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What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, June 4

George Floyd had coronavirus before he was killed while in police custody last week in Minneapolis. Floyd tested positive for the virus after his death. The autopsy report released yesterday says the disease played no role in his death and was likely a sign of a previous infection. As a black man, Floyd had a…MORE

Astronomers confirm Earth-size exoplanet around nearest star and maybe more

Astronomers confirm Earth-size exoplanet around nearest star and maybe more

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of Proxima b, an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting the closest star to our sun. The European Southern Observatory’s High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) detected the planet in 2016. The Very Large Telescope based in Chile has a new and more powerful spectrograph named ESPRESSO, so astronomers decided to use…MORE

Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple

Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple

For decades, archeologists have keep their eyes down to the ground as they slashed through jungles, attempting to spot traces left by lost civilizations like the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and the Maya in Mexico and Central America. It’s painstaking work that took entire careers to complete. But now, archeologists — or at least their…MORE

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, June 3

Latin America is in crisis. But parts of it are reopening anyway. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the region is spiking fast. The death toll in Brazil, the worst-hit country in Latin America, passed 30,000 yesterday. Yet President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat and parts of the nation are rushing to…MORE

Mars’ moons may hint that the planet once had rings

Mars’ moons may hint that the planet once had rings

Mars has two small, funky-looking moons with strange orbits, and they may suggest that the red planet once had rings, like some of the larger planets in our solar system. The two lumpy moons, Phobos and Deimos, were both discovered in 1877 and named after the sons of Ares from Greek mythology (Mars is named…MORE

Two lefties make a right, if you’re a rare garden snail

Two lefties make a right, if you’re a rare garden snail

A scientific journey that began with a lovelorn snail has provided new information regarding the cause of that snail’s rare shell. The lovesick gastropod was a garden snail called Jeremy, named after the reportedly garden-loving, left-wing UK politician Jeremy Corbyn, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters. Jeremy was rare for…MORE

Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on Earth

Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on Earth

Scientists believe they have identified the world’s cleanest air, free from particles caused by human activity, located over the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. In a first-of-its-kind study of the bioaerosol composition of the Southern Ocean, researchers from Colorado State University identified an atmospheric region which remains unchanged by human activity. Weather and climate are…MORE

Animal DNA is helping unlock some Dead Sea Scrolls secrets

Animal DNA is helping unlock some Dead Sea Scrolls secrets

The Dead Sea Scrolls are like an ancient puzzle that researchers and scholars are trying to piece together, but multiple obstacles block the way. Now, a new study has suggested a potential aid in finding the way these puzzle pieces fit together: animal DNA from the skins used to make the scrolls. The 2,000-year-old scrolls…MORE