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Wee, single-celled creatures may chow down on viruses

Thursday September 24th, 2020 04:15:16 AM
However, one expert says we need more proof these organisms actually eat viruses.

Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 08:19:47 PM
There have now been more than 31 million COVID-19 cases reported worldwide and more than 965,600 deaths.

Earth's new minimoon might be a rocket humans launched into space in the 1960s

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 07:46:13 PM
Earth has a small new moon coming, but it might have been made by people in the 1960s. It will take closer observations to know for sure.

Mass stranding event beaches 450 whales in Tasmania

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 07:32:12 PM
It's the worst stranding event the Australian island has ever seen.

Gold miners discover 100 million-year-old meteorite crater Down Under

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 04:04:10 PM
About 100 million years ago, a gigantic meteorite collided with Australia, creating a 3-mile-wide impact crater.

Election Day vaccine unlikely: FDA to issue tougher standards for authorization

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 03:53:00 PM
Individuals familiar with the situation told The Washington Post anonymously.

'Pi planet' alien world takes 3.14 days to orbit its star

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 12:41:26 PM
Scientists have found an alien world that orbits its host star every 3.14 Earth days, a close approximation of the famous mathematical constant pi.

Prehistoric desert footprints are earliest evidence for humans on Arabian Peninsula

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 12:30:32 PM
Scientists have discovered human footprints embedded on an ancient lake surface in the Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia that are around 120,000 years old.

'Grand claims' of life on Venus lack evidence, skeptics say

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 07:56:32 PM
A roundup of the various pushback and criticisms to the claim that there could be life on Venus

What is dark matter?

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 07:34:47 PM
Basic facts about the unknown material called dark matter.

Tropical storm Beta floods Houston, and days of heavy rainfall are still to come

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 05:10:47 PM
Roads are flooded again. Protective dunes destroyed. Louisiana is bracing for another impact. And the season still has much more than a month left to go.

Lightning killed 2 giraffes in South Africa: Were they doomed by their height?

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 04:56:20 PM
After two dead giraffes were discovered in a South African nature reserve, scientists determined that the animals had been struck by lightning.

US reaches staggering milestone — 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 04:07:02 PM
It took eight months to reach 200,000 deaths.

350 elephants killed by 'a combination of neurotoxins' in water, Botswana government says

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 03:39:15 PM
Toxic cyanobacteria may have killed 350 elephants in Botswana, government says

RV-size asteroid to get closer to Earth than the moon

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 02:29:38 PM
Earth will change the direction of an asteroid that's getting awfully close this week.

Why do we sleep? The answer may change right before we turn 3.

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 02:20:46 PM
The main function of sleep may change as our brains do.

Mysterious Mexican wreck was an illegal slave ship

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 01:35:26 PM
Archaeologists have identified the wreck of a Mexican steamer as La Union, an illegal slave ship that smuggled the Maya as cargo to Cuba.

Hello fall! Equinox kicks off autumn on Sept. 22

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 12:35:49 PM
Going forward, the North Pole will be plunged into twilight and then darkness.

Hurricane season is so active in 2020, we ran out of names

Monday September 21st, 2020 09:18:30 PM
With the formation of Tropical Storm Wilfred on Sept. 18, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season reached the end of its storm names list and will now "go Greek."

First experimental evidence of a new type of dark boson possibly found

Monday September 21st, 2020 08:55:48 PM
Two experiments hunting for a whisper of a particle called a dark boson that prevents whole galaxies from flying apart recently published some contradictory results.

Last updated September 22, 2020