The Number of People With Persistent Fatigue Could Soon Double. Here’s Why. : ScienceAlert

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also often known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), already affects tens of millions of people worldwide. But according to new research, we could be facing twice as many cases in the near future. A study from a team in Germany, published in Internal Medicine, says that the long-lasting effects of COVID-19 on … Read more

Here’s what’s landing on the moon today aboard Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander

Intuitive Machines’ lander, named Odysseus, will try today (Feb. 22) to become the first private spacecraft ever to touch down softly on the moon. But what is the lander carrying? The intrepid Odysseus entered lunar orbit on Wednesday (Feb. 21) and will make its historic landing attempt this afternoon no earlier than 5:30 p.m. EST … Read more

Political Ads Can Target Your Personality. Here’s What Could Go Wrong

More than 2,000 years ago Socrates thundered against the invention of writing, fearful of the forgetfulness it would cause. While writing has since redeemed itself, ChatGPT and its brethren in what is collectively known as GenAI now trigger similar warnings of linguistic novelty posing a threat to humanity. Geoffrey Hinton, who is sometimes called the … Read more

Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander is aiming for a crater near the moon’s south pole. Here’s why

Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus mission is targeting touch down near the moon’s south pole this week for a historic lunar landing.  The Nova-C lunar lander, named Odysseus, was built by the Houston-based company Intuitive Machines and launched to the moon atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Feb. 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. … Read more

Zombie Deer Disease Is Spreading Through America. Here’s Why It’s a Concern. : ScienceAlert

In the tranquil expanses of North America’s woodlands and grasslands, a silent but concerning phenomenon is unfolding: chronic wasting disease (CWD). The condition, often dubbed “zombie deer disease”, is stealthily spreading among deer populations, sparking concerns among scientists, conservationists and the public alike. This neurological affliction, characterised by myriad symptoms, such as drooling, lethargy, stumbling … Read more

Here’s What ‘FDA Approved’ Really Means : ScienceAlert

If you’ve ever reached for a bottle of moisturizer labeled “patented” or “FDA approved,” you might want to think twice. In a recent study of hundreds of advertisements, I found that supplements and beauty products often misleadingly use these terms to suggest safety or efficacy. As a law professor, I suspect this is confusing for … Read more

A Mysterious Virus Called ‘Alaskapox’ Is Emerging. Here’s What We Know. : ScienceAlert

Scientists and health professionals are closely monitoring a rare virus known as Alaskapox after a fatal case popped up in a new area. The few cases diagnosed since Alaskapox was first identified in 2015 have typically been associated with mild symptoms, including joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, and one or more bumps or … Read more

NASA’s interstellar Voyager 1 spacecraft isn’t doing so well — here’s what we know

On Dec. 12, 2023, NASA shared some worrisome news about Voyager 1, the first probe to walk away from our solar system‘s gravitational party and enter the isolation of interstellar space. Surrounded by darkness, Voyager 1 seems to be glitching.  It has been out there for more than 45 years, having supplied us with a … Read more

Electric Vehicles Aren’t Ready for Extreme Heat and Cold. Here’s How to Fix Them

A bitter cold snap in Chicago forced electric vehicle (EV) drivers to wait in line for hours at charging stations last month; some even found themselves stranded when their battery died while they waited in the queues. The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power most EVs perform poorly in the cold, so scientists and carmakers around … Read more

Would You Recognize a Seizure? Here’s How to Help as a Bystander. : ScienceAlert

Approximately 1 in 26 people develop epilepsy, a condition in which someone experiences recurring and unprovoked seizures. But experiencing a seizure does not always mean a person has epilepsy. Seizures can be provoked by acute head injuries, alcohol withdrawal and high blood sugar, among other things. Approximately 1 in 10 people will experience a seizure … Read more