Scientists design enzyme in test tube that may explain origins of life
Angelo Sayo - 22 hours ago
Scientists design enzyme in test tube that may explain origins of life
Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute used test-tube evolution to create a unique enzyme, known as ribozyme, that might have been crucial in the origins of life.
Vertebrate copulation may have been developed in ‘Scottish’ fish 385 million years ago Vertebrate copulation may have been developed in 'Scottish' fish 385 million years ago
Ted Robinson - Oct 20, 2014
New research recently published in Nature suggests the earliest known version of internal copulation occurred in placoderms, challenging previously held theories of early vertebrate evolution.
'Nanoflares' explain heat difference on the Sun 'Nanoflares' explain heat difference on the Sun
Bret Smith - Oct 20, 2014
The research team found that heat energy was probably sent into the corona by electrons moving at about one-fifth the speed of light.
NASA observes comet Siding Spring from Mars NASA observes comet Siding Spring from Mars
Bret Smith - Oct 20, 2014
Siding Spring comes from the Oort Cloud, a ring of icy bodies far beyond the planets and effects of our Sun.
Partial solar eclipse across North America on October 23 Partial solar eclipse across North America on October 23
Ted Robinson - Oct 20, 2014
A partial solar eclipse will be visible throughout the majority of the United States on Thursday, excluding New England and Hawaii.
Milky Way steals star power from neighboring galaxies Milky Way steals star power from neighboring galaxies
Adam Widmer - Oct 20, 2014
New data from giant radio telescopes shows Milky Way stealing hydrogen gas from neighboring dwarf galaxies.
Biologist encounters world's largest spider in the Amazon Biologist encounters world's largest spider in the Amazon
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 19, 2014
Renowned entomologist Piotr Naskrecki encountered a massive T. blondi tarantula, also known as the Goliath birdeater, in the Amazon jungle.
Aerial drone monitors orca behaviors, populations Aerial drone monitors orca behaviors, populations
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 19, 2014
Researchers are currently using a robotic aerial drone to monitor British Columbia's wild orca population.
Study suggests composition of eastern U.S. forests not affected by climate change Study suggests composition of eastern U.S. forests not affected by climate change
Joseph Scalise - Oct 18, 2014
A new study has revealed that, while there have been many shifts in eastern USA forests, climate change is not one of the primary causes for these shifts.
Scientists discover new icy exoplanet similar to Uranus Scientists discover new icy exoplanet similar to Uranus
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 18, 2014
A team from Ohio State University has discovered a giant icy exoplanet that could help explain the mysteries behind Uranus and Neptune.
Saturn's moon Mimas may hold water Saturn's moon Mimas may hold water
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 18, 2014
Saturn's moon Mimas could possibly harbor a vast subterranean ocean beneath its icy crust.
The gray whale begins annual migration The gray whale begins annual migration
Ted Robinson - Oct 18, 2014
The grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is set to begin its annual winter migration from Alaskan waters to the coast of Mexico.
Archaeologists uncover sphinx from 1923 movie 'The Ten Commandments' Archaeologists uncover sphinx from 1923 movie 'The Ten Commandments'
Ted Robinson - Oct 18, 2014
After ninety years hidden in the sands of Guadalupe, California, "Pharaoh's City" from the movie The Ten Commandments has undergone excavation.
Rare comet set for Mars flyby Rare comet set for Mars flyby
Joseph Scalise - Oct 17, 2014
Sliding Spring, an ancient, rare comet made up of ice, is set to pass close to Mars for the first time in a million years.
Study shows that ancient kangaroos walked instead of hopped Study shows that ancient kangaroos walked instead of hopped
Joseph Scalise - Oct 17, 2014
A recent study carried out at Brown University shows that sthenurine kangaroos, an ancient relative to the modern kangaroo, walked on two legs instead of hopping like their modern day cousins.
New Horizons spacecraft to fly by Kuiper Belt objects New Horizons spacecraft to fly by Kuiper Belt objects
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 17, 2014
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers have identified suitable objects in the Kuiper Belt for NASA's New Horizons craft after it flies by Pluto next summer.
Rare beaked whale beached in Australia Rare beaked whale beached in Australia
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 17, 2014
Resembling a mix between a whale and a dolphin, the beaked whale typically dives to around 9,000 feet.
Sea levels rise to their highest point in 6,000 years Sea levels rise to their highest point in 6,000 years
Angelo Sayo - Oct 17, 2014
A new study reports that the melting of glacial ice and ice sheets has resulted in a rise in the planet's sea level, the highest in the past 6,000 years.
Methane-consuming microbes inhabit the deep sea Methane-consuming microbes inhabit the deep sea
Angelo Sayo - Oct 17, 2014
A new study suggests that methane-consuming microbes living on rocks in the deep sea could be preventing the greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere.
Complex found in central Israel believed to be place of worship for ancient cult Complex found in central Israel believed to be place of worship for ancient cult
Joseph Scalise - Oct 16, 2014
Archaeologists believe that a 3,000-year-old complex found in central Israel was used primarily as a place of worship for an ancient cult.
Newest Mars probe already sending back valuable data Newest Mars probe already sending back valuable data
Adam Widmer - Oct 16, 2014
NASA's MAVEN is now beaming back data from the initial phase of its mission.
