Here’s when doctors think we’ll finally be able to stop wearing face masks

The latest coronavirus update from the team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University that’s been tracking the COVID-19 pandemic shows that, through Wednesday, more than 28.7 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US. That number also does not include the more than 517,000 deaths in the US that have been attributed to the…Continue Reading

SpaceXs SN10 Starship prototype lands after epic test launch — but then explodes

Home News Spaceflight SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype went out in a blaze of glory.The Starship SN10 spacecraft touched down successfully after a high-altitude test flight today (March 3), a major milestone for the company and its crewed Mars ambitions. But the vehicle didn’t manage to hold itself together, exploding about eight minutes after landing.The big…Continue Reading

SpaceXs SN10 Starship SN10 prototype aborts first launch attempt. May try again today.

Update for 7 p.m. ET:  SpaceX’s launched and landed its Starship SN10 prototype from the company’s test site near Boca Chica Village in South Texas, but the rocket exploded shortly after touchdown. Read our wrap story here. SpaceX is preparing to launch its latest Starship prototype on a high-altitude test flight, possibly as early as today…Continue Reading

Meet the swirlon, a new kind of matter that bends the laws of physics

Home News Science & Astronomy (Image credit: Alex Solich/Getty) Fish school, insects swarm and birds fly in murmurations. Now, new research finds that on the most basic level, this kind of group behavior forms a new kind of active matter, called a swirlonic state. Physical laws such as Newton’s second law of motion — which states…Continue Reading

Spotting UFOs: Do-it-yourself sky surveillance comes online

Home News Tech Sky Hub logo for do-it-yourself sky-monitoring gear designed to look for anomalous objects. (Image credit: Sky Hub) If you are perplexed, befuddled and bewildered about reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) and possible visitations of alien spacecraft, you can take action with do-it-yourself sky-monitoring gear.Given the low cost and high capability of…Continue Reading

Florida put seniors first. How that changed its pandemic response.

Florida’s strategy for vaccinating its population against COVID-19 is notable for its simplicity. While other states have tried to apply complex ethical calculations to deciding in which order to vaccinate different groups, often with confusing results for their residents, Florida has focused squarely on its over-65 population, along with frontline health and nursing-home workers. This simple…Continue Reading