Weekly recaps

Recap / Best of Last Week – Light from behind a black hole, Earth's vital signs worsening, COVID-19 vaccine antibodies wane

It was a good week for space science as a small international team of researchers detected light from behind a black hole for the first time—small flashes gave evidence of reflected X-rays. And another international team ...

Week 31 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week – 15,000-year-old viruses, chimps attacking gorillas, too much coffee leads to increased dementia

It was a good week for the biological sciences as a team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S. confirmed via DNA analysis that a 93-year-old butterfly represented the first U.S. case of human-led ...

Week 30 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week – Portending a supernova, enabling imagination in AI, fermented foods lower inflammation

It was a good week for space science as a small team with members from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Iowa and the Technical University of Denmark identified the source of Jupiter's gigantic magnetic ...

Week 29 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Free-floating planets, 256 qubit quantum simulator, vaccine resistance to variant

It was a good week for space science as an international team of researchers analyzing data from the Kepler Space Telescope glimpsed a population of free-floating planets, including four that were not bound to any star and ...

Week 28 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Hawking's black hole theorem, computer generated lyrics, five-minute workout

It was a good week for space science as a team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S., one in Canada and one in Israel discovered the most massive white dwarf ever observed—it was also the smallest, ...

Week 27 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: New human species, nuclear batteries, stress-induced gray hair

It was a good week for paleontological research as a team of Heriot-Watt University researchers from the Lyell Center in Edinburgh announced a surprise fossil discovery made in Tanzania—ancient animal tracks from an unknown ...

Week 26 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Trouble with Hubble, artificial photosynthesis, red meat's role in colorectal cancer

It was a good week for space science as new calculations by a team with members from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and Russia Perm National Research Polytechnic University supported an expanded planetary hypothesis ...

Week 25 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: 99-million-year-old snail, 40-seat drone bus, laughing gas for depression

It was a good week for biological research as an international team of researchers discovered a 99-million-year-old snail fossilized in amber shortly after giving birth—it is one of the few land snail fossils that have ...

Week 24 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Close-up of Ganymede, manipulated Twitter trends, protection for COVID-19 patients

It was a good week for space science, as the team running NASA's Juno space probe announced it would soon get a close look at Jupiter's moon Ganymede—the group is hoping to learn more about the moon's ionosphere, composition, ...

Week 23 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Solar storms coming, mercury in glacial meltwater, and a food supplement reduces anxiety

It was a good week for space news as a team working with the Mars rover Curiosity released photos of shining clouds on the Red Planet—the team noticed them starting to form a year ago and prepared the rover to capture them ...

Week 22 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week: Bizarre vole genetics, Skyborg flies, and insulin resistance

It was a good week for biological research, as a team affiliated with multiple institutions around the U.S. solved a bizarre rodent genetics mystery and revealed another—they found that the X and Y chromosomes of the creeping ...

Week 21 2021 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week–Extraterrestrial radioactive isotope, Wi-Fi devices vulnerable to FragAttacks and COVID-19 vaccine

It was a good week for space science as an international team of researchers found the first-ever example of an extraterrestrial radioactive isotope on Earth—found in ocean crust, the find has implications for Earth's origins. ...

Week 20 2021 in Other Sciences