China’s Chang’e 5 moon mission successfully returned moon rocks to Earth in December 2020 for the first time in 44 years. It’s now headed toward an Earth-sun Lagrange point, with the goal of making sun observations.
Using data from RNA-folding experiments, the researchers generated the first-ever data-driven movies of how RNA folds as it is made by cellular machinery. By watching their videos of this folding occur, the researchers discovered that RNA often folds in surprising, perhaps unintuitive ways, such as tying itself into knots.
(University of Miami) University of Miami anthropologist Caleb Everett and former student Sihan Chen used a novel data analysis of thousands of languages, in addition to studying a unique subset of celebrities, to reveal how a soft food diet–contrasted with the diet of hunter-gatherers–is restructuring dentition and changing how people speak. Their findings were published this week in Scientific Reports.
SpaceXâs CRS-21 Cargo Dragon undocked from the International Space Stationâs Harmony module on January 12, 2021, succeeding in the worldâs first-ever autonomous undocking and testing of several new vehicle upgrades.
(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Analysis of the first super slow motion recordings of upward flashes suggests a possible explanation for the formation of luminous structures after electrical discharges split in the atmosphere.
NOAAâs 2020 Arctic Report Card describes a region that is warming even more rapidly than scientists expected.