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New Covid variant: Chris Whitty on why scientists are concerned about new Covid variant

Health News BBC - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 17:56
Watch Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, speak about what scientists know about the new Omicron variant.

New Covid variant: PCR testing to be introduced for arrivals in UK

Health News BBC - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 17:49
Watch Boris Johnson set out new measures after two cases of the Omicron variant were found in the UK.

Researchers Have Uncovered A 'Treasure Map' For Future Moon Exploration

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 17:04
Researchers have uncovered potential pockets of ice on the surface of the Moon and created a map that lunar explorers could excavate. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been collecting temperature readings for 11 years, making what could be the ...

UCLA Astronomers Discover More Than 300 New Exoplanets In 'Significant Advance'

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 17:02
An algorithm developed by UCLA astronomers has helped them to identify 366 new exoplanets, including a number of 'noteworthy' findings. Exoplanets – planets located outside our solar system – are relatively rare discoveries, with fewer than 5,000 ...

New Earth-observing satellite beams back first images

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 16:41
The first images of Earth from Landsat 9 have been released this month, ushering in a new chapter in the longest-running continuous satellite program dedicated to Earth observation. The satellite, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ...

'Gangotri wave' connecting two of Milky Way's spiral arms discovered

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 16:20
A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.K. has discovered a long thin filament of dense gas connecting two of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the group describes their work ...

The James Webb space telescope: in search of the secrets of the Milky Way

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 16:01
The observatory – built by Nasa with European and Canadian space agency collaboration – has been designed to revolutionise our study of the early universe and to pinpoint possible life-supporting planets inside our galaxy. However, its ...

Alabama prisons to resume visitations after 20 months

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 15:31
Alabama prison inmates will soon be allowed personal visitors for the first time in 20 months, but there will be a number of restrictions. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that visitation will resume Dec. 4.

Covid variant: We won't hesitate to take further action, says Javid

Health News BBC - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 15:16
The health secretary says two UK cases of the Omicron variant shows the pandemic "is far from over".

4-legged 'snake' fossil is actually a different ancient animal, new study claims

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 14:38
Moreover, the new study blasts the treatment of the Tetrapodophis fossil, which may have been illegally exported from Brazil and whose original study didn't include any Brazilian researchers, despite a Brazilian law stating that their country's researchers ...

Two cases of new variant of Covid detected in UK

Health News BBC - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 14:11
Two people in the UK have been found to be infected with the new Covid variant, Omicron, the health secretary says.

Why Staying Active As We Get Older May Help Us Live Longer

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 13:14
Our ape cousins spent most of the day sitting; they died younger than our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who spent more time on the go. The "active grandparent hypothesis" posits that lifelong physical activity promotes better health and longevity by ...

Space rock alert: Should you worry about an asteroid impact?

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 12:30
The DART mission will target Dimorphos, which is a satellite of a larger asteroid called Didymos. There's no chance of the pair hitting Earth no matter how the NASA probe fares, according to mission personnel.

Webb – The Most Powerful Space Telescope Ever Built – Will Look Back in Time to the Dark Ages of the Universe

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 12:14
I'm an astronomer with a specialty in observational cosmology – I've been studying distant galaxies for 30 years. Some of the biggest unanswered questions about the universe relate to its early years just after the Big Bang. When did the first stars and ...

Explained: James Webb Space Telescope launch date, its goals, debate over its name

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 11:39
NASA has once again changed the launch date of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) from December 18 to December 22. The postponement was announced by the space agency on November 22, when it referred to a “recent incident” that made it ...

Northrop Grumman proposes lunar rover for Artemis program

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 10:55
“We're doing extensive research for a modern space vehicle that will be provided by industry. As we plan for long-term exploration of the Moon, the LTV won't be your grandfather's Moon Buggy used during the Apollo missions.”.

'Incredible milestone': Astronomers identify over 360 previous unknown exoplanets

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 10:38
Astronomers have identified over 360 previously unknown exoplanets in a new study. The data for the research was collected from the retired Kepler space telescope. Planets discovered outside our solar system are called exoplanets.

Covid: New Omicron variant not a disaster, says Sage scientist

Health News BBC - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 10:35
Prof Calum Semple says some scientists are "hugely overstating" the fears around the Omicron variant.

Feathered Friends: When winter weather arrives, birds will return to feeders

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:39
I have been asked by many bird feed customers and readers why they aren't seeing many birds at the feeders. Many often somewhat reference the so-called mysterious bird disease that apparently was present in some southern states this past summer.

UK Space Agency invite children to enter competition

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:30
Children aged four to eleven years old are invited to design the logo which will be displayed on the first small satellite when it is launched next year. The UK Space Agency has set up a competition for primary school children in the hope of inspiring ...

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