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A Chinese probe carrying samples from the lunar surface successfully docked Sunday with a spacecraft orbiting the moon, in another space first for the nation, state media reported.

COVID-19: Round up developments in pathophysiology

How does the novel coronavirus affect the brain and is it correct that air pollution makes COVID-19 symptoms worse? These are some of the research topics appearing in recent weeks. Digital Journal presents a news round-up.

Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.

Trump's legacy: What 2021 means for cybersecurity Special

In the context of a growing number of cyber-threats, organizations need to carefully evaluate tooling and options, and choose the right solutions for today and the near-term future.

Q&A: Wrong digital transformation strategy creates cyber-risks Special

One reason for businesses facing cybersecurity challenges is a lack of skills within IT departments; another reason relates to incorrect technologies and digital transformation issues. These are issues that need to be faced by firms into 2021.

Colorado 15-year-old scientist is Time's first Kid of the Year

Time Magazine has named it's very first "Kid of the Year" to grace the cover of its latest issue, and she is 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, of Lone Tree, Colorado.

Chinese probe leaves Moon for return to Earth

A Chinese space probe has lifted off from the surface of the Moon to return to Earth, an ambitious effort to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.

Special delivery: Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is heading 扑克王游戏下载home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

Mind's eye: Vision-restoring brain implants spell breakthrough

Scientists are a step closer to restoring vision for the blind, after building an implant that bypasses the eyes and allows monkeys to perceive artificially induced patterns in their brains.

Britain 'rushed' Pfizer Covid vaccine approval: Fauci

Leading American infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci criticized Britain on Thursday for rushing through its approval process for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, suggesting the move could undermine public faith.

Mechanism for SARS-CoV-2 virus damaging human lung cells

Scientists have identified how the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel coronavirus) hijacks and proceeds to rapidly cause damage to the cells that line human lungs.

Quantum computing: The next WannaCry-like episode? Special

2020 was an unprecedented year in many ways, but the spike in cyberattacks that we saw during the pandemic has changed the security landscape forever, says Gaurav Banga of Balbix. What does 2021 have in store?

Op-Ed: Viruses as a huge resource? Virus-eating plankton show the way

Everyone knew viruses were on the rampage long before the pandemic. Are they unstoppable? No; in fact some marine microbes are virus-hunting specialists, and there are some interesting new findings with that.

Increase in black widow population presents bacterial risk

Scientists have identified that common house spiders can transmit bacteria that can infect people. In addition, with Noble False Widow spiders carrying strains of bacteria resistant common antibiotic treatments.

'Milestone' anti-ageing treatment restores sight in mice

Scientists said Wednesday they have restored sight in mice using a "milestone" treatment that returns cells to a more youthful state and could one day help treat glaucoma and other age-related diseases.

Electronic health records provider caught out in data breach Special

NTreatment, a technology company that manages electronic health and patient records for doctors and psychiatrists, left thousands of sensitive health records exposed to the Internet because one of its cloud servers wasn’t protected with a password.

Lab developing device to help Earth dodge asteroids

In a corner of the campus at Riga Technical University, a team of scientists is working on technology that could one day stop asteroids from smashing into Earth.

Parts of Doggerland survived a tsunami that hit 8,000 years ago

A new study suggests that parts of Doggerland, the land that once connected Britain with continental Europe, survived the devastation of the Storegga tsunami that struck the coast of the North Sea more than 8,000 years ago.

US scientists developing nasal spray to prevent Covid-19

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the biotech firm Regeneron are investigating whether technology developed for gene therapy can be used to make a nasal spray that will prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

British MPs bombarded by with three million monthly email attacks Special

It has been revealed that UK MPs have been targeted by around 2.8 million email attacks per month so far in 2020, according to new data compiled by a government watchdog. These are mostly phishing emails.

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed

The huge Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell to its ruin Tuesday, less than two weeks after the National Science Foundation said it was taking the telescope out of commission for safety reasons.

EU regulator to decide on Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab first

Europe's medicines regulator said Tuesday it would decide by December 29 whether to grant emergency approval to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Germany's BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer, ahead of a rival treatment from Moderna.

