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New COVID strain confirmed in the US: Here's what to know

New COVID strain confirmed in the US: Here's what to know Colorado officials revealed one confirmed positive case of the new variant, with a possible second case. It's the first case of the variant identified in the U.S. It's not yet clear if the soldiers were infected at the facility or elsewhere, but scientists are now "exploring possibilities", she said. The second, a 30-year-old man from San Diego. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS Both flight controllers from SpaceX and NASA worked hand in hand with the astronauts onboard the Crew Dragon to prepare for docking, which fortunately went smoothly. The new arrivals broadcast a video tour of their spacecraft, showing off different control equipment and storage areas. They also demonstrated how a small Baby Yoda doll helps them recognize when they hit zero gravity. [Full Article...]

How To Watch the Historic SpaceX Launch Today

How To Watch the Historic SpaceX Launch Today This will be the first time NASA astronauts have launched from American soil since the shuttle program was axed in 2011. Falcon 9 B1058 stuck its first landing, safely touching down on drone ship OCISLY on May 30th . From there, Behnken and Hurley will transfer over to the station, where they're set to stay for a period of between six and sixteen weeks, depending on NASA's determination of ho... [Full Article...]

FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Healthcare Providers

FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Healthcare Providers However, since both the tests are created to detect multiple genetic targets, the overall test sensitivity should not be impacted, the FDA said . Of the total 1,50,570 COVID-19 deaths reported in the country so far, Maharashtra accounted for 49,897, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,200), Karnataka (12,131), Delhi (10,644), West Bengal (9,881), Uttar Pradesh (8,452), Andhra Pradesh (7,126) and Pu... [Full Article...]

Quebec premier orders Canada's first pandemic curfew

Quebec premier orders Canada's first pandemic curfew Legault referred to the curfew and extension of business closures as a form of shock therapy to relay the severity of the situation to Quebecers, asking specifically the people 65 and over be especially cautious. About 27 per cent of active COVID-19 outbreaks in Quebec workplaces were identified in the manufacturing industry during the week ending December 19, according to the most recent govern... [Full Article...]

Court okays Trump administration auctioning oil drilling rights in Alaska reserve

Court okays Trump administration auctioning oil drilling rights in Alaska reserve The Bureau of Land Management on Monday released its plan for the 23 million acres on the western North Slope of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage, Alaska, rebuffed arguments by the National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and Native Alaskans that the auction would cause irreparable damage. [Full Article...]

Is Earth Spinning Faster than it has in 50 Years?

Is Earth Spinning Faster than it has in 50 Years? However, since a year ago, the planet has been taking slightly less tine. It is reported that the shortest day on Earth was recorded on July 19, 2020 . Interestingly, we can expect more of the same in 2021. The media outlet points out, however, that the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris, which is responsible for "determining whether adding or subtracting ... [Full Article...]

NASA plans to launch its SLS massive lunar missile this month

NASA plans to launch its SLS massive lunar missile this month This month, NASA is set to make noise with the SLS Moon Megarocket for to finish the green test run. NASA is nearing the end of the Green Run test series that puts the core stage - which the agency describes as "the backbone of the SLS rocket" - through its paces before it actually launches off this rock sometime in the future. [Full Article...]


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