Reuters : science
Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy  12h13 20 février
Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government’s case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers.
Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research  15h08 19 février
One scientific post suggests links between the new coronavirus and AIDS, a second says it may have passed to people via snakes, while a third claims it is a pathogen from outer space.
Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues  22h00 18 février
A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave already famous for fossils of these extinct cousins of our species is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead - and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.
Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first  14h09 18 février
A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.
Ghost’ ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human specie  22h16 13 février
Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind’s complicated genetic ancestry.
Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation  19h09 13 février
A vaguely hourglass-shaped icy object called Arrokoth residing in the far reaches of the solar system - the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft - is giving scientists intriguing clues about the formation of the planets including Earth.
Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle  05h09 13 février
One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.
Novacyt biotech company says winning race for high-speed virus test  14h55 11 février
Franco-British biotech company Novacyt says it can offer a coronavirus test that is faster than rival methods by focusing on a narrow sequence of DNA coding, as it fights stiff competition to turn the outbreak into a business opportunity.
White House calls for biggest NASA budget in decades to reach the moon, Mars  22h36 10 février
The White House on Monday asked Congress for 25.2 billion for NASA in 2021, the agency’s biggest budget in decades, calling for steady increases over five years to meet President Donald Trump’s goal of landing astronauts on the moon and Mars.
Solar probe embarks on unprecedented mission to map sun’s polar regions  13h06 10 février
A new probe built by NASA and the European Space Agency set off on a blazing hot journey to the sun on Sunday to take the first close-up look at the star’s polar regions, a mission expected to yield insight into how solar radiant energy affects Earth.
Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun’s polar regions  01h44 08 février
A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.
The bitter end: Last woolly mammoths plagued by genetic defects  00h33 08 février
The world’s last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population.
Fireflies threatened globally, with light pollution a glaring problem  20h50 07 février
Fireflies are under threat globally, with familiar hazards such as habitat loss and pesticides compounded by another peril: humankind’s ubiquitous nighttime artificial light that plays havoc with their balletic nocturnal courtship, scientists said.
OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakh cosmodrome in global internet push  20h34 07 février
The UK firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Friday as part of its effort to provide global high-speed internet access using satellite communications by 2021.
Boeing’s botched Starliner test flirted with ’catastrophic’ failure: NASA panel  02h00 07 février
Boeing narrowly missed a catastrophic failure during its December flight test of an unmanned space taxi that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said Thursday, recommending that the agency examine Boeing’s software verification process before letting it fly humans to...