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T cell shortage linked to severe COVID-19 in elderly; antiseptic spray may limit virus spread

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Read More

 

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If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain building to maintenance and repair. More »

 

China aims to operate regular space flights by 2045, official says

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to set up a space programme operating thousands of flights a year and carrying tens of thousands of tons of cargo and passengers by 2045, state news agency Xinhua quoted an official as saying on Friday. More »

 

Ig Nobel science award: An alligator on helium sounds like ...?

(Reuters) - If humans sound like Minnie Mouse after inhaling helium, would an alligator squeak on the gas used to float balloons? More »

 

NASA mulls possible mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbors life. More »

 

The future is cyborg: Kaspersky study finds support for human augmentation

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly two thirds of people in leading Western European countries would consider augmenting the human body with technology to improve their lives, mostly to improve health, according to research commissioned by Kaspersky. More »

 

Common public screening methods unreliable; student athletes may need heart test after COVID-19

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »

 

Girl power in the deep blue sea: World's largest fish are female

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Male and female whale sharks - filter-feeding marine behemoths - grow at different rates, with females doing so more slowly but getting much larger than the guys, according to research that offers deeper insight into the biology of Earth's largest fish. More »

 

California wildfire threatens Mount Wilson Observatory and communications hub

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters waged an all-out ground and air campaign on Tuesday to save the famed Mount Wilson Observatory and an adjacent hub of communications towers from a wildfire roaring through rugged peaks overlooking the foothill suburbs north of Los Angeles. More »

 

European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - The European space agency (ESA) signed a deal worth 129 million euros ($154 million) on Tuesday to make a spacecraft for a joint project with NASA looking at how to deflect an asteroid heading for Earth. More »

 

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