China aims to operate regular space flights by 2045, official says

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to set up a space programme operating thousands of flights a year and carrying tens of thousands of tons of cargo and passengers by 2045, state news agency Xinhua quoted an official as saying on Friday. China is trying to catch up with Russia and the United States to become … Read more China aims to operate regular space flights by 2045, official says

Girl power in the deep blue sea: World’s largest fish are female

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Male and female whale sharks – filter-feeding marine behemoths – grow at different rates, with females doing so more slowly but getting much larger than the guys, according to research that offers deeper insight into the biology of Earth’s largest fish. Researchers said on Wednesday they had tracked the growth of 54 … Read more Girl power in the deep blue sea: World’s largest fish are female

Common public screening methods unreliable; student athletes may need heart test after COVID-19

(Reuters) – The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. FILE PHOTO: Worker check the temperature of assistants before entering to watch the first screening of the 77th Venice International Film Festival, … Read more Common public screening methods unreliable; student athletes may need heart test after COVID-19

The future is cyborg: Kaspersky study finds support for human augmentation

LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly two thirds of people in leading Western European countries would consider augmenting the human body with technology to improve their lives, mostly to improve health, according to research commissioned by Kaspersky. As humanity journeys further into a technological revolution that its leaders say will change every aspect of our lives, opportunities … Read more The future is cyborg: Kaspersky study finds support for human augmentation

China sends satellites into space in first sea-based commercial launch

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has successfully sent nine satellites into orbit in its first commercial launch of a rocket from a platform at sea, state media reported on Wednesday. The satellites, one of which belonged to video-sharing platform Bilibili, were deployed by a Long March 11 rocket from the Yellow Sea on Tuesday, media reported. … Read more China sends satellites into space in first sea-based commercial launch

One of largest known T. rex skeletons up for auction at Christie’s

By Mimi Dwyer, Roselle Chen (Reuters) – The British auction house Christie’s plans to sell the skeleton of one of the largest known Tyrannosaurus rexes in early October, the company said on Wednesday. An approximately 67 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, one of the largest, most complete ever discovered and named “STAN” after paleontologist Stan Sacrison … Read more One of largest known T. rex skeletons up for auction at Christie’s

Hyundai Samho delivers world’s first LNG-powered very large container ship

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Wednesday it had delivered the world’s first very large container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd. The shipping industry has been under pressure to reduce carbon emissions, introducing new rules this year to … Read more Hyundai Samho delivers world’s first LNG-powered very large container ship

European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) – The European space agency (ESA) signed a deal worth 129 million euros ($154 million) on Tuesday to make a spacecraft for a joint project with NASA looking at how to deflect an asteroid heading for Earth. FILE PHOTO: A logo of the European Space Agency (ESA) is pictured at their headquarters … Read more European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission

California wildfire threatens Mount Wilson Observatory and communications hub

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters waged an all-out ground and air campaign on Tuesday to save the famed Mount Wilson Observatory and an adjacent hub of communications towers from a wildfire roaring through rugged peaks overlooking the foothill suburbs north of Los Angeles. Flames from the blaze, dubbed the Bobcat Fire, crept to within just … Read more California wildfire threatens Mount Wilson Observatory and communications hub

Scientists create gene-edited animals as ‘surrogate sires’ to boost food production

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have created gene-edited pigs, goats and cattle to produce sperm with traits such as disease resistance and higher meat quality in what they say is a step towards genetically enhancing livestock to improve food production. The animals, created for the first time by researchers in the United States and Britain using … Read more Scientists create gene-edited animals as ‘surrogate sires’ to boost food production