Live Science features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 23:09:52 +0000 Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates There have now been more than 31 million COVID-19 cases reported worldwide and more than 965,600 deaths. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:19:47 +0000 Earth's new minimoon might be a rocket humans launched into space in the 1960s Earth has a small new moon coming, but it might have been made by people in the 1960s. It will take closer observations to know for sure. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:46:13 +0000 Mass stranding event beaches 450 whales in Tasmania It's the worst stranding event the Australian island has ever seen. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:32:12 +0000 Gold miners discover 100 million-year-old meteorite crater Down Under About 100 million years ago, a gigantic meteorite collided with Australia, creating a 3-mile-wide impact crater. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:04:10 +0000 Election Day vaccine unlikely: FDA to issue tougher standards for authorization Individuals familiar with the situation told The Washington Post anonymously. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:53:00 +0000 'Pi planet' alien world takes 3.14 days to orbit its star Scientists have found an alien world that orbits its host star every 3.14 Earth days, a close approximation of the famous mathematical constant pi. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:41:26 +0000 Prehistoric desert footprints are earliest evidence for humans on Arabian Peninsula Scientists have discovered human footprints embedded on an ancient lake surface in the Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia that are around 120,000 years old. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:30:32 +0000 'Grand claims' of life on Venus lack evidence, skeptics say A roundup of the various pushback and criticisms to the claim that there could be life on Venus Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:56:32 +0000 What is dark matter? Basic facts about the unknown material called dark matter. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:34:47 +0000 Tropical storm Beta floods Houston, and days of heavy rainfall are still to come Roads are flooded again. Protective dunes destroyed. Louisiana is bracing for another impact. And the season still has much more than a month left to go. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:10:47 +0000 Lightning killed 2 giraffes in South Africa: Were they doomed by their height? After two dead giraffes were discovered in a South African nature reserve, scientists determined that the animals had been struck by lightning. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:56:20 +0000 US reaches staggering milestone — 200,000 COVID-19 deaths It took eight months to reach 200,000 deaths. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:07:02 +0000 350 elephants killed by 'a combination of neurotoxins' in water, Botswana government says Toxic cyanobacteria may have killed 350 elephants in Botswana, government says Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:39:15 +0000 RV-size asteroid to get closer to Earth than the moon Earth will change the direction of an asteroid that's getting awfully close this week. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:29:38 +0000 Why do we sleep? The answer may change right before we turn 3. The main function of sleep may change as our brains do. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:20:46 +0000 Mysterious Mexican wreck was an illegal slave ship Archaeologists have identified the wreck of a Mexican steamer as La Union, an illegal slave ship that smuggled the Maya as cargo to Cuba. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:35:26 +0000 Hello fall! Equinox kicks off autumn on Sept. 22 Going forward, the North Pole will be plunged into twilight and then darkness. Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:35:49 +0000 Hurricane season is so active in 2020, we ran out of names With the formation of Tropical Storm Wilfred on Sept. 18, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season reached the end of its storm names list and will now "go Greek." Mon, 21 Sep 2020 21:18:30 +0000 First experimental evidence of a new type of dark boson possibly found Two experiments hunting for a whisper of a particle called a dark boson that prevents whole galaxies from flying apart recently published some contradictory results. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:55:48 +0000 Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100 A new, international study shows the significant impact that melting ice sheets will have on global sea levels. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:53:18 +0000 Wizard battles and demon circles revealed in newly translated Christian texts Newly translated Christian texts tell of wizard battles and demon circles. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:12:49 +0000 New CDC guidelines say coronavirus spreads through air. Then CDC deletes them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what scientists have been saying for a while: the coronavirus can spread through the air. Then, they took it back. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:43:45 +0000 An aurora that lit up the sky over the Titanic might explain why it sank A geomagnetic storm that sparked spectacular aurora displays could also have contributed to the sinking of the Titanic. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:25:16 +0000 Black doctors have created a task force to make sure COVID-19 vaccines are safe The panel is independent of the FDA and CDC and will review decisions of both agencies. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:43:31 +0000 Climate fires and hurricanes collide in this shocking NASA satellite image An epic series of satellite images shows smokes from the California wildfires clashing with hurricanes in the Eastern United States and Gulf Coast. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:13:39 +0000 What if Earth had rings? What might Earth be like crowned with rings? Space and science- fiction illustrator Ron Miller created extraordinary images of how the sky might look if Earth possessed such rings. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:35:52 +0000 Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' Episode 49: Mysterious Bacteria Single-cell microbes known as bacteria are simpler than most forms of life, yet they are still intriguingly complex. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:02:09 +0000 Amazing images: The best science photos of the week Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science. Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:39:04 +0000 What did people use before toilet paper was invented? What did people use instead of toilet paper? Seashells, tapestries, wooden sticks and more. Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:00:33 +0000 Why is space a vacuum? The nothingness of space is hard to wrap our heads around. 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