NASA plans lunar base camp near Moon's South Pole

NASA plans lunar base camp near Moon's South Pole

NASA submitted its plans for a lunar base camp to the National Space Council in a 13-page report entitled "NASA's Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development" on April 2.
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Taiwan drives Chinese warplanes from its airspace

Taiwan drives Chinese warplanes from its airspace

Taiwan's air force scrambled planes to warn off "multiple" Chinese fighter jets that had briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone on June 9, the country's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
Amazon halts police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon halts police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon announced that it will ban police use of the company's facial recognition tool Rekognition for a year, in a blogpost dated Wednesday.
World Health Organization finally recommends wearing masks in public places

World Health Organization finally recommends wearing masks in public places

The World Health Organization on June 5 changed its guidance on wearing masks to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 disease, recommending governments encourage everyone to wear masks in public places.
Ex-astronaut Kathy Sullivan dives to deepest known point on Earth

Ex-astronaut Kathy Sullivan dives to deepest known point on Earth

Undersea explorer Victor Vescovo and Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, dived into the Challenger Deep last Sunday, according to a report in the New York Times.The Challenger Deep is the deepest known spot on Earth.
Pattern analysis of hospital traffic and internet search terms suggest coronavirus outbreak began in

Pattern analysis of hospital traffic and internet search terms suggest coronavirus outbreak began in

Satellite imagery of vehicle traffic around hospitals in Wuhan suggests the coronavirus may have struck the city months before the outbreak was acknowledged, according to Harvard University researchers.
Human mini-livers successfully function in rats

Human mini-livers successfully function in rats

Researchers created a functioning mini-human liver and successfully transplanted it into rats.
Explainer: How Rubber Bullets Can Injure You

Explainer: How Rubber Bullets Can Injure You

Rubber bullets fall under the category of kinetic impact projectiles that are used for crowd control purposes by law-enforcement.
Archeologists document first use of maize as food in Mesoamerica: study

Archeologists document first use of maize as food in Mesoamerica: study

Archeologists may have found out when cave-dwelling prehistoric Mesoamericans began eating maize as a staple, according to a new study in Science Advances.
Scientists document juvenile great white sharks' diet

Scientists document juvenile great white sharks' diet

Scientists from Australia say the most detailed study to date showed that great white sharks hunted more seabed-dwelling prey than they expected. This paper is published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
A Fossil of a Rare Dinosaur has Been Identified in Australia

A Fossil of a Rare Dinosaur has Been Identified in Australia

Five years after the discovery of a pterosaur fossil, a PhD student in Australia noticed that it had been mislabeled and that it actually belonged to a rare dinosaur called Elaphrosaurus.
Scientists create human cells with squid-like transparency

Scientists create human cells with squid-like transparency

Scientists have engineered color-shifting abilities into human cells. Researchers say their project is inspired by female opalescent inshore squids that evade predators by changing their colors from translucent to opaque white.
New Ebola Outbreak Detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

New Ebola Outbreak Detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed the deaths of five individuals who were infected with Ebola.
Proxima Centauri B is officially the exoplanet closest to our solar system

Proxima Centauri B is officially the exoplanet closest to our solar system

A team of specialists from the University of Geneva has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of a neighboring sun.
Scientists find the Earth's largest, hottest volcano

Scientists find the Earth's largest, hottest volcano

Researchers have found the Earth's largest and hottest volcano northwest of Honolulu in the central northern Pacific.
Novel coronavirus could be a hybrid of bat and pangolin viruses: study

Novel coronavirus could be a hybrid of bat and pangolin viruses: study

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could be a hybrid that descended from different clades of bat and pangolin viruses, according to new research in Science Advances.
Gum inflammation triggered by vaping may lead to gum diseases

Gum inflammation triggered by vaping may lead to gum diseases

A team of researchers has found unhealthy bacteria and inflammation in the gums of e-cigarette smokers that could lead to more severe gum diseases.
Seemingly recovered COVID-19 patients still have viral RNA in fecal matter: new study

Seemingly recovered COVID-19 patients still have viral RNA in fecal matter: new study

Health authorities might be able to detect COVID-19's spread by testing the sewers of a community for the coronavirus's RNA.
Mysterious weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field is spreading: ESA

Mysterious weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field is spreading: ESA

A mysterious anomaly in the Earth's magnetic field that stretches from South America to Africa is spreading and scientists do not understand why.
Hong Kong national security law changes, explained

Hong Kong national security law changes, explained

Chinese authorities on May 28 bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to approve a national security law that threatens the foundations of the city's freedoms and autonomy.
Rates of climate change in deep oceans could be severely affected, even in the best case scenario: s

Rates of climate change in deep oceans could be severely affected, even in the best case scenario: s

Earth's oceans could be experiencing rates of climate change seven times higher than levels today by the second half of the century, even if greenhouse gas emissions drop significantly, according to a report published in Nature Climate Change.
Ozone depletion may have sparked prehistoric extinction event: study

Ozone depletion may have sparked prehistoric extinction event: study

Ozone depletion may have triggered a mass die-off of ancient fish and plants by ultraviolet ray exposure 358 million years ago, according to a new study in Science Advances.
U.S. field tests high-energy laser weapon: Pacific Fleet Command

U.S. field tests high-energy laser weapon: Pacific Fleet Command

The U.S. Navy shot down an aerial drone with a solid state laser weapon during a test off Pearl Harbor on May 16, according to the Pacific Fleet.The exercise marked the first shot fired by the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at sea.
Asteroid that led to dinosaur extinction impacted Earth at 'deadliest possible angle': study

Asteroid that led to dinosaur extinction impacted Earth at 'deadliest possible angle': study

Scientists have determined the angle of impact for the asteroid that contributed to the dinosaurs' extinction 66 million years ago, according to a study in Nature Communications.
Explainer: How the Sagittarius galaxy has affected the formation of the Milky Way

Explainer: How the Sagittarius galaxy has affected the formation of the Milky Way

A new study published in the journal Nature Astronomy using data from Gaia, a space observatory from the European Space Agency, shows the effects of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy on the formation of the Milky Way Galaxy.