Schizophrenia is 2nd highest risk factor for dying of COVID-19, after age

Schizophrenia may be one of the highest risk factors for dying from COVID-19, second only to age, according to a new study.  Previous studies had found that people with mental illnesses, particularly depression and schizophrenia — a condition that causes distortions in thinking and perception — had a higher risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, […]

2020 science superlatives: The oldest, highest, grossest discoveries

From the biggest merger of black holes to the world’s oldest string — fashioned by Neandertals, no less — discoveries in 2020 set new records that amazed and inspired. Highest-temperature superconductor After more than a century’s wait, scientists have found the first superconductor that works near room temperature. Superconducting up to about 15° Celsius (59° […]

Highest levels of microplastics found in molluscs, new study says — ScienceDaily

Mussels, oysters and scallops have the highest levels of microplastic contamination among seafood, a new study reveals. The research — led by researchers at Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull — looked at more than 50 studies between 2014 and 2020 to investigate the levels of microplastic contamination globally in fish and […]

Highest levels of microplastics found in molluscs, new study says

Mussels, oysters and scallops have the highest levels of microplastic contamination among seafood, a new study reveals. The research – led by researchers at Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull – looked at more than 50 studies between 2014 and 2020 to investigate the levels of microplastic contamination globally in fish […]

Tracing the Moisture That Nourishes the World’s Highest Glacier

The Khumbu Glacier snakes down from the summit of Mount Everest into northeastern Nepal. The highest glacier in the world, it’s famous for being a treacherous rite of passage for Everest mountaineers. However, the Khumbu Glacier, along with others nearby, is also a key source of water for downstream communities in the Hindu […]

SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight, crash-lands

In this screen grab from video posted by SpaceX, the company’s Starship launches for a test flight, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in a remote area of Texas. (SpaceX via AP) SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas on Wednesday, but the 6 1/2-minute […]

US hits highest average number of new COVID-19 cases since start of the pandemic

On Sunday (Oct. 25), the U.S. recorded its highest seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The seven-day average number of new daily cases reached 68,767, breaking the previous record of 67,293 reported on July 22, according to CNN. On both Friday (Oct. 23) and Saturday (Oct. 24), the U.S. […]