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Russia Just Launched a New Science Module to the Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is about to get a little bigger. On July 21, the Russian Space Agency launched the station’s newest module into orbit aboard a Proton-M rocket. The module, dubbed Nauka (which means science), is the station’s first new module since 2016, aside from some new docking ports and airlocks. The Nauka … Continue reading "Russia Just Launched a New Science Module to the Space Station" The post Russia Just Launched a New Science Module to the Space Station appeared first on Universe Today.
2021-07-24 19:00:05
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Three Die After Untreatable 'Superbug' Fungus Infections in Two Different Cities

"U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home," reports the Associated Press: The "superbug" outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. A handful of the patients had invasive fungal infections that were impervious to all three major classes of medications. "This is really the first time we've started seeing clustering of resistance" in which patients seemed to be getting the infections from each other, said the CDC's Dr. Meghan Lyman... Health officials have sounded alarms for years about the superbug after seeing infections in which commonly used drugs had little effect. In 2019, doctors diagnosed three cases in New York that were also resistant to a class of drugs, called echinocandins, that were considered a last line of defense. In those cases, there was no evidence the infections had spread from patient to patient — scientists concluded the resistance to the drugs formed during treatment. The new cases did spread, the CDC concluded.... Those cases were seen from January to April. Of the five people who were fully resistant to treatment, three died — both Texas patients and one in Washington. Lyman said both are ongoing outbreaks and that additional infections have been identified since April. But those added numbers were not reported. The fungus, Candida auris, "is a harmful form of yeast that is considered dangerous to hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems," they add — and it's spread through contaminated surfaces or contact with patients. Newsweek points out that while it's only recently appeared in America, "infections have occurred in over 30 countries worldwide." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2021-07-24 17:45:02
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A new Balloon-Based Observatory Could Produce Images as Fine as Hubble

Launching satellites is an expensive business – at least for now.  But satellites are necessary in astronomy for one major reason – it gets telescopes above the atmosphere.  The Earth’s atmosphere and its associated weather patterns are a massive hindrance to collecting good images.  If a stray cloud passes in front of the observational target … Continue reading "A new Balloon-Based Observatory Could Produce Images as Fine as Hubble" The post A new Balloon-Based Observatory Could Produce Images as Fine as Hubble appeared first on Universe Today.
2021-07-24 17:30:02
https://www.universetoday.com/151936/forget-about-interstellar-flights-tiny-light-sails-could-be-used-to-explore-the-solar-system-today/ preview's
Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today

Solar sails have been receiving a lot of attention lately.  In part that is due to a series of high profile missions that have successfully proven the concept. It’s also in part due to the high profile Breakthrough Starshot project, which is designing a solar sail powered mission to reach Alpha Centauri. But this versatile … Continue reading "Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today" The post Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today appeared first on Universe Today.
2021-07-24 16:45:03
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Climate events are the leading cause of nuclear power outages

A comprehensive analysis shows that warmer temperatures aren’t the only threat.
2021-07-24 09:15:01
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Cities Aren't the Wildlife 'Deserts' Scientists Once Feared

As more animals are spotted in urban areas, researchers recognize how cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity.
2021-07-24 08:15:02