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What to expect at the UN General Assembly in the time of Covid-19

What to expect at the UN General Assembly in the time of Covid-19

What if the world’s most powerful people threw a gigantic international party and no one showed up? This week is the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) — normally the Super Bowl of international diplomacy. But thanks to a global pandemic, make that “digital diplomacy” without star players in the corridors at UN headquarters in New…MORE

Oldest animal sperm discovered in 100-million-year-old amber

Oldest animal sperm discovered in 100-million-year-old amber

Scientists have found the oldest sample of animal sperm, concealed in a 100 million-year-old piece of amber. Paleontologists discovered the sample in the reproductive tract of an ancient female crustacean encased in resin — one of several samples of ostracods from Myanmar. The previously unknown species of crustacean, now named Myanmarcypris hui, resembles a modern…MORE

This is how we should build on Mars, scientists say

If we make it to Mars, we’re not going to be able to bring everything humankind needs to stay for an extended period of time — or to construct colonies on the red planet. In order to build shelters and manufacture tools, astronauts may only need to bring one key ingredient — with minerals in…MORE

Giant planet found orbiting a dead white dwarf star

Giant planet found orbiting a dead white dwarf star

For the first time, a planet has been discovered orbiting a white dwarf, also known as a dead star. This exoplanet, a planet outside of our solar system, is the size of Jupiter and it’s known as WD 1586 b. This giant exoplanet zips around the star remnant, which is about the size of Earth,…MORE

The sun has started a new solar cycle, experts say

The sun has started a new solar cycle, experts say

Every 11 years, the sun completes a solar cycle of calm and stormy activity and begins a new one. It’s important to understand the solar cycle because space weather caused by the sun — eruptions like solar flares and coronal mass ejection events — can impact the power grid, satellites, GPS, airlines, rockets and astronauts…MORE