Dead whale, one of Med’s largest, found off Italy

The carcass of a huge dead whale is towed by Italy’s coast guard to the port of Naples to determine the cause of death The carcass of a huge whale has been recovered from the waters off southern Italy, the coastguard said Wednesday, calling it “probably one of the largest” ever found in the Mediterranean. […]

SpaceX is about to run its final test of Starship SN9 before 1st launch

SpaceX is gearing up to test the ninth prototype of its big, shiny rocket, Starship SN9 Wednesday (Jan. 20), lighting up its engines for what should be the last time before its inaugural flight. The test is expected before 5 p.m. Central Time. The rocket won’t go anywhere during this “static fire” test. (Or, at […]

How Biden plans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Memorial covid ceremony

Inauguration Day marks both a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic and a new chapter in the U.S. response to it. On January 19, the United States surpassed 400,000 coronavirus deaths. A day later, newly sworn-in President Joe Biden was poised to launch an ambitious plan to tackle the public health crisis, including distributing 100 […]

Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply nationwide — ScienceDaily

Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall. The research was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse […]

What does it take to convince people to get vaccinated?

A big chunk of the country is still reluctant to get immunized against COVID-19, in part because they don’t understand the characteristics of vaccines. (Belinda Fewings/Unsplash/) Matt Motta is an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. This story originally featured on The Conversation. Many Americans appear to be experiencing cautious optimism about […]

New metamaterial offers reprogrammable properties

Over the past 20 years, scientists have been developing metamaterials, or materials that don’t occur naturally and whose mechanical properties result from their designed structure rather than their chemical composition. They allow researchers to create materials with specific properties and shapes. Metamaterials are still not widely used in everyday objects, but that could soon change. […]

Late rainy season reliably predicts drought in regions prone to food insecurity

Top: Whisker plots describing the variability of correlation between timing of onset of the rainy season (onset date) and peak NDVI (indicator of drought) in the following months for East, West, and Southern Africa based on Acute Food Insecurity (AFI) risks (Table 1). Bottom: Scatter plots of standardized anomaly of onset date timing and peak […]

Monster black hole spews energy as regularly as Yellowstone’s ‘Old Faithful’

At the heart of a galaxy more than 570 million light-years away, energy flares into space so consistently that astrophysicists have dubbed the galaxy Old Faithful, like the famously predictable geyser in Yellowstone National Park. This is the first time such regular and frequent flares have been spotted emanating from a distant galaxy’s core. About […]

Nail polish organizers to keep your collection in check

These shelves from Makartt are simple, crisp, and clean. They will add a new level of professionalism and organization to any manicure space, including your bedroom. Each set comes with 3 shelves that can be mounted individually and measure 15 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. You can fit roughly 10 or 11 bottles of […]