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Wildlife scientists examine the great ‘human pause’ – BBC News

Tracking wildlife before, during and after lockdown will aim to analyse the slowdown in human activity.

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Bio-logging devices are trackers fitted to animals, like this Alpine ibex, that record their movements
A UK-led team has launched an initiative to track…

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Scientists sequence the 92-year-old mold that produced the first antibiotic, penicillin – CNN

Scientists have woken up Alexander Fleming’s original Pencillium mold and sequenced its genome for the first time. They say the information they have gleaned could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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(CNN)The accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, when mold contaminated one of his petri dishes, changed the course of modern medicine, with antibiotics key to the decline of many diseases over the course of the 20th century.
Now, scientists have woken up Fleming’s original Penicillium mold and sequenced its genome for the first time. They say the information they have gleaned could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.
“Remarkably after all this time spent…

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SpaceX pops Starship tank on purpose in explosive pressure test – Space.com

Rest in peace, SN7.1.

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SpaceX just popped another Starship
test tank.
The Starship SN7.1 tank was destroyed on purpose Tuesday night (Sept. 22) at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, during a pressure test designed to take the stainless-steel hardware to its bursting point. 
SpaceX has performed several other such tests, including one this past June that blew the top off the SN7 tank
. Such trials inform future iterations of Starship, the 100-passenger spacecraft Elon Musk’s company is developing to get people to Ma…

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The Origins of Stainless Steel Date Back Almost 1,000 Years Earlier Than We Realised – ScienceAlert

The history of today’s stainless steel industry can be traced back to the early 19th century, when scientists noticed iron-chromium alloys resisted corrosion by certain acids. New research, however, suggests a similar alloy was being developed much

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The history of today’s stainless steel industry can be traced back to the early 19th century, when scientists noticed iron-chromium alloys resisted corrosion by certain acids. New research, however, suggests a similar alloy was being developed much, much earlier than this even as far back as a thousand years ago.
Archaeologists have found what they think is evidence of low-chromium crucible steel in the 11th century in what is now Chahak in Iran, a long time and a long way away from the Europea…

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