Science News Roundup: Monkey Brain Study Linked to Chinese Military Is Europe’s Best University; Russian Roscosmos and NASA to renew agreement on spaceflight seats -Ifax and more
Here is a summary of scientific news briefs.
Monkey brain study linked to Chinese military is Europe’s best university
A Chinese professor at the University of Copenhagen has conducted genetic research with the Chinese military without revealing the link, the university told Reuters, in the latest example of how China’s pursuit of military technology – Civilian draws from Western universities in the strategically sensitive area of biotechnology. . The professor, Guojie Zhang, is also employed by Shenzhen-based genomics giant BGI Group, which funds dozens of researchers at the university and has its European headquarters on the university’s campus.
Russian Roscosmos and NASA renew agreement on spaceflight seats -Ifax
Russian space agency Roscosmos and NASA are set to renew an agreement on the mutual provision of seats on space flights, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday. Interfax, citing Roscosmos, said the deal still required government approval.
Climate-friendly agriculture: melting Greenland glaciers offer an answer
On a shore near Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, a local scientist points to a paradox emerging as the island’s glaciers recede: one of the most alarming consequences of global warming could provide a way to limit its effects. “It’s kind of a wonderful material,” says Minik Rosing, originally from Greenland, referring to the ultra-fine silt deposited when glaciers melt.
Protection against antibodies after mild COVID-19 may not last; 100 million people are estimated to have had COVID for a long time
The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been peer-certified. Antibody protection against mild COVID-19 may not last
UK study suggests Delta subvariant is less likely to cause symptoms
A subvariant of Delta that is developing in Britain is less likely to lead to symptomatic COVID-19 infection, a coronavirus prevalence survey has found, adding that the total number of cases has fallen from a peak in October. Imperial College London’s REACT-1 study, published Thursday, found that the subvariant, known as AY.4.2, had grown to almost 12% of samples sequenced, but only a third exhibited “classic” COVID symptoms, compared to nearly one-half of those with the currently dominant Delta line AY.4.
“Sharp precision”: Russia hails test of anti-satellite weapons
Russia said on Tuesday it carried out a weapons test that targeted a former Russian satellite with “pin-point accuracy” and denied claims by the United States, Britain and NATO that the test had been dangerous for spacecraft in orbit. U.S. officials said Monday’s test generated a field of low-earth orbit debris that endangered the International Space Station (ISS) and would pose a danger to space activities for years.
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