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Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid samples lands in Australia, agency says

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully released a small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet, the country’s space agency said.The capsule successfully detached from 220,000 kilometres away in a challenging operation that required precision
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For the second time ever, an asteroid sample returns to Earth

Enlarge / The Hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow as it descended toward Ryugu to deploy two small rovers. (credit: JAXA) Early on Sunday morning, the skies above a secluded military complex in central Australia will be brightened by a fireball plummeting to Earth. It will be a flamboyant homecoming for the sample return capsule from Hayabusa2, a Japanese spacecraft
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The NIH’s top vaccine maker wants Warp Speed to be the new normal

Enlarge (credit: Krisana Antharith | Getty Images) If the first vaccines against COVID-19 really do start coming online in a couple of weeks, that’ll be a blazingly fast scientific achievement—from new virus to new vaccine in just about 12 months, faster than ever before, and using a new vaccine technology, too. Amazing! And also only sort of true, because the path of the
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How The Covid-19 Pandemic Gave Digital Health A Shot In The Arm

2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit with Forbes senior editor Alex Knapp, Firefly executive chairman Jonathan Bush, Insitro CEO Daphne Koller and Amwell co-CEO Roy Schoenberg. forbes The Covid-19 pandemic changed the U.S. healthcare system virtually overnight. While insurers, hospitals and patients had been dipping their toes in new technologies, virtual encounters quickly
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Here’s what happens when a bee stings you directly in your eyeball

Enlarge / Avoid getting these near your eyeball.Getty | Matt Cardy There are precious few things that could truly make 2020 worse than it already is. But a rare bee sting right to the eyeball might be one of them. Doctors this week published an image of just such an uncommon ocular impaling. The image, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, also included a brief