Check out the breathtaking winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest

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Effective ventilation may be a key factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19

IMAGE: During the first wave of COVID-19, which paralyzed the world in spring, it was initially thought that effective hand washing and 2-meter social distancing would help prevent the highly contagious… view more  Credit: TalTech During the first wave of COVID-19, which paralyzed the world in spring, it was initially thought that effective hand washing and […]

Tradition of petrified birds in the Dome of the Rock

The Birds on the Dome of the Rock. Credit: Elon Harvey. On the southern exterior wall of the Dome of the Rock, a very important Islamic shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, there are two marble slabs, both carved from the same stone and placed side by side to form a symmetrical pattern, that depicts two […]

COVID-19 is at least 5 times deadlier than flu for hospitalized patients

COVID-19 truly is more deadly than the flu — patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were five times more likely to die than those with the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  What’s more, the study found COVID-19 patients were at higher risk for 17 additional, serious health […]

How initiatives empowering employees can backfire — ScienceDaily

Strategies meant to motivate people in the workplace may have unintended consequences — depending on who’s in charge. Recent research from Michigan State University and Ohio State University shows that empowerment initiatives aren’t necessarily the answer for business leaders hoping to motivate their employees. “People tend to think of empowerment in uniformly positive ways,” said […]

Disseminating Scientific Results in the Age of Rapid Communication

Earlier this year as the COVID-19 virus spread around the world, countries responded by imposing lockdown measures one by one. Scientists, seeing the subsequent satellite observations, rushed to publish papers about improved air quality, many of which appeared in short order on preprint servers. These preprints, which are often published in tandem with […]

Watch live as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft snags a chunk of asteroid

Four years ago, NASA launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Two years ago, the spacecraft finally reached its target of the carbon-rich, Earth-adjacent asteroid Bennu. Today, OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) will fulfill its original mission and collect a rock and dust sample of at least two ounces from the […]

New approach to fighting cancer could reduce costs and side effects

IMAGE: Cancer cells are targeted by bioengineered immune cells in the patient’s system. view more  Credit: Carina Biotech CAR-T biotherapeutics company Carina Biotech and researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a novel approach based on microfluidic technology to “purify” the immune cells of patients in the fight against cancer. UniSA’s Future Industries Institute […]

Antarctic ozone hole is one of the largest and deepest in recent years

The 2020 ozone hole is also one of the deepest. Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that this year’s ozone hole has reached its maximum depth with a peak of around 100 DU on 2 October. Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by DLR/BIRA/ESA Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that […]

1st-ever footage of giant pandas mating in the wild is not ‘cute and cuddly’

A pair of aggressive male giant pandas roar ferociously on the ground beneath a female perched in a tree, in the first-ever footage of panda courtship and mating in the wild.  For nearly three years, nature filmmakers Yuanqi Wu and Jacky Poon followed pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains, hoping to capture evidence of elusive behavior that […]