Science

More ‘murder hornets’ are turning up. Here’s what you need to know

Two new specimens of Asian giant hornet have turned up in the Pacific Northwest, suggesting that the invasive species made…

Genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s also raise the risk of getting COVID-19

A genetic variant that raises one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may also make people more susceptible to COVID-19.  People…

Neon colors may help some corals stage a comeback from bleaching

For some corals, going bright may be part of their fight against bleaching. Higher-than-normal ocean temperatures can cause some corals…

Meteorites might be more likely to strike near the equator

Geoffrey Evatt was snowmobiling in Antarctica when he spotted an outlandish feature. A black rock stood so starkly against the…

A biblical-era Israeli shrine shows signs of the earliest ritual use of marijuana

A limestone altar from an Iron Age shrine in Israel contains remnants of the world’s earliest known instance of burning…

How more powerful Pacific cyclones may be fueling global warming

Increasingly powerful tropical cyclones in the North Pacific Ocean may be fueling a powerful north-flowing ocean current, helping to boost…

Wastewater could provide up to a week of warning for a COVID-19 spike

Monitoring sewage for the coronavirus’s genetic material could give public health experts up to a week of warning before COVID-19…

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit on a commercial rocket. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft…

Half the universe’s ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found

At long last, all of the universe’s ordinary matter seems to be present and accounted for. Astronomers have taken a…

Infecting people with COVID-19 could speed vaccine trials. Is it worth it?

The world waits with bated breath for a COVID-19 vaccine, which could effectively end the pandemic once it’s widely available.…