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In a first, astronomers detect giant planet orbiting a dead star – CNET

The white dwarf, WD 1856, provides a snapshot of the fate that awaits our own solar system.

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Stop Saying Isaac Newton Was an Overachiever in Lockdown. Here’s The Reality – ScienceAlert

There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you…

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There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you for nothing.
But if you’re feeling guilty that your time in isolation hasn’t been as productive as his was reported to have been, go easy on yourself; his Annus Mirabilis wasn’t as mirabilis as you might think.
In a year short on inspiration and big on staring wistfully out of windows in hopes that 2021 has a little less plague, smoke,…

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Venus belongs to Russia, claims cosmonaut corporation director – msnNOW

A Russian space director claims that Venus is a Russian possession.

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A Russian space director claims that Venus is a Russian possession.
Everybody wants to rule the world, claims Tears for Fears, but Russia has set its sights beyond Earth.
Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos a Russian-run cosmonaut and aerospace research corporation indicated earlier this week that his nation is organizing an intragalactic mission to Venus, reported TASS.
We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldnt lag behind, asserted Rogo…

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Victoria records 21 new cases of coronavirus, seven deaths – WAtoday

Victoria has recorded just 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day and seven more deaths.

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“It is a combination of indoors which is 20 times more dangerous than outdoors. And the length of time you spend.
“There are brief encounters indoors, as you get your takeaway coffee, it is much less of a risk. But if you are indoors for a protracted period of time that is exactly when transmission occurs. People need to be aware of that.”
Since Monday, Victorians living alone have been allowed to visit a ‘bubble buddy’. Regional Victorians can now host up to five visitors from one nominated h…

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