The Fast Radio Burst Mystery May Have Been Solved by a Close-To-Home Source

November 9, 2020
  Astronomers may have solved the mystery behind the source of the enigmatic phenomenon called fast radio bursts, powerful blasts of radio waves from far outside the Milky Way Galaxy that last for mere fractions of a second, with a... continued

Two Major Storms Break Two Major Records on Both Sides of the World

November 7, 2020
Two major cyclones broke records on opposite sides of the planet over the past week, with Typhoon Goni wreaking havoc in the Pacific as the strongest cyclone to make landfall in history, and Hurricane Eta tying 2020’s over-active hurricane season in the... continued

The Giant Awakens: Arctic Methane Deposits Have Started To Thaw

November 2, 2020
Large amounts of methane have been observed escaping from the seabed off of the northeastern coast of Siberia, emanating from previously-frozen pockets of the powerful greenhouse gas, a "sleeping giant" that threatens to trigger a global warming feedback loop that... continued

There’s Even More Water on the Moon, Hiding in Plain Daylight

October 30, 2020
NASA's high-flying SOFIA telescope has detected the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.  This development may make manned missions to our closest neighbor all the easier, as astronauts bound for the lunar surface won't have to... continued

U.S. COVID-19 Number Surge To Record Highs; Experts Warn Worst Is Yet To Come

October 26, 2020
The United States recorded the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on October 23, logging nearly 84,000 new cases, higher than the previous single-day peak reached in July. Sixteen individual states are reporting sharp increases in hospitalization rates, and health... continued

Cat Geoglyph Joins Nazca Menagerie

October 23, 2020
Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered a previously-undiscovered member of the Nazca Line family: the image of a giant cat, etched into the side of a hill initially intended to be the site of a new tourist path. This formidable feline... continued

This September Was the Hottest Month on Record: Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year?

October 22, 2020
Despite the presence of a La Niña event in the Pacific Ocean, the year 2020 continues to heat up, with September of this year coming in as the hottest one on record, beating September 2015 and 2016's former top spot.... continued

Remdesivir Falls Through as a COVID-19 Treatment

October 20, 2020
A large-scale clinical trial conducted by the World Health Organization has determined that Gilead Sciences Inc.'s remdesivir had little or no effect on COVID-19 patients' chances of survival or length of hospital stay. The antiviral drug had been granted Emergency... continued

Room Temperature Superconductivity Has Been Achieved

October 17, 2020
Researchers at the University of Rochester have produced a material that is superconductive at room temperature, the holy grail of materials development that holds the potential to revolutionize virtually every aspect of modern technology—all without the need for bulky refrigeration... continued

Meet the New and Evolved Human, Now With an Extra Blood Vessel in Our Arms

October 15, 2020
Evolutionary researchers in Australia and Germany have found evidence for the continuing physical evolution of the human species, through the increasing presence in modern humans of a third major artery in our forearms. Typically, the job of supplying blood to... continued