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

Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage? Research Presents an Intriguing New Hypothesis

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?  Research Presents an Intriguing New Hypothesis

Forced to spend their days slamming their tiny skulls into the sides of trees in search of buried morsels, woodpeckers should have evolved a trick or two to avoid brain damage. So you’d think. A new study on woodpecker biomechanics has cast doubt on speculations that the small chisel-headed bird avoids turning its brain to … Read more

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already expanded humanity’s vision further into time and space than ever before, giving a breathtaking sneak peek of the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the early Universe to date. Now, NASA has just unveiled five more stunning full-color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes humanity has … Read more

A Supervolcano in New Zealand Is Rumbling So Much It’s Shifting The Ground Above It

A Supervolcano in New Zealand Is Rumbling So Much It's Shifting The Ground Above It

The vast expanse of Lake Taupō’s sky blue waters, crowned by hazy, mountainous horizons, invokes an extreme sense of tranquility. And yet, deep in the ground below, geological unrest is brewing, according to a new paper in the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. Lake Taupō is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, located … Read more

After Years of Searching, Physicists Observe Electrons Flow Into Fluid-Like Whirlpools

After Years of Searching, Physicists Observe Electrons Flow Into Fluid-Like Whirlpools

For the first time, physicists have witnessed something incredibly exciting: electrons forming whirlpools just like a fluid. This behavior is one that scientists have long predicted, but never observed before. And it could be the key to developing more efficient and faster next-generation electronics. “Electron vortices are expected in theory, but there’s been no direct … Read more

A 4-Billion-Year-Old Piece of Earth’s Crust Has Been Identified Beneath Australia

A 4-Billion-Year-Old Piece of Earth's Crust Has Been Identified Beneath Australia

Scientists can use various clues to figure out what’s under Earth’s surface without actually having to do any digging – including firing super-fine lasers thinner than a human hair at minerals found in beach sand. This technique has been used in a new study that points to a 4-billion-year-old piece of Earth’s crust about the … Read more

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth’s Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth's Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

Our living planet is unique among all we’ve been able to explore in the Universe so far. From our axial tilt preventing too many temperature extremes, to our goldilocks zone position, life on Earth depends on many finely balanced, interwoven cycles that come together to produce the exact circumstances we need to thrive. One of … Read more

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

A newly discovered star is so close to our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole that it completes an orbit in just four years. That’s the shortest orbit yet for one of the stars looping around the Sagittarius A *. It’s an oval-shaped journey around the black hole that brings the star to orbital velocities over … Read more

Loads of Precursors For RNA Have Been Detected in The Center of Our Galaxy

Loads of Precursors For RNA Have Been Detected in The Center of Our Galaxy

The heart of the Milky Way is apparently a hotspot for molecules that combine to form RNA. A new survey of the thick, molecular clouds that shroud the galactic center has revealed the presence of a wide range of nitriles – organic molecules that are often toxic in isolation, but also constitute the building blocks … Read more

This Confusing Aquatic Creature Could Be The Oldest Known Relative of All Vertebrates

This Confusing Aquatic Creature Could Be The Oldest Known Relative of All Vertebrates

A strange creature that sloshed about in Earth’s oceans over half a billion years ago seems to be the earliest vertebrate relative we’ve found to date. They’re called yunnanozoans, dating to the Early Cambrian some 518 million years ago. Cartilaginous features found in their fossilized remains are comparable to modern vertebrates, paleontologists have discovered. This … Read more