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These stunning NASA satellite images capture 2020’s extreme climate events

These stunning NASA satellite images capture 2020’s extreme climate events

As we move into the new year, it’s easy to see that things changed for a lot of people in 2020. Alongside a deadly pandemic, 2020 also delivered reminders of the severity of the climate crisis facing the world — droughts, floods, heatwaves, wildfires and hurricanes continued to disrupt life for communities across the globe,…

3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021

3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021

It’s time to go deeper into space. While 2020 may have derailed and delayed some scientific plans due to the pandemic, 2021 still promises to be a year of science “the likes of which we’ve rarely seen,” according to Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Multiple missions will explore Mars, new telescopes…

Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekend and other celestial events in 2021

Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekend and other celestial events in 2021

The new year begins with the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower on Saturday evening into early Sunday. While it may be one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, a bright waning gibbous moon will likely limit the amount of meteors visible. It’s also notoriously hard to observe due to January’s difficult weather…

WHO approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in breakthrough for developing nations

WHO approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in breakthrough for developing nations

The World Health Organization has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for lower and middle-income countries to begin immunizing their populations against Covid-19. The vaccine was first approved in the UK on December 8 for emergency use within the country, with the US, Canada and European Union following soon after. All…

Follow the New Year around the world

Follow the New Year around the world

People around the world are beginning to wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021. The Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were the first to see in the new year — when it was still 5 a.m. on December 31 on the East Coast of the United States and 11 a.m. UTC (Coordinated…

Astronaut Terry Virts shares an ‘insider’s guide’ to life in space

Astronaut Terry Virts shares an ‘insider’s guide’ to life in space

Cutting the hair of another astronaut on the International Space Station is one of the most stressful things US Air Force Col. Terry Virts has ever done — even above spacewalking, flying F-16s, piloting a space shuttle and enduring multiple rounds of survival training around the world. Virts, a NASA astronaut selected in 2000, had…

New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd

New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd

Many people will want to put 2020 firmly behind them. But governments around the world have pleaded with people not to see in 2021 with traditional New Year’s Eve parties and street celebrations for fear of accelerating the spread of coronavirus. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, India and Australia are among the many nations…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, December 31

What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, December 31

This year has upended so much in modern life that even New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight will be different, downscaled or canceled due to Covid-19 precautions. From London to Rio de Janeiro, large firework displays have been substituted with special at-home broadcasts. Australian police will conduct spot checks of New Year’s Eve parties in New…

At least 50 journalists were killed in 2020, most outside countries at war

At least 50 journalists were killed in 2020, most outside countries at war

At least 50 journalists and media workers have been killed worldwide this year, the vast majority outside countries at war, according to an annual round-up by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The review shows that journalists are increasingly being targeted and killed because of their work. Some 84% of journalists killed this year were deliberately targeted,…

Science’s most fascinating and awe-inspiring discoveries in 2020

Science’s biggest achievement in 2020 was undoubtedly the rapid development of effective vaccines against Covid-19 — a massive feat that should be widely celebrated and lauded with prizes in the years to come. Away from the coronavirus pandemic, however, there were discoveries in many different fields that inspired much-needed moments of awe and wonder in…

How the pandemic brought a rising tide of hunger to Europe

How the pandemic brought a rising tide of hunger to Europe

Life wasn’t easy for Patricia, even before the pandemic hit. She struggled with mental health issues after fleeing an abusive relationship, moving herself and her children into an east London flat with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. For the past few years, Patricia held down a job as a barista, but she…

The Boxing Day questions you’ve probably Googled

The Boxing Day questions you’ve probably Googled

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas, and it has absolutely nothing to do with your empty gift boxes. Here’s what you need to know about the holiday. What is the point of Boxing Day? It’s a day to give to the less fortunate. Way back during the Victorian era in Britain, servants were allowed…

Scientists discover a new species of snake hiding in plain sight

Scientists discover a new species of snake hiding in plain sight

Sometimes, looking at things we thought we knew with fresh eyes (and new tools) can lead to incredible discoveries. That’s what happened when Jeff Weinell, a graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute, found out that three specimens of snakes preserved in the institute’s biodiversity collection, found in field missions between 2006…

This is how astronauts celebrate Christmas and other holidays in space

This is how astronauts celebrate Christmas and other holidays in space

The holidays may look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but they will still happen — even in space. The International Space Station will host seven crew members throughout the holiday season, the most ever for the orbiting laboratory in its 20 years of having humans living aboard. The international crew includes…