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UAE again delays Mars probe launch over weather

 The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it would delay the launch of its “Hope” Mars probe for a second time, again due to bad weather.The probe was originally due to be launched from Japan on Wednesday but had been postponed until Friday for the same reason.“After extensi

Andean condor can fly for 100 miles without flapping wings

A study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings. The Andean condor has a 3-metre (10ft) wingspan and weighs up to 15kg (33lbs), making it the world’s heaviest soaring bird. For the first

Over 1 million marooned in Bangladesh as floods worsen

 Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday.Water levels at major rivers were rising Tuesday at around two dozen points in

6 reasons why bats aren't enemies: They help make tequila, and other surprising facts you may not know

Bats have shouldered much of the blame in the quest for the origins of the novel coronavirus. In March, researchers published a study that found a 96.2% similarity between the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and a virus found in a horseshoe bat from China's Yunnan province."Ninety-six percent is a

Russia battles wildfires amid record warm weather

Wildfires raging in Siberia in record summer temperatures have decreased considerably over the past week, Russia’s forest service said Saturday, as it battles blazes by cloud seeding and explosives.Freakishly warm weather across large swathes of Siberia since January, combined with low soil mo

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there. U.S. Secretary

Americans Increase LSD Use—and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame

In the years leading up to the roaring 2020s, young people were once again dropping acid. Onetime Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary died almost 25 years ago, after which some of his ashes were launched into space. But from 2015 to 2018, the rate of “turning on and tuning in” with LSD, t

Stingers Have Achieved Optimal Pointiness, Physicists Show

The spines of a cactus, the proboscis of a mosquito, the quills of a porcupine: straight, pointed objects serve a plethora of functions in nature. Yet no matter the size, from bacteriophages’ nanometer-scale tail fibers to narwhals’ two- or three-meter-long tusk, these structures tend to

Worst outbreak of locust in Kenya is far from over

The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. The livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in East Africa are at stake,

UN urged to prevent Houthi oil ‘disaster’

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s government has urged the UN Security Council to intervene to prevent a derelict tanker from leaking more than a million barrels of oil into the Red Sea. The FSO Safer has been moored 7 km off the coast of Yemen since 1988. The vessel fell into the hands of Iran-backed Hout

NASA research inspires a plant pot that helps plants remove toxins from the air

What do spaceships and many office buildings have in common? No windows that open. Astronauts can’t get a breath of fresh air any more than someone working in a cubicle or an office tower can. In such closed environments, toxins build up, making indoor air as much as 30 times more toxic than t

Ancient DNA Rewrites Dead Sea Scroll History

By sequencing DNA from the dust of dead sea scrolls, scientists were able to glean new clues about the ancient manuscripts. Christopher Intagliata reports.The Dead Sea Scrolls are religious manuscripts that were written from the third century B.C.E. to the first century C.E. They were discovered in

Fewer than 20 extinctions a year: does the world need a single target for biodiversity?

Next year, all eyes will be on Kunming, China, as talks resume on a new set of global goals to protect biodiversity. These are much needed, because most of the existing 20 targets, which were set in 2010 in Aichi, Japan, have failed to make an impact on the rate of biodiversity loss. Last month, a

Scientists created a new material for medical devices with tunable properties

Humans are able to live longer than ever before. The average lifespan is still increasing, but at the same time population is aging very quickly. And so this means that there are more worn out bodies than ever before as well. How do we repair them? Well, we have technology. Now scientists at the Un

Atomically Thin Magnets for Next Generation Spin and Quantum Electronics

Stevens researchers develop a ferromagnetic semiconductor that works at room temperature, solving one of science’s most intractable problems. As our smartphones, laptops, and computers get smaller and faster, so do the transistors inside them that control the flow of electricity and store inf

India deploys helicopter, 12 drones to stop fast-spreading locusts

The move came after swarms invaded Gurugram, a satellite city of the capital New Delhi, during the weekend, prompting people to criticise authorities for not quickly containing the outbreak. The government has also placed an order for five new helicopter-mounted spray systems from Britain to instal

Recycling laggard Greece to discard single-use plastic

Greece has drafted a bill banning the use of a range of single-use plastics, from takeaway coffee cups to cotton buds, ahead of an EU deadline in 2021, the government said on Tuesday. Greeks, who are heavy coffee drinkers, annually require 350 million plastic cups and 2 billion plastic bottles, the

NASA naming headquarters for ‘Hidden Figures’ engineer

NASA is naming its Washington headquarters after Mary Jackson, the space agency’s first African American female engineer whose story was portrayed in the popular film “Hidden Figures.” Jackson started her NASA career in 1951 as part of a segregated unit of female mathematicians at

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