Robotic dogs and laughter therapy could help with loneliness

Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness are some of the ways that might help people - particularly the elderly - cope with loneliness and social isolation while social distancing, say UK researchers.

Many black holes found in nearby globular cluster

Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope observed one of the closest globulars to Earth – NGC 6397 and were surprised to find signs of multiple stellar-mass black holes.

NASA will use Falcon Heavy To Build Lunar Gateway

Lunar Gateway will be an orbiting habitat that will allow astronauts to make regular trips to and from the lunar surface. NASA has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch modules of the Gateway aboard a a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2024. 

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than Argentina

"Mining" for the cryptocurrency is power-hungry, involving heavy computer calculations to verify transactions. If Bitcoin was a country, it would be in the top 30 energy users woldwide.

The Evolution Our Dynamic Planet In 40 Sec: Video

Geoscientists have released a video that for the first time shows the uninterrupted movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years. On a human timescale however - things move in cm per year.

'Signs of life' on Venus might just be ordinary sulfur gas

The widely-publicized detection of phosphine gas on Venus – a possible "biosignature" suggesting the hellish planet could have living microbes in its clouds – was probably caused by sulfur gas.

Denmark to construct artificial island as a wind energy hub

The construction project, believed to be the biggest in Danish history, will link hundreds of wind turbines to deliver enough electricity for millions of households. Authorities hope to have the hub operable by 2033.

Airplanes Could Do Better By Surfing the Wind

Airlines could save fuel and reduce emissions on transatlantic flights by hitching a better ride on the jet stream, new research has shown. This would reduce CO2 emissions across the winter period by 6.7 million kg.

Breakthrough In Quantum Computing - A Cryogenic Chip

Australian scientists and Microsoft Corporation invented a single chip that can generate control signals for thousands of qubits, when the world’s biggest quantum computers currently operate with just 50 or so qubits.

Amazon is on the brink of turning into a carbon source

Tropical forests are guardians against runaway climate change, but their ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is wearing down. Between 2001 and 2019 the Brazilian Amazon acted as a net emitter of carbon, study found.

Africa's Great Green Wall

Started in 2007, the 8000 kilometre-long Great Green Wall is an African-led initiative, spanning 11 countries, to combat land degradation, desertification and drought. 

Fast-Charging, Low-Cost Batteries For Electric Cars

Israeli startup StoreDot announced it had manufactured the first batteries that can be charged in just five minutes. They replace the graphite electrode in lithium-ion batteries with one made of semiconductor nanoparticles.

Strange Activity From a Newly Discovered Star

The star in question is called Swift J1818.0–1Th607 is what's known as a magnetar, though, none of the magnetars have ever been observed pulsing in quite the same way as Swift J1818.0–1607.

Milky Way's "Most Mysterious Star" Has a Companion

A mysteriously dimming star located about 1,480 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus and known as Tabby's star is, in fact, a binary stellar system, made up of a F-type star and a smaller red dwarf star.

Titan's Largest Methane Sea is Over 100 Meters

Kraken Mare, a sea of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan, is at least 100-m deep near its center, according to a recent analysis of Cassini's data.