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  • WORLDOMETER COVID-19 Deaths in USA 10/21/2020: 1,225 with 63,663 new cases

    10/21/2020 8:54:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Worldometer ^ | October 21, 2020
    Places with highest daily reported cases per capitaSeven-day average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
  • What Would a Realistic Space Battle Look Like?

    10/21/2020 7:43:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 52 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/21/2020 | Evan Gough
    Science fiction space movies can do a poor job of educating people about space. In the movies, hot-shot pilots direct their dueling space ships through space as if they’re flying through an atmosphere. They bank and turn and perform loops and rolls, maybe throw in a quick Immelman, as if they’re subject to Earth’s gravity. Is that realistic?No.In reality, a space battle is likely to look much different. With an increasing presence in space, and the potential for future conflict, is it time to think about what an actual space battle would look like? The non-profit Aerospace Corporation thinks...
  • Mouthwash May Help to Neutralise Coronavirus, Experiment With Human Cells Suggests

    10/21/2020 8:57:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 21 OCTOBER 2020 | PETER DOCKRILL
    A range of common household items – including mouthwash, nasal rinses, and even diluted baby shampoo – have been found to inactivate a form of human coronavirus in new research, highlighting another potential avenue to reduce transmission rates amid the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic. Before we go any further, it's worth pointing out that nobody is suggesting mouthwash is some kind of silver bullet that can protect you from a virus that has killed over 1 million people so far, as that's not what this research is demonstrating, nor recommending. For starters, nobody gargled oral rinses as part of these new...
  • This Beetle's Shell Is So Diabolically Tough It Can Be Driven Over. Now We Know How

    10/21/2020 8:43:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 21 OCTOBER 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    The diabolical ironclad beetle (Phloeodes diabolicus) of North America doesn't have the visual pizzazz of some of its more shiny beetle cousins, looking more like a small piece of gnarly bark or stone. But what it lacks in dazzle, it makes up for in durability: its exoskeleton is one of the toughest materials in the natural world. Now scientists might have finally figured out its secrets - and are starting to apply them to new materials. Not only is it incredibly difficult for predators to attack, the diabolical ironclad beetle has been known to survive not just human stompings, but...
  • Geologists 'resurrect' missing tectonic plate

    10/20/2020 9:33:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies ^ | 10/20/2020 | Sara Tubbs, University of Houston
    A team of geologists at the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics believes they have found the lost plate in northern Canada by using existing mantle tomography images—similar to a CT scan of the earth's interior. The findings, published in Geological Society of America Bulletin, could help geologists better predict volcanic hazards as well as mineral and hydrocarbon deposits. "Volcanoes form at plate boundaries, and the more plates you have, the more volcanoes you have," said Jonny Wu, assistant professor of geology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "Volcanoes also affect climate change. So, when...
  • Coronavirus reinfections: three questions scientists are asking; Second infections raise questions about long-term immunity to COVID-19 and the prospects for a vaccine.

    10/20/2020 8:25:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Nature ^ | Heidi Ledford
    When news broke last week that a man living in Hong Kong had been infected with the coronavirus again, months after recovering from a previous bout of COVID-19, immunologist Akiko Iwasaki had an unusual reaction. “I was really kind of happy,” she says. “It’s a nice textbook example of how the immune response should work.” For Iwasaki, who has been studying immune responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, the case was encouraging because the second infection did not cause symptoms. This, she says, suggested that the man’s immune system might have remembered its previous...
  • WORLDOMETER COVID-19 Deaths in USA 10/20/2020: 906 with 60,837 new cases

    10/20/2020 6:25:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Worldometer ^ | October 20, 2020
    Places with highest daily reported cases per capitaSeven-day average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
  • Texas teen wins $25K for work on possible COVID-19 solution

    10/20/2020 12:25:48 PM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Fox 7 Austin via Fox 4 DFW ^ | 10/19/2020 | FOX 7 Austin Digital Team
    While it might seem like the coronavirus is never going away, people are still working hard to find a way to treat it. That includes one Texas teen, who just won $25,000 for her work on a possible solution for the virus. 14-year-old eighth-grader Anika Chebrolu of Frisco has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her study on COVID-19. Anika started working on ways to fight the flu for her project, but when the pandemic hit, her focus shifted to figuring out COVID-19. Her breakthrough could mean the beginning of a viable treatment for the virus.
  • A NASA Spacecraft Is About to Land on an Asteroid And Grab a Sample.

