NASA’s “Icon and Brilliant Mathematician” Katherine Johnson Has Died

February 28, 2020
Pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson died on February 24, 2020, at the age of 101. Johnson's calculations were critical in ensuring the success of the early Mercury and Apollo spaceflight missions. Along with fellow mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, Johnson was... continued

COVID-19 Update: The Outbreak Spreads Outside of China, With Elderly Patients Most at Risk

February 26, 2020
(Updated Feb 26 15:30 PST to reflect current numbers) Although it is not yet declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the world's nations need to prepare to deal with the spread of the fast-spreading... continued

Despite Rapid Arctic Ice Growth, January 2020 was the Hottest on Record

February 24, 2020
January 2020 was the warmest January on record, according to both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Copernicus Climate Change Service system. Global average temperatures for the month came in at 1.14°C (2.05°F) above the 20th-century average, and beat the... continued

New Nanowire Device Literally Produces Electricity out of Thin Air

February 21, 2020
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device made out of bacterial nanowires that uses only moisture from the atmosphere to generate a current of electricity—basically, this device can produce energy out of thin air... literally. The... continued

Is the Slowdown of the North Atlantic Current Making Europe’s Winter Storms Worse?

February 19, 2020
Northern Europe has been hit hard by a rapid succession of winter storms that have resulted in extensive flooding and storm damage across Europe, with the last two extratropical cyclones, Storms Ciara and Dennis, leaving 24 dead along paths that stretched from North America... continued

The Solar System Had a Gentle Formation, According to a Trans-Neptunian Snowman

February 18, 2020
Data collected from the New Horizons space probe's 2019 flyby of a snowman-shaped object at the edge of the solar system has settled a debate about how the early solar system formed. Previously, there had been two prevailing theories regarding how this happened: either the matter in the proto-planetary disk... continued

Antarctica Sets a New High Temperature Record

February 14, 2020
A record-high temperature was recorded in Antarctica on February 6, with the thermometer hitting 18.3°C (64.9°F) at Esperanza Base, on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, according to Argentina's Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN). This temperature beats the previous record... continued

Coronavirus Death of Whistleblower Doctor Sparks Outrage in China

February 13, 2020
Chinese citizens are outraged over the death of Li Wenliang, a 33-year-old doctor that was amongst a group of whistleblowers censured by authorities for trying to warn their colleagues about the potential spread of what would later be identified as... continued

UK’s RAF to Release of Their Archive of UFO Reports

February 7, 2020
The Royal Air Force in the UK has announced that they will publish their archive of UFO reports online sometime in the first quarter of 2020. This follows a series of releases made by the Ministry of Defence, with the... continued

Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update

February 6, 2020
(Updated Feb 06 15:15 PST to reflect current numbers) The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern after its emergency committee convened on January 30, in response to... continued