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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.”
- NBC News
Vikings from Greenland — the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas — lived in a village in Canada’s Newfoundland exactly 1,000 years ago, researchers say.
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.
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.
- Popular Mechanics
Look up—or you just might miss the peak of October's meteor shower.
- Washington Examiner
China and Russia are beating the United States in the race to send people to Mars, and NASA's target date of 2033 is looking like a long shot.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- USA TODAY
Fossils of the earliest "modern-looking" crabs were discovered in tree amber, estimated to date back 100 million years, rewriting crustacean history.
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79-year-old Gertrudes Freire and her family settled in the Amazon rainforest 50 years ago…where they were met with an abundance of land and rain.Location: Rondonia, BrazilBut now the nearby stream is more of a trickle…more and more of the forest is being cut down…and scientists are worried the Amazon is nearing its so-called ‘tipping point.’The ‘tipping point’ refers to a limit after which the rainforest loses the ability to sustain itself.In other words, the Amazon and local climate will have changed so radically as to trigger the death of the rainforest.The consequences for biodiversity and climate change would be devastating,extinguishing thousands of speciesand releasing such a colossal quantity of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that it would sabotage attempts to limit global climate change.Scientists have not yet decided where exactly the Amazon tipping point is.Some researchers argue that current modelling isn’t sophisticated enough to predict such a moment at all.But evidence is mounting that in certain areas, localized iterations of the tipping point may already be happening.Ecologist Ben Hur Marimon Jr. has spent many years monitoring the rainforest.“It is exactly at this tipping point when there is no point of return, because the forest can no longer regenerate. And this affects progress in the forest year after year, more and more forest. So it’s a huge effect, a fatal impact on the Amazon rainforest.”The Amazon covers an area roughly the size of the contiguous United States and accounts for more than half of the world’s rainforest.It exerts power over the carbon cycle like no other terrestrial ecosystem on Earth.For example, the tree loss from an extremely dry year in 2005 released a quantity of CO2 into the atmosphere equivalent to the annual emissions of Europe and Japan combined.That’s according to a study published in Science magazine.Even as science learns more about the devastating impact of deforestation, it has surged under President Jair Bolsonaro, who supports further opening the Amazon for mining and agriculture.Deforestation remains at a level not seen in Brazil since 2008…And in 2020, an area larger than Lebanon was cut from the rainforest.Meanwhile, the Freire family members are trying their best to protect themselves from drought – by diversifying their business and planting trees around water sources.“We fled the drought. When we got here there was a lot of water, a lot of rain, a lot of water. A lot of pasture to live off of. But unfortunately the drought came here too. Why did I feel the need to re-forest? Because I never wanted to cut off the natural spring.”But running out of water is likely to remain a constant and very real threat.
- NBC News
The risk of extreme heat is a rising threat to fast-growing cities around the world.