NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans
NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans

NASA has reworked its plans to protect the Moon and Mars from microbes and other substances that usually hitch a ride on missions

Cut your chances of type-2 diabetes by eating fruits, veggies and whole grain-rich meals, suggest studies
Cut your chances of type-2 diabetes by eating fruits, veggies and whole grain-rich meals, suggest studies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million Americans are battling the disease and nearly 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes

Pregnant women might be able to pass on Covid-19 to their fetus, but such transmission is still rare: Study
Pregnant women might be able to pass on Covid-19 to their fetus, but such transmission is still rare: Study

The researchers from Italy found traces of the new coronavirus in samples of umbilical cord blood, the placenta and breast milk. But they do not know if the virus was infectious

Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study
Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study

The prehistoric organism is named acanthothoracid, a type of armored fish, which gets its name from its appearance: heavy armor wrapping the creature's head and neck

Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report
Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report

The benefits of conserving 30% of world's lands and oceans outweigh the costs at least 5-to-1, say experts

Covid-19 patients with no respiratory symptoms may develop brain complications like delirium and stroke: Study
Covid-19 patients with no respiratory symptoms may develop brain complications like delirium and stroke: Study

Scientists also detected a fatal neurological condition called ADEM, which stands for acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The study raises concerns over long-term brain damage

Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study
Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study

By sounding louder, they can make themselves appear bigger to others. A new theory suggests that these organisms do so by mimicking other individuals, making them skilled learners

'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA
'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA

The galaxy NGC 2775 is classified as a flocculent galaxy, which is a type of spiral galaxy

WHO says bubonic plague situation in China is not 'high risk', here's all you need to know about the disease
WHO says bubonic plague situation in China is not 'high risk', here's all you need to know about the disease

The plague is caused by a bacteria named Yersinia pestis and it spreads through flea and contact with infected animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, marmots and squirrels

Microalgae rich in omega-3 fatty acids could act as an environment-friendly alternative to fish: Study
Microalgae rich in omega-3 fatty acids could act as an environment-friendly alternative to fish: Study

Wild salmon numbers have dropped dramatically in the North Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest, since the late 1980s and these concerns have ignited interest in microalgae

Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists
Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists

Scientists are trying to study how they came to colonize the region and also understand their connection with climate change

Anthony Fauci says Covid-19 vaccines likely to offer only 'finite' protection and Americans may need boosters
Anthony Fauci says Covid-19 vaccines likely to offer only 'finite' protection and Americans may need boosters

The US is still knee-deep in the first wave, and a vaccine is likely to provide enough protection to at least take us through that, Fauci said during a live chat with Dr Francis Collins, director of NIH

Pet dogs may help preschoolers develop better social and emotional skills, boost physical activity: Study
Pet dogs may help preschoolers develop better social and emotional skills, boost physical activity: Study

The findings come as the Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives of toddlers, and experts and parents worry about the costs of losing out on physical activities

Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars
Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars

Astronomers caught the fireworks in action in a cluster located in the Carina region of the Milky Way using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

FDA chief Stephen Hahn refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99% Covid-19 cases are 'harmless'
FDA chief Stephen Hahn refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99% Covid-19 cases are 'harmless'

But he added that by not following local, state, CDC and White House task force guidelines, Americans are putting themselves and their loved ones at risk

Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study
Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study

Behavioral biologist Dr. David Lusseau told MEAWW that the only way towards 'sustainable tourism' is to ensure boats make less noise

Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation
Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation

Scientists stumbled upon the metal reserves while looking for ice buried in the moon's craters

62-year-old Covid-19 patient has an erection for four hours, doctors suspect blood clots are to blame
62-year-old Covid-19 patient has an erection for four hours, doctors suspect blood clots are to blame

The erection was painful and unrelated to sexual interest or stimulation. It was, rather, a medical condition called priapism which could lead to erectile dysfunction if untreated

Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months
Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have given some people a free pass as the first five months of 2020 saw 34% higher deforestation

Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15
Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15

A technical snag forced the US space agency to re-schedule the launch between July 30 and August 15

Americans who stayed home before lockdown orders kicked in may have helped save lives, says study
Americans who stayed home before lockdown orders kicked in may have helped save lives, says study

The study, however, suffers from a few limitations, including the fact that it could not differentiate if people stepped out to visit a park, which is a low-risk setting or a high-risk grocery store

Drugs, medical devices can contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues: Experts
Drugs, medical devices can contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues: Experts

Experts worry that endocrine-disrupting chemicals might nullify the benefits of drugs by lowering their efficiency or increasing their side effects

Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits
Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits

Trafficking may not be behind the mass deaths because their tusks stayed intact, said an official

US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world
US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world

However, a potential Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTechs has also shown promise in its early human trials

National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say
National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say

Goldman Sachs analyzed that official orders could raise the fraction of Americans using protective gear by 15% and reduce Covid-19 growth rate by 1%

Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova
Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova

It would be highly unusual for such a massive star, 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun, to disappear without producing a bright supernova explosion, say the authors

Fauci warns US could report 100k Covid-19 cases a day if country doesn't take necessary steps to curb spread
Fauci warns US could report 100k Covid-19 cases a day if country doesn't take necessary steps to curb spread

Before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Dr Anthony Fauci said he was not satisfied with what’s going on, adding that the country is not in total control

Moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to better mental status, word recall and vocabulary, study shows
Moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to better mental status, word recall and vocabulary, study shows

Researchers also linked light to moderate drinking to slower decline in brain functions and lower risk of developing heart disease

What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears
What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears

