SciFriday: Space COVID!

September 11, 2020

A new academic paper suggests that SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, arrived here last October from outer space. Not surprisingly, the astronomers who co-authored the paper have been trying to prove that life on Earth likewise arrived from space for nearly fifty years.

Showdown in Syria

October 14, 2019

Syria’s army moved into positions that could bring it into conflict with Turkish forces battling Kurdish militia. Meanwhile, the Kurds appear to have reached an agreement with Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

Buddha on Mars!

October 20, 2015

Sharp-eyed watchers claim to see a statue of Buddha on Mars — proof, they think, that life (and human religions) began in outer space.

The Waters of Mars

September 29, 2015

NASA revealed that the Curiosity rover has discovered that the soil of Mars contains 2% water. Of course, speculation quickly followed about the possibility of life.