Oct 20, 2021
Earth Tipped on Its Side 84 Million Years Ago
We know that true polar wander (TPW) can occasionally tilt whole planets and moons relative to their axes, but it's not entirely clear just how often this has happened to Earth. Now...
Sep 27, 2021
There's a Pretty Glaring Issue With Tesla's Autopilot
It's something that has long been suspected. Now, we have evidence from a new study – once the Autopilot self-driving tech is enabled on Tesla cars, human drivers tend to pay...
Sep 13, 2021
Why Icy Plumes Flare Ahead of Supercell Storms
Something strange often happens just before a severe thunderstorm produces a tornado, high winds, or hailstones: A plume of ice and water known as an Above-Anvil Cirrus Plume (AACP)...
Sep 3, 2021
Unique Mixture of Salts Could Have Sparked Life on Earth
None of us would be around if organisms hadn't been sparked into life billions of years ago. The question of just how that spark came about continues to fascinate scientists.
Sep 1, 2021
The Ideal Exercise Intensity for Boosting Fitness
We all agree that exercise is good for you: but how hard and how often should you push yourself to get the best results? A large study looking at the link between habitual physical...
Aug 18, 2021
Cuttlefish Brains Hold Memories That Never Seem to Fade
Can you remember what you had for dinner last Tuesday? Or on this day last year? It turns out that cuttlefish can, right up to old age – the first animal we've found that...
Jul 18, 2021
Physicists Levitate Nanosphere, Pushing It to Quantum Realm
Quantum mechanics deals with the behavior of the Universe at the super-small scale: atoms and subatomic particles that operate in ways that classical physics can't explain. In order...
Jul 9, 2021
Scientists Connect a Superconductor to a Semiconductor
Scientists have succeeded in combining two exciting material types together for the very first time: an ultrathin semiconductor just a single atom thick; and a superconductor,...
Jul 5, 2021
Network Kept on 'Edge of Chaos' Acts Like Human Brain
Researchers have demonstrated how to keep a network of nanowires in a state that's right on what's known as the edge of chaos – an achievement that could be used to produce...
May 31, 2021
Why Electromagnetic Bursts Appear Before Earthquakes
For some time, seismologists have been aware of brief, subtle anomalies in underground electrical fields leading up to an earthquake, sometimes occurring as soon as a few weeks...
May 17, 2021
Mediterranean's Largest Quake Wasn't What We Thought
History tells us that in the year 365 CE, the Mediterranean region was rocked by a thunderous earthquake estimated as a magnitude 8.0 or higher. The quake and subsequent tsunami...
Apr 1, 2021
Depression Can Change How We Actually See the World
We know that depression is linked to variations in the way our brains are wired, but new research suggests that people who are going through a depressive episode actually see the...
Mar 12, 2021
New Study Explains the Weird 'Doorway Effect'
If you've ever walked into a room, then completely forgotten what you went in there for, you've experienced what's known as the doorway effect: it's almost as if the mind blanks...
Mar 1, 2021
The Evolutionary War Between Human and Disease
As the world wrestles with a global pandemic, a study of tens of thousands of ancient skeletons has revealed how the human body evolves to fight disease, and how the diseases also...
Feb 24, 2021
Variable Sleep Can Have Dramatic Effect on Depression
There's already some strong evidence that getting to bed at a regular time is important for healthy living, besides how many hours of slumber we're clocking up in total. A new...
Feb 22, 2021
You Might Need a Different Gut Microbiome in Old Age
The closer scientists look at the bacteria in the gut, the clearer its importance to our overall health becomes, and new research links a particular type of gut microbiome...
Jan 25, 2021
'Wrinkled' Graphene Could Be Most Promising Water Filter Yet
Graphene continues to dazzle us with its strength and its versatility – exciting new applications are being discovered for it all the time, and now scientists have found a way...
Jan 15, 2021
There's More Than One Type of Curiosity. Which Is Yours?
Curiosity affects everything from our relationships to our education, but it's not easy to pin down and put under a microscope to study. With the help of Wikipedia though,...
Jan 14, 2021
It'll Be Impossible to Control a Super-Intelligent A.I.
The idea of artificial intelligence overthrowing humankind has been talked about for many decades, and scientists have just delivered their verdict on whether we'd be able to control...
Jan 3, 2021
An Intriguing Link Between Iron Levels and Lifespan
A massive study published in 2020 found evidence that blood iron levels could play a role in influencing how long you live. It's always important to take longevity studies with a big...
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