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After months in space, astronauts returning to changed world After months in space, astronauts returning to changed world
- April 13, 2020

Morgan, one of the astronauts selected by NASA, also serves as an emergency physician with the U.S. army. Ms Meir said it would be hard not being able to hug family and friends, after seven months off the planet. According to the press report by NASA, the Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the wee hours on April 8. (more...)
Cats can catch coronavirus, study finds, prompting World Health Organization investigation Cats can catch coronavirus, study finds, prompting World Health Organization investigation
- April 13, 2020

However, scientists around the world are racing to find ways to block the virus. The research team, led by Professor Max Crispin, studied the structure of the glycans covering the surface of a mimetic of a viral spike using equipment previously purchased through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery. (more...)
Pope Francis Leads Subdued Easter Mass Behind Closed Doors Pope Francis Leads Subdued Easter Mass Behind Closed Doors
- April 13, 2020

He called for European "solidarity" in the face of the virus, adding: "After the Second World War, this beloved continent was able to rise again". "The message of Easter is that life, despite all, will prevail", said the archbishop, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land. (more...)
Mount Sinai Study: Coronavirus in NYC Came ‘Predominately’ from Europe Mount Sinai Study: Coronavirus in NYC Came ‘Predominately’ from Europe
- April 13, 2020

The cases came from two towns in Westchester county and 21 New York City neighborhoods across Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. New research suggests the coronavirus outbreak in New York mainly originated from travelers from Europe, not Asia, The New York Times reported Wednesday. (more...)
Tiger Woods has Masters’ champions dinner privately even with tournament postponed Tiger Woods has Masters’ champions dinner privately even with tournament postponed
- April 12, 2020

The postponement of the Masters is a huge disappointment for fans of golf across the globe, but Woods recognised the bigger picture amidst the global pandemic. "We had exactly the same". "We had cupcakes and milkshakes for dessert". I didn't know what was going on. "I struggled as I'm partially color blind - that being said I don't know certain colors so I find myself asking is this right, 'Is that right?' They get sick and exhausted of me asking", Woods said. (more...)
BepiColombo Closing In On Earth Ahead Of Flyby BepiColombo Closing In On Earth Ahead Of Flyby
- April 12, 2020

The spacecraft's brief goodbye to Earth is just the next step in a very long mission. but he left us some attractive views of our planet as a parting gift. However, the agency says that this reduced crew did not affect operations. Mission scientists plan to switch on a number of the duo's instruments for the Earth pass, to test and calibrate them. (more...)
Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ amid pandemic Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ amid pandemic
- April 12, 2020

The vigil, typically attended by thousands, was scaled back amid coronavirus lockdown measures. Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar, despite the restrictions that have left hundreds of millions confined to their homes. (more...)
4WARN Weather Forecast: Easter Severe Set-Up 4WARN Weather Forecast: Easter Severe Set-Up
- April 12, 2020

Cloudy skies will take over by the afternoon as winds increase. As the storm system moves east, warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to move north, acting as a catalyst for a risky weather outbreak when combined with the low-pressure system. (more...)
Tie game: Ancient bit of string shows Neanderthal handiwork Tie game: Ancient bit of string shows Neanderthal handiwork
- April 12, 2020

Recently, scientists came through a 6-millimetre-long cord fragment, which is said to be made from three bundles of fibres. The authors speculate that the cord was wrapped around the tool as a handle or was part of a net or bag containing the tool. (more...)
Problems at long-term care homes in spotlight as politicians vow action Problems at long-term care homes in spotlight as politicians vow action
- April 12, 2020

Legault is also resassuring Quebecers that he won't reopen schools and daycares without public health's blessing. Here in Niagara, we have 6 seniors homes dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. We are very conscious that this situation is hard for residents and their families. McCann said two people who died at Herron were linked to COVID-19 and 18 others had also died at the residence. (more...)
Boeing's CST-100 Starliner returns to Earth after shortened mission Boeing's CST-100 Starliner returns to Earth after shortened mission
- April 11, 2020

