Category: Science

An average of 1,100 Americans a day are losing their lives to coronavirus as death rate soars

The U.S. is expected to surpass the summer peak of deaths from COVID-19 and near early spring levels this coming week, per the COVID Tracking Project. The big picture: 1,321 people died from the virus on Saturday, as the seven-day…

In photos: Trump and Biden make final push for voters on the campaign trail

President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s contrasting styles and attitudes toward the coronavirus pandemic are starkly evident as they make last-ditch attempts to win the support of American voters. The big picture: Trump is holding packed rallies as…

Designers are Already Making Clothes for an Increasingly Hostile Future

Vollebak’s indestructible puffer. All images supplied What do you wear to an apocalypse?  It’s a hard thing to dress for, due in no small part to the fact that no one really knows when or how the world will end.…

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on Louisiana coast as Category 2 storm

Hurricane Zeta is “battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain,” per the National Hurricane Center. What’s happening: The hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph and stronger gusts after…

Coronavirus Can Survive 4 Weeks on Phone Screens and Cash, New Research Shows

Photo via Getty, Anthony Wallace / Contributor A team of Australian scientists has discovered that the virus responsible for COVID-19 can survive on the screens of smartphones, ATMs and self-serve checkouts, along with both paper and polymer banknotes for up to…

The World’s Most Powerful Camera Took 3,200-Megapixel Photos

An array of sensors designed to collect images of far-away galaxies has taken photos of objects on Earth that are 3,200 megapixels, the highest resolution ever. The array will next be integrated into a camera and sent to Chile, where…

Mathematicians Made a Basic Discovery in Shapes After 2,000 Years

The Greek philosopher Plato described a set of three-dimensional shapes in the Timeaus, a dialogue written in 360BC. These shapes, known as Platonic solids, are made by putting together polygonal faces that are identical in shape and size in a…
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Exploding Stars Created the Calcium in Our Bodies, Says Study

“We are made of star stuff,” the famous astronomer Carl Sagan had once said in an early 1980s television series about the cosmos, encapsulating the mind-boggling reality that our bodies are literally made of elements forged in the cores of…

Scientists are Renaming Dozens of Human Genes so Microsoft Excel Doesn’t Get Confused

Scientists have renamed some 27 human genes over the past year to stop Microsoft Excel misinterpreting their alphanumeric codes as dates. These alphanumeric codes, otherwise known as “symbols”, are used as a shorthand method for researchers to identify the tens…

Pessimists Die Two Years Younger Than Optimists, According to Study

People who are pessimistic about the future may well have a right to be, as new research indicates they’re likely to die earlier than their more optimistic counterparts. A study from QIMR Berghofer's Genetic Epidemiology group in Queensland, Australia, found…

Two Schoolgirls From India Just Discovered an Asteroid

As space enthusiasts prep to bid goodbye to the rare comet NEOWISE that has been visible almost all through this month, two girls from India have found another celestial body. The 14-year-olds spent the lockdown discovering an earth-bound asteroid, as…

COVID has Caused the Longest and Deepest Reduction in Human Noise on Record

In the months since the global coronavirus pandemic ground the world to a standstill, the human race has become quieter than any other time on record. An international team of researchers and seismologists analysed datasets from more than 300 seismic…

A Haywire Supernova Yeeted a Dead Star Across the Galaxy, Study Suggests

A dead star that is careening across the Milky Way at 900,000 kilometers per hour is likely a “supernova survivor” that blasted itself out of an orbital bond with another star, according to a new study. The speedy object, which…

The Left Case against Open Borders

As the readers of my blog know, the opinions I express here are strictly non-partisan and non-ideological. My main interest is to go where science leads. Ideological thinking is different from science in that in science data triumphs over theories.…