    10/20/2020 10:13:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | 20 OCTOBER 2020 | ELIZABETH CANTWELL, THE CONVERSATION
    Imagine parallel parking a 15-passenger van into just two to three parking spaces surrounded by two-story boulders. On October 20, a University of Arizona-led NASA mission 16 years in the making will attempt the astronomical equivalent more than 200 million miles (320 million kilometres) away. A NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx will soon attempt to touch the surface of an asteroid and collect loose rubble. OSIRIS-REx is the United States' first asteroid sample return mission, aiming to collect and carry a pristine, unaltered sample from an asteroid back to Earth for scientific study. The spacecraft will attempt to touch the surface...
  • Scientists suggest that anti-malarial drugs other than Hydroxychloroquine could be repurposed to treat COVID-19

    10/20/2020 8:31:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    News Medical Life Sciences ^ | 10/20/2020 | Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc
    An international group of researchers believe there is enough evidence that anti-malarial drugs could be repurposed to treat COVID-19 and that they should be assessed for efficacy in clinical trials. The review article, published online in Trends in Parasitology, outlines the evidence for the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of certain anti-malarial drugs that could play a role in tackling COVID-19. The research group, from institutions across Europe, Asia and Africa, point to a combination of the drugs artesunate and pyronaridine as the most promising. Both drugs have demonstrated antiviral effects on the SARS-CoV-2 virus in human lung cells in laboratory...
  • Spacecraft design could get to Titan in only 2 years using a direct fusion drive

    10/19/2020 11:02:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 10/19/2020 | by Andy Tomaswick, Universe Today
    Fusion power is the technology that is 30 years away, and always will be, according to skeptics, at least. Despite its difficult transition into a reliable power source, the nuclear reactions that power the sun have a wide variety of uses in other fields. The concept fusion drive, called a direct fusion drive (or DFD), is in development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Though still under development, the engine itself exploits many of the advantages of aneutronic fusion, most notably an extremely high power-to-weight ratio. The fuel for a DFD drive can vary slightly in mass and contains...
  • WORLDOMETER COVID-19 Deaths in USA 10/19/2020: 442 with 57,327 new cases

    10/19/2020 9:11:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    Worldometer ^ | October 19, 2020
    Places with highest daily reported cases per capitaSeven-day average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
  • The Real Pandemic: Mass Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy

    10/19/2020 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Drago · 12 replies
    American Institute for Economic Research ^ | 10/19/2020 | Craig Pirrong
    It’s more than fair to say that we are experiencing a pandemic, but not the one you hear about ad nauseum. No, the pandemic is not a virus, it is a pandemic outbreak of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy which focuses its obsessions on the virus. Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy is a mental illness in which the sufferer fantasizes that others–usually people in their charge, such as children–are suffering from serious illness and require drastic medical intervention. Observe what has happened over the last 7 months, and what if anything is increasing in intensity today. The obsession with Covid-19. The monomaniacal...
  • How many sides on a circle?

