• Inside the Sprint to Map the Asian Giant Hornet Genome

    “Sequencing the Asian giant hornet genome has been a real pushing-the-envelope sort of project for us,” says Anna Childers, a computational biologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, or ARS. Childers works in the agency’s Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, and leads its genome assembly group. Since 2011, scientists at the agency have been sequencing agriculturally important arthropods—not just bees, but flies, ticks, beetles, and lots of other bugs, too—as part of the agency’s contribution to the “i5k” initiative, itself one arm within a planet-scale sequencing moon shot known as the Earth BioGenome Project.

    I5k’s goal was to catalog the genomes of 5,000 species within five years. But as of yet, the sequences of only 78 organisms have been completed, according to the initiative’s database. Insect genomes, it turned out, proved particularly challenging to map. For one thing, their chitin-covered bodies are small, so there’s often

  • Google makes NASA artifacts and prehistoric crustaceans viewable in AR

    Google has made a number of prehistoric creatures and historical artifacts available to view in augmented reality in its Arts and Culture app, the company announced today. If you want to take a closer look at the ancient crustacean Cambropachycope from your living room without having to visit Moscow’s State Darwin Museum, for example, then now’s your chance. Or how about the Command Module from Apollo 11 or Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit?

    The announcement comes as many museums around the world are starting to open up after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close. However, in the immediate future, health and safety measures mean that many still aren’t as accessible as they once were. AR will have to suffice, even if it can’t quite match the sense of awe you get at seeing a 25.2 meter-long blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling above you in London’s Natural

  • This woman spread the saliva of pastor that died from COVID-19 on her face

    Indonesian health authorities in Batam have been on the hunt for a woman, Hertina Linda who smeared her face with the saliva of a deceased COVID-19 patient with worries that she will further spread the disease on the island. It is said that the deceased patient is the pastor of a church who died and was tested positive for COVID-19 on August 19th, 2020.

    Hertina was an active churchgoer and reports state that it could be likely that she smeared herself with the priest’s saliva as an act of defiance and “distrust” towards the virus.

    It also doesn’t help that as of 23 August 2020, Batam has confirmed 455 COVID-19 cases.

    Reports state that following the passing of a 47-year-old pastor to COVID-19 recently, 24 of his friends and family arranged a force pick-up from the BP Batam Hospital morgue.

    This is because at the time of his death he

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