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NASA’s New Budget Means it Won’t Be Going Back to the Moon Any Time Soon

On its face, 1966 was a very good year to be a consumer. A gallon of milk would set you back just 42 cents. A pack of cigarettes went for 30 cents. And a gallon of gas—which today is topping $5 in some places as the war in Ukraine and the cutoff of Russian oil push prices higher—went for just 31 cents. And what, just for the record, did it cost to finance the greatest space program...


WEDNESDAY 9. MARCH 2022



MONDAY 7. MARCH 2022


The Amazon Rainforest is Speeding Toward Climate ‘Tipping Point’ Within Decades

Three-quarters of the Amazon rainforest may be speeding toward a “tipping point” that, if passed, could leave the world’s critical tropical biome a relatively dry savanna within a few decades, according to new research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers for years have used complicated models to project if or when the region might cross such a...


MONDAY 28. FEBRUARY 2022


Why Russia (Probably) Won’t Crash the Space Station

Ukraine is not the only theater of conflict in the current war between Russia and the former Soviet republic. The 30 nations of NATO are coordinating sanctions, sending supplies, and moving troops and weaponry into position to defend the alliance from a wider war. All 193 member countries of the United Nations are involved too, as the U.N. scheduled an emergency meeting of the General...

The Window to Adapt to Climate Change Is ‘Rapidly Closing,’ Warns the IPCC

After decades of failure to stop emissions rising, a landmark new report released Monday from the United Nations’ climate-science body warns that the impacts of climate change are here and now humans need to accelerate efforts to adapt. “It is unequivocal that climate change has already disrupted human and natural systems,” states the report’s summary for policymakers....


THURSDAY 24. FEBRUARY 2022


Sarah Al Amiri: The Woman Who Took the U.A.E. to Mars

Sarah Al Amiri was in COVID-19 quarantine after arriving in Japan in July 2020 when she learned news beyond anything she had ever dreamed of: while scrolling through Twitter to pass the time, she learned that the government of the United Arab Emirates was reshuffling some of its higher ranking offices and officers and that Amiri, now 35, was being appointed chairwoman of the United Arab Emirates...


WEDNESDAY 23. FEBRUARY 2022


Global Methane Emissions are Much Higher than Countries are Claiming

(Paris, France)—The International Energy Agency said Wednesday that emissions of planet-warming methane from oil, gas, and coal production are significantly higher than governments claim. The Paris-based agency said its analysis shows emissions are 70% higher than the official figure provided by governments worldwide. If all leaks were plugged, the methane captured would be enough to...


THURSDAY 17. FEBRUARY 2022


Nearly Half of U.S. Bald Eagles Suffer From Lead Poisoning

WASHINGTON—America’s national bird is more beleaguered than previously believed, with nearly half of bald eagles tested across the U.S. showing signs of chronic lead exposure, according to a study published Thursday. While the bald eagle population has rebounded from the brink of extinction since the U.S. banned the pesticide DDT in 1972, harmful levels of toxic lead were found in...


TUESDAY 15. FEBRUARY 2022


U.S. Could See a Century’s Worth of Sea Level Rise in Just 30 Years

The seas lapping against America’s coastlines are rising ever faster and will be 10 to 12 inches higher by the year 2050, with major Eastern cities hit regularly with costly floods even on sunny days, a government report says. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and six other federal agencies issued a 111-page report Tuesday that warns of “significant...

Megadrought in Western U.S. Worsens to Driest in at Least 1,200 Years

The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest in at least 1,200 years and is a worst-case climate change scenario playing out live, a new study finds. A dramatic drying in 2021—about as dry as 2002 and one of the driest years ever recorded for the region—pushed the 22-year drought past the previous record-holder for megadroughts in the...


FRIDAY 11. FEBRUARY 2022


SpaceX Flight Ultimately Raised $243M For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The charitable sector should hope that billionaire Jared Isaacman keeps seeking new adventures. Isaacman, who turned a payments-processing firm he started as a teenager into a multibillion-dollar company, periodically indulges his passion for aviation with head-turning flights. Each time, a prominent charity has joined the ride — and the stakes keep getting bigger. In 2009, Isaacman set a...


