy is planning to issue its first green bond with backing from the International Finance Corporation. According to media reports, Continuum will issue a green bond to raise $500-600 million. The bond will be listed at Singapore Exchange. IFC has announced that it will invest $75 million in the
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Police clash with protesters in Chicago after the death of George Floyd.Credit: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto/Getty Days after police killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May, physicist Philip Phillips was in his garden in Champaign, Illinois, incensed and racking his brain over how his scientific community could respond. Scientific institutions had not done enough to
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HELSINKI — India launched its first mission of the year late Saturday, sending Brazil’s Amazonia-1 Earth observation satellite and 18 smaller payloads into orbit. The 44-meter-high PSLV-C51 rocket with two solid side boosters lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on the Indian island of Sriharikota at 11:54 p.m. Eastern Feb. 28. The  PSLV
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Trinidad Hermida, Niantic Lab’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion Niantic Labs Pokémon GO maker Niantic Labs announced in early February its Black Developers Initiative (BDI), a program designed to support Black game and augmented reality (AR) app developers. The five-month program will fund new projects for Black game development teams with the intention of building
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DARPA was part of a collaboration that developed the autonomous ship Sea Hunter, seen here on an unmanned voyage from California to Hawaii.Credit: APFootage/Alamy The UK government has released more information about its plans to launch an independent research agency that will focus on funding high-risk, high-reward science. Researchers and science-policy experts have welcomed the
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Anthony Fauci, double masking. Getty Images Wearing a face mask to slow the spread of Covid-19 has become common practice. But some people still wear masks incorrectly or use one that doesn’t properly fit their face, which lets aerosols that carry Coronavirus particles leak out. One solution to that problem is ‘double-masking’ — wearing two
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After the riots at the Capitol on January 6, debate is swirling over how platforms moderate content and what is protected as free speech. It’s a messy and expensive process, with Facebook spending billions to review millions of pieces of content every day. While TikTok directly employs content moderators, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube outsource most
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A gel (white) that becomes stronger when vibrated regains its shape (far right) after being squashed. Credit: Z. Wang et al./Nature Mater. Materials science 26 February 2021 Inside a composite structure, mechanical energy is transformed into an electron flow that powers a chemical reaction. Many materials collapse when shaken or squished, but scientists have engineered
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By Allison Kubo Hutchison Parke Radio Telescope detected unnatural signals from the region around Proxima Centauri on April 29 2019. Photo by Stephen West. Scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have detected a narrow band of radio signals coming from a narrow area around Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbor star at 4.2465 light-years
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An ornate Roman chariot has been discovered “almost intact” near Italy’s buried city of Pompeii, the archaeological park announced on Saturday, calling it a discovery with “no parallel” in the country. The four-wheeled processional carriage was found in the portico to stables where the remains of three horses were unearthed in 2018, including one still
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WASHINGTON — Astra has won a NASA contract to launch a small constellation of Earth science cubesats, while General Atomics selected Rocket Lab for the launch of a small satellite with a NOAA hosted payload. NASA announced Feb. 26 that it awarded a $7.95 million contract to Astra for three launches of the company’s Rocket
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