Happy New Year, from the Far Edge of the Solar System!

January 3, 2019
Extending its mission well past 2015's groundbreaking exploration of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass on New Year's Day with the distant trans-Neptunian object (486958) 2014 MU69, better known by its nickname, Ultima Thule. This event is... continued

Looking to Nature for Inspiration on how to Draw Water out of Thin Air

January 1, 2019
Efforts to supply arid regions with water have been undertaken ever since humanity began spreading into the world's deserts, with ingenious methods being invented throughout history to hydrate populations and their agriculture in deserts and mountains. This problem is becoming... continued

2018 UN Climate Summit Sets Out Rules for Combating Global Warming

December 27, 2018
The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP24, has concluded its 13-day series of negotiations and deliberations, hosted in the Polish city of Katowice. The conference focused on how the world will push forward in curbing human-generated... continued

“Walkin’ in a (Martian) Winter Wonderland!”

December 25, 2018
Although it's found on another planet altogether, there's a permanent "winter wonderland" on Mars that would never suffer a green Christmas -- or a red one, as the case may be. The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter used its... continued

Welcome to the Anthropocene Epoch: The Age of the… Chicken?

December 22, 2018
Unofficially, we are living in an era that some scientists call the Anthropocene epoch, due to the indelible impact humankind has made on the geology and ecology of the planet Earth. Our influence can be seen in areas such as... continued

Russian HAARP Array Conducts Joint Chinese/Russian Atmospheric Experiments

December 20, 2018
Earlier this year, China and Russia conducted a series of experiments that caused a disturbance high in the atmosphere, aimed at testing ionospheric manipulation technologies for military purposes, according to scientists involved in the experiments. Such experiments advance the understanding... continued

Prehistoric Supernovae may have been Responsible for a 2.6 Million-Year-Old Mass-Extinction Event

December 18, 2018
Although we're familiar with Earth's major extinction events being caused by calamities such as large asteroid strikes or severe disruptions to the planet's climate, researchers have uncovered evidence that the recently-discovered mass extinction of large marine mammals toward the end... continued

Both Arctic and Antarctic Ice is Melting Faster Than Ever

December 13, 2018
New studies investigating the ice found at the planet's polar regions are reporting that a precarious situation appears to be unfolding at the ends of the Earth, with the increased melting of both sea and glacial ice in the Arctic... continued

New AI Masters Three Classic Board Games — By Teaching Itself How to Play!

December 12, 2018
Artificial intelligence developer DeepMind has produced an AI program that can best any human -- and any game-playing program, for that matter -- in a number of classic board games. This new AI, called AlphaZero, is based on an earlier... continued

CO2 Emissions Rose Dramatically in 2018, and a new El Niño May Break More Temperature Records

December 9, 2018
Despite calls by the scientific community for the world to dramatically cut greenhouse gas production to address the problem of global warming, worldwide carbon dioxide emissions rose by 2.7 percent over the course of 2018, the largest increase seen in... continued