Livescience.com https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/feeds/all Latest news in science, space, technology, health, the environment, culture and history. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:24:28 +0000 'Starman' just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/starman-tesla-mars-approach.html Starman — the dummy riding a Tesla Roadster through space — has made his closest approach ever to Mars since his stunt launch in 2018. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/starman-tesla-mars-approach.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:14:08 +0000 You can't squish this 'iron' beetle. Now, scientists know why. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/unbreakable-beetle.html A tough exoskeleton in ironclad beetles protect them against piercing and crushing, and scientists recently uncovered the unusual interlocking structures that strengthen the insect's hard shell. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/unbreakable-beetle.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:03:03 +0000 NASA spacecraft makes historic attempt to snag samples of asteroid Bennu https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/nasa-osiris-rex-asteroid-bennu-sample-collection-attempt.html For the first time ever, a NASA probe has performed a sample-snagging operation on an asteroid in deep space. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/nasa-osiris-rex-asteroid-bennu-sample-collection-attempt.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:16:43 +0000 Black holes could become massive particle accelerators https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/black-holes-transformed-into-particle-accelerators.html Physicists suggest harnessing the gravitational pull of black holes to create ferocious particle accelerators. The trick? Carefully set everything up so the particles don't get lost forever. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/black-holes-transformed-into-particle-accelerators.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:00:19 +0000 The strange story of 2020 SO: How an asteroid turned into rocket junk and the NASA scientist who figured it out https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/disguise-asteroid-actually-old-rocket-body.html As soon as he saw the data, Paul Chodas knew something was strange about the near-Earth object that had been designated 2020 SO. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/disguise-asteroid-actually-old-rocket-body.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:37:15 +0000 The closest black hole to Earth may not actually be a black hole after all https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/closest-black-hole-not-black-hole.html An object identified earlier this year as the closest black hole we've ever discovered may have just been demoted. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/closest-black-hole-not-black-hole.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:33:14 +0000 Ghostly 'UFO cloud' hovering over mountains wows judges in weather photo contest https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/ufo-cloud-weather-photo-contest.html Lenticular clouds look like saucers and form when wind meets mountains. This photo is one of the Royal Meteorological Society's favorites of the year. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/ufo-cloud-weather-photo-contest.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:24:18 +0000 'Monster' storms and frozen bison: The most spectacular weather photos of 2020 https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/rms-weather-photos.html Here are the winners of the Royal Meteorological Society's 2020 Weather Photo of the Year contest, sponsored by AccuWeather. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/rms-weather-photos.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:21:46 +0000 COVID-19 is at least 5 times deadlier than flu for hospitalized patients https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/covid-19-vs-flu-deaths-hospitalized-patients.html Mounting evidence shows that COVID-19 is more severe than flu. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/covid-19-vs-flu-deaths-hospitalized-patients.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:42:55 +0000 Scientists discover new organ in the throat https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/new-salivary-gland.html A newly discovered set of salivary glands is nestled behind the nose. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/new-salivary-gland.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:11:02 +0000 1st-ever footage of giant pandas mating in the wild is not 'cute and cuddly' https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/panda-courtship-seen-first-time.html Filmmakers spent three years following pandas in China's Qinling Mountains, capturing never-before-seen footage of males competing over females. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/panda-courtship-seen-first-time.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:34:39 +0000 Astronomers claimed galaxy was 98% dark matter. They were wrong. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/dark-matter-galaxy-not.html Back in 2016, researchers claimed Dragonfly 44 was a "failed" Milky Way — a galaxy with a huge dark matter mass but almost no stars. Now, on closer examination, that claim has fallen apart. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/dark-matter-galaxy-not.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:25:11 +0000 Teen wins $25k for finding molecule that may disarm coronavirus https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/young-scientists-wins-competition-coronavirus-drug.html Anika Chebrolu hopes to work with scientists to develop the drug candidate further. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/young-scientists-wins-competition-coronavirus-drug.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:10:49 +0000 Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/topics/live/coronavirus-news-live-updates Among the top news today: Cases in North America and Europe are rising as the Northern Hemisphere approaches winter months and WHO warns of pandemic fatigue. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/topics/live/coronavirus-news-live-updates Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:49:48 +0000 'Challenge study' to infect healthy volunteers with the coronavirus will begin in early 2021 https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/uk-plans-coronavirus-human-challenge-study.html The study will test how much virus is needed to infect humans and which vaccines work the best to prevent COVID-19. