2020 stunk. Here’s how to start 2021 with a fresh mindset

Hold on to that spark. 2020 is almost over. (Danil Aksenov / Unsplash/) When December comes around, it’s natural to hope for a fresh start and a new beginning. But if your year was as bad to you as 2020 has been to, well, everyone, chances are your problems, fears, and anxieties will still be […]

A Fresh Perspective on Intricate Volcanic Plumbing Systems

In January 2020, the Taal volcano in the Philippines erupted for the first time since 1977, spewing steam, tephra, and lava for 10 days. Millions of nearby inhabitants were put at risk from falling ash and poor air quality. Like many of our volcanologist colleagues, we were interviewed by media outlets to provide […]

China’s Chang’e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

China has apparently landed on the moon again — and this time the country plans to bring home some souvenirs. Chang’e 5, China’s first-ever sample-return mission, successfully touched down today (Dec. 1), according to state media reports. Details on the landing were not immediately available from the China National Space Administration, but the state-run CGTN […]

A fresh look at the heart

The FRESH-technique for 3D printing heart models could be a game changer for budding surgeons. Image credit: Gunter Valda on Unsplash Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have 3D-printed the first full-sized human heart model using the new freeform reversible embedding of suspended hydrogels (FRESH) technique. Professor Adam Feinberg and his team at the College of […]

Sprinklers to keep lawns fresh

Great sprayers for your backyard. (Methi SOMÇAĞ via Unsplash/) A good, portable sprinkler is a must-have gardening tool to keep your property looking its best. (They’re also fun to jump around in on a sunny day!) Sprinklers come in a variety of styles, each watering lawns in different ways. Designed for smaller areas, spot or […]

Russia launches fresh crew to ISS on fast-track journey

The three-member crew launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut blasted off on a fast-track journey to the International Space Station Wednesday, in the first such launch aboard a Russian capsule since SpaceX’s game-changing debut manned flight from US soil. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and […]