Sci-tech

Alnylam's rare genetic disorder drug gets early U.S. approval

Hepatic porphyrias are those in which the deficiency occurs in the liver and - along with painful attacks that often require hospitalisation and treatment with intravenous hemin therapy - can sometimes lead to patients requiring a liver transplant. [Full Article...]

Get set for spectacular 'unicorn meteor shower'

Get set for spectacular 'unicorn meteor shower' The Alpha Monocerotids get their name from the large, boring constellation of Monoceros, also known as the Unicorn, that is composed primarily of faint stars. And conditions are right for just such a bumper crop of meteors to show up tomorrow, they said. However, it has brought huge meteor rates four times in the past, the latest being in 1995. [Full Article...]

Sugar Delivered to Earth from Space

Sugar Delivered to Earth from Space These additional capabilities, combined with the fact that researchers have yet to find the sugars in DNA in meteorites, supports the theory that "RNA coordinated the machinery of life before DNA". RNA is, in a word, essential - and some researchers suspect that it was the first molecule to carry genetic information in Earth's earliest lifeforms, well before DNA and proteins became commonpla... [Full Article...]

Brazil Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high in 2019

Brazil Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high in 2019 According to a report from worldwide news agency Reuters , the rate of deforestation for those 12 months stands at 29.5% (equating to 9,762km²), quoting figures from Brazil's INPE space research agency. All options are on the table, according to Salles, including mobilizing the military for use in environmental enforcement operations. Bolsonaro, a climate skeptic, has repeatedly cast doubt on t... [Full Article...]

SpaceX’s Mars Spaceship Prototype Starship Mk1 Explodes During Test

SpaceX’s Mars Spaceship Prototype Starship Mk1 Explodes During Test While the rocket and its fins remained upright, the top of the stage appeared to have buckled and of the tank there was no sign. The boom came a day after SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell offered up Starship for missions to the Moon as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative , with the monster rocket expected to be ready by 2022. [Full Article...]

NASA Confirms Finding Water in One of Jupiter's 79 Moons

The American Space agency detected plume-like forms of water vapor above Europa's icy surface, which were detected as a wavelength of emitted infrared light. "For me, the interesting thing about this work is not only the first direct detection of water above Europa , but also the lack thereof within the limits of our detection method", said Paganini. [Full Article...]

Rare 'unicorn' meteor shower set to be sparked by mysterious comet

Rare 'unicorn' meteor shower set to be sparked by mysterious comet The peak of the outburst will likely last for only about 15 minutes but could potentially last up to 40 minutes. The source of the Alpha Monocerotids is unknown, but the stream's orbital characteristics point to a long-period comet with a period of about 500 years. [Full Article...]

First gamma-ray burst seen in Namibia

First gamma-ray burst seen in Namibia Researchers hope it might well well well maybe shed light on the physical processes that lead to such vivid explosions and the advent of gloomy holes. H.E.S.S.is an worldwide collaboration involving scientists from 13 countries, including Kavli IPMU Principal Investigator Tadayuki Takahashi and Rikkyo Univeristy Professor Yasunobu Uchiyama. [Full Article...]


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