Blue Origin and Virgin Orbit will join SpaceX in the commercial spaceflight landscape in 2021

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Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks

In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company’s New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP) Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s […]

How a very ‘sociable’ protein can hold clues about Alzheimer’s origin

Using the ESRF cryo-electron microscope and Small Angle X-ray Scattering at the ESRF’s beamline BM29, the researchers managed to decipher the role of ECSIT in mitochondrial activity. Credit: ESRF/Stef Candé An international team of scientists led by the ESRF, the European Synchrotron, have found how the ECSIT protein dictates the behavior of proteins linked to […]

Geoscientists use zircon to trace origin of Earth’s continents

Jesse Reimink, assistant professor of geosciences at Penn State, is among a team of researchers to use the mineral zircon to help understand how the Earth’s continents formed billions of years ago. Credit: Penn State Geoscientists have long known that some parts of the continents formed in the Earth’s deep past, but the speed in […]

EcoHealth Alliance Orchestrated Key Scientists’ Statement on “natural origin” of SARS-CoV-2 – Independent Science News

Emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know show that a statement in The Lancet authored by 27 prominent public health scientists condemning “conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin” was organized by employees of EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit group that has received millions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer funding to genetically manipulate coronaviruses with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. […]

Indian fossils support new hypothesis for origin of hoofed mammals — ScienceDaily

New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a fossil family that illuminates the origin of perissodactyls — the group of mammals that includes horses, rhinos, and tapirs. It provides insights on the controversial question of where these hoofed animals evolved, concluding that they arose in or near present day India. With […]

Indian fossils support new hypothesis for origin of hoofed mammals

Life reconstruction of Cambaytherium. Credit: Elaine Kasmer New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a fossil family that illuminates the origin of perissodactyls—the group of mammals that includes horses, rhinos and tapirs. It provides insights on the controversial question of where these hoofed animals evolved, concluding that they arose in or […]

Trees bring benefits to society, regardless of their origin

IMAGE: The chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum) on the Promenade de la Treille in Geneva are non-native, and yet they provide beauty and shade for passers-by. In addition, the individuals in this… view more  Credit: UNIGE/SCHLAEPFER Trees planted in urban spaces provide a multitude of ecosystem services: they reduce air pollution and noise, provide habitat and shelter […]

The Case Is Building That COVID-19 Had a Lab Origin

Shi Zheng-Li releases a bat

By Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD If the public has learned a lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic it is that science does not generate certainty. Do homemade face masks work? What is the death rate of COVID-19? How accurate are the tests? How many people have no symptoms? And so on. Practically the […]