Photosynthesis in plants alters climate change models Photosynthesis in plants alters climate change models
Adam Widmer - Oct 16, 2014
Past predictions of atmospheric CO2 levels for present-day found to overshoot currently measured levels by 17 percent, over estimation could be accounted for by a change in the way plants process CO2.
European Space Agency successfully places satellite around target Comet 67P European Space Agency successfully places satellite around target Comet 67P
Joseph Scalise - Oct 16, 2014
The European Space Agency hopes that their Rosetta Mission, which has successfully put a satellite in orbit around a comet, will give them more answers about their target Comet 67P.
President Obama designates San Gabriel Mountains a national monument President Obama designates San Gabriel Mountains a national monument
Ted Robinson - Oct 16, 2014
President Obama visited San Dimas and the San Gabriel Valley last Friday for the official designation of a new national monument north of Los Angeles
Dutch plan to colonize Mars by 2025 slammed by MIT experts Dutch plan to colonize Mars by 2025 slammed by MIT experts
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 16, 2014
An MIT team recently studied Amsterdam nonprofit Mars One's plan for Red Planet colonization, finding it feasible but highly expensive.
Ancient Celtic bronze warrior chariot unearthed at Iron Age hillfort Ancient Celtic bronze warrior chariot unearthed at Iron Age hillfort
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 16, 2014
A rare set of Celtic pre-Roman bronze chariot fittings, accompanied by iron tools, was recently unearthed at an Iron Age hillfort near Leicester, England.
Silicon chip developed to hold quantum data with near-perfect accuracy Silicon chip developed to hold quantum data with near-perfect accuracy
Angelo Sayo - Oct 16, 2014
Two recent studies demonstrate the methods used by Australian researchers in developing the first silicon quantum technology holding data at over 99 percent accuracy.
One-two punch for migrating bats, destroyed by windmills and disease One-two punch for migrating bats, destroyed by windmills and disease
Angelo Sayo - Oct 16, 2014
The combination of wind turbines and white-nose syndrome is destroying the population of migrating bats, which would negatively influence the economy of U.S. agriculture.
Invasive Quagga mussel found in UK, threatens both biodiversity and waterways Invasive Quagga mussel found in UK, threatens both biodiversity and waterways
Joseph Scalise - Oct 15, 2014
The alien species Quagga mussel has been found in the UK, which can spell disaster for both biodiversity and waterways if the population is not kept under control.
NASA: Last six months were the hottest Earth has ever recorded NASA: Last six months were the hottest Earth has ever recorded
Joseph Scalise - Oct 15, 2014
According to NASA's official global temperature reports, the last six months were the hottest the earth has had since 1880, when such temperatures started being recorded.
Icebergs once floated past Florida Icebergs once floated past Florida
Adam Widmer - Oct 15, 2014
An oceanographic study says glacial floods may once have sent icebergs past Florida, results hold implications for abrupt climate change research.
New species named for same-sex marriage struggle New species named for same-sex marriage struggle
Adam Widmer - Oct 15, 2014
A recently categorized Taiwanese snail has been named in honor of the struggle for same-sex marriage.
Environmental groups take USFWS to court for not protecting wolverine Environmental groups take USFWS to court for not protecting wolverine
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 15, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being taken to court by 20 environmental groups who claim that the agency failed to protect the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act.
Insect museum in New Orleans serves up tasty bugs Insect museum in New Orleans serves up tasty bugs
Sarah Sullivan - Oct 15, 2014
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium serves a tantalizing variety of crickets, worms, and other insects in their exotic desserts.
Possible life on Mars implied during interview with NASA chief Possible life on Mars implied during interview with NASA chief
Angelo Sayo - Oct 15, 2014
A recent interview on the Mars Mission with NASA chief Charles Bolden was analyzed to suggest that life on Mars, both past and present, is a possibility.
Smartphone app may help understand cosmic rays Smartphone app may help understand cosmic rays
Ted Robinson - Oct 15, 2014
Scientists Michael Mulhearn at UC Davis and Daniel Whiteson of UC Irvine have led an effort to develop a new smartphone app than may provide insight into cosmic rays.
NASA plans two missions to mine ice water on the moon NASA plans two missions to mine ice water on the moon
Angelo Sayo - Oct 15, 2014
NASA is planning two missions focused on the assessment, mining, and stocking of ice water stored on the moon.
Santa Cruz celebrates monarch return Santa Cruz celebrates monarch return
Adam Widmer - Oct 14, 2014
Visitors gather in Santa Cruz, CA to celebrate the return of the monarch butterflies at Natural Bridges State Park.
EPA grants $67,000 to clean up Lake Champlain EPA grants $67,000 to clean up Lake Champlain
Adam Widmer - Oct 14, 2014
EPA grants Burlington, VT $67,000 to combat surface runoff in Lake Champlain.
NASA launch of Department of Defense rocket goes smoothly after two week delay NASA launch of Department of Defense rocket goes smoothly after two week delay
Joseph Scalise - Oct 14, 2014
After a two week delay, NASA successfully managed to launch a rocket for the Department of Defense.
Space drone returns after 22-month orbit Space drone returns after 22-month orbit
Ted Robinson - Oct 14, 2014
The X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle has landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after 22 months in orbit.