Science News Roundup: Boeing’s Starliner space capsule launched on key test flight to orbit; Scientists neutralize viper venom with a compound in fruits and vegetables and more

Here is a summary of current scientific news.

Boeing’s Starliner space capsule launched on key test flight to orbit

Boeing’s new Starliner capsule launched on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station on Thursday, aiming to give the company much-needed success after more than two years of delays and costly setbacks. engineering. The gumball-shaped CST-100 Starliner lifted off shortly before 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) from U.S. Space Force Station Cape Canaveral in Florida, hovering atop an Atlas V rocket provided by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin United Launch Alliance (ULA) joint venture.

Scientists neutralize viper venom with compound from fruits and vegetables

A substance found in fruits and vegetables can neutralize the venom of a poisonous pit viper common across much of South America, Brazilian researchers have found. In Brazil, Bothrops jararaca, also known as “yarara”, is responsible for most of the approximately 26,000 snakebites recorded annually in the country, according to the Reptile Database Online.

Vaccination after infection can curb long COVID; Desktop ‘air curtains’ can deflect virus particles

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Post-infection vaccination may reduce long COVID

US launches $3.5 billion program to accelerate development of carbon removal technology

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday launched a program to fund four large-scale projects across the country that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, investing $3.5 billion in a nascent technology that it says the Biden administration, is necessary to achieve the goal of achieving net zero emissions. in the middle of the century. The agency issued an official notice saying it would fund the $3.5 billion program created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act of 2021 that would create four regional Direct Air Capture Centers to spur widespread deployment of carbon dioxide transport and storage technology and infrastructure.

Grunt, hoo, gasp, cry: chimpanzees use complex vocal communication

Scientists exploring the evolutionary origin of language have detected a vocal communication system in wild chimpanzees that is more complex and structured than previously known, with a dozen types of calls combined into hundreds of different sequences. The researchers made more than 4,800 recordings of vocalizations produced by members of three groups of chimpanzees inhabiting the Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire, one of the last major remnants of ancient rainforest in West Africa. and home to a rich array of plants and animals.

(With agency contributions.)