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Antibiotic use skyrockets globally, stoking fears of tough 'superbugs'

A colony of bacteria.Image: Getty Images/Vetta By Mark Kaufman2018-03-26 22:20:26 UTC Antibiotics made their big debut during World War II, when the U.S. pumped out increasingly potent doses of penicillin to successfully combat bacterial infections in troops. These antibacterial drugs have been hugely effective in the seven decades since, but there’s a consequence: The more that antibiotics are consumed, the more resistant infectious bugs become to these drugs, possibly giving

Volcano in Indonesia unleashes massive explosion

Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra Island on Feb. 19, 2018.Image: TIBTA PANGIN/AFP/Getty Images) By Andrew Freedman2018-02-19 23:32:51 UTC Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has been erupting for about the past five years now, displacing tens of thousands as it sends debris flows toward populated areas. On Feb. 19, the volcano unleashed a far more explosive eruption that vaulted smoke and ash more than 25,000 feet into

Scientists have discovered spiders with tails because nightmares are real

Image: University of Kansas/KU News Service By Mark Kaufman2018-02-05 22:48:04 UTC Around 100 million years ago, oozing tree sap poured over hundreds of tiny spiders, killing and preserving the critters in hardened amber.  Recently, miners in northern Burma pulled this ancient amber out of a quarry. Chunks of it were purchased by paleontologists, who found in the amber many well-preserved spiders — some of them with long, almost scorpion-like tails.

We should all watch SpaceX attempt its 20th rocket landing

A Falcon 9 rocket coming in for a landing in Florida.Image: spacex By Miriam Kramer2017-12-11 23:32:01 UTC I get nervous every single time I watch a rocket launch. And as a space reporter, I watch a lot of rocket launches. In all, I’ve probably seen more than 50 launches in person or online, and every single time I get sweaty palms and that tell-tale anxious feeling in the pit of

Watch astronaut Scott Kelly's first moments on Earth after a year in space

By Miriam Kramer2017-11-14 00:08:56 UTC When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly came back down to Earth after spending a year on the International Space Station, the first thing he did was take a deep breath of cold air.  “Crisp coldness of the air is quite refreshing. And not only fresh, but [it does] not [have a] Space Station smell to it,” Kelly said in a clip from Beyond a Year in

Watch the moon's shadow slide across the U.S. from space

By Andrew Freedman2017-08-21 22:19:03 UTC Thanks to the millions who witnessed and photographed the total solar eclipse on Monday, we’re quite familiar with what the event looked like from the ground.  But what did it look like from space? Thankfully, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is testing out its latest weather satellite, known as GOES-16, which launched in November of 2016. The agency put the satellite to use

Your flight times could be cut in half thanks to NASA's supersonic tech

By Brett Williams2017-07-25 00:51:05 UTC NASA is working to bring supersonic speeds to commercial flights in the United States, which could cut travel times in half. The key? Keeping the noise down.   The agency has a design for a new supersonic jet meant to reduce the effects of sonic booms to a much less noticeable “quiet thump.” It hopes to take bids from aircraft manufacturers starting in August to

A strange red star appears to be acting out, and astronomers are keeping a close eye on it

Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.Image: Danica Coto/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Miriam Kramer2017-07-17 23:24:31 UTC A star about 11 light-years from Earth might be a weirdo. Scientists using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico took a look at the relatively small red star — named Ross 128 — in May, but last week, researchers noticed something kind of odd in the 10 minutes of data.  The signal picked up by the observatory