Moon-colliding rocket somehow punched out 2 craters, NASA says

NASA has photographed the crash site of the mysterious rocket that smashed into the far side of the moon in March, and the unidentified spacecraft left behind a weird double crater that has scientists puzzled. Images of the crash site were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on May 25 and released on June … Read more

Food science inspires new approach to treating gut and liver injury

Inspired by how coffee shops foam milk, as well as gummy candy and sizzling Pop Rocks, researchers have designed three gas-trapping materials to deliver a low dose of carbon monoxide into the body to potentially treat gastrointestinal disorders. Carbon monoxide is fatal when inhaled at high concentrations, but the reported results, published in Science Translational … Read more

Sea Dragons Are Incredibly Strange Creatures, And We May Finally Know Why

Spotting a wispy sea dragon, floating amongst the seaweed, embellished with leaf-like adornments ruffling in swaying ocean currents, is truly a sight to behold. But there is more to sea dragons than meets the diver’s eye. Bedazzled as they may be, sea dragons are also missing teeth, lacking ribs, and their spines are curved and … Read more

Biden Sued for Restarting Oil Leasing on Public Lands

Several environmental groups sued the Biden administration on Tuesday for resuming oil and gas leasing on public lands despite ample evidence that doing so will exacerbate the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis. “Our climate cannot afford any new fossil fuel developments.” The lawsuit came as the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and its Bureau of … Read more

Losing Weight Can Double Your Sperm Count and Improve Fertility

By University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences June 29, 2022 After 8 weeks of weight loss, patients increased sperm concentration by 50 percent and the sperm count by 40 percent. After a year, the men had twice as many sperm cells as before their weight loss. Obese men can double … Read more

The Country’s Oldest Science Philanthropy Plays the Long Game by Supporting Young Scientists

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is the country’s first and oldest philanthropic foundation devoted to basic sciences. But it’s not as well known as, say, a Kavli or a Simons, maybe in small part due to its somewhat confusing name. Why the seemingly incongruous “corporation” moniker? When the funder was established, way back … Read more

How black holes and galaxies play tug-of-war across the cosmos

Black holes and galaxies have a complicated relationship. Astronomers think nearly every galaxy hosts a giant black hole in its core. And while those black holes are truly massive – weighing millions, or even billions, of solar masses – they are tiny compared to their home galaxies, reaching less than 1% of the mass of … Read more

Canadians’ Contributions to Science | Office for Science and Society

When I carried out an informal survey asking about Canadian scientific achievements, the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell topped the list. Actually, Bell’s iconic words in 1876, “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you” were not uttered in Canada, but in Bell’s lab in Boston. The inventor, though, … Read more