Earth’s annual e-waste could grow to 75 million metric tons by 2030

The planet’s hefty pile of discarded electronics is getting a lot heavier, a new report finds.…

Why COVID-19 is both startlingly unique and painfully familiar

For Abby Knowles, a headache and fatigue was just the start. She soon felt like she…

A newfound exoplanet may be the exposed core of a gas giant

A dense, scorched planet around a faraway star may be the naked core of a gas…

4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context

On June 20, a remote Siberian town called Verkhoyansk logged a temperature of 38° Celsius (100.4°…

The U.S. largely wasted time bought by COVID-19 lockdowns. Now what?

From March to May, much of the United States pressed pause. In the face of a…

An asteroid’s moon got a name so NASA can bump it off its course

Newly christened “Dimorphos” is a tiny space rock with a big target on its back. The…

Here’s what we’ve learned in six months of COVID-19 — and what we still don’t know

Just six months ago, the World Health Organization got a troubling report from Chinese health officials.…

Here’s how flying snakes stay aloft

The movie Snakes on a Plane had it wrong. That’s not how snakes fly. Certain species…

Fish eggs can hatch after being eaten and pooped out by ducks

For fish eggs, getting gobbled by a duck kicks off a harrowing journey that includes a…

Strokes and mental state changes hint at how COVID-19 harms the brain

COVID-19 cases described by U.K. doctors offer a sharper view of the illness’s possible effects on…