Satellites Can Spot Beached Whales From Space

The launch of new satellites later this year could make the job of identifying stranded whales from space even more effective. J. Findlay Imagery/Getty Images To an eye in the sky, a stranded whale on the shoreline might look like a pink blob, a gray smear, or a long line of bleached and curving white. […]

An Evocative Mural on Rikers Island Will Be Moved to the Brooklyn Museum

Ringgold’s mural, For the Women’s House (1971), showcased earlier at a Brooklyn Museum exhibition in 2017. The painting will be permanently relocated to the museum pending its removal from the Rikers prison complex. The Brooklyn Museum For the past 50 years, a mural by American artist Faith Ringgold has resided on Rikers Island, home to […]

Seven Key Questions About Omicron Answered

Anthony Fauci (left), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the President, listens as President Joe Biden (right) delivers remarks on the Omicron Covid-19 variant. Fauci has warned that Omicron could reach most of the population. Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images When scientists in South Africa announced […]

The True History Behind HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’

Kimberly Hamlin Historian, Miami University Even though the United States had boomed in size in the decades since its founding, daily life for most Americans remained largely unchanged by 1860. Homes had no electricity or running water. People cooked with fire, read by candlelight, and rode in carriages or on horses. (Those traveling long distances […]

Animal Shelters See an Influx of Donations in Honor of Betty White

Betty White poses with a parrot at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2014. Angela Weiss/Getty Images Betty White died late December 2021, just before turning 100. White was best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, but she was also a lifelong animal rights activist. To honor her devotion to animals, fans created the #BettyWhiteChallenge, a […]

Space Is Destroying Astronauts’ Red Blood Cells

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra (left) performs blood draw on European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake for the recent study. NASA Space travel takes many tolls on the human body, and new research suggests long-duration flights are changing astronauts’ blood. According to the study published in the journal Nature Medicine, astronauts’ bodies are destroying their […]

See Prince Charles’ Watercolors of Landscapes Around the World

This watercolor of Huna Mill in Scotland is one of 79 paintings by Prince Charles on display at the Garrison Chapel in London. The Prince’s Foundation The largest-ever exhibition of paintings by Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, is currently on display in London. On view at the Garrison Chapel in the former Chelsea […]

Should NFTs Be Classified as Art? Wikipedia’s Editors Vote ‘No’

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia curated by volunteer community editors, found itself at the center of conversations about whether to categorize non-fungible tokens as “art.” Da-Kuk via Getty Images Fans of the Instagram account @depthsofwikipedia know that Wikipedia editors have a passion for lists, be they precise charts of animal sounds or catalogs of ill-fated inventors. […]

Did a Jewish Notary Betray Anne Frank to the Nazis?

The multidisciplinary team suggests that Arnold van den Bergh, a notary and member of Amsterdam’s Jewish Council, gave the Secret Annex’s address to the Nazis to avoid deportation. Tim Sloan / AFP via Getty Images On August 1, 1944, 15-year-old Anne Frank penned a journal entry describing herself as a “bundle of contradictions.” Reflecting on […]

Ancient Roman Trading Settlement Unearthed 80 Miles From London

Some of the ancient Roman decorative pottery pieces uncovered at the archaeological site in England. HS2 Archaeologists have unearthed a large Roman trading settlement while working on a railway project in Northamptonshire, England, reports Adela Suliman of the Washington Post. The site contains more than 30 roundhouses, other stone buildings, wells, a 30-foot-wide road, coins, […]

Ten Dazzling Celestial Events to See in 2022

Nora McGreevy Daily Correspondent Despite another chaotic year on planet Earth, 2021 was a great time for amateur astronomers. Earthbound spectators witnessed a spectacular “ring of fire” solar eclipse, enjoyed exceptionally dark skies for the annual Perseid meteor shower and were treated to a surprise comet “Leonard” that streaked through the December sky. With any […]