This Week in Science: NASA’s armageddon mission, boosters for all adults, high-kicking frogs, the best way to hug, COVID-19 origin

DARTing across the cosmos: NASA’s plan to protect planet Earth  NASA plans to launch a spacecraft this week that, in late 2022, will intentionally crash into an asteroid, hopefully changing its trajectory. Planetary defense research has been conducted over the past several years in hopes of preventing foreseeable meteor crashes. Although scientists believe massive meteorites […]


This Week in Science: Orangutan paintings, engineered bacteria kills tumors, biodegradable glitter

Bananas about art: Environmental factors, age affect orangutan drawings A recent study analyzed drawings done by five orangutans in a Japanese zoo and found that the drawings — especially those of one orangutan, Molly — correlate with environmental factors like seasons, daily life events and even changes in keeper identity. In total, 790 orangutan drawings […]


This Week in Science: Children allowed COVID-19 vaccine, singing lemurs, pig kidneys, flamingo makeup

FDA panel recommends authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for younger children A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted on Tuesday to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. The FDA is not bound by the panel’s decision, but it is expected to act accordingly and grant emergency-use authorization for the vaccine […]


This Week in Science: Moderna boosters approved, koala chlamydia vaccine trial starts, NASA launches spaceship, leading primate center to be shut down

FDA authorizes booster shots for Moderna and J&J vaccines An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted last week to approve the use of a booster shot for the Moderna vaccine and again voted unanimously yesterday to approve a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Moderna’s booster only applies to certain groups of people, such as […]


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