Let’s learn about colors

We live in a colorful world. Green leaves spring from the trees, flowers come in every color of the rainbow, and birds sport fashionably colorful feathers. We even live on a pale blue dot. What creates all this color? Electromagnetic radiation — waves of energy moving through space. The waves come…

Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2 million as Mexico confirms record daily infections

Brazil deaths near 40,000; Pence claims protests have not increased cases; Belgian Prince fined for going to party; Follow the latest updates US cases near 2 million Mexico confirms 4,883 coronavirus cases in new one-day record Global report: EU nations continue steady exits from lockdown Australia coronavirus updates – live…

Coronavirus live news: Argentina records more than 1,000 daily cases for first time

WHO official walks back asymptomatic transmission comments; world faces worst food crisis in 50 years; UK NHS waiting list could hit 10m Fauci: coronavirus pandemic that ‘took over the planet’ is far from over Burundi president dies of illness suspected to be coronavirus Argentina confirms more than 1,000 new cases…

Spiky, hairy, shiny: LA abuzz with insect discoveries – in pictures

Since 2014, entomologists have sampled millions of insects around the city, identifying 800 species, including 47 new to science. The most striking of Los Angeles’ miniature inhabitants are showcased in an online exhibition of photographs taken using a special digital microscopeAll photographs by Lisa Gonzalez Continue reading… Source – Full…

England's 2 metre distancing rule still 'under review'

No change announced by Alok Sharma at No 10 briefing despite Boris Johnson’s desire to loosen rule Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The business secretary, Alok Sharma, has said the 2 metre distancing rule remains under review in England, despite the prime minister’s hope that his…

Put sustainable development at heart of UK recovery, PM told

Business, charity and trade body leaders urge Johnson to tackle inequality and climate crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe bosses of Unilever, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland are among 150 business, charity and trade body leaders urging Boris Johnson to put UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) at…

Physicists foil classic oobleck science trick

It takes guts to attempt running across the surface of a pool of liquid goop, even if it is oobleck. That’s a strange mixture of cornstarch and water. Yet as this and other videos show, people can jump, dance, even flip across oobleck without sinking in. But beware: sneaky physicists have…

Coronavirus live news: lockdowns reduced infection rate by 81%, research shows

Study shows impact of restrictions; New Zealand has zero active cases; global cases pass 7 million, deaths pass 400,000 New Zealand declares it has no remaining coronavirus cases UK quarantine rules: ‘They didn’t even check my temperature’ Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site After…

Why you’re spotting more wildlife during COVID-19

As people have spent more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, this spring, it seems like wildlife have responded by coming out to play. There are videos of coyotes walking down San Francisco streets. Birdsong seems much louder than before. People are sharing pictures of snakes on sidewalks and…

Scientists Say: Spaghettification

Spaghettification (noun, “spuh-GEH-tiff-ICK-cay-shun”) This word describes how extreme gravity, like that of a black hole, stretches an object into a noodle-like strand. Black holes are objects in space that contain a huge amount of mass crammed into a small area. As a result, they have intense gravity. Not even light can escape…

After six months of coronavirus, how close are we to defeating it?

Doctors say they are making progress in understanding the disease, but warn against hoping for an early vaccine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 has now been afflicting humans for six months – first in China and later in other nations as the virus embarked on…

The Fed deserves the praise for America’s jobs turnaround. But Trump benefits

The US stimulus programme looks to have been a success: one that has political as well as economic consequencesThe political obituaries of Donald Trump were all prepared. At the end of a week that has seen American cities convulsed by protests over the killing of George Floyd, the president would…

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