Striking new video captures moment when Mount Etna recently erupted

New video shows the moment when Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, spewed bubbling lava and hot ash into the Sicilian sky earlier this week. On Sunday (Jan. 17), lava began “oozing” from the Etna’s southeast crater and toward the east, according to Boris Behncke, a volcanologist at the INGV-Osservatorio Etneo in Catania, Sicily, Express […]

COVID-19 time capsule captures the pandemic for future researchers

Imagine if, at the height of the 1918 flu pandemic, researchers studying how society was changing had captured the moment in a time capsule. What information might social scientists today have gleaned from such an effort? How might that repository inform the global response to the current pandemic? Theoretically such an artifact could be buried […]

Hubble captures a black hole’s ‘shadow beams,’ yawning across space

In images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have spotted an entirely new phenomenon. Reaching tens of thousands of light-years into the void of space, vast shadows stretch from the centre of the galaxy IC 5063, as though something is blocking the bright light from therein. You’ve probably seen something very like it before – bright […]

Ultrasound captures worms squirming in a man’s stomach

An ultrasound of a man’s stomach captured some unwelcome inhabitants — a tangle of parasitic roundworms squirming around, according to a new report. The 20-year-old man, who lives in New Delhi, went to the emergency room after experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting for a day, according to the report, published Saturday (Nov. 21) in […]

Copernicus captures image of the Republic of Maldives

Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO All 1200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives are featured in this spectacular image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission. The ocean and color instrument onboard the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission has a swath width of 1270 km which allows […]

New test captures elusive blood biomarker to help identify severe COVID-19 before symptom onset

An inventive new approach lowers the limit of detection for a common assay, allowing researchers to identify elusive biomarkers in complex fluids, like the blood. Image credit: Didar lab McMaster University Biomarkers that help health care workers predict the severity of a COVID-19 infection before symptoms become unmanageable could help save countless lives and possibly […]