Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for establishing the all-too-weird reality of black holes — the straight-out-of-science-fiction cosmic monsters that suck up light and time and will eventually swallow us, too. Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany and Andrea Ghez of the United States explained...
Researchers using high-resolution satellite imagery and a geospatial algorithm to identify rapid and abrupt landscape change in the Arctic find additional indicators of ground collapse due to warming climate In 2014, workers on the Yamal Peninsula in western Siberia noticed a deep, mysterious crater within the permafrost that had seemingly...
Researchers have discovered a type of bacteria that eats and gets its calories from metal, after suspecting they exist for more than a hundred years but never proving it. The bacteria have reportedly been suspected to exist for over a century but has not been proved. The tiny microbes were discovered...
A new study describes how the mission became the first to make a fifth state of matter in Earth orbit, and the advantages of studying atoms in space. This month marks 25 years since scientists first produced a fifth state of matter, which has extraordinary properties totally unlike solids, liquids,...
The Yukon, a territory located in northwestern Canada, was once home to ancient rhinos and turtles, a recent analysis of fossils discovered in 1973 shows. The ancient fragments of teeth were so small and in such bad shape that “most paleontologists may not have picked them up,” said Jaelyn Eberle,...
According to a new report, Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice six times faster than in the 1990s – currently on track with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case climate warming scenario. The findings, published in two separate papers in Nature, show that Greenland and Antarctica lost 6.4 trillion...
The Australian Institute of Marine Science caught an unnamed midnight snapper in 2016. Recently the 81-year-old fish, which was found off the coast of Western Australia, has been revealed as the oldest tropical reef fish known to science. The discovery was added in a new study, which is dedicated to...
Mussels could serve as a global bioindicator for microplastic pollution, as the creatures don’t move and reside on the seabed where plastic ends up. And a new study from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) uncovered plastic in 76.6 percent of individual blue mussels they tested. Reuters pointed to...
Meet the 13 astronauts who could be the first humans on Mars. One of those astronauts, Zena Cardman, calls Williamsburg, Virginia, her home. Cardman has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in marine sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a National Science Foundation graduate...
Many diseases and viruses are difficult to map because of the inability to perform ‘protein folding’. This is set to change because of the work of Google’s DeepMind and it could have lasting medical benefits. Unfolding protein is key to understanding its properties and relatively few proteins have been successfully...