Top science stories – Everything you need to know on: May 3 2021

24,965,463
India total cases
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274,411
India deaths
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India Covid 19 Stats:

24,965,463
Total cases
Updated on May 17, 2021 6:27 pm
21,174,076
Recovered
Updated on May 17, 2021 6:27 pm
3,516,976
Active
Updated on May 17, 2021 6:27 pm
274,411
Total deaths
Updated on May 17, 2021 6:27 pm

Earth’s land may have formed 500 million years earlier than we thought. Plus other top 37 science stories you need to know on May 3.

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Top science# 1 It’s easy to get lost in the philosophy department.

@tomgauld cartoons::

He has created a number of comic books including Baking with Kafka, Goliath and Mooncop. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 2 Frozen cloud of molecules acts as a single quantum object:

Cheng Chin at the University of Chicago and his colleagues formed a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) from thousands of caesium molecules, using lasers to remove their energy and cool them to near absolute zero. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 3 An underground communication network of roots and fungi is like a forest brain:

Her childhood was spent in the woods of British Columbia, Canada, where her family had made a living as foresters for generations. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 4 We’ve measured the size of Venus’s planetary core for the first time:

They then used both this and the Green Bank Telescope some 3000 kilometres away in West Virginia to track the echoes of the waves as they bounced back to Earth, a technique called radar speckle tracking. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 5 This 3.67-million-year-old adult female sports the oldest and most complete set of shoulder blades and collarbones of any ancient hominid.:

In the new study, a digital, 3-D reconstruction of Little Foot’s more complete right shoulder blade was compared with right shoulder blades of chimps, gorillas, orangutans and present-day people. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 6 Earth’s land may have formed 500 million years earlier than we thought:

Eventually, the planet’s outer layer cooled enough to start forming a solid crust covered by a global ocean. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 7 In a feat of animal engineering, wild horses and donkeys can substantially increase water availability for a whole ecosystem by just digging wells.:

It is published by the Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 8 Michael Collins, the third Apollo 11 crew member who piloted the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, has died aged 90:

Born in Rome in 1930, Collins graduated from the US Military Academy in 1952, going on to join the US Air Force and later becoming a test pilot, before being selected by NASA as part of Astronaut Group 3 in 1963. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 9 “It’s going to take us years to tease this apart.”:

The vast majority of those diagnoses were depression and anxiety, “disorders that are extremely common in the general population already,” points out Jonathan Rogers, a psychiatrist at University College London. © ScienceNews. May 3 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 10 Arabian cult may have built 1000 monuments older than Stonehenge:

Hugh Thomas at the University of Western Australia in Perth and his team wanted to learn more about them, and embarked on the largest investigation of the structures to date. © newscientist. May 3 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 11 NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has taken the first step towards a new type of space exploration. Hovering 3 meters above the Martian surface before rotating 90 degrees and safely landing, this was the first powered flight on another planet.:

Another researcher, William Farrell at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is crossing his fingers that Ingenuity will help scientists to gain a better idea of the electrical properties of the Martian atmosphere. © nature. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 12 Arabian cult may have built 1000 monuments older than Stonehenge:

Hugh Thomas at the University of Western Australia in Perth and his team wanted to learn more about them, and embarked on the largest investigation of the structures to date. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 13 ‘Smart’ immune cells kill tumours and stop them regrowing in mice:

One of the reasons why CAR-T therapies don’t work for solid tumours is that not all cells in such tumours express a single, unique protein, says Roybal. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 14 NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has gone faster than any spacecraft ever:

On 29 April, the probe made its closest pass yet to the sun, a little more than 10 million kilometres from its surface. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 15 Entropy is created each time a clock ticks. The more accurate the ticks, the more entropy emitted.:

So if the accuracy of all clocks does come at a cost of increased entropy, that trade-off may reflect a close link between the passage of time and its measurement. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 16 #SciArt #SciArtSunday #pottery #painting #Ingenuity @NASAPersevere

(Belatedly realizes that by sharing this, more people will know it’s in Amy’s shop…):

You can see a list of supported browsers in our Help Center. © SETIInstitute. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 17 A baby’s first poo reveals if they are at risk of allergies and asthma:

Meconium isn’t normal faeces, but a mixture of substances that entered the baby’s mouth in late pregnancy, such as amniotic fluid, skin cells and substances made by the baby’s skin. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 18 “It’s like Ingenuity is graduating.”:

Having passed all its original engineering tests, the tiny spacecraft will now begin a new job, supporting the Perseverance rover in its science mission. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 19 Nature’s hardest-to-reproduce colours recreated in @kewgardens exhibition:

