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More than 130 countries don’t have a single Covid-19 vaccine, while 10 countries have already dispersed 75% of all vaccines, the UN says

More than 130 countries don’t have a single Covid-19 vaccine, while 10 countries have already dispersed 75% of all vaccines, the UN says

Just 10 countries have administered 75% of the world’s available Covid-19 vaccine supply, while more than 130 countries haven’t even received their first doses, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. It’s unfair, Guterres said, that so few countries should control the bulk of the world’s vaccine supplies. To address that inequity, the secretary-general proposed…

Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars and sent back its first images

Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars and sent back its first images

The NASA Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth, the agency confirmed at 3:55 p.m. ET Thursday. The rover landed itself flawlessly, according to the mission’s team. “Percy,” as the spacecraft is affectionately called at mission control, sent back its first images of the landing site immediately after touchdown,…

How to watch the Mars rover landing today

How to watch the Mars rover landing today

The search for signs of ancient life on Mars. The first helicopter fly on another planet. The first recordings of sound on the red planet. NASA’s most sophisticated rover to date has a packed agenda for the next few years once it lands on the surface of Mars today. If all goes well — and…

Forget fingerprints — AI may soon use your veins to identify you

Forget fingerprints — AI may soon use your veins to identify you

Forget facial recognition technology — researchers say they can identify you from the veins on the backs of your hands. Biometric recognition has become more prevalent in recent years. Facial recognition technology is used everywhere from airport check-in lines to police departments and even nightclubs, while iris, fingerprint and voice recognition is used across a…

Explore Jezero Crater, the future home of NASA’s Perseverance rover

Explore Jezero Crater, the future home of NASA’s Perseverance rover

The Perseverance rover is the fifth robotic explorer sent by NASA to journey across the Martian surface, but it’s going to land in a spot that has never been attempted by the agency: Jezero Crater. The crater is incredibly intriguing to scientists because it’s possible that life may have existed in an ancient lake that…

Antarctic sponges discovered under the ice shelf perplex scientists

Antarctic sponges discovered under the ice shelf perplex scientists

The accidental discovery of strange life forms on a boulder beneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic has confounded scientists. Researchers were drilling through 900 meters of ice in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, situated on the southeastern Weddell Sea, when they stumbled upon unexpected creatures “firmly attached to a rock,” living in the darkness and…

NASA’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars this week. Here’s what to expect

NASA’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars this week. Here’s what to expect

Perseverance, NASA’s most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 p.m. ET. The rover has been traveling through space since launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the end of July. When it reaches Mars, Perseverance will have traveled 292.5 million miles on its…

Meghan and Harry are expecting a second child

Meghan and Harry are expecting a second child

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting an addition to their family. Meghan is pregnant with their second child, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to CNN on Sunday. The couple’s son, Archie, is 19 months. “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,”…

UAE’s Hope Probe Mars mission sends back its first picture of red planet

UAE’s Hope Probe Mars mission sends back its first picture of red planet

The United Arab Emirates’ first Mars mission has returned its first picture of the red planet. The Emirates Mars Mission, known as the Hope Probe, arrived at the red planet on Tuesday and successfully entered orbit on its first attempt. “The transmission of the Hope Probe’s first image of Mars is a defining moment in…

US-led sanctions on Venezuela “devastating” to human rights, says UN report

US-led sanctions on Venezuela “devastating” to human rights, says UN report

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has issued a scathing report on the international pressure campaign on Venezuela, calling on the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to lift “devastating” economic sanctions. The comments conclude a 12-day trip in the country by Alina Douhan, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures. Speaking…

This fish looks like a hedge-trimmer — but its days could be numbered

This fish looks like a hedge-trimmer — but its days could be numbered

The sawfish is one of the ocean’s stranger sights — with its unique long, narrow nose lined with teeth, it resembles a hedge-trimmer or chain saw. But the shark-like rays are on the brink of extinction, having vanished from half of the world’s coastal waters, according to a new study. Sawfish were once found on…

Trump’s Covid-19 condition was worse than his team let on

Trump’s Covid-19 condition was worse than his team let on

Former US President Donald Trump’s condition with Covid-19 became so concerning last year that there was talk of putting him on a ventilator, according to what Trump told one person at the time, raising questions over whether the White House downplayed the seriousness of his situation. The new details of what happened while Trump was…

Meet the orbiters that help rovers on Mars talk to Earth

Meet the orbiters that help rovers on Mars talk to Earth

While robotic rovers may explore the surface of Mars on behalf of humans who can’t safely land there yet, they aren’t alone. A fleet of orbiters circling the planet act as dual-purpose workhorses, relaying back data and images from the surface missions to Earth while studying various aspects of the planet. Their mapping capabilities have…

Pigs can be taught how to use joysticks, experiment finds

Pigs can be taught how to use joysticks, experiment finds

The intelligence of pigs has long been renowned — and scientists in the US have now found that they are clever enough to be able to use computer joysticks. Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana said they were able to train four pigs to carry out a “joystick operated video game task” to get treats.…

China’s clampdown on harmful emissions puts ozone layer rescue back on track

China’s clampdown on harmful emissions puts ozone layer rescue back on track

Here’s some good news: when people put their mind to it, they can act on climate. Research published on Wednesday has shown a significant drop in emissions of a banned ozone-depleting chemical after China clamped down on its illegal production. As a result of this drop, the recovery of the ozone layer has resumed. The…