Jade Rabbits and Cosmic Snowmen: Space News from the Closest and Farthest Reaches of the Solar System

January 10, 2019
From the closeness of the Moon to far beyond the orbit of Pluto, space probes have been making both headlines and history, with China successfully making humanity's first soft landing of a space probe (and rover!) on the far side... continued

The Polar Vortex is Forecast to make a Three-Way Split, Bringing Colder Weather South

January 8, 2019
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting that the northern polar vortex is likely to split once again later this month, into not just two, but three separate vortices that are expected to bring unseasonably cold and stormy weather... continued

A Traditional Irish Remedy may hold the Answer to Combating Superbug Infections

January 6, 2019
A research team that is searching for new ways of defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria have discovered that a sample of soil from a region in Northern Ireland traditionally known for its healing properties contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria that... continued

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