What Exactly Is Sea Foam?

As the waves crash onto the shore or lap at the beach, depending on where you are, there’s usually some leftover frothy bits that cling to the sand. On windy days, this foamy stuff can even be lifted off the ground and blown around. What is it? And is it dangerous to touch it or…

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Why Chuck Yeager Was the Greatest Pilot of All Time

On Oct. 14, 1947, 24-year-old U.S. Air Force officer Chuck Yeager became the first pilot in human history to reach — and importantly, survive — supersonic flight. That means he flew faster than the speed of sound, or roughly 768 mph (1,236 kph) at sea level, also known as Mach 1. Yeager flew straight into…

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Who Was the First Scientist?

The word “scientist” entered the English language in 1834. That’s when Cambridge University historian and philosopher William Whewell coined the term to describe someone who studies the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. You could make the argument, then, that the first modern scientist was someone like Charles…

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Dogs will never speak human. Here’s why.

Home News A new study finds that dogs’ brains cannot distinguish words that differ by a single speech sound, such as “sit” versus “set.” For the study, the researchers attached electrodes to the dogs’ heads with tape and monitored their brain waves as they listened to pre-recorded words. (Image: © Vivien Reicher) You probably think…

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine starts to work just 10 days after 1st dose

Home News A person receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of the phase 3 clinical trial. (Image: © Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine starts to protect people from the novel coronavirus just 10 days after the first dose, according to new documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

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Epic time-lapse shows what the Milky Way will look like 400,000 years from now

Home News This map shows how the 40,000 stars closest to our solar system will move over the next 400,000 years. (Image: © ESA) Have you ever seen 40,000 shooting stars blaze across the sky at the same time?If you’d like to, the European Space Agency (ESA) is offering you two options: Either stare at…

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Watch SpaceX test a giant ‘Starship’ over Texas today

Home News (Image: © SpaceX) Update Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:41 p.m. EST: An automatic engine abort with 1 second to go before launch prevented a test flight from taking place Tuesday. This page will be updated if SpaceX says it will re-attempt a launch.SpaceX plans to test its enormous Starship prototype over Boca Chica,…


Who was Carl Linnaeus?

Home References Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalized the binomial nomenclature system for classifying organisms. (Image: © Grafissimo/Getty Images) Carl Linnaeus was the famous 18th century Swedish botanist and naturalist who created the basic biological taxonomy — the so-called binomial classification system — that is the foundation of our modern…

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Test flight of SpaceX’s Starship aborted at last second

MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace WriterDec. 8, 2020Updated: Dec. 8, 2020 6:32 p.m.CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s futuristic Starship was aborted at the last second in Texas on Tuesday. SpaceX came close to launching a prototype of the rocketship that company chief Elon Musk is designing to carry people to Mars.…

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Fracking Sites Tied to Increased Heart Failure Hospitalizations

The results were consistent and robust among more than 9000 patients with heart failure in Pennsylvania, a state steeped in controversy over fracking. Medscape Medical News