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23 September 2022 ultra-briefs roundup: The 2022 drought could be the most destructive ever recorded, the first Biopod, an autonomous terrestrial and space greenhouse, has just been unveiled, and there is an urgent need to develop a vaccine against all viruses in the Covid family -19: sarbecoviruses.

The scientific news of September 23, 2022 is:

In Climate: .

  • Millions of individual houses built on clay soils have been affected by the drought.

  • Insurers are doing their accounts: the total balance this year should exceed two billion euros in compensation.

  • The amount of compensation should triple by 2050.

In Nature and Environment: .

  • Interstellar Lab has unveiled its first BioPod, a self-contained, waterproof greenhouse that allows plants to grow on Earth, in space, and on the Moon…

  • The Biopod is inflatable, allowing for compact transportation, especially in the fairing of a rocket to the Moon.

  • If there is demand, an industrial production rate should be introduced from 2023.

In health : .

  • A new virus theoretically capable of infecting human cells has been discovered in Russia.

  • A member of the sarbecoviruses, a family of the Covid-19 virus, the Khosta 2 virus recalls the urgency of developing a universal vaccine against all sarbecoviruses.

  • Infection of animals with several different sarbecoviruses could lead them to share genetic material and give rise to potentially more dangerous viruses.

In the Milky Way: .

  • This hotspot may have been formed by magnetic interactions in the hot gas orbiting the Milky Way’s central black hole.

  • Located at a distance equivalent to that which separates the planet Mercury from the Sun, this strange object was identified thanks to data from the ALMA radio telescope.

  • These hot spots could be caused by magnetic interactions in the gas.

In Biodiversity: .

  • Road and rail infrastructure marks the landscape for several tens of millions of kilometers and seriously affects wildlife.

  • It is on this observation that the program was created.

  • “We must first ask ourselves why we are moving and if this mobility is really necessary to reduce the b[…]

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