Science

Astronomers Find Oldest Stardust In The Universe, Leftover from the First Stars

Astronomers have reported this week that they may have seen some of the earliest stardust ever created in the cosmos. University of College London astrophysicist Nicolas Laporte—and colleagues—say they have detected stardust in a galaxy, as it was when the universe was only 600 million years old. Published online in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, on […]

Has The Kepler Space Telescope Found Two Habitable Exoplanets?

For centuries (more like since the beginning of time), mankind has been fascinated with the Heavens. While we contemplated the source of the celestial bodies through the earliest of known history, and began mapping them as we explored the planet, our understanding of the stars, planets, and other types of matter in space has really […]

Capuchin Monkeys Found To Have Evolved Tool Use maybe 700 years Ago

Humans have been the most ingenious species to ever live on this planet; at least, as far as we have been able to discern. However, we continue to learn more and more about our ape cousins and how they came to understand and develop tools. Cashew nuts are naturally protected by a thick shell which […]

Has Thirty Years of Climate Change Displaced Our Planet’s Clouds ?

Just in case you need more evidence that climate change is real, scientists are now saying that we have thorough documentation that cloud distribution across Earth has shifted. More importantly, the shift has pushed clouds outwards, towards the poles, roughly 20 to 30 degrees latitude in both hemispheres. “As global warming occurs, there’s the expectation […]

CERN’s LHC Finds Three New Particles and Identifies a Fourth

The Large Hadron Collider is Europe’s largest particle accelerator and it is now operating again.  And two recently published studies now describe that the machine’s latest round of experiments have resulted in the identification of three new “exotic” particles and confirmed the existence—yet undiscovered—fourth new particle. These newly-identified particles are considered “exotic” because they contain […]

Can Plants Possess The Ability To Make Risky Decisions?

The lowly pea doesn’t really much of a reputation. Sure it is known as a crisp and sweet vegetable, used in stews, stir fry, and even soup.  It is nutritious and tasty but apparently it is also very smart. Ok, peas do not have brains, but many plants exhibit behaviors quite similar to human intelligence. […]

Have We Fixed the Hole in the Ozone Layer?

While most of us continue to scratch our heads about what to do regarding climate change, scientists are throwing another log on the proverbial fire claiming that the gaping hole in our planet’s ozone layer is healing itself. In a new study—published on Thursday in the journal Science—the ozone hole above the South Pole is […]

Have Scientists Discovered the Oldest Known Man-Made Telescope, in Portugal?

Any discovery of ancient structures is a pretty cool find but most tombs, and whatnot, but for the most part these discoveries are roughly the same. But once in awhile, scientist find something that seems innocuous but turns out to be so much more.  According to a new study led by Fabio Silva—of the University […]

Experts Warn Penguin Population Could Fall by 60 percent By 2099

Climate change is undeniable, but understanding its effects—particularly several years down the road—is much more difficult. As such, then, we continue to learn more and more about our planetary concerns over the next few years. And, according to a paper published in the June 29th edition of Scientific Reports, roughly 30 percent of the current […]

Experts Warn Light Pollution Causing Premature Spring in Many Regions

Civilization—the sign of great Human progress—comes only with great perseverance. Apparently, though, it is also comes with many great risks that would have been difficult to anticipate early on. And sometimes these risks put the environment in jeopardy. Sure, we are talking about pollution, here. Indeed, city scapes contribute the burning of fossil fuels and […]

Astronomers Say Surprisingly Close, But Stealthy Black Hole In Milky Way Suggests Millions More

New planets and stars are not the only things that our latest space exploration missions have found. As a matter of fact, astronomers report that they have just found an incognito black hole—the first ever discovered—and they believe it could the first of millions of others hiding in our Milky Way galaxy alone. According to […]

Scientists Report Discovery of Desperately-Needed Helium Reserves

In 1996, the United States privatized the National Helium Reserve, selling off shares of the gas on the cheap. This, of course, quickly depleted what was the world’s largest supply of natural helium. As such, we are threatened with a helium shortage but, fortunately, researchers claim to have discovered a new field of helium in […]

Will Invasive Lionfish Overturn Aquatic Mediterranean Ecosystems?

