Debris from Chinese rocket burned up during reentry, space agency says – National

China’s space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and that most of it burned up early Sunday. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter, “An ocean reentry was always statistically the most likely. It appears […]

U.S. military has ‘no plan’ to stop falling Chinese rocket debris – National

The U.S. military — including its brand-new Space Force — has no plans to shoot down the out-of-control Chinese rocket core that’s expected to crash somewhere on Earth this weekend, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Austin said on Thursday that the U.S. will not intervene to stop the 21-tonne, 30-metre-long piece of space […]

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy in COVID-19 infections caused by B.1.351 variant – National

Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51 per cent against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43 per cent in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis published on Wednesday. The variant, known as B.1.351, carries mutations that […]

Alberta nurse with terminal breast cancer accepted into U.S. clinical trial

An Edmonton registered nurse with possibly less than a year left to live is hoping an innovative U.S. clinical trial will save her life. Shayla Wishloff, 26, has Stage 4 breast cancer. She was diagnosed at Stage 2 in 2019, and endured five months of chemotherapy, followed by a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, then […]

China launches main module for country’s 1st permanent space station – National

China on Thursday launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term, the latest success for a program that has realized a number of its growing ambitions in recent years. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony,” module blasted into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from the […]

‘Frenzy’ of hook-jawed sea worms spotted swarming off South Carolina – National

It’s a great time of year to enjoy the waters off Myrtle Beach, S.C. — as long as you don’t mind diving into a seething mass of hook-jawed, skin-piercing sea worms. South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources has released footage of thousands of young clamworms swarming in a Charleston harbour earlier this month, where […]

NASA successfully flies the first-ever helicopter on Mars – National

We have liftoff on Mars. NASA’s Ingenuity mission is living up to its name, after the successful launch of the first-ever helicopter to fly on Mars. NASA released photos and videos of the tiny Ingenuity aircraft hovering above the Martian surface on Monday morning, some 118 years after the first human-made aircraft flew on […]

First-ever human-monkey hybrid created in ‘chimera’ embryo experiment – National

Scientists have successfully combined human and monkey cells into a single living, growing embryo, in a major — and ethically complex — breakthrough for organ transplant research. But don’t worry: This isn’t the real-world prequel to a planet of the semi-human apes. At least, not yet. An international team of researchers added human stem […]

Leaked footage of ‘pyramid-shaped’ UFOs is real, Pentagon says – National

Newly leaked video of flashing, triangle-shaped objects that flew over a U.S. warship is real, the Pentagon said, after UFO investigators released the clip and several other puzzling photos online. The photos and videos were distributed by documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp, a Las Vegas-based reporter who has covered UFO-related stories for […]

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective 6 months after booster shot, data shows – National

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against the virus at least six months after receiving a second dose. Referencing data released Tuesday from its Phase III clinical trial, the pharmaceutical giant said in a press release its vaccine was up to 95 per cent effective against “severe cases […]