Earlier this year, an internet rumor caused a bit of a stir when it was claimed that we were about to go through a mini-ice age due to the Sun’s lack of activity. Scientists say this is unlikely to happen. Douglas Biesecker of NOAA’S Space Weather Prediction Center joins Rick Pantaleo to talk about the Sun and space weather on this Science Edition of Press Conference USA.
As we near the two month point of the officially declared global COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking forward to resuming their normal daily activities. On this week’s Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Rick Pantaleo talks with Dr. Peter Hotez, from the Baylor College of Medicine and Alexandre White of Johns Hopkins University about the impact the pandemic is having on society and what is needed to safely reopen the world.
On the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Rick Pantaleo and Carol Pearson continue their conversation on the COVID-19 pandemic. Their guest is Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. We’ll also talk with tech expert and futurist, Amy Webb, about how technology is helping people during this crisis.
On this Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Dr. Thomas Frieden, MD, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives and the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks with host Rick Pantaleo and co-host Carol Pearson about what’s on everyone’s mind these days - the COVID-19 pandemic.
Astronomers noted that the star Betelgeuse was getting dimmer. This set off speculation that the star was getting cooler and about to explode in a spectacular supernova. A pair of astronomers analyzed recent observations of Betelgeuse and found evidence that the star was simply shedding material from its outer layers.
Biologists from North Carolina and an astronomer from Chicago collaborated on a new study that suggests disturbances to Earth’s magnetic field by solar storms may be disrupting navigational abilities of migrating whales, which cause the giant creatures to become stranded or “beached” on land.
Scientists from the US, Australia, and New Zealand say they have discovered the biggest explosion in the universe since the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago. The massive explosion was detected in the Ophiuchus galaxy supercluster located about 390 million light-years from Earth. One of the scientists says the explosion happened very slowly and took place over hundreds of millions of years.
A University of British Columbia student of astronomy was combing through data that had been gathered by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission when she discovered 17 new exoplanets. One of the new planets, which is described as being Earth-like, also happens to reside in the so-called habitable zone around its host star. Another of the planets is only two-thirds the size Earth, while the remaining fifteen exoplanets are said to range in sizes up to eight times that of Earth.
A Pennsylvania State University team is working to find out if intelligent extraterrestrials are employing the transiting method, which our scientists have successfully used to find exoplanets, to spot planets including Earth. The researchers looked for radio signal emissions from 20 nearby stars that align with Earth’s orbital plane, conditions that could allow ETs to spot our planet. The Penn State team and others say that, so far, they have found no signs of extraterrestrial civilizations.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found connections between sweet beverages and a couple of factors that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The study suggests that drinking a 355-milliliter beverage more than once a day can lower HDL, or good cholesterol levels while increasing the number of triglycerides, a type of fat in the bloodstream.