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- National Review
NIH Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research in Wuhan, Says EcoHealth Violated Reporting Requirements
A top NIH official admitted that U.S. taxpayers funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan.
- Associated Press
Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of “All Areas of Science and Technology.” The award, he said, reminds him "that there is no border for science and technology and they belong to all human beings.”
Nasa's next-generation spaceship is attached to the rocket that will launch it to the Moon.
- CBS News
The tiny crab bridges an evolutionary gap that stumped scientists for years.
A test flight of Boeing's new Starliner—a space capsule designed to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station—is delayed until 2022, according to reports.
Possible oldest prehistoric art ever known is discovered by Chinese scientists in the 'roof of the world'
Dr. David Zhang and his team of scientists’ discovery of handprints and footprints are being debated over as to whether they are the world’s oldest prehistoric art. Fossils on the travertine rock: Dr. David Zhang, a scientist from Guangdong, China, found impressions of handprints and footprints on a travertine rock with his research team in Quesang on the Tibetan Plateau in Oct. 2018, reported Time. Zhang, the lead researcher from Guangzhou University, plans to appeal to the Tibetan government to conserve his discovery as it “may be the oldest prehistoric art ever recorded and the earliest evidence of human life in the region.”
NASA has been encouraging private industry to replace the aging ISS with a commercial successor for quite a while now, and while Axiom Space has already expressed its intent to do so eventually, a new consortium made up of Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin now say they'll create the "first-ever free-flying commercial space station," with planned operation to begin in 2027. The new space station will be called "Starlab," a name that recalls the third-ever U.S. space station, Skylab. Starlab will host a crew of four astronauts, and will be much smaller than the ISS — offering about a third of that station's total pressurized space for human occupancy.
- The Weather Network
Eyes to the sky Wednesday night. The first Full Moon of Fall 2021 coincides with the peak of the Orionid meteor shower.
- Popular Mechanics
Look up—or you just might miss the peak of October's meteor shower.
A vast trove of fossils unearthed in Argentina's southern Patagonia region is offering the oldest-known evidence that some dinosaurs thrived in a complex and well-organized herd structure, with adults caring for the young and sharing a communal nesting ground. Scientists said on Thursday the fossils include more than 100 dinosaur eggs and the bones of about 80 juveniles and adults of a Jurassic Period plant-eating species called Mussaurus patagonicus, including 20 remarkably complete skeletons. "It is a pretty dramatic scene from 193 million years ago that was frozen in time," said paleontologist Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio Paleontological Museum in Trelew, Argentina, who led the research published in the journal Scientific Reports.
South Korea launched its first domestically developed space rocket on Thursday but failed to put its dummy payload into orbit, a setback in the country's attempts to join the ranks of advanced space-faring nations.
- Martha Stewart Living
According to researchers at Durham University, this could be a breakthrough therapy for people with Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injuries.
- The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIt has all the makings of a Frankenstein-esque horror movie about science gone wrong: A group of scientists huddled over small organs vaguely resembling the human brain, tinkering with drugs and trying to keep them “alive” as long as possible.But it’s not a freakshow science experiment. In fact, it’s about as far from a horror scene as you could get.University of Cambridge scientists are growing miniature models of human brains in the
Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas says some of his clients think SpaceX could eventually be worth more than Tesla, and will make the Tesla CEO a trillionaire.
- USA TODAY
The hunter's moon – the first full moon of fall – will rise tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the eastern sky right around sunset.
- The Telegraph
Sometimes yesterday’s science fiction inspires today’s science, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Take, for instance, William Shatner’s (aka Captain Kirk’s) recent trip to space, or (to go further back) how the industrial revolution inspired HG Wells to write the first work of fiction to feature a time machine: The Time Machine.
The launch completes all its stages but fails in its goal of putting a dummy satellite in orbit.
- Business Insider
China brought the first moon rocks back to Earth in 45 years. They hint at mysterious volcanic eruptions.
China brought the first moon samples to Earth since 1976. They're lava remnants from a mysterious volcanic eruption 2 billion years ago.
- NBC News
The risk of extreme heat is a rising threat to fast-growing cities around the world.
- Associated Press
South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch on Thursday. Lim Hye-sook, the country’s science minister, said Nuri’s first and second stages separated properly and that the third stage ejected the payload – a 1.5-ton block of stainless steel and aluminum – at 700 kilometers (435 miles) above Earth. Officials from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the country’s space agency, said debris from the payload would have landed somewhere in waters south of Australia.