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Self-healing concrete, gemstones on Mars, a viable alternative to palm oil and more

World’s First Vaccine for Honeybees Approved The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made a significant advancement in the mission to save honeybees and will be using the world’s first vaccine produced to protect the insects from American foulbrood disease. Caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae, it’s a fatal disease for bees that’s easily spread between hives and has been devastating for honeybee colonies. Developed …

Scientists Discover Gemstones on Mars

Researchers at Arizona State University working with NASA-affiliated scientists have found that the surface of Mars houses a supply of opal. The semi-precious gemstones form when silica dissolves in water—a process that suggests the region may have once held far more water than we believe. Since water and silica can be separated, the existence of opals also acts as a possible future water source, supporting the …

A Peaceful Message from NASA’s InSight Lander on Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander, a groundbreaking “robotic geologist” that touched down in the Red Planet’s Elysium Planitia back in November 2018, may be approaching its final transmissions as windblown dust has clogged its power supply. “My power’s really low, so this may be the last image I can send. Don’t worry about me though: my time here has been both productive and serene. If I can keep talking …