A potent arctic weather system chilled much of the United States with frigid weather in mid-February 2021, shattering low-temperature records in the middle of the country. The extreme cold combined with several snow and ice storms to leave millions of people without power. Texas was hit particularly hard. According to...
A new analysis of a horse previously believed to be from the Ice Age shows that the animal actually died just a few hundred years ago—and was raised, ridden and cared for by Native peoples. The study sheds light on the early relationships between horses and their guardians in...
Far underneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic, there’s more life than expected, finds a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, published this week (15 February 2021). During an exploratory survey, researchers drilled through 900 m of ice in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, situated on the South...
The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon's catastrophic retreat from Moscow in 1812 were laid to rest Saturday in a rare moment of unity between the two countries. Officials and descendants of 19th-century Russian and French military leaders gathered for a windswept ceremony in the western...
At least six new pirate skeletons have been discovered from a legendary 300-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. The Whydah Galley was an early 18th Century slave ship that reportedly held more than 4.5 tons of gold and silver. The Whydah was captured by Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy...
Researchers using high-resolution satellite imagery and a geospatial algorithm to identify rapid and abrupt landscape change in the Arctic find additional indicators of ground collapse due to warming climate In 2014, workers on the Yamal Peninsula in western Siberia noticed a deep, mysterious crater within the permafrost that had seemingly...
Scientists have used high-speed video to capture a fleeting moment of connection that sets the path of a lightning flash. A new study reports two consecutive images, each representing 1/380-thousandth of a second, illuminating how downward-questing lightning fingers from a lightning cloud, called lightning leaders, and upward reaching leaders from...
Scientists at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties. It could become an energy efficient building material in the future. Wood is made of two basic ingredients: cellulose, which are...
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is best known for its reusable rocket technology that has lowered the barrier to entry for companies and institutions that wish to launch satellites into Earth orbit, but one of its side projects, Starlink, is rapidly becoming a very big deal. Starlink is a network of...
The wastewater test developed by CHEO Research Institute cell biologist Tyson Graber can be done more quickly and cheaply than the genetic sequencing currently being done in provincial labs to identify cases of B117 and other COVID variants of concern. As soon as news got out, the phone calls and...