Science News Roundup: Bezos’ Blue Origin Completes Fifth Crewed Flight Launch; Chinese astronauts soar to space station as construction kicks into high gear and more

Here is a summary of current scientific news.

Crunch or desolation? : an AI trained to hear the sounds of coral life

When a team of scientists listened to an audio clip recorded underwater off the central islands of Indonesia, they heard what sounded like a campfire. Instead, it was a coral reef teeming with life, according to a study published last month by scientists from British and Indonesian universities, in which they used hundreds of these audio clips to train a program computer to monitor the health of a coral reef by listening to it.

Strong T-cell response in post-vaccine blood cancer patients; Often serious COVID breakthrough for cancer patients

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19 and cancer presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. Blood cancer patients show strong T-cell response to COVID vaccines

Bezos’ Blue Origin Completes Fifth Crewed Flight Launch

Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, completed its fifth crewed launch on Saturday after a New Shepard rocket backup system that failed to meet expectations delayed the trip last month. Blue Origin’s fourth flight landed successfully in March in West Texas after taking six passengers on a 10-minute journey to the far reaches of space.

Chinese astronauts soar to space station as construction kicks into high gear

China on Sunday sent three astronauts for a six-month mission to oversee a pivotal period of construction of its space station, the last modules of which are to be launched in the coming months. The space station, when completed by the end of the year, will mark a milestone in China’s three-decade manned space program, first approved in 1992 and originally named “Project 921”. It will also mark the beginning of permanent Chinese habitation in space.

(With agency contributions.)