@Science A new Science study evaluating effectiveness of the BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine against the #Omicron variant indicates a third dose neutralizes Omicron at a similar order of magnitude as was observed after two doses of the vaccine against wild-type #SARSCoV2. Read more: https://fcld.ly/eti72ft
Try The Nematode Game, developed by Bennet Sakelaris. It is a C. elegans version of the famous arcade game “Snake”. It is featured in an article in the Journal of Neurogenetics.
“To the limits of our knowledge as humans, we’ve analysed and tested just about everything we could. You put the greatest minds on it, you have a plan, and then you’ve just got to have faith and believe it’s going to work.”
Engineer Michael Kaplan, who kicked off the planning of the James Webb Space Telescope in the 1990s, gives insight into how the wildly ambitious project came to be — and what comes next. (The Times of Israel | 19 min read)
The first picture of Aurora 📷
130 years ago the German astronomer Martin Brendel made the first-ever picture of the polar lights. Together with his colleague, german geographer Otto Baschin, on January 1, 1892, he arrived at Alta fjord near Bossekop in northern Norway to study the Northern Lights and conduct magnetic field measurements. Brendel began photographing the aurora the next day, and his first extant photograph (the first ever) was taken on January 5, 1892.
Look how photos of the aurora borealis have changed over time @StarWalk
Humanity has just been given a front-row seat to a Mars landing, thanks to a high-resolution, full-colour video that NASA released of its Perseverance rover descending into Jezero Crater on 18 February.
The video shows the drama of the spacecraft’s final descent, from the 21.5-metre-wide parachute billowing overhead to slow it down, to the dusty orange landscape of Jezero gently rocking below as Perseverance drifted downwards, to the final moments when the rover’s six corrugated wheels touched down on a flat, rock-studded surface.
Photo credit: (J. Martin and E. Olson, Northland College/Olson et al. 2021, Scientific Reports)