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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Is a giant asteroid headed towards Earth? All you need to know

July 21, 2021 4:32:38 pm

The latest visit by 2008 GO20 was on June 20, 2008, and it is expected to fly past again on July 25, 2034.

Cannabis plant

Cannabis was domesticated in East Asia, new study suggests

July 21, 2021 1:38:52 pm

The study’s authors found that the plant was a “primarily multipurpose crop” grown about 12,000 years ago during the early Neolithic period, probably for fiber and medicinal uses.

Blue Origin flight

Jeff Bezos carries out Blue Origin’s inaugural space voyage

July 21, 2021 8:09:28 pm

The voyage lasted about 10 minutes 20 seconds and flew 107 km above the planet's surface.

Blue Origin human flight

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: New Shepard safely lands after historic flight

July 20, 2021 7:26:41 pm

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight is expected to go about 106km high.

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Space tourism: Difference between flights of Branson, Bezos and Musk

July 21, 2021 6:26:02 pm

Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight reached a height of 86km while Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight went about 107km high.

China elephant

China’s wild elephants seek room to roam as habitats shrink

July 20, 2021 12:21:44 pm

Xishuangbanna's elephants have more than doubled to about 300 in the past 20 years, a sign of success in rehabilitating herds

UK heat map

Britain issues first Amber Extreme Heat warning

July 20, 2021 11:22:15 am

Much of Britain has seen heatwave conditions in recent days but temperatures are expected to rise further, possibly reaching 33 degrees Celsius in some western parts of the country, the Met Office said.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket launch: How to watch

July 20, 2021 10:24:55 am

Blue Origin is aiming for the rocket to take off at 9 a.m. Eastern time (6.30 pm IST). The date coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton

Just 7 per cent of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows

July 19, 2021 7:38:29 pm

The research draws upon DNA extracted from fossil remains of now-extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans, as well as from 279 modern people from around the world.

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COVID-19 antibodies last at least nine months after infection, study finds

July 19, 2021 5:17:06 pm

The team also found cases of antibody levels increasing in some people, suggesting potential re-infections with the virus, providing a boost to the immune system.

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As temperatures rise, alien plants threaten Nepal’s oldest national park

July 19, 2021 1:12:53 pm

The surge in alien plants in Chitwan park is now crowding out grasslands and wetlands that provide food and shelter for the park's iconic wildlife, say park authorities.

Alaska thunderstorm

Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska

July 17, 2021 3:02:12 pm

“Forecasters hadn’t seen anything like that before,” said Ed Plumb, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fairbanks, speaking about the storms that started on Saturday.

caterpillar slug

Meet the caterpillar slug, a potential future invader to India

July 16, 2021 9:54:56 pm

Invasive species have cost nearly $1.3 trillion dollars to the global economy since 1970.

Market in the city of Megiddo in the Levant 3,700 years ago

Biomolecules tell the story of ancient trade networks

July 16, 2021 6:16:10 pm

Asian foods such as soybean, banana and turmeric had reached the Mediterranean more than 3,000 years ago.

3D printed bridge

World’s first 3D-printed steel footbridge unveiled in Amsterdam

July 16, 2021 5:43:08 pm

The 6-ton structure will be loaded with sensors that researchers at Imperial College London will use to monitor the bridge in real time and gauge how it reacts to being used by pedestrians.

Tiny stubby-nosed porpoise

Mexico’s new fishing rule a ‘setback’ for near-extinct porpoise, say conservationists

July 16, 2021 1:14:58 pm

There are thought to be only between six and 20 vaquita porpoises left and the species is on the brink of extinction as more die each year in fishing nets than are being born.

Oliver Daemen

Teenager to fly with Bezos in inaugural space tourism flight

July 16, 2021 12:37:07 pm

Oliver Daemen is working to obtain his pilot's license and is set to attend the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands to study physics and innovation management in September.

Neurosurgery by Edward Chang

Device taps brain waves to help paralysed man communicate

July 15, 2021 3:15:08 pm

It takes about three to four seconds for the word to appear on the screen after the man tries to say it.

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A new device could turn your sweat into electricity

July 15, 2021 1:53:43 pm

The team found that when worn for 10 hours of sleep, the device was able to collect 400 millijoules of energy.

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Moon’s wobble and climate change will cause coastal flooding in US: NASA study

July 15, 2021 1:15:54 pm

By mid 2030s, many coastal cities in the United States will experience an increase in high-tide floods, notes a new study by NASA researchers, adding that lunar wobble will make the problem worse.

US warns SpaceX its new Texas launch site tower not yet approved

July 15, 2021 12:03:44 pm

An FAA spokesman said on Wednesday that the agency's environmental review underway of SpaceX’s proposed rocket assembly "integration tower" is "underway," and added that "the company is building the tower at its own risk."

Elon Musk

Elon Musk congratulates ISRO on 3rd test of Vikas Engine for Gaganyaan

July 15, 2021 9:16:40 am

Musk, the founder of aerospace manufacturing giant SpaceX, commented "Congratulations" on ISRO's tweet. His one-word tweet also has an Indian flag.

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New dinosaur species identified in Spain

July 14, 2021 5:00:09 pm

It lived during the early Cretaceous period or about 130 million years ago.

floating solar panel farms in Singapore

Singapore unveils one of the world’s biggest floating solar panel farms

July 14, 2021 3:44:41 pm

The solar panels are designed to last for 25 years and drones will be used to assist with maintenance.

In this July 10, 2018 file photo, Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries' space division, speaks beside the SpaceIL lunar module, during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israel’s SpaceIL secures funds for new lunar mission

July 13, 2021 4:34:47 pm

The first "Beresheet" or "Genesis spacecraft" crashed into the moon moments before touchdown in April 2019.