Exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost immediately, according to new research from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. In a study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that exposure to elevated levels of fine particulate matter during...
A Russian and German telescope has completed its first full sweep of the sky — and it's provided some breathtaking images to mark the occasion. A new map, roughly four times the depth of its predecessor, captures what the universe looks like through X-ray vision. The eRosita instrument, mounted...
Aspiring space tourists, pack your bags and get your checkbooks ready. Spaceship Perspective has announced the Spaceship Neptune, a balloon-borne capsule that will be taking tourists to the edge of space. The space tourism market continues to grow, with Space Perspective announcing its plan to use its access to NASA...
In just a few days, sky-watchers in parts of the world will have a chance to witness a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse. According to Travel & Leisure, this will be the best “ring of fire” solar eclipse of the decade. The eclipse will occur on Sunday, June 21, 2020,...
To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. “Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor in the Princeton University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Humans have three types of...
A new study describes how the mission became the first to make a fifth state of matter in Earth orbit, and the advantages of studying atoms in space. This month marks 25 years since scientists first produced a fifth state of matter, which has extraordinary properties totally unlike solids, liquids,...
Across the planet, old growth is being lost to logging and land clearing, and a lethal list of disturbances stoked by climate warming that disproportionately take out big old trees, including drought, heat, bugs, lightning, wind storms, floods and fire. The world’s forests are getting younger and shorter as a...
Phantom ships that appear to be sailing in circles off the coast of San Francisco have been discovered by an analyst examining vessel tracking data. Bjorn Bergman, from SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, has identified nine boats broadcasting signals that suggest they were around Point Reyes, northwest of the...
Among the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, KOI-456.04 is something special: less than twice the size of Earth, it orbits a Sun-like star. And it does so with a star-planet distance that could permit planetary surface temperatures conducive to life. The object was discovered by a team led by the...
Don’t freak out. The experts say we will be just fine when a giant asteroid — possibly as big as the Empire State Building — zips toward our planet this weekend. It’s one of several “near-Earth” asteroids that travel across our tiny sliver of the universe every month, and most...