SpaceX Wins NASA $2.9 Billion Contract to Build Moon Lander
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-04-23 in Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Moon, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Government Contracts and Procurement, Private Spaceflight, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Musk, Elon, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Blue Origin
Elon Musk’s company bested Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and others in the contest to carry American astronauts to the lunar surface.
Live Updates: SpaceX Hours From Launch of Astronauts for NASA
by The New York Times on 2021-04-23
The mission, known as Crew-2, is the third to carry people to the International Space Station. It was delayed by one day.
Biden, Calling for Action, Commits U.S. to Halving Its Climate Emissions
by Lisa Friedman, Somini Sengupta and Coral Davenport on 2021-04-23 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, United States Economy, American Jobs Plan (2021), Biden, Joseph R Jr, Kerry, John, United States International Relations, Coal
Addressing leaders at a virtual summit meeting he convened, the president cast the fight against global warming as an economic opportunity for the world.
NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Completes Second Flight
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-04-23 in Mars (Planet), Helicopters, Perseverance (Mars Rover), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Engineering and Engineers, Space and Astronomy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity flew higher and longer in its second flight on Mars.
Thomas Brock, Whose Discovery Paved the Way for PCR Tests, Dies at 94
by Richard Sandomir on 2021-04-23 in Brock, Thomas (1926-2021), Deaths (Obituaries), Microbiology, Research, Tests (Medical), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), University of Wisconsin, Mullis, Kary B, Yellowstone National Park
In 1966, he found heat-resistant bacteria in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. That led to the development of the chemical process behind the coronavirus test.
Vaccines Are Effective Against the New York Variant, Studies Find
by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2021-04-23 in your-feed-science, Vaccination and Immunization, Antibodies, Immune System, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), AstraZeneca PLC, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Great Britain, New York City, South Africa
The research adds to a growing number of findings suggesting the Pfizer and Moderna shots are protective against the variants identified so far.
Biden Wants to Slash Emissions. Success Would Mean a Very Different America.
by Brad Plumer on 2021-04-23 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Economy, United States Politics and Government, Carbon Dioxide, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Biden, Joseph R Jr
Hitting the targets could require a rapid shift to electric vehicles, the expansion of forests nationwide, development of complex new carbon-capture technology and many other changes, researchers said.
It’s Dinner Time on the Space Station. Lobster or Beef Bourguignon?
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-04-22 in Space and Astronomy, Cooking and Cookbooks, French Food (Cuisine), Pesquet, Thomas (1978- ), European Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ducasse, Alain, Marx, Thierry
Earth’s gastronomical delights are being adapted to life in orbit.
Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks
by Somini Sengupta on 2021-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Coal, Mines and Mining, Electric Light and Power, Alternative and Renewable Energy, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Natural Gas, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, International Energy Agency, China, India
To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.
Amid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America’s Word Good?
by Lisa Friedman on 2021-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Blinken, Antony J
After four years of “America First,” the president tries this week to reclaim U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. Can the world trust his promises?
What Do Women Want? For Men to Get Covid Vaccines.
by Jennifer Steinhauer on 2021-04-22 in Vaccination and Immunization, Gender, Women and Girls, Men and Boys, Unemployment, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Defense Department, Biden, Joseph R Jr, your-feed-healthcare
As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.
The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof
by Julia Rosen on 2021-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Content Type: Service, Research, Sustainable Living, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Air Pollution, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Wildfires, Agriculture and Farming, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Rumors and Misinformation
Definitive answers to the big questions.
Watch Video of NASA Mars Helicopter Ingenuity’s First Flight
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-04-22 in Mars (Planet), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Perseverance (Mars Rover), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space and Astronomy, Computers and the Internet
The brief test of the experimental vehicle called Ingenuity shows how explorers can study the red planet from the sky as well as the ground.
