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WHO: Countries with falling COVID-19 numbers still need to be 'vigilant'

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:05
A World Health Organization (WHO) leader said Friday that countries that are experiencing decreasing COVID-19 numbers still need to be “vigilant” in case of surges. WHO's technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove made the comment during a virtual briefing as ...

Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'

Health News BBC - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:41
Scientists spell out measures to minimise coronavirus infection risk when rules are relaxed at Christmas.

Catch Monday morning's subtle lunar eclipse

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:40
Howling at the Moon Sunday night? Sunday night into Monday morning November 30th features not only the penultimate Full Moon for 2020, but the final lunar eclipse of the year, with a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. The eclipse is a subtle penumbral ...

Turning Moon dust into oxygen

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:39
November 27, 2020 – British engineers are fine-tuning a process that will be used to extract oxygen from lunar dust, leaving behind metal powders that could be 3D printed into construction materials for a Moon base. It could be an early step to establishing an ...

California cave art is linked to a hallucinogenic plant

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:17
Mysterious pinwheel paintings in a California cave are probably representations of hallucinogen Datura wrightii. The paintings were made by the Chumash people 400 years ago. This is the first definitive connection between cave painting and hallucinogens.

Earth is 2000 light years closer to supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy than we thought

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:01
(CNN) A new map of the Milky Way by Japanese space experts has put Earth 2,000 light years closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. This map has suggested that the center of the Milky Way, and the black hole which sits there, ...

Whale skeleton thought to be up to 5000 years old discovered in Thailand

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:33
The bones of a whale thought to be up to 5,000 years old have been found by a team of researchers in Thailand. Discovered west of Bangkok in Samut Sakhon, the 12-metre-long skeleton is almost perfectly preserved. Researchers are hopeful that the whale ...

Europe signs $102M deal to bring space trash home

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:27
The European Space Agency says it is signing a $102 million contract with a Swiss start-up company to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth. BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract ...

“The Case of the Missing Dark Matter” –Hubble Solves a Mystery

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:27
Dark matter is “dark” in the sense that it hardly interacts with anything, particularly with light. While dark matter may be too elusive to be found in particle experiments, it can reveal its presence in astronomical observations.

You can see a new comet fly by Earth this month for the first time in 6800 years

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:15
(KFTK) - A newly discovered comet said to be brighter than the famous Halley's Comet has been appearing on a nightly basis and will continue to get brighter this month. Comet C/2020 F3, or Comet NEOWISE, will fly through the inner solar system for the first ...

Spacecraft that successfully 'bombed' an asteroid is close to home with valuable cargo

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:08
A Japanese spacecraft that successfully "bombed" an asteroid after a journey of more than 3 billion miles through space is close to returning to Earth. Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is slated to drop at least 100 milligrams of the near-Earth asteroid, Ryugu, ...

Twitter is Going to Start Warning Users Who Like a Tweet with a Fact-Check Label

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:00
By: Nick Gambino. Social media platforms, especially Twitter and Facebook, have been criticized for their lack of effort in curtailing the spread of false or misinformation. Maybe it's always been part of human nature, but something about our relationship with ...

Explained: Why the 'Burj Khalifa-sized' asteroid approaching Earth is not a threat

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:58
A relatively large-sized asteroid, named 153201 (2000 WO107), would be safely moving past Earth on November 29 (Sunday), and will be the closest to our planet at 10:38 am Indian Standard Time. And, as it happens every time an asteroid is approaching, ...

Human brain cells could be gene-edited to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, scientists claim

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:53
One in four people over the age of 90 develop Alzheimer's, a condition thought to be triggered by a build up of a protein called beta-amyloid outside the brain cells. This is linked to the ...

Quantum nanodiamonds may help detect disease earlier

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:34
Date: November 25, 2020; Source: University College London; Summary: The quantum sensing abilities of nanodiamonds can be used to improve the sensitivity of paper-based diagnostic tests, potentially allowing for earlier detection of diseases such as HIV, ...

What was early Earth like? Almost like Venus, research shows

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:30
A team of international scientists led by ETH researcher Paolo Sossi has gained new insights into Earth's atmosphere of 4.5 billion years ago. Their results have implications for the possible origins of life on Earth. Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Earth would ...

Full Beaver Moon Eclipse As November Ends: See It In NYC

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:25
NEW YORK CITY – A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow. It occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned in an almost straight line. Sky gazers in New York are in for a treat Monday ...

Solar Power Stations in Space Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Needs

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:01
It sounds like science fiction: giant solar power stations floating in space that beam down enormous amounts of energy to Earth. And for a long time, the concept—first developed by the Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the 1920s—was mainly an ...

Watch this space

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:52
Who serves as president matters for the space business. The trajectory of the entire U.S. space industry can shift when someone new moves in at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Whoever lives at the White House sets direction for NASA and the Pentagon, affecting ...

Retired California police chief grateful he survived coronavirus

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:35
WINDSOR, Calif. - A Sonoma County family has a message of gratitude and caution for the holiday season. "Emotionally it's really something because a few months back I didn't know if I'd see another Thanksgiving," said Carlos Basurto, 51, a survivor of the ...


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