Starwatch: Corona Borealis, crown of the north
22 articles from SUNDAY 16.8.2020
How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It
One of the earliest recognised constellations, quite small and relatively faint, Corona Borealis forms an unmistakeable semi-circle of starsThis week, head out of the city to a dark sky location and track down the constellation of Corona Borealis, the northern crown. It is a small, relatively faint constellation but one that has been recognised for millennia. Ptolemy listed it in his 2nd century...
Ariane rocket puts telecom satellites into orbit
The moon is drifting away. Every year, it gets about an inch and a half farther from us. Hundreds of millions of years from now, our companion in the sky will be distant enough that there will be no more total solar eclipses.For decades, scientists have measured the moon's retreat by firing a laser at light-reflecting panels, known as retroreflectors, that were left on the lunar surface, and...
How climate change could expose new epidemics
A rocket that blasted off from French Guiana successfully placed two communications satellites into orbit Saturday, launch firm Arianespace said.
Ship that oozed oil off Mauritius coast splits in two
Long-dormant viruses brought back to life; the resurgence of deadly and disfiguring smallpox; a dengue or zika "season" in Europe.
COVID-19 pandemic stalls further exploration of Franklin wrecks
A ship that has leaked more than 1,000 tonnes of oil in pristine waters off the coast of Mauritius has split in two.
New video game takes aim at COVID-19 misinformation
For only the second time in 12 years, Marc-Andre Bernier and his underwater archeology team at Parks Canada will not be heading north this month to explore the wrecks of the doomed Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin and his...
Hundreds of baby turtles begin to hatch at Ontario 'turtle nursery'
University of Waterloo science student Ridhi Patel has developed a 'quarantrivia' game to help teach people about COVID-19 and debunk...
Covid vaccine tracker: when will we have a coronavirus vaccine?
Nearly 2,000 turtle eggs are in the process of hatching at a turtle nursery in Cambridge, Ont. The eggs were collected from the sides of roads to protect the baby turtles from being hit by...
Mauritius oil spill: Wrecked MV Wakashio breaks up
More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progress Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, with more than 170 candidate vaccines now tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO). Continue...
Rising R number casts cloud over Northern Ireland’s Covid success
The MV Wakashio, which spilled more than 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil off Mauritius, has split apart.
New diagnostic criteria shine light on early dementia mimics
The region’s enviable record of controlling the virus is at risk from complacency over social distancing, scientists warnCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNorthern Ireland’s chief scientific adviser has warned of the risks of complacency after Covid-19 cases in the region increased rapidly last week. Professor Ian Young said it was “inevitable” that there would...
Nitrate supplementation could help breathing and lung clearance in the elderly
Experts estimate up to one third of people attending specialist memory clinics in the UK could have a condition that is commonly mistaken for early dementia. In a paper published in the journal, Brain, UK academics and clinicians have collaborated to develop a diagnostic definition of the widely recognised but poorly understood condition, Functional Cognitive Disorder (FCD).
Members of NASA GeneLab’s Analysis Working Group Initiate International COVID-19 Data Analysis Effort
New research published today in The Journal of Physiology shows that nitrate improves function in the diaphragm, the muscle involved in coughing and breathing, by improving power. The study done in old mice, if replicated in humans, could provide a strategy for helping elderly people clear the lungs more effectively and avoid infection.
Request for Information: Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM)
Transmission electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Credits: National Institutes of Health
A Facebook live event brought together nearly 1,450 researchers from 18 countries, representing 100 institutions—to present recent findings about COVID-19 coronavirus transmission, host interactions, screening diagnosis and treatment therapies. The event, held...
Scientists Convene at ASGSR and Identify Critical Research Required to Support Moon and Mars Missions
Do you have ideas for potential scientific, exploration, and technology demonstration investigations for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Program? If you are from U.S. industry, a university, a non-profit organization, a NASA center or other U.S. government agency, NASA wants your ideas. This Request For Information (RFI) is a joint effort between the Science Mission...
A Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity: NASA to Solicit Science Community Input on NASA’s Biological and Physical Sciences Research Priorities via Decadal Survey
ASGSR 2018-2019 President Kevin Sato and Anna-Lisa Paul, 2019 annual meeting chair
The “planets are aligning” for the United States to make monumental leaps in research that both enables space exploration and is enabled by space exploration. Congressional and executive branch support for NASA’s Artemis program, as well as for future missions to Mars, has led to significant levels of...
A Pathway to Patents: How Procter & Gamble’s Work with NASA Led to Product Innovations
NASA astronauts (left to right) Christina Koch and Jessica Meir harvested Mizuna mustard greens on Thanksgiving day inside the ESA (European Space Agency) laboratory module's VEGGIE facility.
It’s a once-in-a-decade opportunity: the chance to identify the most compelling science and technology questions facing the decade ahead. This year, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and...
From (Space) Farm to Table: Using Autonomy and Robotics to Produce Crops in Space
To some, it may seem an unlikely collaboration: Procter & Gamble (P&G), a world leader in consumer-packaged goods, partnering with NASA. Both, however, share a common goal: bettering life on Earth by defying gravity and conducting research in space.
People around the world use P&G’s products every day—they own multiple brands providing skincare, haircare, personal health...
Rising water levels in Kenya's Great Rift Valley threaten jobs and wildlife
The Exploration Research and Technology Programs at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida hosted a two-day workshop, Aug. 6 and 7, 2019, focusing on robotics and automation in space crop production.Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Researchers from around the world convened at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in August for a two-day workshop focused on the use of autonomy and robotics...
Campaigners win fight to stop Maldives islands becoming luxury resort
Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes by rising water levels in two Kenyan lakes.
Local residents in the Maldives have won a campaign against developers and the government who wanted to turn two islands into a luxury resort.