These features are similar to sunspots, which appear as dark regions on our Sun's surface

How much does Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir cost? Priced at $3,120 for US patients with insurance
How much does Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir cost? Priced at $3,120 for US patients with insurance

For government programs in the US such as Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense hospitals, the cost stands at $2,340

Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change
Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change

Mapping the seafloor has applications that stretch far beyond avoiding accidents, from understanding tsunamis to the management of fisheries

Covid-19 global death toll tops 500k with over a quarter in US, Alex Azar says nation is 'missing window' to act
Covid-19 global death toll tops 500k with over a quarter in US, Alex Azar says nation is 'missing window' to act

The US is still leading the world, both in the number of cases and the death toll. The situation in other parts of the world is also looking grim

Contaminated salad mix leaves over 200 people across 8 states sick with infection,  recalled after CDC warning
Contaminated salad mix leaves over 200 people across 8 states sick with infection, recalled after CDC warning

The culprit behind the infection is cyclospora, a parasite that causes intestinal diseases - mainly diarrhea

Saturn's moon Titan has volcanic craters similar to Earth indicating it has potential for life, says study
Saturn's moon Titan has volcanic craters similar to Earth indicating it has potential for life, says study

Earth and Saturn's moon Titan share many features, including rivers, winds, clouds, and landforms. The new discovery of craters from volcanic activity adds to this list

Florida, Texas pay price for reopening early as Covid-19 tally reaches record high, US cases cross 2.5M mark
Florida, Texas pay price for reopening early as Covid-19 tally reaches record high, US cases cross 2.5M mark

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the rise in infections could not only be due to premature reopening but also because people chose not to safety guidelines

Sleeping with your partner may give 'extra boost' to mental health, memory and problem-solving skills: Expert
Sleeping with your partner may give 'extra boost' to mental health, memory and problem-solving skills: Expert

Researchers found that couples who shared a bed had a better quality of rapid eye movement sleep (REM), a phase associated with dreaming

Scientists may have detected light from a violent merger of two black holes for the first time
Scientists may have detected light from a violent merger of two black holes for the first time

Until now, scientists have detected mergers indirectly through gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time -- which are released during a violent collision between two circling black holes

Covid-19 may strike the brain and trigger strokes, dementia and other complications, suggests study
Covid-19 may strike the brain and trigger strokes, dementia and other complications, suggests study

This data represents an important snapshot of the brain-related complications of Covid-19 in hospitalized patients, say experts

Antarctica's Adélie penguins 'happier with less sea ice' as they hunt and breed better, scientists reveal
Antarctica's Adélie penguins 'happier with less sea ice' as they hunt and breed better, scientists reveal

Over the next few years, Antarctica is expected to lose more of its sea ice, enabling the population to flourish, say scientists

Is Jupiter's moon Europa habitable? Its interior ocean might be able to sustain life, say NASA scientists
Is Jupiter's moon Europa habitable? Its interior ocean might be able to sustain life, say NASA scientists

According to NASA scientists, the moon may have generated enough heat to prevent the water beneath its surface from freezing

Russian startup to build satellites to capture space junk posing threat to satellites and spacecraft
Russian startup to build satellites to capture space junk posing threat to satellites and spacecraft

The Earth's orbit has over 5,000 satellites, of which only about 2,600 are working

Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA to carry space enthusiasts and private astronauts to ISS
Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA to carry space enthusiasts and private astronauts to ISS

The deal opens up opportunities for the British-based company to identify interested passengers and train them. They will also transport passengers aboard a private spacecraft

NASA readies helicopter to fly on another planet for the first time and give 'bird's-eye view' of Mars
NASA readies helicopter to fly on another planet for the first time and give 'bird's-eye view' of Mars

The helicopter named Ingenuity is a part of the Mars 2020 mission. It will hitch a ride with the Perseverance, a robot that will hunt for past life

Spring break trip results in 64 Covid-19 cases among Texas students with mild or no symptoms: CDC
Spring break trip results in 64 Covid-19 cases among Texas students with mild or no symptoms: CDC

With timely testing and tracing, authorities managed to cut the transmission chain before it could wreak havoc

Obesity in people aged above 50 puts them at 28% more risk of developing dementia, finds study
Obesity in people aged above 50 puts them at 28% more risk of developing dementia, finds study

Over 5.8M Americans are living with dementia, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common form

Rising Covid-19 cases among young people can lower death rate only until elderly not infected: Former CDC head
Rising Covid-19 cases among young people can lower death rate only until elderly not infected: Former CDC head

Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said it was premature to know if growing cases among the young could lower fatalities

Microbes in tongue hold clues to heart health, may help detect cardiac failure in patients: Study
Microbes in tongue hold clues to heart health, may help detect cardiac failure in patients: Study

The tongue of a healthy person and a patient with heart defects differ in terms of color and microbial composition

Eco-friendly reusable plastic safe to use in pandemic, say over 100 scientists dismissing fear of virus spread
Eco-friendly reusable plastic safe to use in pandemic, say over 100 scientists dismissing fear of virus spread

To stay safe, experts recommend washing reusable items with hot water and detergent or soap

People slept for longer hours during Covid-19 lockdown but sleep quality was poor, suggests study
People slept for longer hours during Covid-19 lockdown but sleep quality was poor, suggests study

Stress from economic and health concerns could be tied to disturbed sleep patterns, speculate scientists

White House gets ready for second wave of coronavirus in fall even as Trump claims pandemic is 'fading'
White House gets ready for second wave of coronavirus in fall even as Trump claims pandemic is 'fading'

The US is still in the first wave and data shows that cases are rising in the South and West

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