Category: Tech & Science

The Nobel-Prize-Winning Chemist Who Pioneered Gene Editing

Honoring scientists, engineers, and visionaries who are changing the world for the better. Since the discovery of the gene-editing potential of CRISPR-Cas9, Dr. Jennifer Doudna has become a science superstar. As her fame ballooned, so did her workload: she runs a large lab at UC Berkeley, helms the Innovative Genomics Institute, consults on projects, speaks […]

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Centuries Ago, People Tripped Together in Front of This Mesmerizing Cave Art

Rock art in Pinwheel Cave. Image: Devlin Gandy A new study reports that a cave decorated with a mesmerizing pinwheel image, painted by Native Californians centuries ago, represents the first definitive proof of hallucinogen consumption at a rock art site.  Pinwheel Cave, as it is now known, was re-discovered about two decades ago at the […]

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SpaceX Launched Astronauts to Serve a Full ISS Expedition for the First Time

The launch of SpaceX Crew-1 on November 15. Image: SpaceX SpaceX successfully launched its second crew of astronauts into space at 7:27pm EST on Sunday, an achievement that officially kicks off a new era of commercial human spaceflight.  Four astronauts, and one Baby Yoda doll, are currently onboard the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is […]

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A Vast Ancient Lake Is Hidden Deep Under Greenland’s Ice, Scientists Discover

Leidy Glacier in NW Greenland. Image: NASA Goddard Scientists have discovered an ancient lakebed buried under a mile of ice in Greenland, providing a glimpse of what the remote region looked like in the past—and how it might look in a future shaped by human-driven climate change. The bygone lake once covered an area of […]

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Scientists Just Discovered That Platypus Fur Glows Green Under UV Light

Platypus under visible (left) and UV (right) light. Image: Mammalia 2020 With its venom-laced spurs, idiosyncratic duck bill, and mammalian egg-laying abilities, the platypus was already world famous as one of the weirdest animals on Earth. Now, scientists have discovered that this evolutionary oddity has yet another fascinating adaptation—its fur glows in the dark when exposed […]

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2020 Has Been Bad for Earth, But Great for Mars

It was a Martian summer, as three different missions launched from Earth to the red planet within a period of two weeks in July: the United Arab Emirates’ “Hope” orbiter, China’s Tianwen-1 rover, and NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. “It’s a really interesting time in Mars exploration,” said Emily Lakdawalla, a solar system expert and science […]

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Scientists Dug Through 5,000 Years of Penguin Poo And Found a Chilling Warning

Seabird poop, or guano, has the power to nourish ecosystems, is worth millions of dollars, and leave a visual impression that can be seen from space. Now, scientists have scoured 14,000 years of poop from penguins, petrels, and shearwaters, preserved in the peatlands of the Falkland Islands, according to a study published on Friday in […]

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First Known ‘Murder Hornet’ Nest In the U.S. Found, to Be Eradicated

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian giant hornet (A.K.A. the “murder hornet”) was first spotted in the U.S. The invasive hornet is the largest in the world, and is known for devastating entire honey bee colonies during its so-called “slaughter phase.”  Now, after weeks of trapping and tracking giant hornets, entomologists […]

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Arctic Sea Ice Isn’t Freezing In October for the First Time on Record

Image: Wolfgang Kaehler/Getty Images When autumn falls on the Laptev Sea, which borders the northwest coast of Siberia, sea ice typically starts to form in vast quantities that flow into the Arctic Ocean over the winter. But this year, for the first time on record, the Laptev Sea’s seasonal ice pack has not started to […]

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A Giant 2,000-Year-Old Cat Drawing Was Accidentally Found by Workers In Peru

Image: Peru Ministry of Culture, Communication and Image Office One of the oldest artistic depictions in the Nazca Lines, a mysterious collection of geoglyphs preserved in southern Peru, was discovered during recent remodeling efforts within this UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 2,000 years ago, people in this region created a 37-meter-long outline of a […]

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Scientists Trapped In Ice for Past Year Return With a Dire Warning

Polarstern at the beginning of MOSAiC in September 2019. Image: Janek Uin The largest Arctic expedition in history came to an end on Monday as the research vessel Polarstern returned to her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany, more than a year after setting out on a groundbreaking—or more accurately, ice-breaking—polar voyage. Since its departure from Norway […]

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The U.S. Is Trying to Be the ‘Gatekeeper’ of Space, Researchers Warn

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and engineer Kristine Davis at a press conference in 2019. Image: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images The surface of the Moon has been relatively undisturbed by humans and robots over the past few decades. But nations around the world are bracing for a busier lunar landscape that may emerge in the […]

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Someone Bought a T. Rex Skeleton for a Record-Breaking $31.8 Million

Stan. Image: Stephen Rahn/Flickr The remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex that lived some 67 million years ago have been sold at auction for $31.8 million, a world record for a fossilized dinosaur. The near-complete T. rex skeleton, named “Stan,” now belongs to an anonymous buyer who secured the milestone bid at the “20th Century Evening […]

