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Egypt to launch two space research satellites in 2022

Egypt will launch two satellites next year, including NExSat-1, a lightweight vessel that will be used for remote sensing and scientific research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Egyptian minister of higher education and scientific research, announced on Saturday.Space authorities will also launch EgyptSat

Scientists Discover Fish Feed Outside Sea, Swallow Prey Without Water

Most fish rely on water to feed, using suction to capture their prey. A new study, however, shows that snowflake morays can grab and swallow prey on land without water thanks to an extra set of jaws in their throats. After a moray eel captures prey with its first set of jaws, a second set of "pha

Nasa says newly discovered ‘weird’ planet with ‘unknown’ atmosphere is remarkably similar to Earth

A ‘weird’ planet recently discovered has excited scientists in their hunt for extraterrestial life. Researchers from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico discovered exoplanet TOI-1231 b orbiting an M dwarf star – otherwise known as a red dwarf.

ALMA discovers earliest gigantic black hole storm

Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) discovered a titanic galactic wind driven by a supermassive black hole 13.1 billion years ago. This is the earliest example yet observed of such a wind to date and is a telltale sign that huge black holes have a profound eff

South African worker honeybees reproduce by making near-perfect clones of themselves

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute and York University, has found that workers in a species of honeybee found in South Africa reproduce by making near-perfect clones of themselves. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Roy

Earth now has five oceans, National Geographic Society says

The non-profit organisation said it has decided to accept the body of water around Antarctica as a separate ocean. The Southern Ocean is the fifth ocean to be recognised by the group since it began making maps in 1915.   The others include the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans, a

Spacecraft buzzes Jupiter's mega moon, 1st close-up in years

NASA's Juno spacecraft has provided the first close-ups of Jupiter's largest moon in two decades.   Juno zoomed past icy Ganymede on Monday, passing within 645 miles (1,038 kilometers). The last time a spacecraft came that close was in 2000 when NASA's Galileo spacecraft swept past our sola

Sticky fingerprints reveal true origins of honey

Monotremes are among the world's strangest animals, mixing mammalian and reptilian characteristics in the one creature.   When British scientists in the 18th Century first saw a platypus they dismissed it as a hoax. Eventually, a new group of mammals had to be created to account for the pla

Sharks went nearly extinct 19 million years ago: Study

Nineteen million years ago, sharks nearly disappeared from Earth's oceans, according to a new study, which provides evidence for a previously unknown mass ocean extinction event. Sharks as a species never recovered from this, said Earth scientists from Yale University and the College of the Atlan

Stream of stars extends thousands of light-years across the Milky Way

It's hard to see more than a handful of stars from Princeton University, because the lights from New York City, Princeton and Philadelphia prevent our sky from ever getting pitch black, but stargazers who get into more rural areas can see hundreds of naked-eye stars—and a few smudgy objects,

Biden administration will restore key environmental protections

The administration of President Joe Biden on Friday announced it would restore protections under the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving iconic animals like the gray wolf and bald eagle, which were loosened by his predecessor Donald Trump.   Conservation groups welcomed the m

Giant, low-surface-brightness galaxies

Forty years ago, astronomers using sensitive new imaging techniques discovered a class of large, faint galaxies they named low-surface-brightness galaxies. Giant low-surface-brightness galaxies (gLSBGs) are a subset whose masses are comparable to the Milky Way's but whose radii are ten times bigge

This bomb-sniffing rat retires after an award-winning Cambodian career

A giant African pouched rat called Magawa who spent years sniffing out landmines in the Cambodian countryside has stopped working and will enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts, his employers told AFP. Magawa, originally from Tanzania, was trained by the Belgian charity APOPO

SpaceX delivers strange cargo including live squids to International Space Station

SpaceX delivered a 3,300-kilogram cargo of food, equipment for experiments and live squid to the International Space Station on Saturday. Included in the delivery was a toothpaste for experiments and powerful solar panels. Also in the shipment are fresh lemons, onions, avocados an

Gene therapy more cost effective than current treatments for hemophilia B

A St. Jude Children's Research Hospital analysis found a major gap between the cost to manufacture and distribute hemophilia B gene therapy and the $2 million-plus price reportedly under consideration for hemophilia gene therapy now in development.   The study appeared online in the journal

New Study: Methylene Blue Could Work as Effective Sunscreen

A new US study published in the latest issue of the journal Scientific Reports found that Methylene Blue has proven effective in protecting from UV irradiation as well as being safe for coral reefs, providing an alternative solution to protecting human skin and the environment. Around 80% of curr

NASA plans two new missions to Venus, its first in decades

NASA on Wednesday announced plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 - its first in decades - to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth's so-called sister planet. The U.S. space agency said it was awarding about $500 million for development of each o

How do plants hedge their bets?

In some environments there is no way for a seed to know for sure when the best time to germinate is.   In spring, cues like light, temperature and water may suggest to seeds that conditions are optimal for germination, but a week later an unpredictable drought or frost could kill t