India Launches Record-Breaking 104 Satellites on Single Rocket –

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a major milestone last night (Feb. 14) with a successful record-setting launch of 104 satellites on a single rocket. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Feb. 15) with three satellites […]

Ethicists advise caution in applying CRISPR gene editing to humans – Washington Post

An artist’s rendering of the powerful genome editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9. (Stephen Dixon) Ethicists have been working overtime to figure out how to handle CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technique that could potentially prevent congenital diseases but could also be used for cosmetic enhancements and lead to permanent, heritable changes in the human species. The latest iteration […]

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean – BBC News

Image copyright Dr Alan Jamieson, Newcastle Uni Image caption The amphipods were retrieved from the Pacific’s Kermadec and Mariana trenches Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the ocean, according to a new study. Scientists were surprised by the relatively high concentrations of pollutants like PCBs and PBDEs in […]

What makes this New Zealand beach a whale graveyard? – BBC News

What makes this New Zealand beach a whale graveyard? – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption The latest strandings are among the worst New Zealand has recorded Each year locals from Golden Bay at the top of New Zealand’s South Island know to expect a whale beaching at a narrow strip of sand curving into the Cook Strait, known as Farewell Spit. Ben Collins looks at […]

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