SpaceX snags $102 million contract to rocket military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world: report

A visualization of a “rocket cargo” vehicle launch from the Air Force Research Laboratory.  (Image credit: Air Force Research Laboratory) SpaceX has won a contract, worth over $102 million, to transport military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world using a rocket. The U.S. Air Force awarded SpaceX the contract on Jan. 14. It’s a … Read more

U.S. science no longer leads the world. Here’s how top advisers say the nation should respond | Science

A new data-rich report by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms China has overtaken the United States as the world’s leader in several key scientific metrics, including the overall number of papers published and patents awarded. U.S. scientists also have serious competition from foreign researchers in certain fields, it finds. That loss of hegemony raises … Read more

The World’s Massive Need For More Solar Panels Has One Shiny Catch

There’s a major catch to the world’s need for solar panels, a new analysis suggests. The booming solar panel market – which is critical for a clean energy future – could demand close to half the world’s aluminum by 2050. Thankfully, there are ways we can mitigate this.    Unlike more precious metals, such as … Read more

This Cheap, Effective, Patent-Free COVID Vaccine Could Be a Global Game-Changer

The world now has a new COVID-19 vaccine in its arsenal, and at a fraction of the cost per dose. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen over 314 million infections and over 5.5 million deaths worldwide. Approximately 60 percent of the world population has received at least one dose of a … Read more

Station Eleven review: An uplifting vision of a post-pandemic world

By Elle Hunt Kirsten and her close friend August stick together to survive HBO Max/Warner Media TV Station Eleven Created by Patrick Somerville EARLY in the covid-19 pandemic, as people struggled to make sense of the unfolding global crisis, many turned to stories almost as often as the latest news and science. In January 2020, … Read more

Loss of seed-hauling animals spells trouble for plants in warming world | Science

A slow death is creeping through Earth’s forests and other green landscapes. As animals are killed by hunters or forced away by logging, for example, the plants that depend on them to carry their seeds begin to disappear. Over time, trees and other plants may vanish. Climate change is accelerating this process, a new study … Read more

Jurassic World Evolution 2 review: Let the dinosaurs unleash chaos

By Jacob Aron You can run a safe theme park. Or you can unleash chaos. Which is more fun? Frontier Developments Game Jurassic World Evolution 2 Frontier Developments THE original Jurassic Park was released in 1993, and as a dinosaur-obsessed 7-year-old, I simply had to see it. I badgered my parents to take me, even … Read more

Physicists Observe Incredible ‘Quantum Tornados’ Formed From Ultra-Cold Atoms

Scientists have observed a stunning demonstration of classic physics giving way to quantum behavior, manipulating a fluid of ultra-cold sodium atoms into a distinct tornado-like formation.   Particles behave differently on the quantum level, in part because at this point their interactions with each other hold more power over them than the energy from their movement. … Read more

China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Just Broke a Major World Record For Plasma Fusion

Just seven months after it announced a milestone record for plasma fusion, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has absolutely smashed it. Their ‘artificial Sun’ tokomak reactor is has maintained a roiling loop of plasma superheated to 120 million degrees Celsius (216 million degrees Fahrenheit) for a gobsmacking 1,056 seconds, the Institute of Plasma Physics reports.   … Read more

World Health Organization’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the actions that will change the pandemic

What will it take to bring the pandemic under control? Vaccine equality, social measures and supporting the health workforce, says the head of the World Health Organization Health 4 January 2022 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is director general of the World Health Organization REUTERS/Alamy To change the course of the covid-19 pandemic, the international community must demonstrate a … Read more