The world may be at risk of a new COVID-19 surge

Virologists and other researchers believe a new COVID-19 mutation first identified in the U.K. is more infectious than other strains of the novel virus. (Pexels/) With a new year upon us and vaccines continuing to be approved and administered across the country and the world, there is hope that the pandemic could get a lot […]

Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions, study shows

IMAGE: A 2019 eruption of Steamboat Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser’s first documented activity was in 1878, and it has turned off and on… view more  Credit: UC Berkeley photo by Mara Reed When Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser — which shoots water higher than any active geyser in […]

Scientists develop new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions

Dormant volcano in Equador. Credit: Alain Volentik A geosciences team led by the University of South Florida (USF) has developed a new way to reconstruct the sizes of volcanic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago, creating a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and […]

Here’s how to watch stunning Quadrantid meteor shower tonight

The Quadrantid meteor shower is peaking, and skywatchers in North America have a good chance of seeing the tail end of the show tonight.  This annual meteor shower typically peaks between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 each year. This year has thus far provided less-than-ideal views for skywatchers, given that the moon was 81% full […]

Boost your mood with emotional brain training

It’s all about releasing negative emotions to make room for positive actions. (Charles Postiaux/Unsplash/) After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health, and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward. Brain science has led […]

How to identify heat-stressed corals

Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a Rutgers-led study. “This is similar to a blood test to assess human health,” said senior author Debashish Bhattacharya, a Distinguished Professor in the […]

UK starts giving people the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

The United Kingdom has begun administering a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, making it the first nation to do so, according to news reports. U.K. regulators authorized the vaccine for emergency use last week, and starting today (Jan. 4), a select number of hospitals have begun giving the shots, The […]