In a ‘return to nature,’ California legalizes human composting for environmental benefits

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Californians will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Sunday that creates a state regulatory process for “natural organic reduction,” or transforming human remains into soil. The law will go into effect in 2027. California is the fifth state to legalize … Read more

Climate ‘points of no return’ may be much closer than we thought

Climate tipping points — the “points of no return” past which key components of Earth’s climate will begin to irreversibly break down — could be triggered by much lower temperatures than scientists previously thought, with some tipping points potentially already reached. There are also many more potential tipping points than scientists previously identified, according to … Read more

A Month on ‘Mars’: Return to Earth

We’re back in southern climes, and our month on “Mars” is already a dream, a muse, a fading memory. The Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island is a place where we are reminded of our frantic and violently shifting past, and one possible future. It’s a realm of vast, barren, forbidding landscapes; layered with dust and … Read more

New Perseverance Rock Samples Were Altered by Water. They’ll be Coming Back to Earth in the Sample Return Mission

The Perseverance rover is enjoying a bit of a winning streak lately! For the past year and a half, the rover has been exploring the Jezero crater on Mars to learn more about the planet’s past. As part of this mission, Perseverance is obtaining samples of Martian rock and soil that it will set aside … Read more

Repaired SpaceX booster to return to action on Starlink Group 4-23

SpaceX will launch its 56th Starlink mission, Group 4-23, taking flight aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Liftoff is expected at 10:22 PM EDT on Saturday (02:22 UTC on Sunday). With SpaceX maintaining an average rate of one launch every 6.28 days, the … Read more

Return to flight: NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to launch using space shuttle-used parts

More than a decade after NASA landed its last space shuttle, major parts from all five of the retired winged orbiters are ready to launch again — this time on a mission to the moon. Components that previously flew (opens in new tab) on 83 out of the 135 space shuttle missions have been assembled … Read more

Kids’ return to classrooms brings unique challenges for school social workers

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain As children and adolescents go back to school across the country this month, they face escalating mental health challenges. Clinical anxiety and depression among youth has doubled during the pandemic. Gun in the US has reached an advanced level, and according to a June 2022 report by the National Center for … Read more