Chimps learn ‘handshakes’ according to social group: study

Chimpanzees develop specific handshake-like gestures depending on their social group, according to the results of a 12-year observational study shedding light on the animals’ complex social structures. Chimps are often referred to as being the most “humanlike” species, given their propensity to perform complicated tasks, such as tool use, long thought to be the sole preserve of mankind. An expert …

NASA’s Venus missions to probe divergent fate of Earth’s hothouse sister planet

NASA announced plans to launch a pair of missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 – its first in decades – to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth’s sister planet and better understand why the two emerged so differently. The U.S. space agency said it was awarding about 500 million dollars each to develop the two missions, dubbed …

Chinese foreign minister puts forward suggestions for China-ASEAN relations

The foreign ministers of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered on June 7 for a Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations. The meeting in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality was co-chaired by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the …

French restaurant serves up food of the future: insects

Laurent Veyet’s tasting menu is not for the faint-hearted, but may point to the future of feeding a booming world population – there is a prawn salad with yellow mealworm, crunchy insects on a bed of vegetables and chocolate-coated grasshoppers. As sun bathed the outdoor restaurant terraces in Paris, Veyet’s ornate dishes were winning approving nods and murmurs of satisfaction …

Biden, First Lady to visit the Queen in Buckingham

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will meet the President of the United States, Joe Biden, in London on June 13, the Buckingham Palace announced. The Royal Family official account tweeted, “The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 13th June 2021.” The meeting will be the queen’s …

Thailand’s first AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Philippines delayed, government adviser says

Delivery to the Philippines of the first batches of a promised 17 million doses of Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccines has been delayed by several weeks and reduced in size, a Philippine presidential adviser said. The delay raises questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine distribution plan in Southeast Asia, which depends on 200 million doses made in Thailand by Siam Bioscience, a company owned …

NCOV UPDATE 6/9

As of 5 p.m. on June 9, there were over 174 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 3.7 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 158 million recoveries. The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 34 million confirmed cases and over 613,000 …

Pope Francis offers advice for when prayers seem to go unanswered

Pope Francis confronted the “scandal” of prayers that seem to go unanswered during his general audience by pointing to the hope found in the Resurrection, “when all human longings … will be fulfilled.” The pope asked pilgrims gathered in Vatican City’s San Damaso Courtyard, “When people pray with a sincere heart, when they ask for things that correspond to the …

Immunizing children: Ethical hot potato

There are concerns administering the coronavirus vaccine to children, who are less vulnerable to severe disease, will delay rich countries’ donations of excess jabs to low-income nations, which are mainly dependent on charity to inoculate their populations. According to the World Health Organization, less than 0.5 percent of vaccine supply has so far gone to low-income countries, something the WHO’s …