Tis the season for caroling, hot chocolate, and yuletide cheer

Christmas is more than just a holiday celebrating the birth of a savior. Christmas is a wonderful blend of Christian traditions and ancient customs practiced by 4th Century Germanic people and others. Together, these customs give us the Yule season.

Ransomware attack hits Baltimore County schools Special

The education sector is under increased threat from cyberattacks, especially as more learning platforms mover online and educational resources are provided from afar. The latest attack has struck schools in Baltimore County.

Essential Science: Bursting the COVID-19 bubble

Researchers working at Simon Fraser University have examined coronavirus transmission and which of the recommended approaches is the most effective at reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Cleaning up sloppy security will be among 2021's key actions Special

The challenges brought about by this year’s uncertainty are expected to shape some expectations for how Information Technology will organize through the course of 2021 and in terms of the strategies that IT leaders need to take.

Predictions: COVID-19, cloud, and consolidation Special

As the end of 2020 approaches, industry leaders are beginning to make predictions for what the new year will bring. This includes Franz Aman of MariaDB, who places a particular focus on cloud computing.

Hacker leaks credentials for 50,000 vulnerable Fortinet VPNs Special

A hacker has now leaked the credentials for almost 50,000 vulnerable Fortinet VPNs. The records taken related to several banks and other financial institutions. There are concerns that risks remain.

Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

Ahead of National Security Day in the U.S., a new poll finds that most citizens would agree that the growing amount of data, apps and devices makes it high time to create a new, more secure and controlled Internet.

UK's sole hydrogen car maker bets on green revolution

Hydrogen-powered car manufacturer Riversimple is hoping to steal a march on competitors ahead of Britain's promised "green revolution" that would see petrol-powered cars banned within 10 years.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Petition to White House requests action to save Arecibo telescope

After it was decided to demolish the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, scientists, experts, and many Puerto Ricans have taken to digital platforms to plead with the government to save the 57-year-old observatory.

TikTok improves accessibility with new photosensitivity feature Special

Popular video sharing app TikTok has introduced a new function to avoid seizures being triggered by those who can be affected by flashing images. This is the 'Skip All option'.

Alzheimer’s treatment rests on neuron fingerprints in the brain

Adopting an unconventional apporach, researchers have proposed that our memories create 'fingerprints'. These can reveal how the brain is organized. The significance of this is with helping to understand the causes of Alzheimer's disease.

Businesses beware: The social engineering fraud case Special

A recent report by Forrester and Pindrop examines COVID-19’s impact on the call center fraud. Social engineering – the tactic fraudsters used to gain access to GoDaddy domains –shows how fraudsters gain access to sensitive data and financial data.

REvil: Looking behind the new ransomware threat Special

Managed web hosting provider Managed.com has taken their servers and web hosting systems offline as they struggle to recover from a weekend REvil ransomware attack. We take a look at the form of the attack.

Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts

Covid-19 vaccine emergency approvals are around the corner, makers are preparing to ship millions of doses -- and experts are trying to reassure the public that the record-breaking speed of development hasn't compromised safety.

Fossil reveals 'buck-toothed toucan' that lived with dinosaurs

The discovery of a creature described as resembling a "buck-toothed toucan" that lived some 68 million years ago has upended assumptions about diversity in the birds that lived alongside dinosaurs.At less than nine centimetres (3.

Cyberattacks launched towards LSU Medical Centers Special

As part of the cyber-war directed to the U.S. health institutions, a new event has come to light. This is in the form of several cyberattacks directed towards Louisiana State University medical centers.

Are firms putting too much faith in managed service providers? Special

Companies attempt to use managed service providers to help to off-set some of the risks associated with IT security. Such providers can also help with addressing post-activity risks. While this model has worked well, more needs to be done going into 2021.

Prehistoric mega-shark raised its young in nurseries: study

The largest sharks ever to have roamed the oceans parked their young in shallow, warm-water nurseries where food was abundant and predators scarce until they could assume their title as kings and queens of the sea.
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