Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective

U.S. firm Moderna said that Phase 3 stage analysis suggested its coronavirus vaccine could prevent COVID-19. The news comes a week after Pfizer and German drug-maker BioNTech announced a vaccine of their own.

Coral Reef Taller Than Empire State Building Discovered

A "massive" detached coral reef has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Measuring almost 500 m in height, the reef is taller than the Empire State Building and many of the world's other skyscrapers.

Supernovae explosions may have left traces on our Earth

Recent findings suggest that relatively close supernovas could theoretically have triggered at least four disruptions to Earth's climate over the last 40,000 years. What happens in space may not always stay in space.

Extreme Life Thrived in An Asteroid Pit After Dinosaur Extinction

When the asteroid struck our planet some 66 mil years ago, it created a 180-km impact crater and produced a gigantic magma chamber. A new research found that this hydrothermal system supported an entire microbial ecosystem.

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections

Hospital workers who got vaccinated were significantly less likely to develop COVID than those who did not. These findings do not prove that flu vaccines prevent COVID-19, however.

The "normal" body temperature for humans is dropping

An intriguing study from earlier this year found that the normal 36.6 human body temperature is declining globally. Understanding why body temperatures are declining remains an open question for scientists to explore.

A molecular link between diet and risk cancer

The connection may explain the high incidence of cancer among those who consume large amounts of dairy products and red meat, similar to the link between high cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease.

COVID-19's massive impact on global emissions

An international team of researchers has found that in the first six months of this year, 8.8 percent less carbon dioxide was emitted than in the same period in 2019 - a total decrease of 1551 million tonnes.

Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded to CRISPR-Cas9

The Prize in Chemistry went to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. The two researchers achieved fame in 2012 when they developed the revolutionary tool CRISPR-Cas9 to make gene editing easier.

Nobel Prize in physics honours black holes

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Sir Roger Penrose and to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for their discovery of the supermassive black hole at the Center of the Milky Way.

Clean, limitless power from graphene

U.S. physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene's thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current. This could  provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices.

New clues about the link between stress and depression

After experiencing trauma or severe stress, some people develop an abnormal stress response or chronic stress. This increases the risk of developing other diseases such as depression and anxiety.

A New Mass Extinction has been Discovered

It looks like another extinction prior to the appearance of the dinosaurs paved the way for their long reign. That extinction took place about 233 million years ago. And scientists have only now discovered it.

Process that might have led to first organic molecules

New research identifies a process that might have been key in producing the first organic molecules on Earth about 4 billion years ago, before the origin of life. The process may also have relevance to the life elsewhere in the universe. 

COVID-19 could become a seasonal virus

A new rsearch uggests that COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, will likely follow suit and become seasonal in countries with temperate climates, but only when herd immunity is attained.