Latest news in science, space, technology, health, the environment, culture and history. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:12:24 +0000 Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates Among the top coronavirus news out today are: Africa has now reported more than 1 million cases of COVID-19. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:45:13 +0000 Physicists watch quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers. Here's what they found. A team of physicists has devised a simple way to measure the duration of a bizarre phenomenon called quantum tunneling. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:17:25 +0000 Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' special report: Coronavirus (August 6) In this special episode of Life's Little Mysteries, we'll give you the latest news and answer frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus and COVID-19. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:47:00 +0000 Mysterious 'fast radio burst' detected closer to Earth than ever before Scientists traced a fast radio burst (FRB) to a known star inside the Milky Way for the first time. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Sly fox steals 100 shoes in Berlin, and he's not the first Authorities finally identified the culprit responsible for the mysterious disappearance of dozens of shoes from a German neighborhood. Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000 4 die from drinking tainted hand sanitizer, CDC reports The hand sanitizer products contained methanol, a toxic substance. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:17:13 +0000 Mystery ancestor mated with ancient humans. And its 'nested' DNA was just found. Today's humans carry the genes of an ancient, unknown ancestor, left there by hominin species intermingling perhaps a million years ago. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:48:58 +0000 China launches 2 satellites from Gobi Desert China is continuing its rapid rate of space launches with its 22nd mission of 2020. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:49:28 +0000 Scythelike jaws of Cretaceous 'hell ant' clutch a baby cockroach in an amber tomb The death strike of a Cretaceous "hell ant" from 99 million years ago is preserved in amber, revealing how these demonic-looking ants hunted. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:18:52 +0000 'Busy' hurricane season is about to get a whole lot busier, NOAA says NOAA experts predict an "extremely active" hurricane season, with as many as 25 named storms. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:37:53 +0000 Trump says 'NASA was Closed & Dead' before he took charge. That's not true. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday (Aug. 5) to announce that he brought NASA back from being "Closed & Dead." Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:21:57 +0000 Weird 'broomstick' necked Triassic reptile named after mythical Greek sea monster These strange, long-necked Triassic beasts were able to coexist because they chowed down on different prey. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:53:40 +0000 Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment A new experiment on ultra-rare astatine could open the door to cancer treatments and new research into super-heavy atoms. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Common colds train the immune system to recognize COVID-19 T cells that recognize common cold coronaviruses also recognize specific sites on SARS-CoV-2. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:01:16 +0000 Poop stains visible from space reveal hidden colonies of Antarctic penguins There might be nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 19:37:36 +0000 Convalescent plasma could reduce death from COVID-19, early data suggests But few "gold standard" trials have been completed on the therapy, so take the results with a grain of salt. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:56:30 +0000 The Congo River Basin: Home of the deepest river in the world The Congo River is a long, arcing river in West-Central Africa, featuring a rainforest and providing food and transport for 75 million people. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0000 Does coronavirus linger in the body? If the coronavirus "hides out" in seemingly recovered individuals, it could explain lingering symptoms of COVID-19 or pose a risk for transmission of infection to others even after recovery. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:46:29 +0000 Beirut blast: How does ammonium nitrate create such devastating explosions? Fertilizer is behind many of the worst accidents and terrorist attacks in history. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:21:21 +0000 Massive ancient temple complex may lurk beneath famous Northern Ireland fort Archaeologists have found Iron Age temples and medieval structures in Northern Ireland. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:00:09 +0000 Here is the best place on Earth to see stars, according to science Scientists confirm that ‘Dome A’ in Antarctica is the best place on Earth to see stars. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Fall could bring rare, paralyzing illness in children, CDC warns Whether social distancing measures to prevent COVID-19 will also reduced AFM cases is unknown. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:41:46 +0000 'Mono' virus turns on cancer-related genes. Here's how. A new cell study hints at how the Epstein-Barr virus drives cancer. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:21:34 +0000 Humpback whale charges swimmers in Australia, sends two to hospital A humpback whale attacked two swimmers with its fins and sent them to the hospital Tue, 04 Aug 2020 19:42:32 +0000 Thousands of Earthlike 'blanets' might circle the Milky Way's central black hole Tens of thousands of planets like Earth and Neptune might orbit the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 18:47:31 +0000 The Live Science merch store is back with more science-y gear If you're a science geek like us, you'll love the new and improved Live Science merch store, where you can get all of your science-y gear, from t-shirts and mugs to tote bags and stickers. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:04:22 +0000 Isaias treks up the East Coast, threatening strong winds, tornadoes Tropical storm Isaias strengthened into a category 1 hurricane before hitting North Carolina last night, bringing rapid flooding Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:47:16 +0000 1st intact evidence of Incas' underwater ritual offerings found in a lake in the Andes Spanish records dating to the 16th century hinted that the Inca people performed underwater ritual offerings, and archaeologists have finally found one that's still intact. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:37:59 +0000 Ancient Mars may have been covered in ice sheets Early Mars may not have been quite the warm, wet paradise scientists have hoped for — not if the valleys scarring its surface work the same way as their counterparts here on Earth do. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:08:39 +0000 What's the risk of catching COVID-19 on public transportation? A new study analyzed information from thousands of passengers who traveled on China's high-speed trains. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000