    10/19/2020 12:41:17 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 95 replies
    vanity | Oct 19 2020 | Vanity
    My 1st grader's homework had a problem about the number of sides on a circle. I have a BS in Math and never thought about it, my initial thought was 1. Turns out there are multiple correct answers: 2 sides: Outside and inside 1 side: There is only one line 0 sides: A circle has no sides. ∞ (infinite) sides: Each point in a circle would be a separate side (yes, way too egghead for 1st grade)
  • Neandertal babies had stocky chests like their parents

    10/19/2020 1:55:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | October 7, 2020 | Bruce Bower
    Neandertal babies had chests shaped like short, deep barrels and spines that curved inward more than those of humans, a build that until now was known only for Neandertal adults, researchers say. Neandertals must have inherited those skeletal features rather than developing them as their bodies grew, says a team led by paleobiologist Daniel Garcia Martinez of the National Research Center on Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. Stocky, big-brained hominids such as Neandertals needed chest cavities arranged in this way from birth to accommodate lungs large enough to meet their energy needs, the scientists contend October 7 in Science Advances....
  • New Secrets Unearthed at Minoan Palace of Zominthos on Crete

    10/19/2020 1:36:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    GreekReporter ^ | October 3, 2020 | Patricia Claus
    An elegant summer palace once belonging to the Minoan aristocracy at Zominthos on Crete, first discovered in 1982, has yielded many more of its priceless secrets in a recent dig. It was found in this summer's dig that the original structure may have been up to three stories high and to date back to 2,000 BC. This year's excavations of the building, measuring 1,600 square meters, or 17,222 square feet, have also shown that the edifice contained ramps, a series of apartments and even religious altars. ...the aim of the new dig was to clarify what served as the access...
  • Gold Earring from Egypt's Fayum Mummy Portraits Discovered in Roman City Deultum in Southeast Bulgaria

    10/19/2020 1:18:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria. and Beyond ^ | October 6, 2020 | Ivan Dikov
    An actual ancient gold earring which can be seen depicted in some of the so called Fayum Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt has been discovered in Southeast Bulgaria by archaeologists excavating the Ancient Roman colony Deultum near the town of Debelt, Burgas District, close to the Black Sea coast. Deultum was a Roman colony, which according to Roman law signified a status equal to that of the city of Rome itself. In today's Bulgaria, there are only three Roman cities which enjoyed this status - Deultum (Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium) near Burgas, Ratiaria (Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria) near Archar, Ulpia...
  • Ancient Hittite cuneiform scripts will soon be accessible online

    10/18/2020 11:33:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 2020 | Universitaet Mainz
    They used clay tablets to keep records of state treaties and decrees, prayers, myths, and summoning rituals, using a language that researchers were only able to decipher around 100 years ago. Now, the Hittites' texts, which were written in cuneiform, are being made fully accessible online. The collection will be based on around 30,000 documents, most of which are written in the Hittite language, but other languages such as Luwian and Palaic will also be represented to a lesser extent. Participating in the joint project are researchers from the universities of Mainz, Marburg, and Würzburg, as well as of the...
  • Memorial Tomb of Ancient Greek Astronomer Aratus Unearthed in Turkey

    10/18/2020 11:05:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | October 14, 2020 | Patricia Claus
    Archaeologists working in the ancient Greek city of Soli Pompeipolis in the southern Mersin province in Turkey have unveiled the memorial tomb of the Greek poet and astronomer Aratus, who was born in 315 BC. The city, located in the ancient region of Paphlagonia, was still prominent during Roman times but was only rediscovered in the 1800s with the unearthing of the ruins of Zimbilli Tepe in the Black Sea region of the country. Soli Pompeipolis, lying just across the river from Tasköprü, in the Gökirmak (Greek: Amnias) Valley, in ancient times stretched as far as the Küre and ilgaz...
  • First-Temple 2-Shekel Weight Unearthed Near the Western Wall in Jerusalem

    10/18/2020 10:52:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 25 Tishri 5781 - October 13, 2020 | David Israel
    An ancient limestone weight, dating to the First Temple period, was discovered in an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation under Wilson's Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem... Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, said: "How exciting, in the month of Tishrei, whose symbol is the scales of justice, to find a souvenir from the First Temple period. Now, when coming to the Western Wall is so restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, this finding strengthens the eternal connection between the Jewish nation, Jerusalem,...