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SpaceX's 1st private crew motivates cancer kids from orbit

CAPE CANVERAL: SpaceX’s first space tourists are taking in sweeping views of Earth that few have witnessed and motivating children with cancer. The capsule’s four passengers are flying exceedingly high, even by NASA standards. SpaceX got them into a 363-mile (585-km) orbit following Wednesday night’s launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space …

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Ebola virus in survivors can trigger outbreaks years after infection

TOKYO: Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research. Scientists already knew Ebola could lie dormant in survivors, who test negative because the virus is in tissue rather than …

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Billionaire, cancer survivor… SpaceX set for all-civilian crew

WASHINGTON: For the first time on Wednesday, SpaceX is due to send into orbit a crew made up entirely of complete novices, without a professional astronaut on board. The four passengers are supposed to embody the opening-up of space to everyone, giving the mission its name: Inspiration4. A billionaire, Jared …

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Blood plasma therapy doesn't help seriously ill Covid-19 patients: Study

TORONTO: Convalescent plasma does not reduce the risk of intubation or death in Covid-19 patients, according to a study that found that people receiving the therapy experienced more serious adverse events than those getting standard care. Intubation is a procedure where a tube is inserted into the windpipe to make …

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In a first, space dept signs pact with Hyderabad startup to provide access to Isro facilities

NEW DELHI: With the objective to woo private players in space activities, the department of space (DoS) has signed its first-ever agreement with a Hyderabad-based space startup, Skyroot Aerospace, for providing it “access to Isro’s facilities and expertise towards the development and testing of subsystems and systems of space launch …

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Diet may affect risk and severity of Covid-19: Study

WASHINGTON: In a recent study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in Gut, people whose diets were based on healthy plant-based foods had lower risks on both counts. The beneficial effects of diet on Covid-19 risk seemed especially relevant in individuals living in areas of high …

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SpaceX's first all-civilian mission to launch on September 15

SAN FRANCISCO: SpaceX, run by tech billionaire Elon Musk-run, is all set to launch to orbit its first all-civilian mission ‘Inspiration4 on September 15. “#Inspiration4 and @SpaceX have completed our flight readiness review and remain on track for launch!” the Inspiration4 mission team said in a tweet. Early this year …

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Study suggests Delta does not cause more severe childhood Covid

WASHINGTON: US pediatric Covid hospitalizations have surged since Delta became predominant, but a new study that offers a first look at the relevant data suggests that fears the variant causes more severe disease are unfounded. The paper by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that between June …

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New clues regarding formation of solar system discovered

WASHINGTON: A region of active star formation in the constellation Ophiuchus is giving astronomers new insights into the conditions in which our own solar system was born. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nature Astronomy‘. In particular, the study showed how our solar system may have …

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New Covid vaccine mimics virus shape to provide robust protection: Study

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a protein-based Covid-19 vaccine candidate that mimics the shape of the virus to trigger robust antibody response in animals. In the study published in the journal ACS Central Science, the researchers immunised mice with nanoparticles that mimic SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, by displaying multiple …