Live Science features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history. Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:36:20 +0000 Coronavirus in the US: Latest COVID-19 news and case counts The U.S. has now confirmed more than 3 million COVID-19 cases, as numbers surge in Arizona, Texas, Florida and California. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 22:44:34 +0000 Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates Among the top coronavirus news out today are: As the U.S. prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, new coronavirus cases continue to surge, breaking records in multiple states. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 21:35:10 +0000 Earth's magnetic field changes 10 times faster than once thought Directional changes in Earth's magnetic field happen far more rapidly than previous calculations suggested, according to new simulations. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:43:24 +0000 A shot taken every 2 months could prevent HIV The shot could someday be an alternative to daily pills. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:26:21 +0000 4 mysterious objects spotted in deep space are unlike anything ever seen Astronomers have discovered four faint objects that at radio wavelengths are highly circular and brighter along their edges. And they're unlike any class of astronomical object ever seen before. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:29:07 +0000 Weird new 'pentadiamonds' could be ultrahard, ultralight and conduct electricity Materials scientists come up with a potentially useful new form of carbon. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:08:40 +0000 Older people don't take more precautions against coronavirus The age groups most likely to face severe illness and death from COVID-19 aren't more willing to take preventive measures against coronavirus, an international study finds. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:35:44 +0000 SpaceX to launch Starlink and BlackSky satellites into orbit today. Here's how to watch live. SpaceX will launch its tenth set of Starlink internet satellites into orbit today (July 8) and you can watch it live online. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:02:39 +0000 The Arctic Circle: Polar portal to the Arctic Located about 66.5 degrees north of the Equator lies the Arctic Circle — a line of latitude that outlines the border of Earth's northernmost region known as the Arctic. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:00:20 +0000 The electric hum of life may have originated with primordial lightning A low-frequency hum in our cells syncs may have synced with ancient sky bolts. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:00:43 +0000 COVID-19 is tied to deadly brain inflammation in some patients COVID-19 may cause dangerous neurological problems. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Antibody cocktail to prevent and treat COVID-19 enters late-stage trials The treatment contains two antibodies shown to help neutralize the virus. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 01:25:54 +0000 Is the coronavirus airborne? Evidence is scant, infectious disease experts say The most important ways to prevent transmission are still the same, whether SARS-CoV-2 spreads via tiny droplets or larger ones. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:59:07 +0000 The US formally announced its withdrawal from the World Health Organization Trump threatened in May to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO. Now the process has begun. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:36:09 +0000 Ice age mining camp found 'frozen in time' in underwater Mexican cave Cave divers found a mysterious passageway that led to an ice age ochre mine. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:29:43 +0000 350 elephants drop dead in Botswana, some walking in circles before doing face-plants More than 350 elephants in Botswana have mysteriously died since May, in a phenomenon that some scientists have dubbed a "conservation disaster," and one that has evaded explanation. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:45:09 +0000 Bubonic plague case confirmed in China's Inner Mongolia Cases of plague crop up from time to time on nearly every continent worldwide. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:25:00 +0000 How the brain builds a sense of self We don't just copy the behavior of people around us. We also copy their minds. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:22:51 +0000 Is it safe to use hair dye? Hair can be dyed at home or at a salon. Is one safer than the other? Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:24:11 +0000 What is the Dunning-Kruger effect? When we don't know enough to know what we don't know. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:00:16 +0000 Humans are hardwired to dismiss (coronavirus) facts that don't fit their worldview Americans increasingly exist in highly polarized, informationally insulated ideological communities, allowing them to dismiss scientific facts about coronavirus. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:03:54 +0000 Rocket Lab Electron launch fails to reach orbit, 7 satellites lost A Rocket Lab Electron booster carrying seven satellites failed to reach orbit during a Fourth of July launch Saturday. Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:56:10 +0000 Can energy be sucked out of a black hole? In a very distant future, black hole bombs will be the only hope for any civilization to thrive. This would be a universe with immense, isolated sources of energy, shining bright in an otherwise completely black sky. Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:23:32 +0000 What color is the sunset on other planets? It depends on whether the planet's atmosphere is predominantly filled with gas or dust particles. Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:00:11 +0000 The US Constitution: Facts about the country's founding document Written over 200 years ago, the Constitution is a legal document of Articles and Amendments that form the foundation of the federal government, state authority and citizen rights. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:00:58 +0000 Why do some men take so long to poop? They're probably not just pooping; the restroom is a safe place for them to ponder life's great questions. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:00:05 +0000 How to watch the 'Independence Day' lunar eclipse The full moon will pass through part of Earth's shadow, leading to a partial penumbral eclipse. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:05:43 +0000 Looted skulls and human remains are being sold in black markets on Facebook A Live Science investigation unlocked a world inside private Facebook groups in which human remains are often sold with little information about their origins — raising questions about how they were acquired. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:49:40 +0000 Hand sanitizer and fireworks don't mix, experts warn It's a dangerous combo. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:00:33 +0000 Betelgeuse's weird dimming caused by gigantic starspots Betelgeuse's weird recent dimming was caused by starspots that temporarily covered at least half of the red supergiant's surface, a new study suggests. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:36:43 +0000