"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

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Prioritising covid vaccines for people of colour may have saved lives

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 3:00pm
Black and Indigenous people and people of colour are more at risk from covid-19, and new modelling suggests that prioritising vaccines based on race or neighbourhood in addition to age could have led to fewer deaths
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Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami linked to increased risk of dementia

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 3:00pm
People aged 65 years or over who lost their homes in the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami typically saw an increase in their rate of cognitive decline
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DeepMind AI can accurately predict if it will rain in next 90 minutes

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00pm
AI software developed by DeepMind and the Met Office in the UK can predict whether it will rain within 90 minutes more accurately than current forecasting models
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The deepest canyons on Mars were rapidly formed by devastating floods

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00pm
While most riverbeds on Earth are formed via slow erosion by running water, many of Mars’s deepest canyons appear to have been carved by sudden, catastrophic floods
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Will the US or China win the race for global quantum dominance?

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 9:30am
Quantum computers are becoming a matter of national security, but is the US or China leading the race for global dominance?
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Should you get a covid vaccine booster shot if you're offered one?

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 9:00am
As the UK and US embark on large-scale coronavirus vaccine booster programmes, the evidence so far suggests it is a good idea to get a booster shot if you are offered one
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No Time To Die review: A kinder Bond takes on biochemical warfare

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 8:53am
Daniel Craig's final Bond film sees his character faced with a missing scientist, a man with an apocalyptic vision of the world and the return of nifty gadgets
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Covid-19 news: Long covid symptoms reported in over a third of cases

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 8:09am
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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Secrets of a long and healthy life reside in your gut microbiome

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 8:05am
How long you live and how well you age rests on many factors beyond your control, but the discovery that gut microbes play a key role means what you eat can make a difference
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'Hell heron' dinosaur is new species found on Isle of Wight

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 6:00am
Two new species of dinosaur have been identified from fossils found on the Isle of Wight
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Drones are 'sniffing' ship exhaust for illegal fuel in European waters

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 4:00am
Maritime authorities in the EU are now using drones to “sniff” the exhaust fumes from ships and catch operators using illegal, sulphur-rich fuel
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It’s now easier to run trials testing CRISPR-edited crops in England

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 8:01pm
The UK government has lifted licensing hurdles that laboratories face when starting a field trial of gene-edited crops in England
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57 per cent of elephants at Thai tourist facilities have nervous tics

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 5:19pm
An investigation of elephants at 20 Thai tourist facilities show that more than half of the captive animals show repetitive behaviour like swaying or head bobbing, which may be signs of anxiety or boredom
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Life on Venus may have only been possible for its first billion years

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 2:06pm
Previous research suggested Venus may have been habitable for 2 to 3 billion years, but that didn’t take into account the lack of plate tectonics, which affects CO2 levels and narrows the window for life on Venus
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Exoplanet in a triple star system may orbit all three at once

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 1:27pm
Astronomers have spotted hints of a planet that orbits a distant system of three stars – if confirmed, it will be the first time such a world has been found
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DNA markers reveal if you shared a womb with twin that didn't survive

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 12:00pm
Studies suggest that 1 in 8 people shared the womb with a twin who did not survive to term and a cheek swab test could reveal if that is the case for you
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Some hot exoplanets may develop strange sets of four colossal storms

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 11:55am
The hottest worlds in the universe may develop enormous, fast-moving storms in strange sets of four that violently stir up their planets’ atmospheres
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Covid-19 news: Younger children in England less willing to get vaccine

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 7:44am
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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Spacecraft could detect signs of life on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 7:11am
Plumes of water shot into space by Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn, may contain molecular signs of alien life, and a spacecraft could collect them from orbit
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AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 6:00am
The US Air Force has used an AI as part of its "kill chain" - the process of gathering intelligence and directing weapons to destroy a target - though details of the incident are limited
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