Here is a summary of current scientific news.
EU to promote ‘buzz lines’ to help reverse bee decline by 2030
‘Buzzlines’ for bees and other pollinators where they could travel across Europe and find food and shelter were among the measures proposed by the EU’s executive body on Tuesday to reverse the decline of vital insects for agricultural production. Currently, one in 10 bee and butterfly species and one in three hoverfly species are threatened with extinction.
US to test nuclear-powered spacecraft by 2027
The United States plans to test a nuclear fission-powered spacecraft engine by 2027 as part of a long-term effort by NASA to demonstrate more efficient methods of propelling astronauts to Mars in the future. , the head of the space agency said on Tuesday. NASA will partner with the US military’s research and development agency, DARPA, to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion engine and launch it into space “as early as 2027”, the NASA administrator says , Bill Nelson, at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
What is the “doomsday clock” and how does it work?
Atomic scientists reset the “doomsday clock” on Tuesday, moving its hands 90 seconds to midnight – closer than ever to the threat of annihilation.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE CLOCK?
Rocket Lab expands launch footprint with first US mission
Rocket Lab launched its first mission from U.S. soil on Tuesday, kicking off an expansion of the company’s launch activity that adds to an increase in private rocket activity at U.S. spaceports. The Long Beach, Calif.-based company’s Electron rocket, a 40-foot-tall expandable launch vehicle, lifted off at 6:00 p.m. EST from its new launch pad at the NASA-operated Wallops Flight Facility on the Wallops Island, Virginia.
‘Doomsday Clock’ jumps from 90 seconds to midnight as nuclear threat rises
Atomic scientists set the doomsday clock closer than ever to midnight on Tuesday, saying threats of nuclear war, disease and climate volatility have been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, putting humanity at greater risk of annihilation. The “Doomsday Clock”, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to illustrate how close humanity is to the end of the world, has moved its “time” in 2023 to 90 seconds from midnight, or 10 seconds closer than it has been for the last three years.
(With agency contributions.)