Scientists have identified an invasive species of lionfish is becoming more prolific in the Mediterranean waterways.  Apparently, the warmer temperatures around the Suez canal have motivated these normally Atlantic ocean dwelling creatures to move further inland.  Obviously, this can upset the local ecosystem in terms of food supply, but these animals are also predatory and […]

Is There A Wealth of Groundwater Deep Beneath California?

It is no big secret that California suffers a consistent water shortage. Sure, it is not always so dire but, in general, it is easy to assume that, at some point, Californians will find themselves in drought conditions. This is becoming increasingly apparent, too, as the temperature continues to rise from Global Warming. But a […]

Amber Fossil Research Shows Prehistoric Insects Used Artificial Camouflage

Camouflage has long been one of the most significant evolutionary advantages. Insects have largely benefited from this characteristic, developing exoskeletons or other features (like wings) that make the organism blend in with the background or create an optical illusion that can confuse predators. Humans, of course, have learned from this adaptation by developing our own […]

New Analysis of Old “Deep Skull” Surprises Scientists

The skull may have been found in the Niah Cave (in Sarawak, an island in Southeast Asia) in 1958, by Sarawak Museum’s Tom Harrison, but advancements in technology have allowed for new insights, and the insights the research have made are quite astonishing. The latest research has, led by University of New South Wales (UNSW) […]

It Seems Monkeys, Like Humans, Shed Friends As They Age

You may have noticed, over time, you begin to shrink your social circle. During the teen years, of course, one of the most important goals in life is to develop a lot of friends. But as we get older we start to realize that we need fewer friends and more quality relationships. As a result, […]

Scientists Successfully Develop Embryo in A Laboratory for 13 Days

A group of scientists have been studying human embryo development in a laboratory setting and they have recently reported the successful growth of an embryo outside the human body. While the embryo only lived for 13 days, it is the first step in gaining new insight on the early stages of human life. “We will learn […]

Ritualistic Human Sacrifice Found Linked to Modern Social Hierarchy

The latest research suggests there is a significant connection between ritual human sacrifice and social hierarchy. University of Auckland scientists have confirmed this correlation by analyzing and comparing the traditional cultures of Austronesia; this is a region of the globe which encompasses several dozen islands including those of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Using prior ethnographic […]

Birds Breeding Above Alligators For Protection in the Everglades Pay Progenial Price

In order for any ecosystem to thrive the organisms therein must reach symbiosis. This is as much an evolutionary relationship as it is balance of the predator/prey relationship. For example, we know that some animals and plants function better during the summer months while others function better during winter. Obviously, these are seasonal organisms. We […]

Forgotten Museum Fossil Analyzed, Reveals Something Big about One of the Earth’s Biggest Predators

The fossilized femur of a dinosaur had been waiting for analysis at the Museum of Geology and Paleontology, in Palermo, Italy. Even though this bone was about the size of a bus—approximately 30 feet in length and weighing as much as two tons—it had been somehow overlooked. Thankfully, researchers took a a look at it this […]

Scientists Marvel At Extremely Well-Preserved 520-Million Year Old Vertebrate

A fossil recently discovered in southern China is so well-preserved that scientists can examine each of the animal’s individual nerves, visibly. Of course, this is the very first time researchers have found anything this old yet this detailed. The fossil is that of a Chengjiangocaris kunmingensis, and it lived—not surprisingly—during the Cambrian ‘explosion.’ This is […]

Food Supply Could Be At Risk if We Do Not Protect Our Pollinators

Ecologists have warned, for many years, of the threat posed by the decline of pollinating insects. Increasing survival risks for bees and other important insects are making it harder for these very important components of the natural cycle to survive. This means that we could lose crops like apples, berries, and coffee. While that will […]

Fossil Teeth Help Tell the Human Evolutionary Story ?

New analysis of fossil evidence uses the evolution of teeth to track the story of Mankind. Scientists believe the new findings could improve our understanding of the connection between modern humans and the fossil record of human ancestry. Experts have tried for many years to learn more about human evolution through the analysis of human […]

Desert Beetle Helps to Inspire Material Which Can Harvest Water from Air

Scientists have found that the bumpy shell of the desert-dwelling Namib beetle is more than just a protective layer. As a matter of fact, the beetle’s bumpy shell help the insect to survive the desert by also extracting moisture from the air. And now scientists from Harvard University are using this idea—along with similar functions […]