Category: Other Science News

COVID-19 Scientists Recognized With 2020 Golden Goose Award

The ninth annual Golden Goose Award ceremony on December 1, 2020 will recognize three teams of scientists whose research has greatly benefited society. Led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the award committee includes a bipartisan group of Congressional supporters and several science and higher education organizations. For its 2020 recipients, […]

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Humanity’s Oldest Sculptures: Researchers New Theory on “Venus” Figurines May Have Solved Mystery

Credit: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Investigators say humanity’s oldest sculptures may be linked to climate change, diet. One of world’s earliest examples of art, the enigmatic `Venus’ figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus believes […]

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Mysterious black spot in polar explorer’s diary offers gruesome clue to his fate

As a polar explorer lay frostbitten and starving in a frozen Greenland cave, he smeared a black spot onto the bottom of his last journal entry. More than a century later, that dark smudge has revealed grim new details of the dying man’s final hours. His name was Jørgen Brønlund; he was a Greenland-born Inuit […]

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Sprawling 8-mile-long ‘canvas’ of ice age beasts discovered hidden in Amazon rainforest

An 8-mile-long “canvas” filled with ice age drawings of mastodons, giant sloths and other extinct beasts has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest.  The gorgeous art, drawn with ochre — a red pigment frequently used as paint in the ancient world — spans nearly 8 miles (13 kilometers) of rock on the hills above three […]

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AI system solves 50-year-old protein folding problem in hours

An artificial intelligence company that gained fame for designing computer systems that could beat humans at games has now made a huge advancement in biological science. The company, DeepMind, which is owned by the same parent company as Google, has created an AI system that can rapidly and accurately predict how proteins fold to get […]

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Chinese submarine reaches the deepest place on Earth

The Chinese submersible Fendouzhe just reached one of the deepest spots on the planet, reaching a dizzying (and dark) depth of 35,791 feet (10,909 meters), according to a state-run news agency. During a months-long expedition, Fendouzhe completed 13 dives into the Mariana Trench — which boasts the deepest region on Earth — in the western […]

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is highly effective, final analysis shows

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 and 100% effective in preventing severe illness, according to final results announced by the company on Monday (Nov. 30). Moderna is also planning to file for an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday.  The final analysis was based on […]

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Escaped mink could spread the coronavirus to wild animals

More than 100 SARS-CoV-2 infected mink may have escaped from Danish fur farms, raising the risk that these escapees could spread the novel coronavirus to wild animals, creating a new reservoir for the virus, The Guardian reported. “Every year, a few thousand mink escape,” and this year, an estimated 5% of these escaped animals may […]

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