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26.03.2021

After the Ever Given: what the ship wedged in the Suez Canal means for global trade

After the Ever Given: what the ship wedged in the Suez Canal means for global trade

In the early hours of March 23, the container ship Ever Given was blown off course by high winds on its way through the Suez Canal. At 400 metres long, the Ever Given is longer than the canal is wide, and the ship became wedged firmly in both banks,… »

13.03.2021

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Argues Internet Access Must Be a ‘Basic Right’

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Argues Internet Access Must Be a ‘Basic Right’

“We must work to make sure all young people can connect to a web that gives them the power to shape their world.” By Jessica Corbett World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee on Friday marked the 32nd birthday his digital innovation by arguing that “we must recognize internet access as a… »

10.03.2021

China and Russia to build lunar space station

China and Russia to build lunar space station

China and Russia have announced plans to build a lunar space station. Russian space agency Roscosmos says it has signed an agreement with China’s National Space Administration to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon, in orbit or both. A statement from both countries’ space agencies… »

01.03.2021

Russia launches first Arktika-M weather satellite

Russia launches first Arktika-M weather satellite

Russia on Sunday launched the first weather satellite  from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, informed. The launch of the spacecraft, designed to monitor climate and environmental conditions in the North Polar zones, is the third of 29 planned for 2021. Roscosmos General Director Dmitry… »

23.02.2021

In Argentina’s Chaco Region, the Forest Is Also a Source of Electricity

In Argentina’s Chaco Region, the Forest Is Also a Source of Electricity

The forest is the main resource in the Chaco, a vast plain shared by Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. And how to use it sustainably is the most difficult question. Two recently inaugurated power plants fired by forest biomass provide a possible answer, although they are not free of controversy. »

14.02.2021

What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?

What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?

If Oumuamua is the real deal, meaning an alien craft, then Earthlings are doing some really weird stuff on the scale of alien intelligence. Think about it… If it’s an alien craft or drone there’s no way it entered the sun’s solar system, swooping within 15M miles of Earth, powered… »

10.02.2021

What was behind the UAE’s mission to Mars?

What was behind the UAE’s mission to Mars?

The United Arab Emirates made history on Tuesday by becoming the first Arab nation, and the fifth worldwide, to send a probe to Mars. Officials have lauded the symbolic importance of the mission, which they say will inspire a new generation of Emirati and Arab youth… »

05.02.2021

Complicated Legacies: The Human Genome at 20

Complicated Legacies: The Human Genome at 20

Risks of Genomic Surveillance and How to Stop It Maya Wang / China Senior Researcher The use of DNA profiling for individual cases of law enforcement has helped to identify suspects and to exonerate the innocent. But retaining genetic materials in… »

02.02.2021

‘Women’s role in science is vital’: An interview with Ecuadorian scientist Patricia Castillo Briceño

‘Women’s role in science is vital’: An interview with Ecuadorian scientist Patricia Castillo Briceño

An interview with a marine biologist from Ecuador Women’s contribution to science has historically not received due recognition. On this occasion we interviewed Ecuadorian marine biologist Patricia Castillo Briceño, who is also co-director of the EBIOAC Equatorial and Ocean Acidification (BIOMA, in Spanish) project and co-founder of the Ecuadorian Network… »

27.01.2021

This Is Your Covid-19 Wake-Up Call: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight

This Is Your Covid-19 Wake-Up Call: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight

Ineffectual Response to Pandemic Seen As Evidence of Government, Institutions and Public Lack of Readiness to Deal with Threats of Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change. The COVID-19 pandemic will end up killing well over two million people around the globe.  The mishandling of this grave global health crisis is a… »

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