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A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Twinkie stored in a basement for eight years has been transformed by fungi, giving scientists something unusual to ponder and probe.


Pluto Has White-Capped Mountains, But Not Because There's Snow

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mountains on Pluto look strikingly similar to white-capped peaks on Earth, but these cold, alien mountains got whitened in a completely different way.


2 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Genome Editing Research

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded for research into "rewriting the code of life." Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the U.S. are the laureates.


As Disasters Roil Earth, A New Sun Cycle Promises Calmer Weather — In Space

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The sun can affect people's electronics, the power grid and communications and navigation systems. But scientists predict that for the next decade or so, the sun's activity will not be too disruptive.


A Possible Sign Of Life Right Next Door To Earth, On Venus

Monday, September 14, 2020

Scientists have found a gas associated with living organisms in a region of Venus' atmosphere. They can't figure out how it got there if it didn't come from life.


The Hubble Space Telescope Still Works Great — Except When It Doesn't

Monday, September 07, 2020

None of us is perfect, and sometimes the Hubble Space Telescope just flat-out points to the wrong spot in the sky. This has been happening more than ever in the last couple of years.


Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix

Thursday, September 03, 2020

There's a lot that scientists don't know about how viral infections can interact. But researchers are eager to figure out how coronavirus infections might affect flu infections and vice versa.


Where Did Earth's Water Come From?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Scientists have long debated whether the Earth's water was here when the planet formed or whether it arrived later. A study suggests much of the water originated in rocks from which Earth is built.


Water, Water, Every Where — And Now Scientists Know Where It Came From

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Some unusual meteorites suggest that Earth got its water at its start, rather than forming dry and being watered by comets later on.


From Southern Hemisphere, Hints That U.S. May Be Spared Flu On Top Of COVID-19

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

So far this year, flu infections are way down in the Southern Hemisphere. Scientists want to know why — and what it means for the Northern Hemisphere as their flu season looms.


Coronavirus Safety Precautions Make Influenza Nearly Disappear In Southern Hemisphere

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Scientists say influenza has almost disappeared in the Southern Hemisphere due to COVID-19 precautions, suggesting the Northern Hemisphere may avoid the double whammy of the coronavirus and flu.


How Weather Detectives Scrutinize Would-Be World Records

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

When a weather station in Death Valley recorded a high of 130 degrees Sunday, it triggered an inquiry to verify the reading. Here's a look into the exacting process of vetting extreme weather claims.


It's No Pushover: How Researchers Assess World Records

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The temperature in Death Valley, Calif., reached 130 degrees over the weekend. It could be a world record for the highest temperature, but first scientists must verify it.


Cutting-Edge Research Shows How Hair Dulls Razor Blades

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Hair is soft compared with steel, but shaving can dull a razor surprisingly quickly. A new study examines exactly how a strand of hair can chip and crack a sharp blade.


Splashdown! SpaceX And NASA Astronauts Make History

Sunday, August 02, 2020

NASA and SpaceX are welcoming home two astronauts who splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico after several months on the International Space Station.


Beetles Dominate As Scientists Discover New Animal Species

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Beetles make up around 40% of all insect species ever described and around 25% of all animals. Are there really that many different kinds of beetles, or do scientists have a strong pro-beetle bias?


Astronauts Set To Return To Earth In First U.S. Splashdown In Decades

Friday, July 31, 2020

The two NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX craft to the International Space Station in May are scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday. But there's a hurricane forecast for the splashdown vicinity.


The First Gene-Altered Squid Has Thrilled Biologists

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Scientists have modified the genes of a squid, and genetically-altered octopuses could be coming soon.


Why One Dangerous Mosquito Developed A Taste For Human Blood

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Given the choice between an animal and a human, the Aedes aegypti species prefers ... us. A new study explains how that happened.


To Come To The Rescue Or Not? Rats, Like People, Take Cues From Bystanders

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Experiments in people have long shown that the presence of indifferent bystanders hurts the chances that someone will help a stranger in an emergency. Rats, it turns out, behave the same way.