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More people are going to space, but diversity is still grounded

Space | Analysis 20 May 2021 By Leah Crane Billionaire Jared Isaacman will command SpaceX’s Inspiration4 missionPATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty ImagesSpace isn’t just for the professionals any more, as several high-profile rocket-makers are gearing up to send civilians above the atmosphere. But with price tags in the millions, we are still far from the…

Breastfeeding and covid-19 vaccines

Health | Analysis 20 May 2021 By Penny Sarchet A woman holds her baby after a home birth Layland Masuda/Getty ImagesFollowing a change in official guidance in April, people who are breastfeeding in the UK have now been given the green light to receive a covid-19 vaccination. This is great news. But in the absence…

On the hunt for platypus DNA in Australia’s waterways

By Donna Lu Farley Connelly at EnviroDNA teaches volunteers how to take samplesDonna Lu“Platypus and fish are all shedding DNA into the water – it can be skin cells, hair cells, scales,” says ecologist Josh Griffiths. “A lot of it is actually urine and faeces – which, next time you’re swimming in the river, is…

China is about to land its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars

By Leah Crane Artist’s impression of the Zhurong rover on MarsCNSAChina’s first Mars rover is about to land. The rover, named Zhurong, has been orbiting Mars aboard the Tianwen-1 spacecraft since February. It is expected to touch down on the surface of Mars on 14 May around 23:11 UTC. Tianwen-1 is China’s second interplanetary mission,…