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New web app ranks waste risk for newly discovered viruses – current leader: Coronavirus 229E (Bat Strain)

SARS-CoV-2 showed the world with devastating clarity what threat undetected viruses can pose to global public health. SpillOver, a new web application developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and contributed by experts from around the world, ranks the risk of wasting wildlife to humans for newly discovered viruses. SpillOver is the first open source risk assessment tool …

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule changes docking ports on the space station – Spaceflight now

The Crew Dragon “Resilience” spacecraft closes in for docking on Monday at the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV / Space now Nearly half a year away from home on the International Space Station, four astronauts stepped up and rode their SpaceX-owned Crew Dragon “Resilience” spaceship to a new docking port outside the orbiting research laboratory on Monday, a first-of-its-kind …

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Distant stars spiraling toward a collision help clear up the mysterious forces that bind subatomic particles

The physics of solid nuclei can be studied by measuring the ‘note’ where the tidal resonance between fusing neutron stars causes the solid crust of neutron stars to shatter. Credit: University of Bath Space scientists have found a new way to study the internal structure of neutron stars, which gives clues about the composition of matter at the atomic level. …

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Narwhal tusks tell a disturbing story

Science & Society Picture Library | Getty Images Researchers have long debated what the 10-foot-long tooth that erupts from a narwhal head actually is to. Maybe it has something to do with sexual selection, and males with longer horns attract more females. Or maybe things sense saltiness. Or maybe a narwhal uses its tusk to flush prey out on the …

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This hydrogen fuel engine can be the ultimate guide to self-improvement

Guosong Zeng, a postdoctoral fellow in the Berkeley Labs Department of Chemical Sciences, is working on testing an artificial photosynthesis device made from gallium nitride. Zeng, along with Berkeley Labs scientist Francesca Toma, discovered that the device improves with use. Credit: Thor Swift / Berkeley Lab Three years ago, researchers at the University of Michigan discovered an artificial photosynthesis device …

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