COVID-19 Has Killed Two Hundred Thousand Americans

September 26, 2020
On September 22, 2020, the United States marked a grim milestone in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the coronavirus having killed its 200,000th victim. The number of American casualties currently stands at 203,800, the highest of any single nation in... continued

It’s All Greek To Me: NHC Runs Out of Names for Atlantic Storms, With More on the Way

September 24, 2020
For only the second time in history, the National Hurricane Center has run out of names for tropical storm systems that have formed in the Atlantic in a given season, having to resort to labeling new storms with the backup... continued

A Long-Abandoned Idea From Einstein May Transport Us to the Stars

September 22, 2020
Long-range space exploration is currently hamstrung by having to accelerate spacecraft in comparative fits and starts using rocket engines that can only fire for a few minutes at a time, followed by months, years, and even decades of the spacecraft... continued

Astronomers Have Detected Potential Signs of Life in the Clouds of Venus

September 19, 2020
For the last few decades NASA has been leaving few stones on the surface of Mars unturned—quite literally in some cases—in the search for extraterrestrial life within our own Solar System. But now an international team of researchers has found... continued

False Rumors About West Coast Wildfires Spread Quickly, Detracting from Core Issues

September 15, 2020
Authorities in Oregon have been calling on the public to refrain from sharing unsubstantiated rumors currently spreading on social media that claim that political extremist groups have been deliberately starting the fires that have ravaged nearly 1 million acres of... continued

A Canadian Tourist May Have Been Stricken With “Havana Syndrome”

September 10, 2020
Earlier this year, a Canadian tourist became the first known civilian to exhibit symptoms consistent with a mysterious affliction previously only seen in U.S. and Canadian diplomats, dubbed "Havana syndrome" by researchers that leaves its victims with a range of neurological... continued

The Study Results for Russia’s Controversial Sputnik V Vaccine Have Been Released

September 8, 2020
Details of the Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials conducted on Russia's controversial Sputnik V vaccine were released on September 4, nearly four weeks after Moscow's approval of the yet-unproven COVID-19 inoculant. The paper, published in the medical journal The... continued

Secret Comet or Derelict Alien Vehicle: Interstellar Object ʻOumuamua’ Continues to Defy Explanation

September 4, 2020
Astrophysicists are back to square one in trying to attach a conventional explanation to the oddity presented by ʻOumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through the Solar System. While making its close pass to the Sun, ʻOumuamua sped up... continued

A Rash of “Absolutely Barbaric” Horse Mutilations Have France’s Equine Community on Edge

September 2, 2020
Authorities in France are investigating a series of horse killings that involve the mutilation of the animals' bodies that resemble the untold number of cases of cattle mutilation that have plagued livestock owners in North America for decades. While it is still... continued

NHC Issues Special Forecast for Four Atlantic Weather Systems in the Midst of a Record-Breaking Season

September 1, 2020
The National Hurricane Center issued a special forecast on August 30 regarding the formation of four new weather systems that have the potential to develop into major storms, with one having a high probability of making landfall in Central America.... continued