Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth. The researchers did not discover actual life forms, but noted that on Earth phosphine is produced by bacteria … Read more Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

Flu outbreaks may be linked to COVID-19; arthritis drug benefit seen

(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: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of … Read more Flu outbreaks may be linked to COVID-19; arthritis drug benefit seen

Long neglected after landmark discovery, armored dinosaur finally gets its due

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the bones of the early armored dinosaur Scelidosaurus were unearthed in 1858 in west Dorset, England, they comprised the first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified. But aside from cursory papers by pioneering British paleontologist Richard Owen in 1861 and 1863 that incompletely described its anatomy, Scelidosaurus was long neglected despite the … Read more Long neglected after landmark discovery, armored dinosaur finally gets its due

Costa Rica researchers to trial coronavirus treatment from horse antibodies

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Researchers in Costa Rica are due to begin trials of an inexpensive coronavirus treatment based on antibodies taken from horses injected with the SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to scientists. Developed by University of Costa Rica’s Clodomiro Picado Institute (ICP), the equine antibodies medication is to be tested on … Read more Costa Rica researchers to trial coronavirus treatment from horse antibodies

UAE, Israeli educational institutions sign artificial intelligence MoU: WAM

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates’ Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to work together, UAE state news agency WAM said on Sunday. The memorandum of understanding follows the UAE’s decision a month ago to normalize relations with Israel. Both countries have said they hope … Read more UAE, Israeli educational institutions sign artificial intelligence MoU: WAM

Steroids cut COVID-19 death risk; hepatitis C drugs may help fight the coronavirus

(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: A pharmacist displays an ampoule of Dexamethasone at the Erasme Hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium, … Read more Steroids cut COVID-19 death risk; hepatitis C drugs may help fight the coronavirus

Unique anatomy helps the African wild dog sustain its life on the run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The African wild dog distinguishes itself from rival predators like lions and hyenas by using the unique hunting style of chasing prey over long distances until the target collapses from exhaustion, instead of relying upon speed, strength or stealth. A comprehensive new anatomical study of this endangered species, also known as the … Read more Unique anatomy helps the African wild dog sustain its life on the run

Mexican airport site emerges as major graveyard of Ice Age mammoths

(This September 9 story corrects misspelling in byline) ZUMPANGO, Mexico (Reuters) – Amid busy construction crews racing to build an airport in Mexico, scientists are unearthing more and more mammoth skeletons in what has quickly become one of the world’s biggest concentrations of the now-extinct relative of modern elephants. More than 100 mammoth skeletons have … Read more Mexican airport site emerges as major graveyard of Ice Age mammoths

A scan of 10.3 million stars turns up no sign of aliens – yet

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have completed the broadest search to date for extraterrestrial civilizations by scanning roughly 10.3 million stars … Read more A scan of 10.3 million stars turns up no sign of aliens – yet

NASA sets out to buy moon resources mined by private companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA on Thursday launched an effort to pay companies to mine resources on the moon, announcing it would buy from them rocks, dirt and other lunar materials as the U.S. space agency seeks to spur private extraction of coveted off-world resources for its use. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote in a blog … Read more NASA sets out to buy moon resources mined by private companies