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PETER DOCKRILL 7 JULY 2020 Its name was Kongonaphon kely, which means ‘tiny bug slayer’, and it was about the size of a coffee cup. But big things lay ahead for this little creature. Very big things indeed. The tiny bug slayer, which lived on Madagascar approximately 237 million years ago during the Triassic period,…

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A group of 239 scientists representing 32 countries is reportedly preparing to ask the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise its recommendations for the novel coronavirus due to evidence that they say supports the claim the disease is airborne.The scientists are expected to publish an open letter making the request in a scientific journal next…

A team of German astronomers has discovered two super-Earths near the red dwarf star Gliese 887 and just a short 11 light-years away from Earth.Super-Earths are planets with a mass greater than Earth’s, but less than those of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune. The two exoplanets — or planets located outside of our solar system — were…

BSIP | UIG | Getty ImagesDexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among Covid-19 patients in what scientists hailed as a “major breakthrough”.Results of trials announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in other diseases, reduced death rates by…

MICHELLE STARR 12 JUNE 2020 Blobs of hot, dense material that curl around Earth’s core are much more widespread than previous research suggests.A new method of analysing earthquake data has found even more of the previously detected continent-sized zones at the boundary between the planet’s core and mantle. We still don’t know what these blobs are…

By combing through 30 years of earthquake data, the scientists discovered these new structures deep inside the Earth. June 12, 2020 In wonderful, unexpected ways, Earth still manages to surprise scientists. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland in the U.S. has discovered a large structure made up of thick material near the…

Earthquakes send sound waves through the Earth. Seismograms record the echoes as those waves travel along the core-mantle boundary, diffracting and bending around dense rock structures. New research from University of Maryland provides the first broad view of these structures, revealing them to be much more widespread than previously known. Credit: Doyeon Kim/University of Maryland…

/ Science and Technology CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH Issued on: 30/05/2020 – 14:55Modified: 30/05/2020 – 14:55 The World Health Organisation has suspended clinical trials with hydroxychloroquine in several countries. AP – John Locher More than 100 scientists have raised concerns over a influential study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine that led the World Health Organisation to suspend clinical…

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist’s depiction of a super-Earth exoplanet. (Image: © NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech) Scientists suspect they have identified an intriguing new alien planet in a particularly roundabout way.The planet is eye-catching because it bears some eerie similarities to Earth, but also some stark differences. In terms of size, the scientists believe the world…


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