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Spot BepiColombo during its goodbye flyby on April 9-10

On the night of April 9-10, BepiColombo will pass 7,891 miles (12,700 km, about 1 Earth diameter) from Earth’s surface. For most of us, it’ll pass unseen. But people with telescopes will spot it! How to spot BepiColombo on its roundabout journey to Mercury – charts and more – here.

NOAA’s Latest Bogus Climate Scare: ‘Near-Annual’ Reef Bleaching

Climate alarmists are back with a new and far-fetched Great Barrier Reef scare, just a few years after their most recent claims of massive coral death in the Reef proved false. No, alarmists, we are not entering a period of…

Celebrating our genomic diversity: Fine-scale differences in the Japanese population

(Osaka University) The Japanese population has long been thought of as genetically homogeneous as a result of limited population mixing. However, an international research team led by Osaka University used novel machine-learning techniques to identify subtle genetic differences within the Japanese population. Regionality was identified among the sub-populations, reflecting the linguistic and cultural differences between regions in Japan. These minute genomic differences were shown to impact genetic prediction of human disease, with implications for personalized medicine.

The 2020 HFSP Fellowships

(Human Frontier Science Program) HFSP raises the value of its fellowship awards granted to 65 young researchers who will challenge traditional thinking by investigating behavioural computation, genomics of fear memories, the dynamics of the blood stem cell niche, or building a new super-resolution microscope.

Photo project captures togetherness, even as coronavirus keeps us apart

Most of us are spending more quality time in the house with our families and pets than we ever have before. It’s a rare time of togetherness, even as social distancing for COVID-19 keeps us apart from everyone else. Why…

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U.N. Shifts from Climate Change to Coronavirus – Scientific American

The novel coronavirus pandemic is now the world’s top priority. Climate change will have to be put on the back burner, for now. That was the message delivered to reporters from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, via an unprecedented online press…

Homeless pets need your help as coronavirus closes shelters

There are so many obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are plenty that aren’t as apparent. Animal shelters and rescues are among those impacted but the coronavirus. As more people across the United States are being told to…

Organellogenesis still a work in progress in novel dinoflagellates

(University of Tsukuba) Organellogenesis, where an endosymbiont is transformed into an organelle within the host, is not well understood. In a recent study, researchers led by the University of Tsukuba identified two novel dinoflagellates containing relic endosymbionts along with their nuclei and showed that endosymbiont-host DNA transfer was still in progress. Because the process is incomplete in these strains, the researchers hope they can be used to shed light on the genomic changes that occur during organellogenesis.

Air pollution falls as coronavirus slows travel, but scientists warn of longer-term threat to climate change progress – CNBC

NASA’s Earth Observatory pollution satellites show “significant decreases” in air pollution over China since the coronavirus outbreak began. Courtesy of NASA. Canal water in Venice has cleared up without boat traffic. Air pollution in China has plunged amid unprecedented lockdowns….