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Each Monday I pick out the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but be sure to check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy, eclipses and more.  What To Watch For In The Night Sky This Week: September 20-26, 2021 This week it’s all about the full “Harvest
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In many countries, melanoma skin cancers are caused by UV radiation, but that’s not the case for a mysterious melanoma being studied by Mexican scientist Dr Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza. Robles-Espinoza, an assistant professor at the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH), at Mexico’s National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), returned to her home country
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If an assault rifle augmentation system from Elbit Systems works as advertised, special operations troops or dismounted infantry could gain the ability to shoot around corners or fire from the hip “Rambo style” with no loss of accuracy. The Israeli defense company’s Assault Rifle Combat Application System, or ARCAS, consists of an artificial intelligence-powered computer
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As many as 1.9 million people died from work-related diseases and injuries in 2016, according to the first joint estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). The majority of work-related deaths were due to respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Non-communicable diseases accounted for 81% of these deaths. The greatest causes of
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Although scientists discovered that DNA was a double helix in 1953, it was not until 1977 that researchers learned how to synthesize DNA. After 50 years of slow progress, recent technology for reading, writing, and editing DNA is accelerating and becoming more efficient. It’s now possible to give microbes—and increasingly, other kinds of cells—new genetic
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Topline Changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after getting vaccinated against Covid-19 should be investigated, according to an immunology expert writing in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, who said there is no evidence the vaccines affect fertility and that “robust research” would help tackle rampant misinformation.  Key Facts More than 30,000 women across
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Back in the twelfth century astronomers in China and Japan gazed skywards and saw a “guest star,” a new point of light that suddenly shone as bright as the planet Saturn for 185 nights before fading. Ever since then astronomers have wondered what these recorded sightings were of, exactly, since “supernovae”—exploding stars—leave behind a glowing
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Scientists in the UK have created a super-strong concrete-like material made of extra-terrestrial dust along with the blood, sweat and tears of astronauts. Their study, published today in the journal Materials Today Bio, could improve the prospects for constructing bases and even colonies on the Moon and Mars. The cost of taking a single brick
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“All hope abandon, ye who enter in!” – Canto III of Dante’s Inferno. According to Christian tradition, the inner Earth is a place of eternal damnation. Italian poet Dante Alighieri (who died on this day 700 years ago) imagined an especially elaborate version of Hell in his Divine Comedy. He included in his description of the
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