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Scientists identify new coronaviruses in animals smuggled into China

March 28th, 2020

New coronavirus strains have been identified in pangolins smuggled into China, researchers report in Nature.  The smuggled animals, called pangolins, may have helped to pass the novel coronavirus to humans, though additional evidence will be needed to determine that.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. New versions of coronavirus have been identified in illegal shipments …

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SpaceX parachute snafu won’t delay Crew Dragon launch

March 27th, 2020

NASA appears to indicate that its planned launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station is still on track for a launch by the end of May.  An issue during testing of the Crew Dragon parachute design resulted in the destruction of the test hardware, but SpaceX maintains that the problem …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover now has 10.9 million names on it

March 27th, 2020

NASA just added over 10 million names to the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.  The names were collected as part of NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign which asked the public to send in their names to be part of the mission.  The names are etched into three small chips that are attached to the …

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Doctors finally found an early warning sign of a coronavirus infection

March 27th, 2020

A loss of smell and taste has been noted in coronavirus patients in many areas, and New Jersey doctors are now saying many of their patients have experienced the same thing.  Identifying all the symptoms of a coronavirus infection will help doctors and healthcare workers in the screening process.  Some patients who reported a loss …

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Hate running? These ankle exoskeletons could change that

March 27th, 2020

Stanford researchers have developed a wearable exoskeleton that makes it easier to run, reducing the energy cost of the running motion by as much as 15%.  The team says they are working on further enhancing the system and ultimately working to make the device fully portable.  The researchers hope to make it easier for non-athletic …

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Coronavirus just forced the ESA to power down a bunch of spacecraft

March 26th, 2020

The European Space Agency is putting four of its most high-profile missions on hold as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic.  With the health of its staff a top priority, the agency is keeping its employees at home and putting various spacecraft into safe mode to preserve resources for future science objectives.  Visit BGR’s homepage …

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New AI-powered blood test could reveal lung cancer without a CT scan

March 26th, 2020

A blood test that uses machine learning to hunt for cancer DNA could reveal lung cancer in patients who otherwise would never have been tested.  The system is accurate in roughly two-thirds of patients, but that may be enough to save an additional 1,200 lives per year, according to the scientists who developed it.  Visit …

Uranus is leaking gas

March 26th, 2020

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe flew through a blob of charged gas called a plasmoid decades ago, and scientists only just now realized it.  The blob could reveal secrets about the planet’s atmosphere loss, which may be related to its bizarre rotation and distinct wobble.  Future missions near Uranus, or even to the planet’s surface, could …

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Nurse warns of key coronavirus symptom she’s seen in all patients

March 26th, 2020

Red, puffy eyes may be a warning sign of coronavirus infection, according to a nurse who says she saw the symptom in every one of the patients she’s dealt with.  Coronavirus presents a variety of symptoms, though many of them are nonspecific and could be linked to any number of conditions, including the flu and …