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Australian Open qualifiers bound for Melbourne Australian Open qualifiers bound for Melbourne
- January 15, 2021

The former world number one was due to travel to Australia on one of a series of charter flights laid on by tournament organisers but is still isolating at home in London. On the men's side, former World No. 1 Andy Murray also tested positive, and his appearance in the Australian Open is in doubt. Tennis Australia said Sandgren, like all of the 1200-strong global contingent, would be tested every day at their three hotels during the 14-day quarantine period. (more...)
Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19 before Australian Open Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19 before Australian Open
- January 14, 2021

The American, who has twice reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open but never beyond, says he is still committed to the sport, and hopes to play a full season once the tour resumes after the Australian Open . Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which means she was born with three fingers and a thumb on each hand, three toes on her right foot and four toes on her left. (more...)
WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins
- January 14, 2021

Earlier this month, WHO expressed disappointment with China for delaying the travel of experts to the Asian country to investigate the origin of the virus, in a rare instance of public criticism from the worldwide organization. The hashtag "New virus death in Hebei" quickly ratcheted up 270 million views on Chinese social media platform Weibo on Thursday. "I haven't seen the words "virus death" in so long, it's a bit shocking!" China, which celebrated victory over the virus a year ago with ... (more...)
NASA telescope spots molecular water on the sunlit Moon surface NASA telescope spots molecular water on the sunlit Moon surface
- January 14, 2021

Based on previous studies of the moon's surface conditions, the researchers say the water detected by SOFIA nearly certainly "resides within the interior of lunar grains, or is trapped between grains shielded from the harsh lunar environment". (more...)
French wine returns to Earth after a year in space French wine returns to Earth after a year in space
- January 13, 2021

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines - and thousands of pounds of other gear and research, including mice - and aimed for a splashdown Wednesday night in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa. It would follow months of chemical research. Researchers and wine experts are very interested in seeing how the elements, temperature, and environment in space has changed the wine's sedimentation and bubbles. (more...)
COVID reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions COVID reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions
- January 13, 2021

Buildings across the USA, which produce carbon dioxide when they burn oil or natural gas for heat, saw emissions fall 6.2% thanks to the state's lockdowns and the warmer weather. Despite the drop past year, the U.S. remains the world's second biggest emitter after China. The other potential problem is that the United States emissions could go back up once vaccines are massively distributed and the economy recovers. (more...)
Canada orders 20 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: PM Canada orders 20 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: PM
- January 13, 2021

In the case of Moderna's vaccine , the established interval is between 21 and 28 days. Afraid that Covid vaccines will be in short supply in Switzerland, some people are turning to the internet to purchase their doses. Wright's firm also asked respondents how they thought governments were doing on the vaccine rollout and 57 per cent of Canadians said Trudeau was doing a good job getting the vaccines delivered, while 55 per cent said the provinces were doing a good job getting the vaccines ... (more...)
Federal investigators looking for person who marked 'TRUMP' on Florida manatee's back Federal investigators looking for person who marked 'TRUMP' on Florida manatee's back
- January 12, 2021

Warrington told WTVT, The Fox-owned TV station in Tampa , she had been leading a boat tour on Sunday when she spotted the manatee. Manatee are also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978 , which states: "It is unlawful for any person, at any time, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any manatee". (more...)
Planetary Trifecta: Triple Conjunction of Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter Planetary Trifecta: Triple Conjunction of Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter
- January 11, 2021

Jupiter - the brightest planet - will be visible first, followed by Mercury and finally, by Saturn - the dimmest planet. As you may recall from seeing a news story about it every single day for three months, on December 21, 2020, we were treated to a once-in-800-years "Great Conjunction," aka the " Christmas Star " aka the "Planets' Kiss". (more...)
2020 ties for hottest year ever 2020 ties for hottest year ever
- January 11, 2021

Last year effectively tied 2016 as the hottest year on record , European climate researchers announced Friday, as global temperatures continued their relentless rise brought on by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Scientists say the rising temperatures contributed to more intense natural disasters, from wildfires in Australia and the United States to cyclones in South Asia, heatwaves in Europe and locust swarms in east Africa. (more...)
Was One of the Quickest Years For Earth Was One of the Quickest Years For Earth
- January 11, 2021

