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Earliest known bubonic plague strain found in 5000-year-old skull

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 12:00pm
The bacterium behind the Black Death, which wrought devastation in medieval times, has been found in the skull of a man living 5000 years ago in Latvia – it’s the earliest known plague strain
Categories: Astronomy

Voyagers review: Lord of the Flies in space is full of mystery

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 12:00pm
Voyagers follows a group of genetically engineered children on their way to a distant planet. It has some good acting, but the film doesn't quite live up to its promise
Categories: Astronomy

New form of liver dialysis could help people with failed organ recover

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 10:00am
Technique for taking over the liver’s function of removing toxins from the blood has shown promise in a small trial
Categories: Astronomy

Meerkats in zoos don’t put as much effort into social niceties

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 9:54am
Meerkats in zoos fight more aggressively, are pickier about who they groom and have less stable relationships than those living in the wild
Categories: Astronomy

We’ve caught a black hole devouring a neutron star for the first time

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 9:00am
Astronomers have definitively detected a black hole devouring a neutron star for the first – and second – time. These cataclysmic events created ripples in space-time called gravitational waves that travelled more than 900 million light years to reach detectors on Earth
Categories: Astronomy

Controversial geoengineering scheme will dump iron in the sea

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 6:50am
A former UK chief scientist is planning experiments to drop iron filings in oceans to tackle climate change and restore marine life, in a major geoengineering project that is likely to prove controversial
Categories: Astronomy

Jupiter's strange atmosphere may have formed in a gigantic shadow

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 4:00am
The mix of gases that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere have long puzzled astronomers, but now it seems the giant planet’s shadowy birthplace may be responsible
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An Australian mouse thought to be extinct still survives on an island

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 4:00pm
We thought Gould’s mouse went extinct 125 years ago – but a small population has now been identified on an island off Australia’s west coast
Categories: Astronomy

Delta variant on track to become dominant cause of covid-19 globally

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 1:48pm
Now detected in at least 85 countries, the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads more easily and is better at evading the protection provided by vaccines, meaning it will probably outcompete other variants
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Trial of first coronavirus variant vaccine under way

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:48pm
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Categories: Astronomy

The clouds of Venus are too dry to support life as we know it

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:00pm
An analysis of Venus's toxic clouds found that the amount of water there is more than 100 times too low for life as we know it to survive, putting a damper on recent signs that organisms could potentially exist there
Categories: Astronomy

Clays found in Martian crater hint that the planet was once habitable

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:00pm
Parts of Mars may have been habitable for thousands of years, based on analysis of clays found in one of its craters that could only have formed in a stable, life-friendly environment
Categories: Astronomy