North American cold-climate forests are already absorbing less carbon, study shows

Trees are one of humans’ biggest allies in the fight against climate change, soaking up around 30% of the carbon we pump into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel. And over the past several decades, it has appeared that cold-climate forests at high latitudes have become even more effective carbon sinks as rising temperatures and…Continue Reading

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Ground-breaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. Mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) are ‘megastorms’ that affect large parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, causing human and livestock deaths plus major…Continue Reading

Climate change mitigation not the primary motivator in regenerative ranching

Regenerative ranching, a holistic approach to managing grazing lands, enhances ranchers’ adaptive capacity and socioeconomic well-being while also providing an opportunity to mitigate climate change, a new study from Oregon State University has found. Regenerative ranching practices rebuild ecological processes, allowing ranchers to reduce reliance on products such as chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, which…Continue Reading

Measuring social networks of young adults with autism

As many have recently discovered, social connections are vital to a person’s wellbeing. While social isolation is a core challenge associated with autism, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute have laid the groundwork to show how interpersonal relationships, and the resources they provide, could impact autistic youth’s adult outcomes. “Many autistic young adults…Continue Reading

Postmenopausal women at risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, review suggests

A review article authored by a researcher at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, suggests that following menopause, women are at higher risk for developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a chronic condition caused by the build-up of excess fat in the liver not caused by alcohol. NAFLD is…Continue Reading

This new ocean-mapping satellite will help us all understand the impacts of climate change

Home News Science & Astronomy Examining coastal sea rise, tracking underwater ocean waves and adding to long-term data about climate change will be the main scientific return of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite mission, officials said in a press conference.The satellite is expected to launch Nov. 10 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape…Continue Reading

NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance is halfway to the Red Planet

Home News Spaceflight NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover reached its halfway point — 146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) — on its journey to the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on Oct. 27, 2020, at 4:40 EDT (2040 GMT). (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA’s next Mars rover is halfway to its otherworldly destination.The Mars 2020 rover Perseverance,…Continue Reading

Europe will help build NASA’s moon-orbiting Gateway space station

Home News Spaceflight (Image: © ESA/NASA/ATG Medialab) NASA’s moon-orbiting space station just got a new high-profile partner.The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (Oct. 27) formalizing its collaboration on Gateway, a planned outpost in lunar orbit that NASA sees as key to its Artemis program of crewed moon exploration.Under…Continue Reading

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is tucking away precious asteroid samples for safekeeping

Home News Spaceflight Captured by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s SamCam camera on Oct. 22, 2020, this series of three images shows that the sampler head on the NASA spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. Some of these particles are slowly escaping the sampler head. Analysis by the…Continue Reading

We have to wait longer than expected for coronavirus vaccine trial results – but that might be great news

Coronavirus vaccine candidate maker Pfizer was expected to release early efficacy results for Phase 3 in mid-October, ahead of the presidential election. That’s no longer the case, as the first efficacy data isn’t yet available. Pfizer, which is blinded to the study, awaits conclusions from an independent data and safety monitoring board. The first results…Continue Reading