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/uk-plans-coronavirus-human-challenge-study.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:39:54 +0000 New Nazca Line geoglyph discovered: A 120-foot-long cat https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/nazca-line-cat-in-peru.html The latest Nazca Line depicts a giant cat. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/nazca-line-cat-in-peru.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:45:51 +0000 The very first forms of life may have been more animal-like than we ever realized https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/early-life-forms-resemble-animal-life.html Early life may have been far more like animals than we thought, suggests new research that shows bacteria can 'develop' like an embryo. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/early-life-forms-resemble-animal-life.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:28:02 +0000 Artemis Accords: Why many countries are refusing to sign moon exploration agreement https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/artemis-accords-countries-refuse-to-sign.html Only eight countries have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of guidelines surrounding the Artemis Program for crewed exploration of the moon. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/artemis-accords-countries-refuse-to-sign.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:17:01 +0000 Without gravity, the fluid around an astronaut's brain moves in weird ways https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/astronaut-brains-craniospinal-fluid-behavior-in-space.html The fluid that cushions the human brain redistributes in the skull during spaceflight, according to a new study. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/astronaut-brains-craniospinal-fluid-behavior-in-space.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:10:02 +0000 Young women may be likelier to die after heart attacks than men https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/heart-attacks-young-women.html Scientists don't yet know why death rates were higher among women in the study. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/heart-attacks-young-women.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:00:17 +0000 Higgs boson possibly caught in act of never-before-seen transformation https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/lhc-higgs-boson-decay-muon-pairs.html If the Higgs boson really is decaying into pairs of muons in the Large Hadron Collider, that's a big deal for particle physics. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/lhc-higgs-boson-decay-muon-pairs.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000 History of Halloween https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/40596-history-of-halloween.html Halloween has its roots in a pagan harvest festival, while different traditions were added throughout the years. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/40596-history-of-halloween.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:31:57 +0000 NASA is about to play 'tag' with asteroid Bennu: Here's how it will work. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/osiris-rex-asteroid-bennu-sample-collection-explained.html NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft will "TAG" asteroid Bennu Tuesday (Oct. 20) and collect a sample for return to Earth. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/osiris-rex-asteroid-bennu-sample-collection-explained.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:01:42 +0000 24 million-year-old nursery for baby megasharks discovered in South Carolina https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/ancient-megatooth-shark-nursery.html The discovery of nearly 90 shark teeth, largely from young sharks, indicates there was a shark nursery here 24 million years ago. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/ancient-megatooth-shark-nursery.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 18:40:48 +0000 Half-male, half-female songbird discovered in Pennsylvania https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/half-male-half-female-bird.html A rose-breasted grosbeak that was captured in a Pennsylvania nature reserve is a bilateral gynandromorph — male on the right side and female on the left side. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/half-male-half-female-bird.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 18:18:43 +0000 Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/california-wildfire-damage-2020.html New satellite imagery of California reveals not just the extent of its wildfire damage, but the depth of the loss. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/california-wildfire-damage-2020.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:08:31 +0000 The body fires 'blobs of fat' packed with toxic proteins to fight bacteria https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/fat-blobs-immune-system.html Scientists have known about these 'blobs of fat' for more than 130 years, but they're just understanding all the roles they play in the body. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/fat-blobs-immune-system.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:32:39 +0000 Ice melt in Alaska threatens to unleash unprecedented 'mega-tsunami,' scientists warn https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/alaska-ice-melt-mega-tsunami-warning.html A giant, catastrophic tsunami in Alaska triggered by a landslide of rock left unstable after glacier melting is likely to occur in the next two decades, scientists fear - and it could happen within the next 12 months. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/alaska-ice-melt-mega-tsunami-warning.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:30:25 +0000 Researchers capture elusive particle trios at room temperature https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/trions-captured-at-room-temperature.html Researchers have found a way to trap and study elusive particle trios called trions at room temperature. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/trions-captured-at-room-temperature.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:55:07 +0000 Anglo-Saxon warlord unearthed by metal detector hobbyists https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/anglo-saxon-warlord-discovered-metal-detectorists.html Archaeologists have unearthed the rich burial of a sixth-century man thought to be an Anglo-Saxon warlord in southern England, after it was first discovered by metal detectorists. https://www.www.discoverynewsjournal.com/anglo-saxon-warlord-discovered-metal-detectorists.html Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:41:21 +0000