Brazil’s science budget is rebounding. So why aren’t scientists celebrating? | Science

Scientists in Brazil started 2022 with a piece of good news. This year’s federal research budget is more than double last year’s—a major turnaround after 7 years of steep cuts. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will have about 6.9 billion reais ($1.27 billion) for discretionary investments this year, a 110% increase from 2021, … Read more

Abandoned SpaceX Rocket Will Crash Into The Moon Within Weeks, Scientists Say

A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say. The rocket was deployed in 2015 to put into orbit a NASA satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).   Since then, the second … Read more

After Omicron, some scientists foresee ‘a period of quiet’ | Science

Barely 2 months after it began, the Omicron wave is already ebbing in some countries. And although it has sickened huge numbers of people, caused massive disruption, and left many health care workers exhausted, it is also leaving something unusual in its wake: a sense of optimism about the pandemic’s trajectory. In countries where many … Read more

For scientists, relief and joy abound as James Webb Space Telescope completes monthlong journey

NASA can breathe a $10 billion sigh of relief. The agency’s James Webb Space Telescope arrived safely at its ultimate destination Monday (Jan. 24), in great health and carrying even more fuel than expected after several deep-space engine burns. Webb’s arrival at the Earth-sun Lagrange Point 2 (L2), roughly one million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from … Read more

Black holes: Scientists think they’ve spotted the mysterious birth of one

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Daniel Perley, Reader of Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University Astronomers are increasingly drawing back the curtains on black holes.  In the past few years, we have finally captured actual photos of these fearsome creatures and measured the gravitational waves — … Read more

A Fetus Was Preserved Within an Egyptian Mummy Because It ‘Pickled’, Scientists Say

Last year, archaeologists presented an incredible first: the discovery of a mummified fetus within the abdomen of its mummified ancient Egyptian mother. Who the woman was, and how she died just over 2,000 years ago are both still mysteries – hence she is known as the Mysterious Lady. But now we know how the fetus … Read more

This New Record in Laser Beam Stability Could Help Answer Physics’ Biggest Questions

Scientists are on a mission to create a global network of atomic clocks that will enable us to, among other things, better understand the fundamental laws of physics, investigate dark matter, and navigate across Earth and space more precisely.   However, to be at their most effective, these clocks will need to be reliably and … Read more

China aggressively recruited foreign scientists. Now, it avoids talking about those programs | Science

The criminal charges against Harvard University chemist Charles Lieber—and dozens of others ensnared in the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative—have put a spotlight on the Thousand Talents Program (TTP), a Chinese government effort that brought Lieber and other scientists from overseas to China’s universities and research institutes. U.S. authorities have portrayed the program as … Read more

Famous astronomers: How these scientists shaped astronomy

Throughout human history, astronomers have helped people understand what they see in the night sky. These famous astronomers — many of them great scientists who mastered many fields — explained space phenomena with varying degrees of accuracy.  Over the centuries, a geocentric view of the universe — with Earth at the center of everything — … Read more

We Have Breached The Safe Planetary Limit For Synthetic Chemicals, Scientists Warn

From sea to land to sky, Earth’s systems are contaminated with synthetic substances, and scientists warn it has already pushed the integrity of our planet over the brink. Today, there are about 350,000 human-made chemicals on the market, including plastics, pesticides, industrial chemicals, cosmetic chemicals, antibiotics, and other drugs.   The fact this number continues … Read more