India's second mission to moon rescheduled to July 22

India’s second unmanned mission to the moon, which was halted from launch three days ago due to a technical snag, will now take off on July 22, the Indian Space Research Organization said today. “Chandrayan 2, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, 2019, is now rescheduled at 2:43 pm…

Robo-journalism gains traction in shifting media

A text-generating "bot" nicknamed Tobi produced nearly 40,000 news stories about the results of the November 2018 elections in Switzerland for the media giant Tamedia -- in just five minutes. These kinds of artificial intelligence programs -- available for nearly a decade -- are becoming more widespread as news organizations turn to them to produce…

Dinosaur DNA found preserved in 75 million year-old fossil

Scientists have discovered organic material preserved in 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils, including cartilage cells, proteins, chromosomes, and DNA. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and North Carolina University in the US published a paper on National Science Review detailing the discovery. The organic material was found within the skull fragment of a Hypacrosaurus,…

Australian scientists make breakthrough on preventing dengue

Researchers from Australia’s national science body have successfully genetically engineered mosquitoes that are resistant to spreading dengue virus. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on Friday revealed that it has engineered the first breed of mosquitoes resistant to spreading all four types of the dengue virus. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused…

First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrates during astronaut graduation at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. The 13 astronauts, 11 from NASA and 2 from CSA, are the first candidates to graduate under the Artemis program and will become eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to…