Science News Roundup: New Kidney Problems Linked to ‘Long COVID; Don’t watch now: How a robot’s gaze can affect the human brain and more


Below is a summary of current science briefs.

US blocks Virgin Galactic flights pending investigation of incident

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday banned Virgin Galactic from flying its SpaceShipTwo until the agency approves its final investigation report into the incident of its July flight or determines that the problems do not affect public safety. The FAA confirmed on Wednesday it was investigating a deviation in the descent of the flight of the Virgin Galactic rocket plane that carried British billionaire Richard Branson to the edge of space / science / virgin-galactics -branson-ready-space-launch-aboard-rocket-plane-2021-07-11 on July 11.

New kidney problems linked to the “long COVID”; loss of smell may be followed by further distortions of smell

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been certified by peer review. ‘Long COVID’ linked to higher kidney risks

Don’t watch now: How a robot’s gaze can affect the human brain

It has long been known that eye contact with a robot can be a disturbing experience. Scientists even have a name for the feeling of unease: the “strange valley”. Now, thanks to researchers in Italy, we also know it’s more than just a feeling.

China develops prototype miniature helicopter for Mars missions

China has developed a prototype miniature helicopter for surveillance work on future Mars missions, according to its space science agency, following the historic landing of a robotic rover on the Red Planet a few months ago. . The prototype is similar in appearance to the Ingenuity robotic helicopter, developed by NASA for its Perseverance mission this year, according to a photograph posted Wednesday on the website of the National Space Science Center of China.

(With contributions from agencies.)


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