Science & Tech

Venusian life-forms?

Science | There’s a long way to go from finding phosphine to finding life on Venus
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/17/20, 11:00 am

Headlines exploded this week with the possibility that life may exist on Venus. While scientists did make an exciting find, it’s much too early to make plans for contacting supposed weird-looking creatures hiding under the planet’s swirling clouds.

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Antibody anxieties

Science | Scientists explore how people develop immunity to COVID-19
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/03/20, 02:31 pm

Kathy Nyman, a 59-year-old nurse from Rochester, Minn., and her husband, a physician, both received COVID-19 diagnoses at the end of May. They recovered, and after testing negative, donated plasma twice at Mayo Clinic to support research into a treatment doctors hope will help patients recover from the disease faster.

Nyman said she is “really grateful that God brought us through it” and wants to do what she can to support research on the virus.

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Penguin math

Science | The flightless birds huddle with astounding geometric precision
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/27/20, 02:31 pm

During harsh Antarctic winters, temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit with winds up to 87 miles per hour. To stay warm, emperor penguins squeeze together in compact huddles that can include thousands of birds. But it turns out they don’t bunch together randomly.

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