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This Week In Science!

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Previously Unknown Type Of Archaic Human Discovered In Israel 

The remains of a new type of hominin has been unearthed at a site near the city of Ramla, Israel. The population – known as the “Nesher Ramla Homo” – shows a combination of archaic human and Neanderthal features. Researchers say that this population most likely lived 400,000 to 120,000 years ago, produced stone tools, and interacted with the local Homo sapiens

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First Cancer Patient Receives mRNA Melanoma Vaccine In New Clinical Trial 

BioNTech has announced that the first patient has received their new mRNA melanoma vaccine in a Phase 2 trial. The vaccine, named BNT111, will hopefully induce the production of antibodies against cancer antigens, harnessing the immune response to tackle metastatic melanoma. In the trial, the vaccine will be combined with an existing immunotherapy drug. This is not the only mRNA cancer vaccine the company is working on, with vaccines for other cancer types being tested. 

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A Mega Comet Or Minor Planet Is Approaching On A Very Eccentric Orbit 

An object with a very eccentric orbit that could be the largest comet ever seen, around 100 kilometers wide and 370 kilometers across, will soon be paying us a visit. Named 2014 UN271, the first images of this object were taken as part of the Dark Energy Survey in 2014, but remained unnoticed at that time despite possibly being as large as a dwarf planet. 

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Watch The World's First Flying Racing Car Blast Around A Track In Historic Test Flight 

A new flying vehicle has been successfully tested on a racetrack under the supervision of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 EXA is an eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle that can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Alauda hopes that this vehicle will usher in a new era of racing, complete with remote pilots and F1-style pit stops. 

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Arctic Dinosaur Nursery Reveals Best Evidence Yet They Were Warm-Blooded 

A new study has unveiled evidence that many different dinosaur species nested in the Arctic, supporting the argument that dinosaurs were in fact warm-blooded. The researchers found hundreds of bone and teeth samples from baby dinosaurs in northern Alaska from many different families, suggesting that the creatures were year-round residents of the chilly region.  

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The "Windcatcher": Bigger Than The Eiffel Tower And Can Power 80,000 Homes, Say Developers 

With climate change an ever-present concern, renewable energy is incredibly important to protect our planet. Wind Catching Systems AS has proposed a huge offshore sail named the Windcatcher to better harness the power of the wind. We talk to their CFO Ronny Karlsen about this new innovation. 

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