Science News Summary: Scientists Discover Herbivorous Dinosaur Remains In Chile; A rediscovered forgotten species brews promises and more

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Physical inactivity linked to a higher risk of COVID-19; New studies are trying to re-infect virus survivors

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. Physical inactivity is associated with higher COVID-19 risks

NASA achieves the Wright Brothers moment with the first helicopter flight on Mars

NASA scored a Wright Brothers moment in the 21st century on Monday when it hummed its miniature robotic helicopter, Ingenuity, over the surface of Mars for almost 40 seconds, propelling the first controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. US space agency officials hailed the 1.8 kg rotary wing aircraft’s short flight as an accomplishment that would pave the way for a new kind of aerial exploration on Mars and other solar system destinations such as Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan.

Amazon Receives 9 ULA Satellite Launchers For Broadband Internet Program Inc announced on Monday that it had secured nine United Launch Alliance (ULA) satellite launch vehicles to support the first deployment of its Project Kuiper broadband internet initiative. Atlas V launch vehicles from ULA, a joint missile company of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp., are the first of many vehicles to deploy Amazon’s satellite constellation in orbit.

Scientists in Chile discover the remains of herbivorous dinosaurs in the middle of the world’s driest desert

Scientists in Chile’s parched Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, have discovered the remains of a previously unknown species of dinosaur that lived millions of years ago amid lush greens in what is now a moonscape of rock and sand.

A team led by Chilean geologist Carlos Arévalo discovered the remains of Arackar licanantay, which means “Atacama bones” in the Kunza language, 75 kilometers south of the desert city of Copiapó. The so-called titanosaur had a small head and long neck and tail, and an unusually flat back compared to others like this one.

A forgotten species rediscovered is brewing promises for the future of coffee

In the dense tropical forests of Sierra Leone, scientists have discovered a type of coffee that has not been found in the wild for decades – a plant that they believe can help secure the future of this valuable raw material that has been threatened by climate change. The researchers said Monday that the species, called Coffea stenophylla, has greater tolerance to higher temperatures than Arabica coffee, which accounts for 56% of global production, and Robusta coffee, which accounts for 43%. The stenophylla coffee, they added, has a superior taste, similar to arabica.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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