Britain, Norway and the United States Announce a Plan to Protect Tropical Forests.
by Catrin Einhorn on 2021-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Forests and Forestry, Carbon Dioxide, Salesforce.com Inc, Unilever NV, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Great Britain, Biden, Joseph R Jr
The effort seeks to rally more than $1 billion for countries that can show they are lowering emissions by protecting tropical forests
Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050
by Christopher Flavelle on 2021-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Economic Conditions and Trends, Swiss Re A.G., Biden, Joseph R Jr
Poor nations would be particularly hard hit, but few would escape, Swiss Re said. The findings could influence how the industry prices insurance and invests its mammoth portfolios.
How One of the World’s Oldest Science Experiments Comes Up From the Dirt
by Cara Giaimo on 2021-04-22 in Seeds, Flowers and Plants, Michigan State University, Research, Beal, William James (1833-1924), Telewski, Frank, Weber, Marjorie (1985- ), Lowry, David (1979- ), your-feed-science
Every 20 years under the cover of darkness, scientists dig up seeds that were stashed 142 years ago beneath a college campus.
What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?
by Dennis Overbye on 2021-04-22 in Space and Astronomy, Event Horizon Telescope, Messier 87 (Galaxy), Stars and Galaxies, Telescopes and Observatories, Doeleman, Sheperd S, your-feed-science
There are pods of whales and gaggles of geese. Now astronomers are wondering which plural term would best suit the most enigmatic entity in the cosmos.
There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.
by Gabriel Popkin and Erin Schaff on 2021-04-22 in Forests and Forestry, Wood and Wood Products, Bioenergy and Biofuels, Factories and Manufacturing, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, North Carolina
The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.
‘We Were Flying Blind’: A Dr.’s Account of a Woman’s J.&J. Vaccine-Related Blood Clot Case
by Denise Grady on 2021-04-22 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Blood Clots, Heparin (Drug), Women and Girls, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your-feed-healthcare
The disorder is rare, but so severe that the vaccine is on hold while experts weigh the risks and alert doctors and patients about symptoms and treatment.
After ‘Tiger King,’ Law Proposed to Protect Big Cats
by Maria Cramer on 2021-04-21 in Tigers, Big Cat Rescue, Maldonado-Passage, Joseph, Baskin, Carole, Blumenthal, Richard, Netflix Inc, Senate, Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare, Wildlife Trade and Poaching, Law and Legislation, Zoos, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (TV Program)
The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been introduced before, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes the public outcry from the Netflix documentary series will finally help it become law.
Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? Or Do You?
by Jan Hoffman on 2021-04-21 in internal-essential, Pets, Animal Behavior
If you’re going back to work, and leaving your furry companion, we want to hear from you.
An unvaccinated worker set off an outbreak at a U.S. nursing home where most residents were immunized.
by Roni Caryn Rabin on 2021-04-21 in internal-essential, Vaccination and Immunization, Nursing Homes, Health Insurance and Managed Care, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
New infections of inoculated residents are occurring, signaling the need to maintain safety measures, C.D.C. studies show.
A New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans. So Far, It’s Not a Problem
by James Gorman on 2021-04-21 in Avian Influenza, Birds, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Agriculture and Farming, Chickens, World Health Organization, Lucey, Daniel R, Astrakhan (Russia), your-feed-healthcare
Covid fuels the current virus pandemic, but the world is full of flu viruses waiting in the wings. And they keep changing unpredictably.
Lyrid Meteor Shower 2021: How to Watch
by Nicholas St. Fleur on 2021-04-21 in Space and Astronomy, Meteors and Meteorites, Content Type: Service, Earth, Solar System
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.
Some Male Birds Fly Under False Colors to Attract Mates, Study Suggests
by Emily Anthes on 2021-04-21 in your-feed-science, Animal Behavior, Birds, Feathers, Color, Evolution (Biology), your-feed-animals
Elaborate feather microstructures allow male tanagers to enhance their colors, making them seem as if they are higher quality mates.