Sci/Tech

NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars

April 23, 2019 - NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely "marsquake." The faint seismic signal, detected...

Three-Antibiotic Cocktail Clears “Persister” Lyme Bacteria in Mouse Study

April 23, 2019 - A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a slow-growing variant form...

Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced

April 23, 2019 - Scientists have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes, completing the first major milestone of a five-year project...

Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back

April 22, 2019 - Incoming asteroids have been scarring our home planet for billions of years. This month humankind left our own mark on...

Earth observation image of the week: Easter Island

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over one of the most remote islands in the world: Easter Island. Located in the Pacific Ocean, over...

NOAA: Hurricane Michael upgraded to a Category 5 at time of U.S. landfall

April 19, 2019 - Scientists at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center conducted a detailed post-storm analysis on all the data available for Hurricane Michael and...

Why lightning often strikes twice

April 19, 2019 - In contrast to popular belief, lightning often does strike twice, but the reason why a lightning channel is 'reused' has...

What Earth’s gravity reveals about climate change

April 16, 2019 - On March 17, 2002, the German-US satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) were launched to map the global...

New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever

April 15, 2019 - Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in...

Plastic’s Carbon Footprint

April 15, 2019 - From campaigns against microplastics to news of the great Pacific garbage patch, public awareness is growing about the outsized effect...

Travel Through Wormholes is Possible, But Slow

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2019 -- A Harvard physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through...

Nitrous oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are 12 times higher than previously assumed

April 15, 2019 - About one fourth of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost. Now, these permanently frozen beds of soil, rock, and...

Astronaut Has No Lingering, Major Epigenetic Differences from Earthbound Twin Brother

April 11, 2019 - In a landmark study, a group of U.S. scientists from Johns Hopkins, Stanford University and other institutions has found no...

First black hole photo confirms Einstein’s theory of relativity

Finally dragged out of the shadows. Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration / Kevin Pimbblet, University of Hull April 11, 2019 - Black holes are long-time superstars of...

Students’ 3D model illustrates decline of Alaska glacier

April 10, 2019 - Matthew Balazs sits at his desk holding a plastic model of the Mendenhall Glacier and surrounding valley in his right...

Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole

April 10, 2019 - The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was...

Glaciers lose nine trillion tonnes of ice in half a century

April 8, 2019 - When we think of climate change, one of the first things to come to mind is melting polar ice. However,...

Study finds links between genetic, postal codes in kids’ health, behavior and social outcomes

Irvine, Calif., April 8, 2019 — Both genetic codes and postal codes influence children’s physical and mental health and behavioral and social outcomes, according...

Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers

April 8, 2019 - A million years ago, a longtime pattern of alternating glaciations and warm periods dramatically changed, when ice ages suddenly became...

What will happen to us and the other planets in our solar system when...

University of Warwick/Mark Garlick Christopher Manser, University of Warwick April 8, 2019 - If it weren’t for the sun constantly showering us with energy, there would...