A Strange Fossil in South China Reveals an Intriguing Link With The First Americans

A Strange Fossil in South China Reveals an Intriguing Link With The First Americans

Remains recovered from a cave in the Chinese province of Yunnan more than 10 years ago have finally given up their secrets, with a DNA analysis revealing not just who left them, but ultimately where their ancestors would go. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences evaluated nuclear and mitochondrial sequences extracted from a 14,000-year-old … Read more

Mystery of how plants make strychnine solved 75 years after characterization Research

Mystery of how plants make strychnine solved 75 years after characterization  Research

Seventy-five years after strychnine’s structure was first characterized, researchers have discovered the complete biochemical pathway that enables nature to produce this highly poisonous and complex molecule. The work could help scientists bioengineer potent drug candidates, as well as better understand how plants make other complex chemicals. Strychnine, an alkaloid found in the seeds of the … Read more

Swarm Spacecraft Dodges Collision With Space Junk During Climb To Escape Sun’s Wrath

Swarm Satellite Above Earth

Artist’s view of Swarm, ESA’s first Earth observation constellation of satellites. Credit: ESA–P. Carril, 2013 The pressure is rising at ESA’s mission control. A European Space Agency (ESA) satellite dodges out of the way of a mystery piece of space junk that was spotted just hours before a potential collision. This means a vital step … Read more

Could We Terraform Mars? – WorldAtlas

Could We Terraform Mars?  - WorldAtlas

It is currently impossible for human life to survive on Mars without technology Making Mars habitable would require creating a livable atmosphere Humans would need to induce a global magnetic field to maintain an atmosphere Jump To How To Terraform Mars Maintaining An Atmosphere Terraforming is the process by which the environment of a planet … Read more

Here’s how the Antarctic ice sheet advanced and retreated over 10,000 years

Here's how the Antarctic ice sheet advanced and retreated over 10,000 years

Alarming stories from Antarctica are now more frequent than ever; the ice surface is melting, floating ice shelves are collapsing and glaciers are flowing faster into the ocean. Antarctica will be the largest source of future sea-level rise. Yet scientists don’t know exactly how this melting will unfold as the climate warms. ADVERTISEMENT CONTINUE READING … Read more

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It’s Epic

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It's Epic

Far out in the Milky Way, roughly 22,000 light years from Earth, a star unlike any other roars with a magnetic force that beats anything physicists have ever seen. At a whopping 1.6 billion Tesla, a pulsar called Swift J0243.6+6124 smashes the previous records of around 1 billion Tesla, discovered surrounding the pulsars GRO J1008-57 … Read more