Astronomers Discover First Known Planet to Orbit a White Dwarf Star
Sep 16, 2020

By George Dvorsky The unprecedented discovery of a Jupiter-sized planet in orbit around a white dwarf star suggests it’s possible for planets to survive the tumultuous death throes of their parent stars. Imagine a dim, late-stage star roughly the size of Earth with a gigantic Jupiter-sized planet orbiting around it every 34 hours. It would …

Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden
Sep 15, 2020 · 1 

By the Editors Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is …

Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds
Sep 14, 2020

By Shannon Stirone, Kenneth Chang, and Dennis Overbye High in the toxic atmosphere of the planet Venus, astronomers on Earth have discovered signs of what might be life. If the discovery is confirmed by additional telescope observations and future space missions, it could turn the gaze of scientists toward one of the brightest objects in …

Earth barreling toward ‘Hothouse’ state not seen in 50 million years, epic new climate record shows
Sep 11, 2020

By Brandon Specktor Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Sept. 11 to fix two Celsius and Fahrenheit conversions. Sixty-six million years ago, after a massive asteroid hit Earth with the explosive energy of roughly 1 billion nuclear bombs, a shroud of ash, dust and vaporized rock covered the sky and slowly rained down on the planet. As …

Trump Admits Playing Down Coronavirus’s Severity, According To New Woodward Book
Sep 10, 2020

By Alana Wise President Trump is defending himself after interviews from a new book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward reveal that Trump acknowledged the deadliness of the coronavirus in early February and admitted in March to playing down its severity. “This is deadly stuff,” the president told Woodward in a Feb. 7 conversation, according to …

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain
Sep 9, 2020

By Jonathan Watts British scientists have mapped cavities half the size of the Grand Canyon that are allowing warm ocean water to erode the vast Thwaites glacier in the Antarctic, accelerating the rise of sea levels across the world. Like decay in a tooth, the channels of warm water are melting the ice from below, …

Across 10 Million Stars, Not a Single Whisper of Alien Technology
Sep 8, 2020 · 1 

By Michelle Starr In a comprehensive search of a patch of the Southern sky, not even a hint of alien technology has been detected at low radio frequencies. Across at least 10 million stars that populate the Vela region – the deepest and widest survey for extraterrestrial intelligence yet – the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) …

Coronavirus reinfections: three questions scientists are asking
Sep 7, 2020

By Heidi Ledford When news broke last week that a man living in Hong Kong had been infected with the coronavirus again, months after recovering from a previous bout of COVID-19, immunologist Akiko Iwasaki had an unusual reaction. “I was really kind of happy,” she says. “It’s a nice textbook example of how the immune …

Stunning new sun images show our star’s popcorn-like magnetic field structure
Sep 4, 2020

By Meghan Bartels Need a little more sun in your life? German scientists have just finished upgrading a solar telescope called GREGOR at the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands, and the result is a spectacular new set of images of our star. “This was a very exciting, but also extremely challenging project,” Lucia Kleint, a scientist …

John MacArthur claimed there is ‘no pandemic.’ He was politicizing science, experts say
Sep 4, 2020

By Yonat Shimron This past Sunday (Aug. 30) John MacArthur, the senior pastor of Los Angeles’ Grace Community Church, made a startling statement. “There is no pandemic,” he said. His proof? A recent Centers for Disease Control report that only 6% of U.S. deaths attributed to COVID-19 listed the virus as the only cause of death; the …

Could plants help us find dead bodies? Forensic botanists want to know
Sep 3, 2020

By Cell Press Search teams looking for human remains are often slowed by painstaking on-foot pursuits or aerial searches that are obscured by forest cover. In a Science & Society article appearing September 3 in the journal Trends in Plant Science, the authors discuss utilizing tree cover in body recovery missions to our advantage, by detecting …

Astronomers say they’ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever discovered
Sep 2, 2020

By Loren Grush Astronomers may have detected the most massive collision of two black holes ever discovered, a chaotic merger that occurred some 7 billion years ago, the signs of which have only just reached us. The cataclysmic event offered researchers a front-row seat to the birth of one of the Universe’s most elusive objects. …