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Aboriginal stories have a lot to say about kangaroos. If you’ve ever met one in the wild, they make a lot of sense. Now, finally, European science is starting to agree… In a sort of oblique way.

US authorizes Moderna as second Covid-19 vaccine

The United States on Friday authorized Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, as the country grapples with a brutal winter surge that is killing over 2,500 people a day.

US panel recommends emergency approval of Moderna Covid vaccine

A US panel of experts on Thursday voted to recommend emergency approval of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, paving the way for six million doses to start shipping as soon as this weekend.

Building photodetectors based on spider web spinning

Spiders provide an unusual source of inspiration for photodetectors, according to new research. In relation to spiders and sensitivity to light, spiders also rely on light as part of their web building skills.

How far apart? Coronavirus spreads over 6 foot distance

How far can coronavirus travel and what is an appropriate physical distance? Under conditions for direct airflow the distance may need to be much wider than the space that many governments recommend, as evidenced from a restaurant study.

USDA confirms first known case of coronavirus in a wild animal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday that it confirmed the first known case of the coronavirus in a wild animal, a mink. The case was found during routine surveillance of the wildlife around infected farms in Utah.

Asteroid samples leave Japan scientists 'speechless'

Scientists in Japan said Tuesday they were left "speechless" when they saw how much asteroid dust was inside a capsule delivered by the Hayabusa-2 space probe in an unprecedented mission.

China to open giant telescope to international scientists

Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world's largest radio telescope signals Beijing's ambitions as a global centre for scientific research.

Solar eclipse plunges southern Chile, Argentina into darkness

Thousands of people turned their heads to the sky to watch a solar eclipse that lasted around two minutes on Monday as southern Chile and Argentina were plunged into darkness.

Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in box from Japan probe

Black sandy dust found in a capsule brought to Earth by a Japanese space probe is from the distant asteroid Ryugu, scientists confirmed after opening it on Monday.

Essential Science: Solar System’s first superhighway mapped out

One day we’ll be able to traverse the solar system in spacecraft, and there is till plenty to explore with probes. To optimize the journey time through the Solar System, scientists have proposed a ‘superhighway’.

Coronavirus detection in wastewater aids case count assessment

Wastewater analysis of SARS-CoV-2 has shown the measure to be a robust predictive metric of the positivity rate for the analysis of any major metropolis, according to new scientific research.

AI will advance in 2021, but be mindful of the limitations Special

AI continues to develop, yet some of the speculative abilities of AI are sometimes prone to exaggeration. One limitation, for example, is with consumption is one of the major limitations of the quality of the data that can be processed.

Using AI abdominal fat measurements to predict stroke

Artificial intelligence has been used to study fat deposits and for this information to be used to draw predictions about the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

How likely are you to catch coronavirus at home?

A new study based on the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 RNA signals in the home, where there are COVID-19 positive occupants, considers the transmission rates and hence the possibility of an uninfected person contracting the respiratory virus.

NASA outlines science goals for future astronauts on Moon

The US space agency NASA published a voluminous report on Monday outlining the scientific priorities for the Artemis III astronauts it intends to send to the Moon in 2024.

Essential Science: Brain implant restores vision to the blind

While it is not (yet) possible to restore vision in most cases to someone with a severe form of impaired vision, technology continues to advance. By using a brain implant, researchers have restored a rudimentary form of vision in the blind.

SpaceX launches 'Christmas Dragon' to International Space Station

SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first time the company has two capsules in orbit at the same time.

Cluster of volcanic islands in Alaska may be one super-volcano

The Islands of the Four Mountains in Alaska's central Aleutians is a tight group of six stratovolcanoes. Scientists have gathered a multitude of evidence showing that the islands could belong to one big interconnected caldera.

Two liquid states: New properties of water discovered

Water in the liquid state is not all that it seems. By applying novel technology, scientists have been able to establish that water can move through two different liquid states, presenting new properties.

China completes its first-ever docking in lunar orbit

A Chinese probe carrying samples from the lunar surface successfully docked Sunday with a spacecraft orbiting the moon, in another space first for the nation, state media reported.

Japan space agency hails return of asteroid dust on Earth

Japan space agency officials on Sunday hailed the arrival of rare asteroid samples on Earth after they were collected by space probe Hayabusa-2 during an unprecedented mission.

COVID-19: Round up developments in pathophysiology

How does the novel coronavirus affect the brain and is it correct that air pollution makes COVID-19 symptoms worse? These are some of the research topics appearing in recent weeks. Digital Journal presents a news round-up.

Colorado 15-year-old scientist is Time's first Kid of the Year

Time Magazine has named it's very first "Kid of the Year" to grace the cover of its latest issue, and she is 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, of Lone Tree, Colorado.

Chinese probe leaves Moon for return to Earth

A Chinese space probe has lifted off from the surface of the Moon to return to Earth, an ambitious effort to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.

Special delivery: Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is heading home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

Mind's eye: Vision-restoring brain implants spell breakthrough

Scientists are a step closer to restoring vision for the blind, after building an implant that bypasses the eyes and allows monkeys to perceive artificially induced patterns in their brains.

Britain 'rushed' Pfizer Covid vaccine approval: Fauci

Leading American infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci criticized Britain on Thursday for rushing through its approval process for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, suggesting the move could undermine public faith.

Mechanism for SARS-CoV-2 virus damaging human lung cells

Scientists have identified how the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel coronavirus) hijacks and proceeds to rapidly cause damage to the cells that line human lungs.

Op-Ed: Viruses as a huge resource? Virus-eating plankton show the way

Everyone knew viruses were on the rampage long before the pandemic. Are they unstoppable? No; in fact some marine microbes are virus-hunting specialists, and there are some interesting new findings with that.

Increase in black widow population presents bacterial risk

Scientists have identified that common house spiders can transmit bacteria that can infect people. In addition, with Noble False Widow spiders carrying strains of bacteria resistant common antibiotic treatments.

'Milestone' anti-ageing treatment restores sight in mice

Scientists said Wednesday they have restored sight in mice using a "milestone" treatment that returns cells to a more youthful state and could one day help treat glaucoma and other age-related diseases.

Lab developing device to help Earth dodge asteroids

In a corner of the campus at Riga Technical University, a team of scientists is working on technology that could one day stop asteroids from smashing into Earth.

Parts of Doggerland survived a tsunami that hit 8,000 years ago

A new study suggests that parts of Doggerland, the land that once connected Britain with continental Europe, survived the devastation of the Storegga tsunami that struck the coast of the North Sea more than 8,000 years ago.

US scientists developing nasal spray to prevent Covid-19

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the biotech firm Regeneron are investigating whether technology developed for gene therapy can be used to make a nasal spray that will prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed

The huge Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell to its ruin Tuesday, less than two weeks after the National Science Foundation said it was taking the telescope out of commission for safety reasons.

EU regulator to decide on Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab first

Europe's medicines regulator said Tuesday it would decide by December 29 whether to grant emergency approval to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Germany's BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer, ahead of a rival treatment from Moderna.

Tis the season for caroling, hot chocolate, and yuletide cheer

Christmas is more than just a holiday celebrating the birth of a savior. Christmas is a wonderful blend of Christian traditions and ancient customs practiced by 4th Century Germanic people and others. Together, these customs give us the Yule season.

Essential Science: Bursting the COVID-19 bubble

Researchers working at Simon Fraser University have examined coronavirus transmission and which of the recommended approaches is the most effective at reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Petition to White House requests action to save Arecibo telescope

After it was decided to demolish the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, scientists, experts, and many Puerto Ricans have taken to digital platforms to plead with the government to save the 57-year-old observatory.
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