Icy moon Europa may glow in the dark, experiments suggest
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Icy moon Europa may glow in the dark, experiments suggest

By replicating conditions that may be present on the surface of Europa, one of Jupiter’s dozens of moons, scientists found that this icy orb might glow. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created glowing pieces of ice by freezing water and various water/salt solutions that are most likely to …

Trump administration rushed to claim Pfizer's vaccine win. But that's not exactly true.
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Trump administration rushed to claim Pfizer’s vaccine win. But that’s not exactly true.

The world got a bit of fantastic news on Monday: Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine looks incredibly promising.  The massive pharmaceutical company and its partner, BioNTech, announced its vaccine was 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 cases, which far surpassed expectations of a perhaps 60-70 percent effective vaccine. That is unequivocal great …

Moon exploration startup ispace opens new U.S. office and hires SpaceX alum to lead development of next lander
Aerospace

Moon exploration startup ispace opens new U.S. office and hires SpaceX alum to lead development of next lander

Japanese startup ispace, which is developing lander technology to support exploration of the Moon, is opening an office in Denver, the company announced today. The Colorado location was chosen because of its access to local aerospace engineering talent, and the plan is for the company to quickly staff up a …

Moon exporation startup ispace opens new U.S. office and hires SpaceX to lead development of next lander
Aerospace

Moon exporation startup ispace opens new U.S. office and hires SpaceX to lead development of next lander

Japanese startup ispace, which is developing lander technology to support exploration of the Moon, is opening an office in Denver, the company announced today. The Colorado location was chosen because of its access to local aerospace engineering talent, and the plan is for the company to quickly staff up a …

Nasal spray might prevent COVID-19 infections
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Nasal spray might prevent COVID-19 infections

Many hopes for a return to a semi-normal life after COVID-19 revolve around vaccines, but those injections have limits — they’re harder to deploy in low-income and rural areas where there’s no guarantee of easy distribution. Science may offer a more… Continue Reading…

A new book of dicks, human and otherwise
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A new book of dicks, human and otherwise

“Nothing gets clicks like a story about dicks,” writes biologist Emily Willingham. “Even if it’s about a penis that’s 1.5 millimeters long and millions of years old.” The quote is from Willingham’s new book Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

Alphabet’s X details Project Amber, a quest for a single biomarker for depression that fell short of its goal
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Alphabet’s X details Project Amber, a quest for a single biomarker for depression that fell short of its goal

Alphabet’s X (the Google-owner’s so-called “Moonshot Factory”) published a new blog post today about Project Amber, a project it’s been working on over the past three years — the results of which it’s now making available open source for the rest of the mental health research community to learn from, …

Ultraflat materials can be stuck together via wringing
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Ultraflat materials can be stuck together via wringing

Phil Moriarty looks at an interesting phenomenon called wringing, where it’s possible to press two pieces of steel together and make them adhere, without the use of adhesives, magnetism, or other outside forces. It can also be done with precision-milled silicon and glass. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

Alphabet’s X details Project Amber, a quest for a single biomarker for depression that fell short of its goal
Biotech

Alphabet’s X details Project Amber, a quest for a single biomarker for depression that fell short of its goal

Alphabet’s X (the Google-owner’s so-called ‘Moonshot Factory’) published a new blog post today about Project Amber, a project it’s been working on over the past three years – the results of which it’s now making available open source for the rest of the mental health research community to learn from, …

MIT develops a battery-free method for navigating underwater that could transform ocean exploration
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MIT develops a battery-free method for navigating underwater that could transform ocean exploration

MIT has developed a new navigation system designed for use underwater that could do for underwater wayfinding what GPS has done for travel on and above the surface. GPS doesn’t really penetrate underwater, because radio waves aren’t really water-friendly. It’s why you commonly see things like sonar employed on submarines, …