Coronavirus vaccine begins pre-clinical trials in Australia
Australia's national science agency has begun pre-clinical trials to find a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus. This stage will likely take three months and experts say the vaccine will probably not be ready until late next year. Although the process is going much faster than usual, it is unlikely that the vaccine will be available this year.
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Army, Texas A&M develop 'Terminator'-style material that can 'heal itself'
U.S. Army and Texas A&M researchers have developed a material that they say can “heal autonomously. ” The research, which is still in the discovery phase, is published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Functional Materials. Army researchers, for example, are eyeing drones that can change shape in midflight.
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This is when and how the universe is expected to end
It’s not expected to happen anytime soon, but one scientist has calculated when the universe will end. The research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, notes that sometime over the “next few trillion years,” when the universe is dead as we know it, stars will continue to explode, not with a giant bang, but “very, very slowly fizzle. ”
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Scientists identify the ancient enzyme that makes body odor so strong
The same team that identified the handful of bacteria responsible for human body odor has now gone a step further and pinpointed the enzyme operating within those organisms. "This is a key advancement in understanding how body odour works, and will enable the development of targeted inhibitors that stop BO production at source without disrupting the armpit microbiome," said University of York researcher Dr. Michelle Rudden, in a release.
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Coronavirus lockdown has brought Earth’s vibrations to a halt
“This quiet period is likely the longest and largest dampening of human-caused seismic noise since we started monitoring the Earth in detail using vast monitoring networks of seismometers,” said seismologist Stephen Hicks, from Imperial College London in the UK. “The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic may have given us a glimmer of insight into how human and natural noise interact within the Earth,” Hicks said.
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