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Old Drug Sees New Life for Anxiety and Depression

New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression
New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression(Credit: kmiragaya/Depositphotos)

Two new studies suggest the psychiatric benefits of ketamine treatment may extend beyond just the targeting of depression. The research demonstrates ketamine may be helpful in targeting both anxiety- and substance abuse-related depression. read more

Birth of a Black Hole

At2018cow, or The Cow, as seen about 80 days after it first exploded
At2018cow, or The Cow, as seen about 80 days after it first exploded(Credit: Northwestern University)

In June 2018, a bright light burst into the skies over the Northern Hemisphere. At a glance it looked like any other supernova, but on closer inspection this thing turned out to be far weirder. Officially known as AT2018cow (but quickly nicknamed “The Cow”), astronomers now believe the ATLAS survey’s twin telescopes in Hawaii captured an unprecedented look at the birth of a black hole or a neutron star. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber

Artist's rendering of the B-21 Raider
Artist’s rendering of the B-21 Raider(Credit: US Air Force)

The US Air Force’s next strategic heavy bomber has passed a critical design review. On November 28 to 30, the US Defense Department carried out a multi-disciplined technical evaluation of the proposed B-21 Raider to see if its design was stable and mature enough to warrant moving on to manufacturing and flight testing, and the evaluation has determined that significant progress has been made on the three-year old project. read more

New Islands of Denmark

Assuming all goes well, construction of the Holmene project is expected to begin in 2022 and...
Assuming all goes well, construction of the Holmene project is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2040(Credit: Urban Power for Hvidovre Municipality)

The Danish government and greater Copenhagen mayors, working with Urban Power architecture and planning, have embarked on an ambitious scheme to create nine new islands off the coast of Copenhagen. The massive land reclamation project will provide new space for leisure and industry use, as well as a lot of energy production. read more

New Hankook Concept Tires

Hankook's two concept tires, the Hexonic and the Aeroflow, at the Essen motor show
Hankook’s two concept tires, the Hexonic and the Aeroflow, at the Essen motor show(Credit:Hankook)

We’re suckers for good concept tires here at New Atlas, and it seems there’s no shortage of ideas each year for what the future might look like where the rubber hits the road. These two Hankook concepts come to us from the Essen Motor Show, and they concentrate on autonomous comfort and racing downforce. read more

On a Collision Course with a Cloud

An artist's imagining of the night sky from Earth as the Milky Way collides with neighboring...
An artist’s imagining of the night sky from Earth as the Milky Way collides with neighboring galaxy Andromeda – a new study shows that the Large Magellanic Cloud will also smash into the Milky Way much sooner(Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger)

When we think of celestial threats to our planet, we usually think of big asteroids and comets, and maybe the odd gamma ray burst or supernova. What we probably wouldn’t think of is an entire galaxy bearing down on us, but according to a new study, that’s exactly what’s happening right now. The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a nearby dwarf galaxy, is on a collision course with the Milky Way, but there’s no need to worry just yet – the starry smashup won’t begin for another two billion years or so. read more

Weapon Wednesday – SB>1 Defiant is No Normal Helicopter

The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will...
The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will enter US Army service in the 2030s(Credit: Sikorsky/Boeing)

Sikorsky and Boeing have been working on this high-speed, long-range, ultra-maneuverable military helicopter design for some time, and now they’ve released the first photos of what is expected to become a highly effective US Army utility helicopter sometime in the 2030s. read more

New Horizons Probe to Pass Mysterious Ultima Thule on New Years Day

An artist's impression of Ultima Thule, which is already turning out to be quite mysterious before...
An artist’s impression of Ultima Thule, which is already turning out to be quite mysterious before New Horizons even arrives(Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Steve Gribben)

NASA’s New Horizons probe is just days away from its historic flyby of Ultima Thule, a mysterious object on the fringe of the solar system. Since it awoke from hibernation back in June, the craft has been making observations of the object, and that has raised the first puzzle – Ultima seems to be an unexpectedly “dark” world, and while there are a number of possible explanations, none of them have any precedent in the solar system. read more

2019 Will Bring Jetpack Races

The proposed jetpack race series will be open to all turbine VTOL personal flight machines that...
The proposed jetpack race series will be open to all turbine VTOL personal flight machines that can prove their safety(Credit: Jetpack Aviation)

The team at Jetpack Aviation (JPA) has just completed test flights in which two pilots flew close enough together to playfully boop each other on the nose. Next step: the world’s first jetpack race series, starting in 2019, and yes, the jetboards and jet suits of the world are invited to participate! read more