Science News Roundup: Chinese researchers suggest deflecting “Armageddon” asteroids with rockets; Bezos, Branson and Musk: Who’s Winning the Space Tourism Race? and more


Here is a summary of current science briefs.

Factbox-Bezos, Branson and Musk: who’s winning the space tourism race?

Three billionaire entrepreneurs – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson – each compete to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel. Here’s how their rival companies stack up against each other in the race to open up space travel.

Vaccines can stop new viral mutations; teens use carbonated drinks to fake positive COVID-19 tests

The following is a summary of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. COVID-19 vaccines could curb new viral mutations

Chinese researchers suggest deflecting “Armageddon” asteroids with rockets

Chinese researchers want to send more than 20 of China’s biggest rockets to practice deflecting a sizable asteroid – a technique that could possibly be crucial if a killer rock is on a collision course with Earth. The idea is more than science fiction. Between late 2021 and early 2022, the United States will launch a robotic spacecraft to intercept two asteroids relatively close to Earth.

(With contributions from agencies.)


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