Gorgeous New Footage Lets You Fly Over a Vast, Ice-Filled Crater on Mars

We love flyover videos from other worlds. These stunning videos, created from imagery gathered by orbiting spacecraft, can give us a sense of what it would be like to fly in an airplane on another planet.  This latest flyover video from the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, provides a

Is Swine Flu Really Going to Be The Next Pandemic?

The world has been worried about pandemic diseases for many years. Before COVID-19, attention was focused on influenza viruses as the most likely cause.A recent paper reminds us that the threat from flu remains very real. It reports that a swine flu virus is circulating in China that has the

Coronavirus News Roundup, June 27-July 3

The items below are highlights from the free newsletter “Smart, useful, science stuff about COVID-19.” To receive newsletter issues daily in your inbox, sign up here. Please consider a monthly contribution to support this newsletter. News this week included word that a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine candidate to protect against the new

Democrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe

Democratic Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list Key Democrat accuses Labor head of 'misleading' testimony on jobless benefits Sheldon Whitehouse leads Democrats into battle against Trump judiciary MORE (R.I.) is asking Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJustice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report

Underwater caves once hosted the Americas’ oldest known ochre mines

Ancient Americans ventured deep into caves along a stretch of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to mine a red pigment that could have had both practical and ritual uses, researchers say. Discoveries of mining-related artifacts and digging areas by divers in three now-submerged cave systems indicate that people there removed a natural


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