Friday, 3 December 2021

SCIENCE

Meet Grace, the healthcare robot COVID-19 created

Grace – The Robot Sister of Sophia. Image credit: South China Morning Post HONG KONG – The Hong Kong team behind celebrity humanoid robot Sophia is launching a new prototype, Grace, targeted at the healthcare market and designed to interact with the elderly and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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NASA announces new missions to Venus

Source: NASA/JPL WASHINGTON – NASA announced two new missions to Venus on Wednesday that will launch at the end of the decade and are aimed at learning how Earth s nearest planetary neighbor became a hellscape while our own thrived. “These two sister missions both aim to understand how Venus became an ...

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Heads of global organizations issue joint call for vaccine equality

Photo Credit: Aleksandra Gigowska/ Shutterstock.com WASHINGTON – World leaders must make a “new commitment” to a more equal distribution of coronavirus vaccines to bring the pandemic under control, the heads of four major global organizations said on Tuesday. Their joint rallying cry comes as concerns rise that vaccine inequality between ...

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Brazil rejects bid to import Indian Covaxin vaccine

AFP Photo BRASILIA – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa rejected a request from the government to import doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech, citing a lack of safety data and documentation.  “The importer did not present all the documents required by law,” said Anvisa board ...

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Researchers find unexpected paths on ocean floor

This image shows trails left by sponges as they crawl across the seafloor. Credit: AWI OFOBS team, PS101 LONDON -The surprise was great when researchers looked at high-resolution images of the sea floor of the Arctic deep sea in detail: Path-like tracks across the sediments ended where sponges were located. ...

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NASA’s mini helicopter Ingenuity touches down on Mars

The US space agency last week announced the decision to push back the date of the first attempt to fly the helicopter on Mars from April 8 to April 11.Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth.(Picture courtesy: NASA/JPL) Ingenuity flew to Mars ...

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COVID robocop: The droid that reminds you to wear your mask

LONDON: Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. The feature is an upgrade of Pepper, a 120 cm high robot with human-like features that is already in operation in ...

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Putin claims to develop COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW: Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia has become the first country in the world to give regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after barely two months of human trials, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The development paves the way for ...

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