‘Good Night Oppy’ explores human side of robotic rover’s life on Mars

Ryan White did not set out to make a tearjerker. Yet audiences watching the director’s new documentary, “Good Night Oppy,” (opens in new tab) now streaming on Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab)may want to have tissues ready. “Not a chance in hell did I think this would be as emotional as the final … Read more

Opportunity Mars rover leader on ‘Good Night Oppy’, giving up Saturn

Steve Squyres had big plans to move to a new planet once the NASA Opportunity Mars rover finished her mission, but that idea got “completely derailed.” That posed trouble (in a good sense) for Squyres, who was a member of the flagship Cassini mission at Saturn and was ready to move to flight operations after … Read more

‘Good Night Oppy’ director talks Opportunity Mars rover (exclusive)

Some robots just refuse to die. Presenting the improbable tale of a little space robot that could, Amazon Original Films is rolling out their inspirational documentary titled “Good Night Oppy” for theatrical release on Nov. 4, prior to its worldwide Prime Video launch on Nov. 23, just in time for a tear-filled family viewing on … Read more

Good loser messages support democracy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Citizens sometimes just have to live with political decisions they dislike or think are unfair. But if their preferred party leaders communicate that the decisions have been made properly, the feeling of unfairness can diminish according to research from the University of Gothenburg. Accepting political losses is crucial for democracy. But … Read more

More kids are repeating a grade. Is it good for them?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain As Braylon Price remembers it, he struggled with pretty much everything the first full school year of the pandemic. With minimal guidance and frequent disruptions, he had trouble staying on top of assignments and finishing homework on time. It was so rocky his parents asked for him to repeat sixth grade—a … Read more

Massachusetts legalizing sports betting brings more harm than good, experts say

Northeastern public health experts are concerned that a new bill to legalize sports betting in the Bay State, with very little regulation, could present a public health risk for gambling addicts and those at risk of gambling addiction. Credit: Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University Harry Levant knows all too well the devastation that gambling addiction can cause. … Read more

Meet Qikiqtania, a fossil fish with the good sense to stay in the water while others ventured onto land

CC BY-ND” width=”800″ height=”394″/> An artist’s vision of Qikiqtania enjoying its fully aquatic, free-swimming lifestyle. Credit: Alex Boersma, CC BY-ND Approximately 365 million years ago, one group of fishes left the water to live on land. These animals were early tetrapods, a lineage that would radiate to include many thousands of species including amphibians, birds, … Read more

Could the precipitous drop in public school enrollment be good for students?

Wendi Williams, dean of Mills College’s School of Education, says there may be some unexpected advantages to the decrease in public school enrollment, which has had concrete impacts on public schools across the country. Credit: Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University Schools in the US resumed in-person learning last year, but enrollment in public schools across the country … Read more

What makes smoky, charred barbecue taste so good? The chemistry of cooking over an open flame

The mere thought of barbecue’s smoky scents and intoxicating flavors is enough to get most mouths watering. Summer is here, and that means it is barbecue season for many people in the US I am a chemist who studies compounds found in nature, and I am also a lover of food—including barbecue. Cooking on a … Read more

A ‘goldilocks amount’ of time spent online could be good for teenagers’ well-being

Computers in Human Behavior (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2022.107290″ width=”800″ height=”413″/> Age 17 Late class profiles of digital usage at age 17.∗Weekend and Weekday Time online variable take the form of 1–5, as seen in the group means, however group means were divided by 5 here to make them consistent with the behavior variables . Credit: Computers … Read more