Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds

Enlarge / Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) The fastball is, as its name implies, the fastest pitch in major league baseball, reaching speeds in excess of […]

NASA closes call for small payloads to study the surface of the Moon

Lunar Outpost In recent years satellites have gotten smaller, scaling all the way down to CubeSats and even smaller spacecraft. Rockets have followed, too, with a surge in development of much smaller boosters for small satellites. This miniaturization revolution has not come to robotic landers and rovers—yet. That should soon change, driven in part by […]

Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation

Enlarge / Visualization of the spread through social media of an article falsely claiming 3 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. (credit: Filippo Menczer) Shortly after the 2016 election, newly elected President Donald Trump—peeved at losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—falsely claimed he would have won the popular vote […]

Cataclysmic eruption may have kicked off ‘worst year” in history for humans – study

The bubonic plague years and the breakout of two World Wars were terrible times. But these were not the worst periods to be alive, scientists claim in new research. It’s the year 536. The 6th century year is thought to have been the beginning of bizarrely cold and dark summers, blamed for causing crop failure […]

Re-victimized by authorities? Indigenous women’s murders simply disappear, study finds

Hundreds of Native American women have been murdered or have gone missing over the years, and their fate remains a mystery as authorities are appallingly lax in keeping track of such crime victims, according to a new study. Of the 5,712 American Indian and Alaska Native girls and women reported missing in 2016, only 116 […]