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Supermassive Black Holes Might Really Be ‘Traversable’ Wormholes, Astrophysicists Suggest

Our universe is astonishingly colossal in scale, which can be a bummer if you are interested in traveling beyond our tiny corner of it. Wormholes, which are speculative bridges between distant locations in space, offer a potential cosmic shortcut to destinations that would be unreachable by other means.  Though wormholes are predicted by Einstein’s theory […]

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Scientists Find Evidence for Vast Lakes Hidden Under Mars’ Surface

South pole of Mars. Image: Stocktrek Images via Getty Water is so essential for life on Earth that its presence is considered by scientists to be the most important indicator of potential habitability on alien worlds. For instance, Mars may have briefly had the right conditions to support life billions of years ago, when portions […]

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Scientists Want to Use Dark Matter ‘Lenses’ to Observe Far Reaches of the Universe

A gravitational lens. Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA/B. Frye One of the most tantalizing enigmas in science is dark matter, a bizarre substance that accounts for about 85 percent of the universe’s mass. Dark matter is tricky to observe because it does not emit light, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t interact with light at […]

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Unprecedented Wildfires Turn California Skies Orange

Bay Area on September 9, 2020. Image: Bay Area Air Quality Millions of Californians woke up to an eerie scene on Wednesday, as haze from unprecedented wildfires on the West Coast turned the skies shades of orange and red. Smoke settled over heavily populated areas such as the Bay Area, revealing the dire consequences of […]

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Citizen Scientists Discover Nearly 100 Planet-Star Hybrids Near the Sun

Concept art of a brown dwarf. Image: NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld; acknowledgement William Pendrill  When we gaze up at the night sky, we see a mixture of stars that are close to the Sun, making them visible even if their light is relatively faint, as well as stars that are far away from the Sun, which can […]

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Scientists Discovered an Unexplained ‘Heartbeat’ of Bright Energy in Space

Concept art of SS 433 and gas cloud. Image: DESY/Science Communication Lab Astronomers are perplexed by a clockwork pattern of ultra-bright flashes spotted at a distance of 15,000 light years away from Earth. The regular 162-day period of this “gamma ray heartbeat,” as it is called in a new study, may reveal a mysterious link […]

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Scientists Found a Lookalike of Our Own Galaxy Deep in Cosmic Time

Astronomers have spotted a galaxy located 12 billion light years from Earth that unexpectedly looks like a younger version of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.  Because looking into the farthest reaches of the universe is also a way of looking back in time, the remote galaxy, called SPT0418-4, appears as it was in the […]

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Lasers Made of ‘Spacetime Wave Packets’ Are Breaking the Normal Rules of Light

Image: Flickr/andrea.pacelli One of the most basic properties of light is that it changes speed and direction in different substances, such as water or air. This process, known as refraction, explains why a glass prism splits light into many colors and why a pool may appear shallower than it really is when viewed from a […]

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Scientists Created the Brightest Fluorescent Material Ever Known

SMILES crystals in 3D-printed gyroids. Image: Amar Flood Behold: The mesmerizing glow of the brightest fluorescent material ever made. These colorful bundles of light may look like visions from a dream of the 1980s, but they are real 3D-printed objects illuminated by a new class of materials called SMILES, according to a study published on Thursday in […]

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Dating with AeroBand

“A cup of coffee?” “Rain check!” “Oh, dear, you’ve stood me up twice, which really upsets me. That’s unfair! Where are you going?” “Dating with AeroBand. Honestly, PocketDrum and PocketGuitar are more attractive than staying with you” “Fair enough, where can I buy the same instruments as yours?” “Deals done. Click here: AeroBand. Love you […]

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Scientists Found Creatures So Inactive They Expanded Our Idea of Life Itself

Core being taken from the seafloor in 2014. Image: Geoff Wheat, NSF OCE 1130146, and the National Deep Submergence Facility The phrase “low energy” is normally used as a pejorative meant to imply lethargy or sloth. But for the mysterious lifeforms that lurk deep under the seafloor of Earth’s oceans—a sunless habitat with hardly any fuel […]

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Venus Is Erupting with Active Volcanoes, Scientists Find

Concept art of volcanoes on Venus. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Peter Rubin Scientists have identified at least 37 volcanically active regions on Venus, suggesting that the planet may not be as geologically inert as previously expected. The discovery sheds light on a key mystery about Venus, a world that is notoriously difficult to study because of its thick […]

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Scientists Discovered a Gigantic Structure in a Hidden Zone of Space

Center of the Milky Way. Image: NASA/SOFIA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Herschel Scientists have spotted a gargantuan bow-like structure made of galaxies that stretches for 1.4 billion light years across the skies above the South Pole. This “South Pole Wall” is one of the biggest structures ever glimpsed by humans, and its discovery was announced in a study published on […]

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