News at a glance
In science news around the world, in former President Donald Trump’s waning days in office, his administration releases a flurry of controversial decisions involving science. President Joe Biden names geneticist Eric Lander as his science adviser. Biden also announces a $400 billion plan to tackle the “dismal failure” of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, safely reopen schools by March, and ramp up testing people for the pandemic coronavirus. Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park test positive for the COVID-19 virus and develop coughs, marking the first known cases in nonhuman apes. Scientists at NASA and the German Aerospace Center call off a 2-year effort to rescue the InSight lander’s failed, rod-shaped heat probe; it had been designed to reveal clues about how the planet formed.
Published at Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:39:05 +0000