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Covid: NHS in push to vaccinate the final four million

Health News BBC - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 01:53
Hard-to-reach groups – from rough sleepers to fairground workers – are being targeted in a final vaccine push.

Highly eccentric black hole merger discovered

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 01:33
Date: January 20, 2022; Source: Rochester Institute of Technology; Summary: Scientists believe they have detected a merger of two black holes with eccentric orbits. This can help explain how some of the previous black hole mergers are much heavier than ...

Mapping dementia-linked protein interactions yields potential new treatment targets

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 00:48
Tau protein has long been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases. Mutations in the gene that encodes the Tau protein result in neurodegenerative conditions like frontotemporal dementia, while in Alzheimer's disease the protein accumulates and becomes ...

NASA's Swift Observatory put in safe mode after suspected reaction wheel failure

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 00:33
NASA has put its orbiting Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory into safe mode due to a suspected faulty reaction wheel, the first time this type of failure has occurred in its 17 years of operation. NASA this week confirmed Swift was powered down on January ...

Meteor seen from UW camera early Thursday, Jan. 20

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 23:56
MADISON, Wis. - Anybody who was up early Thursday morning may have been able to see a meteor streaking through the sky. The camera perched atop the meteorology building at the University of Wisconsin captured the meteor passing by at 6:48 a.m. There ...

US Space Force, Space Systems Command set to launch next two GSSAP spacecrafts to geosynchronous orbit

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 23:53
The Northrop Grumman-built GSSAP satellites provide improved geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO)-based SDA that will enhance the ability of the Combined Force Space Component Command commander to provide enhanced space safety of flight and better understand ...

NASA will chase down the smallest asteroid ever visited by a spacecraft

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 22:53
Most of the excitement around NASA's uncrewed Artemis I mission is about testing out the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft as a precursor to sending people back to the moon. But Artemis I will also launch a nifty side mission, the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout ...

The Moon's farside has sticky soil, Yutu-2 finds

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 22:34
The team says that one of the most striking things Yutu-2 has encountered is how clumpy, or “cloddy,” the lunar soil has been. Images taken by the Chang'e 4 lander and the rover of its wheels show that much of its fine metal mesh is covered in dirt that it ...

Supplement appears to boost muscle, mitochondria health

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 22:31
Date: January 20, 2022; Source: University of Washington School of Medicine/UW Medicine; Summary: An oral supplement intended to stimulate a natural body process appears to promote muscle endurance and mitochondrial health in humans.

Spacewalking cosmonauts activate space station's newest Russian module

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 22:27
Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov completed a 7-hour, 11-minute spacewalk Wednesday outside the International Space Station, preparing Russia's new Prichal module for the arrival of the next Soyuz crew spacecraft in March.

Scientists Propose Mission to Catch Up With Mysterious Interstellar Object

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 21:45
After launching in 2028, the goal is to rendezvous with 'Oumuamua around 26 years later in interstellar space — a massively ambitious task, but also one with immense potential scientific payoff. Project Lyra.

NASA announces 'first flight delay due to inclement weather on another world'

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 21:08
Ingenuity has conducted 18 successful flights and was prepping for Flight 19 to take place Jan. 5. But a regional dust storm kicked up early in January in the Jezero Crater where the rotorcraft is exploring with its rover buddy Perseverance. The weather ...

Al Gore: Emissions reductions hinge on AI measurements from space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 21:05
Achieving earthly emissions reductions goals will hinge upon the extraterrestrial capabilities of artificial intelligence technologies that are taking precision measurements from space, according to former Vice President Al Gore.

Saturn's 'Death Star' moon might be hiding an underground ocean

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 21:00
During a mission to discover whether or not Saturn's moon Mimas was geologically dead, researchers discovered something far more surprising: “compelling evidence” of an underground ocean buried beneath the surface of the Death Star-like moon.

Researchers develop novel microscopic picoshell particles

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:56
Production of high-energy fats by microalgae may provide a sustainable, renewable energy source that can help tackle climate change. However, microalgae engineered to produce lipids rapidly usually grow slowly themselves, making it difficult to ...

Al Gore: Emissions reductions hinge on AI measurements from space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:39
Climate TRACE tracks real-time atmospheric carbon emissions from existing satellites through AI and machine learning to obtain “a highly accurate and precise quantification of every significant emitter of greenhouse gas pollution.”.

Like Tiny Drill Sergeants, Neurons Identified in Spinal Cord Coordinate Our Steps

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:37
“As one might expect, it's the brain that initiates locomotion. But it doesn't coordinate it,” says Columbia neuroscientist George Mentis, PhD, who investigates the circuits that control walking with an eye toward finding new treatments for patients with ...

Bizarre knotted DNA structures linked to cancer in mice

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:31
DNA typically looks like a twisted ladder. But the loss of key enzymes in the body causes the genetic molecule to become tangled up in bizarre loops and knots, and at least in mice, these odd DNA structures may drive the development of cancer, The ...

Ingenuity helicopter flight stalled for first time due to unusual Mars weather

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:16
By Ashley Strickland, CNN. CNN — For the first time ever, a flight delay has occurred on another planet due to bad weather. The Ingenuity helicopter, which was slated to take to Martian skies on January 5, had to push its 19th flight back because of an ...

Study: Earth's core is cooling faster than scientists thought

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 20:07
When the Earth loses all of its heat, it will lose its magnetic field, which would cause the entire planet to become uninhabitable and solid rock, NBC News reported. ©2022 Cox Media Group.

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