NASA’s Report Details a Dark Time in American History but Finds no Direct Evidence That Webb Fired People for Their Sexual Orientation

NASA has announced the release of the James Webb History Report, a document detailing their investigation into the namesake of the next-generation space telescope that took to space on December 25th, 2021. Months before it launched, the observatory became the subject of controversy when it was revealed that Webb was involved in the so-called “Lavender … Read more

Soyuz MS-22 to loft two Russians and one American to ISS

The Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, is set to launch three people to the International Space Station (ISS) from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff is scheduled for 13:54:49 UTC on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The launch marks a resumption of US astronaut flights onboard Russian rockets and is the first of up … Read more

Investigation examines fossil fuel industry influence at elite American universities

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain An investigation published by The BMJ Today takes an in-depth look at how fossil fuel companies pour money into prestigious American universities. Investigative journalist Paul Thacker examines how oil and gas companies have funded research to try to weaken messages on climate change, capture academia, and protect their interests, much like … Read more

Scientific ‘detective work’ with South American mummies reveals they were brutally murdered

The Marburg male mummy – macroscopic views of the whole mummy. Credit: AM Begerock, R Loynes, OK Peschel, J Verano, R Bianucci, I Martinez Armijo, M González, AG Nerlich How frequent was violence in prehistoric human societies? One way to measure this is to look for trauma in prehistoric human remains. For example, a recent … Read more

Brazil has two populations of American bullfrogs, an exotic species that transmits a deadly fungus

Researchers collecting feral bullfrogs. Study confirmed the existence of at least two different populations of bullfrogs. Credit: Ana Paula Brandão Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) and the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) have conducted the most comprehensive genetic analysis ever of the American bullfrog (Aquarana catesbeiana) in Brazil, concluding that there are … Read more

Oldest DNA from domesticated American horse lends credence to shipwreck folklore

The origin of Assateague’s wild horses has remained a mystery for centuries, but new genetic data supports the theory that they descended from Spanish horses marooned on the barrier island. Credit: Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage An abandoned Caribbean colony unearthed centuries after it had been forgotten and a case of mistaken identity in … Read more

A push to investigate health and education needs hidden within the term ‘Asian American’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain When Laura Zhang Choi testedified to New Jersey legislators last month, she told them they needed better information about the state’s fastest-growing population—Asian Americans. Because right now, said Choi, a Warren County school-board member and a first-generation Chinese immigrant, the way the state gathers data is far too broad. And that … Read more