Boeing is one of two companies hired by NASA to launch astronauts from the U.S. The space agency has been relying on Russian rockets to travel to the space station since the retirement of the space shuttle nearly nine years ago. The goal was to launch NASA astronauts by 2017. That test tossed the capsule miles into the sky to demonstrate its ability to land a crew safely back on the ground in the event of a launch failure. (more...)
Mutant enzyme created that recycles plastic bottles in hours Mutant enzyme created that recycles plastic bottles in hours
- April 10, 2020

A scientific paper describing the discovery was published in the prestigious journal Nature today. Professor Alain Marty, Carbios' Chief Scientific Officer, said: "The results obtained confirm the industrial and commercial potential of the company's proprietary process, which will be tested in 2021 in our demonstration plant in the heart of the French Chemical Valley, near Lyon". (more...)
NASA Spotted Record-Breaking 1 Million Square Kilometer Rare Hole Above Arctic
- April 10, 2020

Unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have led ozone levels to plummet - causing a "mini-hole" in the ozone layer , the ESA said in a statement . Temperatures in the vortex can fall to below -108 degrees Fahrenheit and polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) can form. These stratospheric clouds play a key role in chemical reactions involving human-made chemicals, leading to ozone depletion once sunlight starts falling in the area. (more...)
Coronavirus: NFL Draft will serve as virtual telethon for COVID-19 relief Coronavirus: NFL Draft will serve as virtual telethon for COVID-19 relief
- April 10, 2020

But many will still participate. Justin Herbert will virtually take part in the 2020 NFL Draft . "Accordingly, all clubs should dedicate their personnel and technology resources toward preparing for a fully virtual Draft , with personnel in separate locations", a memo released by the National Football League stated. (more...)
Study finds cats can contract COVID-19 Study finds cats can contract COVID-19
- April 10, 2020

MERS virus, which has a case fatality rate of more than 30 per cent, has so far killed more than 850 people in the last decade. The study, based on research conducted in China in January and February, said researchers found cats and ferrets highly susceptible to the virus when they attempted to infect the animals by introducing viral particles through the nose. (more...)
Man dies after Great Barrier Reef shark attack Man dies after Great Barrier Reef shark attack
- April 09, 2020

Only a few reefs have escaped severe bleaching so far - those located offshore, in the extreme north and the remote parts of the south, according to the scientists . Known as one of the world's most extensive coral reef systems, it is also one of the most remarkable natural sites to visit in Australia's north-east coast. (more...)
Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station
- April 09, 2020

The Dragon was set loose after spending a month hooked up to the space station, and brought two tons of equipment and experiments back to Earth. "The system has become better, but it is early to say whether it will be easier to control", Ivanishin said. (more...)
Living in places with more pollution makes coronavirus more risky Living in places with more pollution makes coronavirus more risky
- April 09, 2020

The American Lung Association releases an annual " State of the Air " report , ranking USA counties and metropolitan areas with the worst air pollution. Beth Gardiner, a journalist and the author of "Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution", said she was particularly anxious about what the coronavirus outbreak would mean for countries with far worse pollution, such as India. (more...)
Trump's Administration Gives Green Light To Moon And Asteroid Mining Mission Trump's Administration Gives Green Light To Moon And Asteroid Mining Mission
- April 09, 2020

The world could also be racked by the coronavirus, however Donald Trump has much less earthly considerations on his thoughts, too, after signing an government order encouraging the USA to mine the moon for minerals. The issue remains controversial and complex, as it is still up in the air whether traditional laws apply when up in space. As it stands, there is very little in the way of official legal status for materials harvested on the Moon , brought there to stay, shared with other ... (more...)
NJEDA rolls out application for $10M COVID-19 business relief grant NJEDA rolls out application for $10M COVID-19 business relief grant
- April 08, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will work with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to get the Senate to approve, without objection, another influx of cash on Thursday. Wells Fargo did not begin accepting applications until Saturday, and by Monday, said it hit the $10 billion limit it established for loans under the program. (more...)