But some of the colours we see are created by light reflecting off microscopic colourless structures on animals and plants. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 20 #OTD in 1959, Science News reported that a virus can hijack a cell’s machinery for reproduction, suggesting new ways to make vaccines. #SN100:

Science News was founded in 1921 as an independent, nonprofit source of accurate information on the latest news of science, medicine and technology. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 21 Netflix’s sci-fi comedy The Mitchells vs The Machines is relentlessly hilarious:

Ultimately, the film might be a tad too long, and its chaotic ending doesn’t quite land on the first time of watching, but there is too much that’s great about The Mitchells vs The Machines to be anything other than enraptured by it. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 22 A baby’s first poo reveals if they are at risk of allergies and asthma:

Meconium isn’t normal faeces, but a mixture of substances that entered the baby’s mouth in late pregnancy, such as amniotic fluid, skin cells and substances made by the baby’s skin. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 23 Covid-19 vaccine side-effects: Here’s everything you need to know:

As growing numbers of younger adults get vaccinated against covid-19, social media is awash with conversation about side effects, which appear to be more common in young people. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 24 Researchers knew lightning produces nitric oxide, which can lead to the formation of oxidants such as hydroxyl radicals. But no one had seen lightning directly create lots of these oxidants before.:

Science News was founded in 1921 as an independent, nonprofit source of accurate information on the latest news of science, medicine and technology. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 25 Why billionaires are fighting over who gets to land humans on the moon:

Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 26 News & Views: Magnesium atoms typically lose two electrons to form chemical compounds. A Nature paper reports the creation of a reactive complex in which magnesium keeps all of its electrons, and which can be thought of as a soluble form of the metal.:

a, Rösch et al.1 report the first examples of compounds with magnesium (Mg) in the zero oxidation state, one example of which is shown here. © nature. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 27 Confirming whether antistars exist could be an important piece of one of the most fundamental puzzles in the universe: Where has all the antimatter gone?:

“It would be practically impossible to say that [the candidates] are actually antistars,” says study coauthor Simon Dupourqué, an astrophysicist at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology in Toulouse, France. © ScienceNews. May 3 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 28 The Ingenuity #MarsHelicopter is going to pal around with @NASAPersevere a while longer.:

Having passed all its original engineering tests, the tiny spacecraft will now begin a new job, supporting the Perseverance rover in its science mission. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 29 A bay in south-west Japan could become the place on Earth that geologists use to officially establish the start of the Anthropocene, thanks to an abundance of sardine scales that mark humanity’s growing influence on the planet:

Beppu Bay has now formally joined 10 other sites being considered by researchers trying to find the planet’s best candidate for a “golden spike”, a clear signal in Earth’s geological record that can designate a new epoch shaped by human impact. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 30 Old tom cats have more mutations in their sperm like older human males:

Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 31 Many scientist couples move abroad together, but Gidiane Scaratti and Rafael Kenji Nishihora chose to live and work in different countries. “Here is some of our best advice for getting through a long-distance relationship in science.”:

We took an online test, which we were a little embarrassed about, to get a better sense of ourselves and what popular author Gary Chapman calls the ‘five love languages’, in his 1992 book of the same name. © nature. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 32 70 per cent of people live in countries without sustainable resources:

“But it looks like demand for resources is back up to similar levels as before the covid-19 pandemic,” says Wackernagel; in 2017, global demand exceeded Earth’s resources by 73 per cent. © newscientist. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 33 Why billionaires are fighting over who gets to land humans on the moon:

Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access. © newscientist. May 3 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 34 #SpaceX returns 4 #astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown:

It’s not very often you get to wake up on the space station and go to sleep in Houston, chief flight director Holly Ridings told reporters. © physorg_com. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 35 Global consumption of poultry and seafood, which are relatively climate-friendly, has grown since the early 1960s — but that growth has not suppressed people’s hunger for red meat. #ResearchHighlight:

A health worker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares to care for people infected with Ebola virus during the 2018–20 outbreak, which prompted an extensive genomic analysis. © nature. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


Top science# 36 Mantis shrimp can unleash “onetwothreeDEATH”, to borrow @TheOatmeal’s term, at a very young age.:

For the first time, researchers have peered through the transparent exoskeletons of these young mantis shrimp to see the inner mechanisms of their powerful weapons in motion, researchers report online April 29 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. © ScienceNews. May 2 2021 Reported Here.


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Top science# 37 The newly identified Emperor dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis imperator) dwells 7,000 meters beneath the waves. This is the only specimen of this species ever recorded. 📷: Alexander Ziegler:

Details including the shape of the shell, gills, and digestive tract, plus variations in the nervous system and sensory organs, helped to mark out this dumbo octopus as being a separate type. © ScienceAlert. May 3 2021 Reported Here.


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