THURSDAY 10. FEBRUARY 2022


Solar Storm Knocks 40 SpaceX Satellites Out of the Sky, After the Company Ignored Scientists’ Warnings

Let’s start with the good news: There is no danger to anyone on the ground from the flock of 40 SpaceX Starlink satellites that are currently plunging from orbit and heading for Earth, knocked from the sky by a geomagnetic storm originating from the sun. Atmospheric drag will easily incinerate the small, 260 kg (575 lb.) satellites before they reach the surface. As for the bad news? Well,...

Why Olympic Bronze Medalists Are Happier Than Silver Medalists

With the Beijing Winter Olympics upon us, Team USA has made clear that it is approaching this year’s Games with a special emphasis on the mental health of its athletes. This perhaps comes as no surprise after American gymnast Simon Biles set off an impassioned conversation about the emotional tribulations of elite athletes when she withdrew from several events of the Tokyo Olympics last...


WEDNESDAY 9. FEBRUARY 2022


Scientists Hail ‘Big Moment’ for the Future of Nuclear Fusion as a Clean Energy Source

(LONDON, UK)—European scientists have taken a significant step closer to mastering a technology that could allow them to one day harness nuclear fusion, providing a clean and almost limitless source of energy, British officials said Wednesday. Researchers at the Joint European Torus experiment near Oxford managed to produce a record amount of heat energy over a five-second period, which...


FRIDAY 4. FEBRUARY 2022


NIH Director Francis Collins is Leaving With a Warning for Some Politicians

Before he stepped down on Dec. 19, Dr. Francis Collins was the longest-serving director of the National Institutes of Health since presidents began to appoint them. Installed by President Obama in 2009, he served under three administrations and during his tenure the budget of the NIH, the leading funder of research related to the health of Americans, grew from $30 billion to $43 billion. He is...


THURSDAY 3. FEBRUARY 2022


The Future is Carbon Farming, Not Cattle Ranching, says Impossible Foods CEO

A new study published Feb. 1 in the journal PLOS Climate suggests that phasing out animal agriculture over the next 15 years would have the same effect as a 68% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through the end of the century. The analysis draws upon data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showing that at...


FRIDAY 28. JANUARY 2022


A Bomb Cyclone Threatens to Bring Blizzards Along Atlantic Coast. Here’s What That Is.

A powerful winter storm has already grounded thousands of flights as it threatens to bring heavy snow to New York and Boston while raking the Atlantic coast with blizzard conditions. New York City is expected to get 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) of snow, while Long Island may have as much as 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Boston could see two feet of accumulation....


THURSDAY 27. JANUARY 2022


China’s New 5-Year Plan is a Blueprint for the Future of Meat

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has set the lab-grown meat industry abuzz with the release of its official five-year agricultural plan (pdf in Chinese) on Jan. 26. For the first time, China included cultivated meats and other “future foods” like plant-based eggs as part of its blueprint for food security going forward. Grown from animal stem cells in a...

Americans’ Gas Stoves Are as Bad for Climate as 500,000 Cars

The gas-burning stoves loved by cooks leak so much methane across the U.S.—most when the appliances are not even in use—that they have the same impact on our atmosphere as half a million cars, according to a Stanford University study. Stanford researchers analyzed indoor levels of both heat-trapping methane and nitrous oxides—pollutants that can trigger asthma and other...


WEDNESDAY 26. JANUARY 2022


The James Webb Space Telescope Is in Position—And Now We Wait

The James Webb Space Telescope traveled nearly 1.6 million km (1 million mi.) to reach a destination that, in some ways, is nowhere at all. On Jan. 24, just shy of one month after its Christmas Day launch, the $10 billion observatory arrived at a spot in space known as L2—where the gravity of the sun and the Earth effectively cancel each other out, allowing the spacecraft to circle an...

The World’s Farmers Need to Prepare for Serious Cash Crop Disruption

Climate change has its winners and losers. As global temperatures rise, some species will find themselves squeezed out of suitable living arrangements while others—for a while at least—will see new opportunities opening up. The same goes for what we eat and drink. A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS One zeros in on how climate change will impact some of the food and...


TUESDAY 25. JANUARY 2022


Giving Cash to Low-Income Mothers Linked to Increased Brain Activity in Their Babies, Study Suggests

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development. Brain measurements at age 1 showed faster activity in key brain regions in infants whose low-income families received $300-plus monthly for a year, compared with those who got $20 each month, U.S. researchers reported Monday. The same type of brain activity has been linked in older...


MONDAY 24. JANUARY 2022


James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Final Destination 1 Million Miles From Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope reached its final destination 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. The James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated spot, and NASA confirmed the...