Citizen science volunteers are almost entirely white

CC BY-ND Every day, volunteers around the world contribute to scientific studies through “citizen science.” Citizen science can be anything from counting migrating birds to measuring precipitation or even tracking outbreaks of COVID-19. Citizen science helps researchers collect more data than they could working on their own. The people who participate in these projects also … Read more

Scientists Identify a Possible Source for Red Cap on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

Southwest Research Institute scientists combined data from NASA’s New Horizons mission with novel laboratory experiments and exospheric modeling to reveal the likely composition of the red cap on Pluto’s moon Charon and how it may have formed. New findings suggest drastic seasonal surges in Charon’s thin atmosphere combined with light breaking down the condensing methane … Read more

Humanity left an irreversible imprint upon Earth’s rocks. Here’s how.

BerlinOn a stage in central Berlin one night last month, Jens Zinke slid a white slab out of a clear plastic sleeve. At first it looked like a piece of Styrofoam, with a pencil-sized groove cut along its surface. But on closer inspection the slab proved as hard as rock: It was a piece of … Read more

How To Feel Happier According To Science

How do we define happiness and can we actively make ourselves happy? The happiest people benefit from close social connections and resilience against life’s complications, according to scientists and researchers on the subject, and there are clear steps we can take to improve our chances of happiness. Happify, a website that looks both at the … Read more

No safest spot to minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission on trains, shows study

Credit: Public Domain CC0. Researchers have demonstrated how airborne diseases such as COVID-19 spread along the length of a train carriage. They found there is no ‘safest spot’ for passengers to minimize the risk of transmission. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, developed a mathematical model to help predict the … Read more

FDA Leaders Seek to Build Public Trust in Science and Gain Support for Regulation

FDA is at a pivotal moment because of important gains in medical treatment based on science. FDA is at a “pivotal moment” for the nation’s public health and for global well-being due to the potential for realizing important gains in medical treatment based on science, Commissioner Robert Califf told the Washington legal and regulatory community … Read more

4 dead telescopes’ observations lead to new galaxy portraits

Four retired telescope missions are helping astronomers uncover new insights about how dust behaves in galaxies. Astronomers say that the fresh survey of gas and dust surrounding four galaxies, all near our own Milky Way, will provide new information about star formation. “These improved … images show us that the dust ‘ecosystems’ in these galaxies … Read more