Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine
Jul 29, 2020 · 5 

By Will Sommer A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald …

Humans Are About to Return a Rock to The Surface of Mars After 600,000 Years
Jul 28, 2020

By David Nield Humans are about to make history by sending a little piece of a Martian rock back to the surface of Mars for the first time ever. The meteorite fragment Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (or SaU 008) will hitch a ride on the 2020 NASA Perseverance rover mission on Thursday – some 600,000 years after …

Neanderthal gene linked to increased pain sensitivity
Jul 27, 2020

By Ewen Callaway Neanderthals lived hard lives. The ice-age hunter-gatherers eked out a living across western Eurasia, hunting mammoths, bison and other dangerous animals. Despite their rough and tumble existence, Neanderthals had a biological predisposition to a heightened sense of pain, finds a first-of-its kind genome study published in Current Biology on 23 July1. Evolutionary geneticists found …

3 Great Mysteries About Life on Mars
Jul 24, 2020

By Becky Ferreira Mars is the most explored planet in the solar system other than Earth. With all of our robotic visitors there, we’ve discovered that it is a world far too dry, cold and irradiated to support the scheming humanoids or tentacled invaders once imagined by science fiction. But our trips to Mars have …

Warped Starlight Could Be The Signpost That Points to Dark Matter in The Milky Way
Jul 23, 2020

By Michelle Starr When we peer out into intergalactic space, evidence for dark matter is everywhere. It’s in the rotation of galaxies, which cannot be accounted for by observable matter alone. It’s in the way galaxies cluster together, and the path of light as it travels through the Universe. We can’t see dark matter directly, but the …

Scientists unveil largest 3D map of the universe ever
Jul 22, 2020

By Brandon Specktor After five years of peering into the deepest reaches of space, researchers have released what they call the “largest three-dimensional map of the universe” ever. No, you cannot see your house. The mind-boggling map is the result of an ongoing project called the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) — an ambitious, international …

Nature’s Noisiest Liars Carry Secrets in Their Calls
Jul 21, 2020

By Joshua Sokol A beast calls in the distance. Hearing a low rumble, you might imagine the source will be an unholy cross between a wild boar and a chain saw. The message is unmistakable: I’m here, I’m huge and you can either come mate with me or stay out of my way. Surprise! It’s …

Oxford vaccine prompts immune response, shows promise in early results
Jul 20, 2020

By Yasemin Saplakoglu One of the leading coronavirus vaccine candidates shows promise in early trials, triggering participants to build up immune cells against the virus without causing any severe reactions, according to results published today. The vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and being developed by Oxford University in the United Kingdom, is made up of a …

This photo of the Sun is the closest ever taken
Jul 17, 2020 · 1 

By Elizabeth Gibney This image — the closest ever taken of the Sun — shows the corona teeming with thousands of miniature solar flares, which scientists have dubbed campfires. The pictures are the first released from the Solar Orbiter mission, led by the European Space Agency. “When the first images came in, my first thought …

White House: ‘Science Should Not Stand In The Way’ Of Sending Kids Back To School
Jul 17, 2020 · 6 

By Michael Stone Deplorable: Determined to send kids back to school no matter the danger, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany argues that “science should not stand in the way” of sending kids back to school, later claiming that “the science is on our side here.” The Week reports: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested …

Universe is 13.8 billion years old, scientists confirm
Jul 15, 2020

By Doyle Rice The universe is about 13.8 billion years old, according to new research recently published by an international team of astrophysicists. While this estimate of the age of the universe had been known before, in recent years, other scientific measurements had suggested instead that the universe may be hundreds of millions of years younger …

For The First Time, Scientists Have Completely Sequenced a Human Chromosome
Jul 14, 2020

By Michelle Starr In 2003, history was made. For the first time, the human genome was sequenced. Since then, technological improvements have enabled tweaks, adjustments, and additions, making the human genome the most accurate and complete vertebrate genome ever sequenced. Nevertheless, some gaps remain – including human chromosomes. We have a pretty good grasp of them …