Black hole pictured for first time — in spectacular detail
The Event Horizon Telescope’s global network of radio dishes has produced the first-ever direct image of a black hole and its event horizon.
Tree sleuths are using DNA tests and machine vision to crack timber crimes. Scientists are optimistic that innovative techniques can pinpoint the true origin of timber.When 420 tonnes of deep crimson logs arrived at a Sri Lankan port in April 2014, customs officers cast a suspicious eye over them. The wood was en route from Zanzibar in Tanzania to Hong Kong, where it would probably be crafted into expensive furniture for the Chinese market. However, a tip-off from international police organization Interpol alerted Sri Lankan officials to the fact that the 3,669 rosewood logs were from Madagascar, which had banned such exports in 2010.
Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2 to the atmosphere, exacerbating climate warmingThawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, new University of Colorado Boulder research shows.
World Health Organization panel weighs in on CRISPR-babies debate
Advisory committee calls for a global registry of studies that involve editing the human genome.
The World Health Organization (WHO) should create a global registry of studies that involve editing the human genome, and research funders and publishers should require scientists to participate in it, a group advising the WHO said on 19 March.
Clouds’ cooling effect could vanish in a warmer world
High concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide can result in the dispersal of cloud banks that reflect roughly 30% of the sunlight that hits them.Low-lying cloud banks off the coast of California, Peru and Namibia are some of the planet’s most effective cooling systems, because they reflect sunlight back into space. But new climate simulations show that increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere could break up these cloud layers and exacerbate future warming.
The CRISPR-baby scandal: what’s next for human gene-editing
As concerns surge after a bombshell revelation, here are four questions about this fast-moving field.In the three months since He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls with edited genomes, the questions facing the scientific community have grown knottier.
The working group for the development of the “Strategy for Development of the Tatar People” has included more than 50 scientists and public figures.
The composition of the working group on the development of the “Strategy for the Development of the Tatar People” became known. It includes more than 50 scientists, public and religious figures, including from abroad, as well as officials. The working group on the preparation of the strategy was expected to be headed by Chairman of the national council of Milli Schura, vice-premier of the republic Vasil Shayhraziev.
Violent drug cartels stifle Mexican science
Abandoned projects and delayed research have become common problems as security issues crop up across the country.
A new type of blood vessel has been found in our bonesIt’s time to rewrite the anatomy books: a new kind of blood vessel has been discovered in our bones.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC establishes its own production of methanolTAIF PSC have signed contracts with the Danish company Haldor Topsoe and NIIK JSC, the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, for the construction of a new methanol production facility with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes a year.
Egypt and Pakistan had highest rise in research output in 2018
Global production of scientific papers hit an all-time high this year, estimates show, with emerging economies rising fastest.
Humans May Reverse a 50 Million Year Climate Trend After Just Two Centuries
50 million years ago, the world started cooling. The industrial revolution marked the beginning of the end of this climate trend.
Scientist doubts Solar Cycle 25 will ravage GPS-dependent economyThe peak of new solar activity, the 25th since the observations began, will fall on 2022-2023, Yuri Nagovitsyn, senior researcher from Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg told TASS on Tuesday.
Russian Arctic may become home to new astronomical observatoriesMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology is considering to build an observation base in Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The Russian Arctic, which is becoming more accessible thanks to global warming, can be convenient for astroclimate studies, space object observations and even greenhouse gas monitoring
Designer baby steps: World’s first ‘gene-edited’ children born in ChinaTwin girls have been born in China after their genes were edited to resist the HIV virus, a first for humankind, a Chinese geneticist claims.
China's ‘One Belt, One Road’ global investment plan mapped out
From 3 to 5 November 2018, Vice-President of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences Vadim Khomenko participated in the International Scientific Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative, which was held in Beijing.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative, proposed by Chinese authorities in the autumn of 2013. The ambitious project is aimed at creating infrastructure networks linking Europe, Asia and Africa.
''Flying Tatar man'' lands near theatre.
A monument to Rudolf Nuriyev opened in Kazan
A monument to Rudolf Nuriyev by Zurab Tsereteli opened near the Musa Dzhalil Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kazan. The author deliberately arrived in Kazan for several hours to be present in the ceremony and then visited Red Gates / Upstream interregional exhibition contest.
Genetically engineered viruses may become the next generation of warfare
Many technologies have dual use potential and can be applied to either civilian or defense projects, depending on the intent of those in charge.
German rocket technology led to the creation of V2 ballistic missiles in WW2 and later enabled the US to launch space exploration missions in the latter half of the 20th century. The technology also helped the US develop its own ballistic missile program.
TAIF and Toyo Engineering plan to produce methanol
TAIF Group of Companies and Toyo Engineering Corporation, which is part of Mitsui Group financial and industrial holding, have had long and trusting relations. The Japanese company took part in the design and supply of equipment for the Heavy Residues High Conversion Complex at TAIF-NK PJSC. Its technologies were used in the construction of the fourth stage of the polystyrene plant at Nizhnekamskneftekhim. A new joint project of TAIF and Toyo is also linked with NKNKH: the company plans to participate in the isoprene rubber plant's modernisation.
Russia’s oil output still has opportunities to growHowever, the country needs to overcome a number of obstacles to increasing production
Higher efficiency, more persistent government regulation and intensive competition may help the Russian oil industry further increase its production capacity. Although some analysts foresee an upcoming decline in Russia's oil production, such critical forecasts were not justified in the past.