Adam Del Rosso interviewed Dr. Eric Kelley to learn more about how air pollution could be causing health problems akin to growing older.
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The longest-lived leaves in the plant kingdom can be found only in the harsh, hyperarid desert that crosses the boundary between southern Angola and northern Namibia. A desert is not, of course, the most hospitable place for living things to grow, let alone leafy greens, but the Namib Desert — the world’s oldest, with parts receiving less than 2 inches of precipitation a year — is where Welwitschia calls home. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In Afrikaans, the plant is
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A batch of early coronavirus data that went missing for a year has emerged from hiding. In June, an American scientist discovered that more than 200 genetic sequences from COVID-19 patient samples isolated in China early in the pandemic had puzzlingly been removed from an online database. With some digital sleuthing, Jesse Bloom, a virus expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, managed to track down 13 of the sequences on Google Cloud. When Bloom shared his experience in a report
Scientists have now drafted a complete version of the human genome sequence — but the job of deciphering our DNA has only just begun.Why it matters: The bulk of the human genome is noncoding regions, some of which play an important role in how genes are expressed. New tools are allowing scientists to test exactly how these elements — once called "junk DNA" — work, which could lead to new drug targets.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for
Two unusually red objects in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars may have originated from farther in the solar system.
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Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA volunteer meteorite-hunter made an incredible discovery in March this year while scouring an English field and pleading to the spirit of his late father for assistance.Derek Robson found one of the oldest, rarest space rocks in humanity’s possession partially buried in a horse’s muddy hoofprint. This 4.6-billion-year-old hunk of olivine and phyllosilicates had apparently fallen to Earth a few weeks earlier after traveling from some
Otherworldly investors will have to wait a little longer for the next dramatic step in commercial space travel.
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The pandemic has brought new attention to the types of unlikely but possibly catastrophic dangers that usually go ignored. One of them is hiding right under the surface of one of America's most picturesque spots.
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Russia's new space-station module fired its engines in error, pushing the entire station into an hour-long spin
The Nauka module began firing its thrusters unexpectedly on Thursday, pushing the space station out of position and beginning a "tug of war."
Gene therapies were once touted as a lifetime cure for crippling, costly inherited disorders. If that happens, patients could find themselves unable to receive the treatment again because they have developed antibodies to the engineered viruses that deliver most gene therapies. Ring Therapeutics hopes it can provide gene therapies with a second act.
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The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more established SpaceX, which also offered a cheaper price than the bids from Blue Origin and Dynetics Inc., a subsidiary of Leidos. The two losing companies appealed the contract to the Government Accountability Office on the grounds that there should have been multiple contracts and that the proposals weren’t evaluated correctly, but the agency rejected their request.
NASA and Boeing have delayed the Starliner's second uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
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Boeing is ready to try flying its spaceship to the space station for NASA once again, after failing its first attempt
Last time the Starliner spacecraft tried to fly to the International Space Station, software issues came up. Now Boeing is set to try again.
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A geologist in Canada may have discovered fossils of an ancient sponge dating back 890 million years.
With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said. It was the third-biggest ice loss for Greenland in a single day since 1950. The rapid melt followed warm air being trapped over the Arctic island by a change in atmospheric circulation patterns, scientists said, noting that there could be more ice lost.
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The discovery proves Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity was right — again.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. government watchdog on Friday sided with NASA over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting a protest filed by Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc. The companies had challenged the $2.9 billion award to Elon Musk's SpaceX for the lander, arguing NASA was required to make multiple awards. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it "denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX."
NASA on Thursday postponed a planned launch of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station after the orbiting outpost was briefly thrown out of control by jet thrusters inadvertently activated on a newly docked Russian module, NASA said. The Starliner launch delay was announced a day before it was due for blastoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a Boeing Lockheed Martin Corp Atlas V rocket.
Wonders All Around, exhaustively researched and written by McCandless's son, Bruce III, explores McCandless the elder's trials and tribulations during NASA's formative years and his laser-focus on enabling astronauts to zip through space unencumbered by the mass of their ships.
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A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes on Thursday, when Russia's Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration. The station’s position is key for getting power from solar panels and for communications with space support teams back on Earth.
The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.