Science News Summary: China Begins Construction of Fifth Missile Launch Site; Scientists are calling for a new investigation into COVID-19 origins and more

Below is a summary of the latest scientific news.

Scientists are calling for a new investigation into the origins of COVID-19 – with or without China

A joint China-World Health Organization (WHO) study on COVID-19 has failed to provide credible responses to the onset of the pandemic, and more stringent research is needed – with or without Beijing’s involvement, a group of international scientists and researchers said on Wednesday. The joint study published last week found that the most likely route of transmission for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was in bats and other wildlife. It all but ruled out the possibility that it had leaked from a lab.

Vaccinating adults seems to protect children around them. Cash opening event linked to 46 COVID-19 cases

The following is a roundup 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. Vaccinating adults seems to protect children too

Animal with five teeth: Chilean scientists discover skunks walking between dinosaurs

A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived in the age of the dinosaurs has been discovered in Chilean Patagonia. This is further evidence of the recent evidence that mammals roamed this part of South America much earlier than previously thought. Part of the fossilized jawbone of the five-toothed creature was discovered near the famous Torres del Paine National Park.

Shrinking lake meadows store more carbon than forests. Scientists run to see what’s left

Hundreds of kilometers from the nearest bank, ribbon-like fronds flutter in the ocean currents that sweep over an underwater mountain plateau the size of Switzerland. A remote-controlled camera glides through the sunlit turquoise waters of this corner of the western Indian Ocean and takes rare pictures of what scientists believe is the largest seagrass meadow in the world.

China begins building its fifth missile launch site

A port city in eastern China has embarked on an ambitious plan to build the country’s fifth rocket launch site to expand space infrastructure over the longer term and meet the demands of an anticipated boom in commercial missions. On April 1, an engineering company in the eastern province of Zhejiang won a tender for the construction of the launch pad in Ningbo City, as well as a section of the command center and an assembly and test facility. This is evident from a document published on the Ningbo Free Trade Zone website.

The remains of the Bulgarian cave reveal surprises about the earliest Homo sapiens in Europe

DNA obtained from remains found in a Bulgarian cave of three people who lived approximately 45,000 years ago reveals surprises about some of the first Homo sapiens populations to venture into Europe, including an extensive crossbreeding with Neanderthals and genetic links to today’s East Asians. Scientists said Wednesday they sequenced the genome of these three individuals – all men – using DNA obtained from a molar tooth and bone fragments discovered in the Bacho Kiro Cave near the town of Dryanovo, as well as a woman who about 35,000 years ago side lived at the same time? ˅.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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