Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study involving an analysis of nearly 40 years of hurricane satellite imagery.

Biodiverse urban green spaces strengthen human immune systems

An Australian research team has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.

Training our sense of gratitude is good for mental health

A recent Dutch study shows that training oneself to be more thankful can help people to feel better and increase mental resilience. This is the first time that this has been demonstrated convincingly. 

First human trial of COVID-19 vaccine finds it is safe

The first COVID-19 vaccine to reach phase 1 clinical trial has been found to be safe, well-tolerated, and able to generate an immune response against SARS-CoV-2 in humans, according to new research.

Two Newborn Planets Orbiting a Distant Star

A new study presents the first-ever direct images of twin baby planets forming around their star. The proud mama is PDS 70, a star in the Centaurus constellation. It’s about 370 light years away.

SpaceX To Launch Two Astronauts Into Space in a Historic First

Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations - and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.

Theia, who brought the water to Earth and ... our Moon

Where does the water on Earth come from? How was our Moon formed? And is there one single event that had led to the formation of both? 

High Energy Neutrinos Are Coming From Supermassive Black Holes

Supermassive black holes are gravitational powerhouses. When hot gas surrounding them is squeezed by gravity and electromagnetic fields, it can emit tremendous amounts of energy, including high-energy neutrinos.

Elon Musk says Neuralink will do brain implants 'within a year'

Elon Musk has a vision of linking human brains to computers in order to avoid our species from being outpaced by artificial intelligence – and this dream is set to become a reality.

New Approach to Finding Extraterrestrial Life

A new study argues that our best chances of using atmospheres to find evidence of life is to broaden our search from focusing on planets like our own to include those with a hydrogen atmosphere.

Cities are transforming as electric bike sales skyrocket

Bicycles are the ideal mode of transportation as cities emerge from quarantine. Returning to a car-dominated city after the pandemic lockdown is ‘out of the question’.

Will The World Be As Hot as the Sahara by 2070?

One in three people living on Earth today would experience annual average temperatures of more than 29˚C, a climate currently experienced by humans in only a handful of the hottest desert settlements.

Mauna Kea had a million earthquakes over 20 years

Mauna Kea is classified as a dormant shield volcano. An U.S. team has found evidence that it has experienced over 1 million deep, long-period earthquakes over the past 19 years. 

Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities, confirmed

Sea-level rise, which has accelerated in recent decades, threatens to permanently inundate densely populated coastal cities and communities, other low-lying lands and costly infrastructure by 2100.

Tectonic plates reverse their movement before major earthquakes

Researchers have discovered an interesting similarity in two of the largest recent earthquakes in Japan and Chile: a strange large-scale ground movement back and forth in the months leading up to the quake.