Africa Announces ‘Vaccine Passport’ Plans, Eases Covid Curbs

Johannesburg:  South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced plans to introduce COVID-19 “vaccine passports” amid widespread scepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week. After sluggish vaccine procurement and a delayed roll out, Africa’s worst-hit country for Covid is now struggling with low take-up, particularly among men. In a […]

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The Perfect Shape? Research Finally Reveals Ancient Universal Equation for the Shape of an Egg

Researchers from the University of Kent, the Research Institute for Environment Treatment, and Vita-Market Ltd have discovered the universal mathematical formula that can describe any bird’s egg existing in nature, a feat which has been unsuccessful until now. Egg-shape has long attracted the attention of mathematicians, engineers, and biologists from an analytical point of view. […]

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In Search of Planets That Support Life: “Cool” Stars in the Cosmos May Not Be So Unique

Rice models infer small stars share similar dynamics to our sun, key to planet habitability. Stars scattered throughout the cosmos look different, but they may be more alike than once thought, according to Rice University researchers. New modeling work by Rice scientists shows that “cool” stars like the sun share the dynamic surface behaviors that […]

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Science Shows Attractiveness Pays Off at Work – But There’s a Trick To Level the Playing Field

Beautiful people are more likely to get hired, receive better performance evaluations and get paid more—but it’s not just because of their good looks, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. The study, forthcoming Personnel Psychology, was recently published online. It found that while a “beauty premium” exists across professions, it’s partially because attractive […]

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400-Million-Year-Old Fossils Reveal How the First Roots Evolved

A plant fossil from a geological formation in Scotland sheds light on the development of the earliest known form of roots. A team led by researchers at GMI – the Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford realize the first 3D reconstruction […]

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New Quantum Stopwatch With Ultrafast “Time Lens” Can Improve Imaging Technologies

Researchers at CU Boulder have designed one of the most precise stopwatches yet—not for timing Olympic sprinters and swimmers but for counting single photons, or the tiny packets of energy that make up light. The team’s invention could lead to big improvements in a range of imaging technologies—from sensors that map out entire forests and […]

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Chemistry Breakthrough: Faster and Cheaper Ethanol-to-Jet-Fuel on the Horizon

New catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost. A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gases into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at […]

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NASA SpaceX Cargo Dragon Successfully Launched – Loaded With Cutting-Edge Science

Dragon successfully launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:14 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying more than 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware to the International Space Station. At the time of the launch, the station was flying south of Australia. NASA Television and the agency’s website continue to provide live coverage of the […]

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Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA’s Search for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Are we alone in the universe? So far, the only life we know of is right here on Earth. But here at NASA, we’re looking. NASA is exploring the solar system and beyond to help us answer fundamental questions about life beyond our home planet. From studying the habitability of Mars, probing promising “oceans worlds,” such as […]

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Bursting the Hubble Bubble: Powerful Ground-Based Telescope Will See Further

Australian scientists will help construct one of the world’s most powerful ground-based telescopes that promises to see further and clearer than the Hubble Space Telescope and unlock mysteries of the early Universe. The team will develop a new, world-first instrument that will produce images three times sharper than Hubble under the multimillion-dollar project. The MAVIS instrument will be fitted to […]

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