The Earth's rotation around its axis in 2020 was faster than usual because it broke the previous record for the shortest astronomical day occurring 28 times in 2005, and on July 5, the shortest day of the year, the Earth's rotation was 1.0516 milliseconds 86,400 seconds, the shortest day in 2020. (more...)
Rams get better of division-rival Seahawks in 1st round Rams get better of division-rival Seahawks in 1st round
- January 11, 2021

It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't expected, but just two weeks after breaking the thumb on his throwing hand, Jared Goff stepped in to lead the Rams to a big road playoff win. John Wolford started for the second straight week but injured his neck when he dived headfirst in the first quarter and was hit in the helmet by Jamal Adams' shoulder. (more...)
Polis Provides Update on First Case of Variant of COVID-19 Polis Provides Update on First Case of Variant of COVID-19
- January 11, 2021

A case of the new faster-spreading strain of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Colorado . "Today we discovered Colorado's first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK", Polis said in the statement, a copy of which was posted on Twitter. (more...)
Baby Yoda Tags Along On SpaceX's First Operational Crewed Mission For NASA Baby Yoda Tags Along On SpaceX's First Operational Crewed Mission For NASA
- January 10, 2021

EST (0600 GMT), two hours after docking and 27 hours after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The crew joins two Russians and one American aboard the station, and will stay for six months. Baby Yoda first won hearts with his big eyes and irresistible squeaks in the Disney+ series " The Mandalorian ". As they prepared for the space station linkup, the Dragon crew beamed down live window views of New Zealand and a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked Pacific 250 miles ... (more...)
SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch
- January 10, 2021

This is SpaceX's final test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program and will provide critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations. (more...)
Identical twins aren't so identical, after all Identical twins aren't so identical, after all
- January 09, 2021

The new study focuses specifically on mutations that occur as or before embryos form from the mass of cells inside the blastocyst, a structure that implants in the uterine wall. This helped scientists understand that it likely happened very early in development. A total of 387 pairs of identical twins and two sets of triplets, along with their family members, had their whole genomes sequenced for this experiment. (more...)
Coronavirus variants may lead to false negative results with molecular tests - FDA Coronavirus variants may lead to false negative results with molecular tests - FDA
- January 09, 2021

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday. The presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic variants in a patient sample can potentially change the performance of a SARS-CoV-2 test. The FDA said that while the mutations could impact test results, the now authorized vaccines appear to be effective against the new strains . The regulatory agency said that while it believes the overall risk the variant poses to test accuracy is low, it will continue working with test developers to conduct ongoing ... (more...)
US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic refuge US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic refuge
- January 09, 2021

Two of the bids were competitive. Though the refuge's coastal plain is estimated to contain up to 11.8 billion barrels of oil, it has no roads, established trails, or other infrastructure - factors likely to keep interest from drilling companies to a minimum. (more...)
Police expected to use judgment when enforcing Quebec curfew: minister Police expected to use judgment when enforcing Quebec curfew: minister
- January 09, 2021

He said the small number of outbreaks in his industry - which employs about half a million people in Quebec - suggests the measures now in place are working. "The biggest worry is, eventually, if we don't do anything, we'll get to the point where it's going to be the decision where we have two patients, one ventilator and someone has to decide", Sheppard said in an interview Wednesday. (more...)
SpaceX's Busy Year Could Start Thursday Night With Cape Falcon 9 Launch SpaceX's Busy Year Could Start Thursday Night With Cape Falcon 9 Launch
- January 09, 2021

The communications satellite weighs a total of 7,716 lbs (3,500 kg) and is built around the all-electric Eurostar E3000EOR bus complete with a power system that can create 12 kW for its 42 Ku-band transponders. This will be the fourth flight of this base booster, which previously launched a GPS III satellite for the US Space Force in June 2020 as well as two Starlink missions to SpaceX, most recently on October 24. (more...)