Science News Roundup: Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur found on Isle of Wight; NASA to form science team to study UFOs and more

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Here is a summary of current scientific news.

Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur found on Isle of Wight

Fossilized bones unearthed on a rocky shoreline on England’s Isle of Wight are the remains of a carnivorous dinosaur that may be larger than any known from Europe, a beast that was a cousin of the largest dinosaur species carnivore never recorded. Paleontologists said on Thursday they found parts of the skeleton of the dinosaur, which lived around 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, including bones from the back, hips and tail, limb fragments but no skull or teeth. Based on the partial remains, they estimated the dinosaur to be over 33 feet (10 meters) long and possibly much longer.

NASA will form a scientific team to study UFOs

NASA said on Thursday it planned to assemble a team of scientists to examine “unidentified aerial phenomena” – commonly known as UFOs – in the latest sign of how seriously the US government is taking the issue. The US space agency said the focus will be on identifying what data is available, the best ways to collect future data, and how it can use that information to advance scientific understanding of the matter. NASA brought in David Spergel, who previously headed the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University, to lead the science team and Daniel Evans, Principal Investigator in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, to orchestrate the study.

Diabetes may increase long-term COVID risk; COVID in pregnancy is linked to problems with baby’s brain development

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Diabetes may increase long-term COVID risk

Tiny meteoroid tops $10 billion Webb Space Telescope

A tiny meteoroid hit the newly deployed James Webb Space Telescope in May, knocking one of its gold-plated mirrors out of alignment but not changing the orbiting observatory that is expected to become fully operational shortly, NASA said Wednesday. The small space rock hit the $10 billion telescope in late May and left a small but noticeable effect in the telescope’s data, NASA said in a statement, adding that it was the fifth and biggest impact on the telescope since its launch in December.

Astronomers ponder ‘cosmic mystery’ over powerful bursts of radio waves

Powerful bursts of radio waves emanating from a distant dwarf galaxy that has been detected using a huge telescope in China bring scientists one step closer to solving what has been called a lingering ‘cosmic mystery’ For years. Since its discovery in 2007, astronomers have struggled to understand what causes phenomena called fast radio bursts involving pulses of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from places inside our Milky Way and other galaxies. Radio waves have the longest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.

NASA to launch rockets from northern Australia for scientific studies

NASA will launch three rockets in a few weeks from northern Australia for scientific research, authorities said Wednesday, marking the first time the space agency has fired rockets from a commercial facility outside the United States. The Australian government has granted regulatory approval for the rockets to be launched from Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) private space center in Arnhem, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday.

(With agency contributions.)

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