NASA finds ‘water ice’ just below the surface of Mars
Dec 13, 2019

By Georgina Torbet To explore the solar system beyond our planet, one important factor is the ability to locate water which can be used for drinking and for creating rocket fuel. To assist in the hunt for water on neighboring Mars, NASA has released a “treasure map” of potential ice locations on the red planet. …

Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story?
Dec 12, 2019

By Ewen Callaway A cave-wall depiction of a pig and buffalo hunt is the world’s oldest recorded story, claim archaeologists who discovered the work on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The scientists say the scene is more than 44,000 years old. The 4.5-metre-long panel features reddish-brown forms that seem to depict human-like figures hunting local animal …

We Just Got an Updated Estimate For The Age of The Milky Way
Dec 11, 2019

By Matt Williams Like many other spiral galaxies in the Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy consists of two disk-like structures – the thin disk and the thick disk. The thick disk, which envelopes the thin disk, contains about 20 percent of the Milky Way’s stars and is thought to be the older of the pair …

NY Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Calling Vaccine Mandate ‘Religious Discrimination’
Dec 11, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Stone Good News – Science and Secularism Wins: In good news for public health and the cause of reason, a New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit by anti-vaxxers claiming the state’s law mandating vaccines for school children constitutes “religious discrimination.” The lawsuit objected to a new state law in New York …

Marianne Williamson’s Vaccine ‘Adviser’ Is an Anti-Vaxx Lawyer
Dec 11, 2019 · 3 

By Kelly Weill Long known for her science-defying stances on health issues, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she has advisers guiding her vaccine policy. On Tuesday, she named one: Jim Turner, a longtime lawyer for the anti-vaccine movement. He says he has no official ties with the campaign. Williamson, a self-help guru running for the Democratic nomination, …

NASA’s Finally Completed The Next Rocket to Take Us to The Moon, And It’s Glorious
Dec 10, 2019

By AFP NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency’s head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays. Towering 212 feet (65 meters), the equivalent of a 20-story building, The Space Launch System (SLS) is the tallest …

Gene therapy is facing its biggest challenge yet
Dec 9, 2019

By Heidi Ledford Grajevis Bakatunkanda’s mother knew the signs: when her son lost interest in dinner, that meant the pain was on its way. It would strike, like clockwork, nearly every week. Soon the shy, skinny boy would be at the hospital near their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where doctors would …

1 in 4 Canadians believe humans were created by God within the last 10,000 years: poll
Dec 6, 2019

By Simon Little A new poll has found a hefty minority (23 per cent) of Canadians reject the theory of evolution, and instead believe a god created humans within the last 10,000 years. The survey, conducted by Research Co., found 61 per cent of Canadians believe humans “definitely” or “probably” evolved from less-advanced life forms over millions …

Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’
Dec 6, 2019

By James Gallagher More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable with …

Nature’s ‘Brita Filter’ Is Dying and Nobody Knows Why
Dec 6, 2019

By Nathan Rott On “good” bad days, the shells lay open at the bottom of the river, shimmering in the refracted sunlight. Their insides, pearl white and picked clean of flesh, flicker against the dark riverbed like a beacon, alerting the world above to a problem below. “That’s what we look for in die-offs,” says …

Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind
Dec 5, 2019

By Alexandra Witze A spacecraft buzzing past the Sun has caught the best-ever glimpse of the birthplace of the solar wind — the stream of energized particles that floods outwards from the star. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spotted strange spikes in the wind, where particles speed up and flip the direction of the wind’s magnetic …

What If the Earth Was Flat?
Dec 4, 2019 · 1 

By Stephanie Pappas The Earth is a sphere. This is a simple fact that humans have known for thousands of years; it was incontrovertibly confirmed as soon as the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957 and it went … you know … around the globe. Nevertheless, a small but vocal group of …