Kepler books orbital transfer vehicle for next launch

TAMPA, Fla. — Canada’s Kepler Communications said June 30 it plans to use D-Orbit’s orbital transfer vehicle for the next two satellites in its low-data-rate constellation. The Kepler-20 and Kepler-21 satellites will be boarded on the Italian space logistics company’s ION Satellite Carrier, which has booked a flight in the first quarter of 2023 on… Continue reading Kepler books orbital transfer vehicle for next launch

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Crystal structure of a human endogenous reverse transcriptase revealed

The crystal structure of a human endogenous reverse transcriptase has similarities to HIV reverse transcriptase, a well-known tractable drug target, which will help design drugs to treat cancer and other diseases, according to a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher. The study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), describes the… Continue reading Crystal structure of a human endogenous reverse transcriptase revealed

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Horrifying new crab species covered in ‘hair’ identified by scientists

Scientists have discovered a creepy new type of crab that disguises itself in hair scraped from other sea creatures. Despite their menacing appearance, the “fluffy” beasts actually use it as a protective hat from predators. They’re much like the common hermit crab but instead of shells they trim living sponges and create a coat out of it.… Continue reading Horrifying new crab species covered in ‘hair’ identified by scientists

Novel universal flu vaccine confers protection against different strains and subtypes of influenza A viruses

A new universal flu vaccine constructed with key parts of the influenza virus offers broad cross protection against different strains and subtypes of influenza A viruses in young and aged populations, according to a new study by researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University. The researchers developed the universal flu vaccine… Continue reading Novel universal flu vaccine confers protection against different strains and subtypes of influenza A viruses

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Scientists warn of links between soil pollution and heart disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system, according to a review paper published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Soil contamination is a less visible danger to human health than dirty air,” said author Professor Thomas Münzel… Continue reading Scientists warn of links between soil pollution and heart disease

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Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction than adults, study suggests

Sixteen and 17-year-olds are more than three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, researchers have found. However, they may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, the small study suggests. The findings indicate that adolescents who used cannabis were no more likely to have… Continue reading Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction than adults, study suggests

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Adolescents more vulnerable than adults to cannabis addiction, but not other mental health risks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, finds a new study led by UCL and King’s College London researchers. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology,… Continue reading Adolescents more vulnerable than adults to cannabis addiction, but not other mental health risks

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NOAA has new weather forecasting supercomputers

This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the new supercomputers it is using for improved weather forecasting and modeling are now online.  The supercomputers, named Dogwood and Cactus after the native plants in their respective locations, are Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Cray supercomputers. “These numerical models that we run on these supercomputers, they… Continue reading NOAA has new weather forecasting supercomputers

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