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Building blocks of life like glycine, other amino acids form in interstellar clouds: Study
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Building blocks of life like glycine, other amino acids form in interstellar clouds: Study

This is in sharp contrast to beliefs that glycine formation required energy, setting limits to the environment in which it can be formed.

New mineral 'petrovite' discovered in the furnace of Russia's Tolbachik volcano
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New mineral 'petrovite' discovered in the furnace of Russia's Tolbachik volcano

Scientists believe petrovite can be used to invent new ways of developing cathodes for use in batteries and electrical devices.

White giraffe in Kenya fitted with GPS tracking device in an effort to keep poachers at bay
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White giraffe in Kenya fitted with GPS tracking device in an effort to keep poachers at bay

People were introduced to the white giraffe for the first time in 2017, when it was found along with its calf by Kenya's Ishaqbini Conservancy.

Pandemics tied to fragmented forests, biodiversity loss? What science says, and India's response
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Pandemics tied to fragmented forests, biodiversity loss? What science says, and India's response

Experts warn loss of ecology will lead to more pandemics, India uses lockdown to dilute environmental laws.

Effective immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection, once developed, could last years, new data hints
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Effective immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection, once developed, could last years, new data hints

The study, while still under peer-review, is the most comprehensive and long-ranging study of immune memory to the coronavirus to date.

China moves Long March-5 rocket to launch site ahead of Chang'e 5 lunar lander launch
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China moves Long March-5 rocket to launch site ahead of Chang'e 5 lunar lander launch

Chang’e 5, scheduled to launch early next week, aims to put a lander on the moon to drill and scoop up rocks and debris to return to Earth.

SpaceX Dragon becomes first privately-operated shuttle to dock at the space station after test flight
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SpaceX Dragon becomes first privately-operated shuttle to dock at the space station after test flight

The three Americans and a Japanese astronaut will stay at the orbiting lab till their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April.

First nuclear plant in Belarus stops power output day after it was inaugurated
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First nuclear plant in Belarus stops power output day after it was inaugurated

Authorities say the plant's construction was plagued by accidents, stolen materials and the mistreatment of workers.

Laser beams give neuroscientists new insights about brain’s 'inner GPS' system in mice study
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Laser beams give neuroscientists new insights about brain’s 'inner GPS' system in mice study

This is the first demonstration of being able to retrieve memories of our environment using 'place cell' activation.

Childrens' immune systems make fewer antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 study finds
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Childrens' immune systems make fewer antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 study finds

The findings could have implications in testing, undermining results from tests that look for antibodies to certain proteins of the virus.

International wildlife forensics e-conference ends, draws attention to wildlife crime, biotech solutions
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International wildlife forensics e-conference ends, draws attention to wildlife crime, biotech solutions

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar explained India's need for wildlife forensics in conservation efforts for big cats to marine life.

New mineral in Moon meteorite discovered by researchers, dubbed Downwilhelmsite
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New mineral in Moon meteorite discovered by researchers, dubbed Downwilhelmsite

The mineral was discovered in shock melt zones of the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001, discovered in 2014 in the Western Sahara.

Mice flown to space by JAXA, SpaceX point researchers to protein that could slow ageing
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Mice flown to space by JAXA, SpaceX point researchers to protein that could slow ageing

Experts may have found an important genetic factor that could shield humans from the biological hazards of spaceflight and ageing.

Flash of luck: Astronomers find source of powerful cosmic fast radio burst
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Flash of luck: Astronomers find source of powerful cosmic fast radio burst

Astronomers currently have as many as fifty different theories for what causes these fast radio bursts, aliens among them.

UN, partner countries express regret over USA's departure from Paris climate Accord
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UN, partner countries express regret over USA's departure from Paris climate Accord

Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea, both key industrial nations, have committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The US elections are seeing science, public health become more political than ever before
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The US elections are seeing science, public health become more political than ever before

Some research shows increasing political divides this year as a pandemic thrusts science into the election spotlight.

Deep ozone hole over Antarctica to stick around till end-November after September peak
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Deep ozone hole over Antarctica to stick around till end-November after September peak

2020 also saw the fourteenth-lowest levels of ozone – a key part of the atmosphere's shielding effect – in the past 33 years.

Advances in energy storage tech needed for renewable energy to take off: Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu
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Advances in energy storage tech needed for renewable energy to take off: Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu

Many of the challenges faced in the renewables programme can be addressed by energy storage technology, the former union minister said.

Hubble scans $10,000 quadrillion 16 Psyche asteroid ahead of NASA 2022 mission
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Hubble scans $10,000 quadrillion 16 Psyche asteroid ahead of NASA 2022 mission

The spacecraft is slated to launch in August 2022, perform a Mars-assisted gravity boost in 2023, and arrive at 16 Psyche in 2026.

An architecture student’s vision for a greener Mumbai: Building social, ecological resilience of the city's Eastern waterfront
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An architecture student’s vision for a greener Mumbai: Building social, ecological resilience of the city's Eastern waterfront

Building social and ecological functions of coastal resilience calls for mitigation measures and adaptive strategies that include diversified land-based activities.