Hurricane Zeta is the fifth named storm to hit Louisiana this year

Hurricane Zeta as seen on October 28, 2020 (NHC/) Hurricane Zeta strengthened overnight on Tuesday, and is now expected to hit New Orleans as a Category 2 storm. That makes it the fifth named storm to hit Louisiana this year, breaking the state’s record, and tying the record for named storms in a single year […]

China’s most important trees are hiding in plain sight

IMAGE: Picture of treetops view more  Credit: provided by Harvard Forest In ecosystems around the globe, the danger of being a common or widespread species is the tendency to be overlooked by conservation efforts that prioritize rarity. In forests, the most common species can be essential to ecosystem structure and function, which crumble with the decline […]

New drone technology improves ability to forecast volcanic eruptions

Aerial view of the active vent and gas plume of Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea, from a fixed-wing drone at 2300 m altitude. Credit: Emma Liu/ABOVE Specially-adapted drones developed by a UCL-led international team have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions. The cutting-edge research at […]

Why did Rome fall? | Live Science

When the Roman Empire was at its height, the emperor’s reach stretched from the rain-sodden hills of northern England to the parched deserts of Saudi Arabia. But when did it start to go wrong? Why did Rome fall? The answer, it turns out, is not straightforward. Some argue the sacking of Rome in A.D. 410 […]

New drone technology improves ability to forecast volcanic eruptions — ScienceDaily

Specially-adapted drones developed by a UCL-led international team have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions. The cutting-edge research at Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea is improving scientists’ understanding of how volcanoes contribute to the global carbon cycle, key to sustaining life on Earth. The […]

Power banks to keep you in charge

In a world where stress is in surplus, the last thing you need is your phone, tablet, or laptop dying on you. We rely on our devices for essential tasks from finding directions, getting help in emergencies, and communicating with our loved ones. So why feel that little pang of stress each time your battery […]

Novel adoptive cell transfer method shortens timeline for T-cell manufacture

IMAGE: A faster approach for T-cell therapy against cancer. Knochelmann and colleagues show a subset of CD4 T-cells, Th17 cells, can effectively kill tumor cells when they are grown in cell… view more  Credit: MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Adoptively transferred T-cells can prolong survival and sometimes cure patients with advanced solid tumors. While promising, it can […]

Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

Among the US public surveyed, a majority of those who support Trump–as well as a plurality of those who oppose him–believe voter fraud to be far more prevalent than the evidence shows. Credit: Bright Line Watch On the eve of the November 3 election, Bright Line Watch—the political science research project of faculty at the […]

Hubble telescope spots a ‘Greater Pumpkin’ in space for Halloween

As families tuck into their couches to watch Charlie Brown help his friend Linus await the Great Pumpkin this Halloween, they may be surprised to hear that NASA has already discovered a “greater pumpkin.”  Images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show what looks remarkably like a giant jack-o’-lantern in the sky. The “pumpkin” is actually […]

New cause of inflammation in people with HIV identified — ScienceDaily

While current antiretroviral treatments for HIV are highly effective, data has shown that people living with HIV appear to experience accelerated aging and have shorter lifespans — by up to five to 10 years — compared to people without HIV. These outcomes have been associated with chronic inflammation, which could lead to the earlier onset […]