The small animal survey mission to Antarctica’s Larsen C iceberg was scrapped

Thick sea ice has hampered researchers’ plans to explore life under the Antarctic ice shelf. Last July, when the larsen C iceberg was hit by a breakthrough, the sudden exposure to undersea life was delayed because it tried to navigate through the floating ice, some of which were 5 meters thick. The ship, still 400 kilometers… Continue reading The small animal survey mission to Antarctica’s Larsen C iceberg was scrapped

America’s flagship space telescope faces further delays

The James webb space telescope (JWST), plagued by NASA, is scrambling for more water, according to a report released yesterday by the us government accountability office (GAO). The GAO found that the problem of testing orbital telescope components and integrating them together meant that further delay was possible. That could mean the project would violate… Continue reading America’s flagship space telescope faces further delays

The city bird feeder is changing the course of evolution

As far as I know, no one has ever been killed by an upright bird feeder. Still, when you live on the 25th floor of Manhattan, you can’t hang your Windows out of the window, and you might knock down a pedestrian. A few winters ago, I sat at my desk and sighed at the… Continue reading The city bird feeder is changing the course of evolution

A new way to make bacteria glow can simplify TB screening

New molecules that reveal cough mucus and active TB in saliva can simplify TB diagnosis and speed up detection of drug-resistant strains of the drug. This synthetic molecule is a modified version of the sugar that is consumed by the TB bacterium to help build cell walls. The sugar is stained with a dye under a… Continue reading A new way to make bacteria glow can simplify TB screening