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Australia’s stinging trees: if the snakes and spiders don’t get you, the plants might | Irina Vetter, Edward Kalani Gilding and Thomas Durek – The Guardian

Noxious nettles with venom similar to that of scorpions are helping scientists understand pain and how to control it

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Australia is home to some of the worlds most dangerous wildlife. Anyone who spends time outdoors in eastern Australia is wise to keep an eye out for snakes, spiders, swooping birds, crocodiles, deadly cone snails and tiny toxic jellyfish.
But what not everybody knows is that even some of the trees will get you.
Our research on the venom of Australian stinging trees, found in the countrys north-east, shows these dangerous plants can inject unwary wanderers with chemicals much like those found i…

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Twenty years of the International Space Station – but was it worth it? – The Guardian

Has the ISS benefited society? Scientists are divided: for some, it’s a beacon of unity; for others, just a set for an action film

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Space scientists are preparing to celebrate a remarkable astronautical achievement. In a few days, they will mark the 20th anniversary of humanitys continuous presence in outer space.
For two decades, teams of astronauts have made their homes 250 miles above our planet through their uninterrupted occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). First inhabited by US astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko on 2 November 2000, the ISS has since provided…

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Humans Went to The Moon 50 Years Ago, But To No Planet Yet – Here’s Why – Webby Feed

Since we were all children, we’ve seen sci-fi movies where astronauts were flying boundlessly across space. What could possibly hinder such a scenario in real life…

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Since we were all children, we’ve seen sci-fi movies where astronauts were flying boundlessly across space. What could possibly hinder such a scenario in real life when humans already went to the Moon over half a century ago? Didn’t technology and science evolve tremendously since that huge event? Of course they did, but we still need something else.
In the era of Artificial Intelligence and supercomputers, it’s at least peculiar not to be able to go to another planet. Despite the fact that distances…

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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft – Sydney Morning Herald

The sample container on the end of the robot arm penetrated so deeply into the asteroid and with such force that rocks became wedged around the rim of the lid.

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We’re almost a victim of our own success here, Lauretta said at a hastily arranged news conference.
Lauretta said there is nothing flight controllers can do to clear the obstructions and prevent more bits of Bennu from escaping, other than to get the samples into their return capsule as soon as possible.
The asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft. Credit:AP
So, the flight team was scrambling to put the sample container into the capsule as early as Tuesday much sooner than originally planned…

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