Science news of the week: Fast Radio Burst, space solar plant and black holes

Mysterious Fast Radio Burst detected for the second time ever. Astronomers detected a signal from a galaxy believed to be nearly 3 billion light-years away called Fast Radio Burst (FRB). This Fast Radio Burst (FRB 20190520B) is said to be “co-located with a compact, persistent radio source and associated with a dwarf host galaxy of … Read more

A Cape Cod science center and one of the world’s largest shipping businesses are collaborating on a project to use robotic buoys to protect a vanishing whale from lethal collisions with ships. A lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed the t

A Cape Cod science center and one of the world’s largest shipping businesses are collaborating on a project to use robotic buoys to protect a vanishing whale from lethal collisions with ships. A lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed the technology, which uses buoys and underwater gliders to record whale sounds in near real … Read more

Weather’s Unwanted Guest: Nasty La Nina Keeps Popping Up | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Something weird is up with La Nina, the natural but potent weather event linked to more drought and wildfires in the western United States and more Atlantic hurricanes. It’s becoming the nation’s unwanted weather guest and meteorologists said the West’s megadrought won’t go away until La Nina does. The … Read more

Stormy Repeat: NOAA Predicts Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Federal meteorologists are forecasting a record-shattering seventh straight unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Tuesday that the summer in the Atlantic will produce 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 becoming hurricanes and three to six turbo-charging into major hurricanes with winds … Read more

New Inquiry Into Australian Mother Convicted of 4 Homicides | Science News

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – An Australian state attorney general on Wednesday declined to pardon a mother convicted almost 20 years ago of smothering her four children to death and instead ordered a new inquiry into whether there could be a medical explanation for the tragedies. The inquiry will be the … Read more

Global Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year, Study Finds | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with human … Read more

Astronomers Capture 1st Image of Milky Way’s Huge Black Hole | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The world’s first image of the chaotic supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy does not portray a voracious cosmic destroyer but what astronomers Thursday called a “gentle giant” on a near-starvation diet. Astronomers believe nearly all galaxies, including our own, have … Read more

Octopuses Tragically Destroy Themselves After Mating. We May Finally Know Why

Octopuses are doomed to be orphans from a very young age. After a female octopus lays her eggs, she stops eating and begins self-mutilating, tearing off her skin and biting off the tips of her tentacles. By the time a young octopus wriggles out of its egg, its mother is already dead. A few months … Read more

Nobel Laureate and Physicist Wilczek Wins Templeton Prize | Science News

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and author renowned for his boundary-pushing investigations into the fundamental laws of nature, was honored Wednesday with this year’s prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded to individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and spirituality. In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation … Read more

How Climate Scientists Keep Hope Alive as Damage Worsens | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer In the course of a single year, University of Maine climate scientist Jacquelyn Gill lost both her mother and her stepfather. She struggled with infertility, then during research in the Arctic, she developed embolisms in both lungs, was transferred to an intensive care unit in Siberia and nearly died. … Read more