Two years ago, China launched a space probe into orbit around Earth. Scientists nicknamed it Wukong, or Monkey King, after the hero of a 16th-century novel about a Buddhist monk’s long journey to India to secure religious texts. The probe’s job was to track and record cosmic rays, the streams of high-energy particles that constantly bombard Earth’s atmosphere from all corners of the universe.
2017 was a big year for gravitational wave science, which won this year’s Nobel Prize and caught four new detections, including the first-ever detection of two merging neutron stars. But there are still signals astrophysicists believe should exist but that the American Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, detectors and their European counterpart Virgo have yet to detect.
Scientists have peered deep into the heart of a key protein used in drug design and discovered dynamic structural features that may lead to new ways to target diseases. The protein, called the A2A adenosine receptor (A2aAR), is a member of the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family, which are the targets of roughly 40 percent of all approved pharmaceuticals.
The International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, today revealed the winners of the Huawei NEXT-IMAGE Awards—a global photography contest presented in collaboration with Huawei, the third largest smartphone brand in the world.
A local student at Calloway County Middle School produced the winning design for a T-shirt that was a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 West Kentucky Science Bowl T-Shirt Design Contest. Jayne Bishop, an eighth-grade student at CCMS, and member of the school’s Science Bowl team, came up with the winning design, which will be donned by her team. The shirt will not only be worn by members of the CCMS Science Bowl Team, but will be given to all participating students and coaches at the Feb. 2 middle school and Feb. 16 high school Science Bowl regionals at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Campus.
Annie Ostojic began winning state and national recognition for her scientific projects and inventions as a 9-year-old student at Frank Hammond Elementary School. Recently, Forbes Magazine named the 15-year-old Munster High School sophomore to its “30 Under 30” list joining more than 4,000 past game-changers such as basketball’s LeBron James and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The youngest named in this year’s energy category, Ostojic is the third-youngest selected for 2018.
Professor Pranita P Sarangi of the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee has been recently awarded Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award 2017 (IYBA-2017) by the government. According to IIT release, Sarangi was chosen for the award by the department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, Government of India, for her scientific achievements and proposed work in the field of cancer immunology.
“I regret this deeply, as it is my conviction that it is inside UNESCO and not outside it that states can best seek to overcome differences in the organization’s fields of competence,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. Israel submitted a letter to UNESCO on Friday announcing its withdrawal from the UN body effective on December 31, 2018.
A young eagle that hightailed it away from his nest was spotted hanging with his sibling in June. The juvenile eagle returned to Oak Bay after recuperating in Metchosin and Duncan after being rescued by a resident during a May wind storm. The young eagle was in fair body condition, weighs four kilograms and is estimated to be eight to nine weeks old. Bald eagles fledge around 10 to 13 weeks. A resident discovered the young eagle and with the help of Oak Bay Police Department officers took the bird to Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, a drop-off location for injured and distressed wild animals, open 24/7 and located by Mayfair Mall. The eaglet was given emergency care and was transferred to BC SPCA Wild ARC on Wednesday morning.
Alan Yang’s “goal” is to improve the way infectious diseases are tracked and treated, working as a physician-scientist at the front lines of patient care and conducting life-saving research. Pretty heady stuff, but then Yang is a pretty heady guy. The 21-year-old Dresher resident, a senior at Harvard University, is one of the 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States — a pool of 866 candidates were nominated by their colleges and universities — for 2018. The Rhodes Scholarship, considered one of the most prestigious in the world, is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Yang, who is majoring in molecular and cellular biology at Harvard, has “a perfect academic record across widely disparate academic disciplines, has done research in four different research groups, and has four publications in peer-reviewed journals,” according to a profile of him on the Rhodes website.