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Hundreds of mysterious fast radio bursts detected in space

Hundreds of mysterious fast radio bursts detected in space

Hundreds of mysterious fast radio bursts have been detected in space thanks to a Canadian telescope and an international group of researchers. The origins of these bright, millisecond-long flashes of light are unknown because the bursts, or FRBs, are unpredictable and vanish quickly. Scientists first observed them in 2007. In the decade following, they only…

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse lights up the sky

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse lights up the sky

A “ring of fire” solar eclipse appeared in the sky Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun. It was visible in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and people around the world captured the celestial show — the first of two solar eclipses this year — with some stunning images. A solar eclipse…

Must-watch videos of the week

A teen uses “bear” strength to save her dogs, a CNN anchor tries bugs for breakfast and an infamous 1980s figure is going viral on YouTube. These are the must-watch videos of the week. Dog mom versus momma bear It was her first instinct, seventeen-year-old Hailey Morinico said, when she saw her dog in the…

Kids need vaccines. So do poor nations

Kids need vaccines. So do poor nations

Vaccinating young people is an integral part of protecting the broader community from Covid-19, say experts, and although serious disease among children is rare, they need protection, too. While older people are most susceptible to the coronavirus, children (especially older children) can get it and pass it on to others. They also play a part…

The rest of the world is far from ‘normal’

As rich nations prepare for a return to some sort of post-pandemic normalcy, aided by high vaccination rates, many poorer countries are struggling with explosive case numbers and rising Covid-19 deaths amid a dearth of shots. Brazil, which has only fully vaccinated around 10% of its population, recorded more than 95,000 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, the second-highest…

SpaceX launches baby squid and water bears

SpaceX launches baby squid and water bears

Astronauts on the International Space Station are about to get a special delivery. SpaceX launched its 22nd cargo resupply mission to the space station on Thursday at 1:29 p.m. ET. The spacecraft is carrying more than 7,300 pounds of supplies, scientific research experiments and technology demonstrations. The vehicle will dock at the space station on…

US and allies send message to Russia with NATO state flyover

US and allies send message to Russia with NATO state flyover

As the B-52 Stratofortress approaches from below, the adornments of its cockpit reflect the importance of the day. Next to a Benny the Bull stuffed animal — the Chicago Bulls mascot — lies a Star-Spangled Banner, covering the dashboard from one side to the other. It’s Memorial Day in the United States, one of the…

Vatican revises Church law on sexual abuse and other issues

Vatican revises Church law on sexual abuse and other issues

Pope Francis on Tuesday issued the most extensive revision to Catholic Church law in four decades, insisting that bishops take action against clerics who abuse minors and vulnerable adults, commit fraud or attempt to ordain women. The revision, which has been in the works since 2009, involves all of section six of the Church’s Code…

Space junk hit the International Space Station, damaging a robotic arm

Space junk hit the International Space Station, damaging a robotic arm

A robotic arm located outside of the International Space Station has been hit by orbital debris, but it’s still functioning. The impact to Canadarm2, first noticed by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency during a routine inspection on May 12, punched a hole in the arm boom and its thermal blanket. “Despite the impact, results…

The stigma of variant names

Coronavirus variants will now be referred to by letters of the Greek alphabet instead of where they were first discovered, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday, in a bid to prevent the stigmatization of entire communities. For example, instead of the “UK variant” (B.1.1.7), the WHO will now say “Alpha;” the “South African variant”…

Curiosity rover spies colorful iridescent clouds on Mars

Curiosity rover spies colorful iridescent clouds on Mars

The Curiosity rover has witnessed a colorful marvel on Mars: Shining clouds. Color is rare in this frozen desert, apart from the predominant red. But in the skies above Curiosity, the clouds appear to almost sparkle with color. Unlike Earth, Mars doesn’t have many overcast, cloudy days. The red planet has a thin, dry atmosphere,…

This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

A rare iron mineral has been discovered in the teeth of a living organism for the first time — one that bears the pet name “wandering meatloaf.” While it sounds like a tour update for the musician Meat Loaf, this research concerns a large mollusk called a chiton (not a “bat out of hell”). The…

Covid-19 medical bills have left many in debt

Covid-19 medical bills have left many in debt

A battle with Covid-19 left Irena Schulz with pain in her ears and hearing loss. It also saddled the retired Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s researcher with nearly $10,000 of credit card debt from medical bills. As the pandemic begins to recede in the United States, its financial toll on Americans such as Schulz is beginning to…

New NASA photo shows our galaxy’s ‘violent energy’

New NASA photo shows our galaxy’s ‘violent energy’

NASA has released an image detailing the never-before-seen “violent energy” at the center of our galaxy, created after two decades of research. The stunning panorama was compiled using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Images also documented an X-ray thread known as G0.17-0.41 that researchers say suggests…

Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds in secret wedding

Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds in secret wedding

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has married fiancée Carrie Symonds in a wedding carried out in secrecy at Westminster Cathedral in London. The “small ceremony” took place on Saturday afternoon, a Downing Street spokesman said. The spokesman added that the couple will celebrate again with family and friends next summer. The stealth affair, described by…

Riskiest job in space and more top science stories this week

Riskiest job in space and more top science stories this week

Try to imagine for a moment, if you will, what it must be like to walk in space. After suiting up, you step outside the airlock. The International Space Station, nearly the length of an American football field, dwarfs you. Its exterior will be your workspace for the next six-and-a-half hours. Planet Earth appears before…

‘Things can be replaced, but lives cannot’

‘Things can be replaced, but lives cannot’

(CNN) — Weam Elastal was bonding with her dad over a broken television set the night an Israeli military plane bombed their family home in 2014, her father says. The house, in Gaza’s southern city of Khan Yunis, immediately crumbled, raining heavy stone and concrete blocks over their heads. Weam, only 9 at the time,…