Science News Roundup: YouTube to Explore NFT Features for Creators; NASA’s new space telescope reaches its destination in solar orbit and more

Here is a summary of current scientific news.

YouTube will explore NFT features for creators

YouTube is exploring features to allow its video creators to capitalize on non-fungible tokens, its chief executive said Tuesday, becoming the latest tech company to tap into a digital collectibles craze that has exploded over the past year. “We’re still focused on expanding the YouTube ecosystem to help creators take advantage of emerging technologies, including things like NFTs, while continuing to strengthen and improve creator and fan experiences on YouTube. YouTube,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a letter about the company’s 2022 priorities.

NASA’s new space telescope reaches its destination in solar orbit

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, designed to give the world unprecedented insight into infant galaxies in the early stages of the universe, arrived at its gravitational parking spot in orbit around the sun on Monday, nearly a million miles from Earth. With a final five-minute course-correcting push from his onboard rocket, Webb reached his destination at a position of gravitational equilibrium known as the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, arriving a month after launch. , NASA officials said.

Omicron survives longer on plastic and skin than previous variants; nose swab is best for rapid testing

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 They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Omicron survives longer on plastic and skin

COVID less severe with Omicron than with Delta, US study finds

The Omicron variant appears to result in less severe COVID-19 than seen in previous periods of high coronavirus transmission, including the Delta wave, with shorter hospital stays, less need for intensive care and fewer deaths, according to a researcher. new US study. However, the fast-spreading Omicron variant has led to record numbers of infections and hospitalizations, straining the US healthcare system.

Sinovac diet gets big boost from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or J&J COVID injections – study

A third booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson significantly increases antibody levels in those who have already received two doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine, a study has found. The study found that CoronaVac received the strongest boost from a viral vector or RNA shot, including against Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants, researchers from Brazil and the United States said Monday. University of Oxford.

China allows GM crops to promote food safety

China has released trial rules for approving genetically modified plants, paving the way for faster crop improvements as it seeks to bolster its food security. Gene editing – or modifying a plant’s genes to change or improve its performance – is considered by some scientists to be less risky than genetically modifying them, which involves the transfer of a foreign gene.

(With agency contributions.)