Category: Discovery

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved beyond the puzzle of life on Earth to whether there’s life elsewhere in the...

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

The idea of mining asteroids for precious mineral deposits has gained steam in recent years, with space mining startups focusing on logistics and governments like Luxembourg positioning themselves as big funders of the sector....

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

A critical feature of many multicellular lifeforms on Earth are hard, biological structures, such as animal bones and snail shells that are made from minerals. Multicellular organisms, such as animals, plants and fungi are all...

Origins of Mysterious Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ Revealed

Origins of Mysterious Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ Revealed

According to one prevailing but contentious theory, the hobbits descended from the larger Homo erectus, the first hominid to have modern human proportions, whose remains can be found on the nearby Indonesian island of...

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

People born with natural mutations that disable a specific gene have a lower risk of heart disease, with no apparent side effects. Now a single injection has successfully disabled this same gene in animal...

NASA has found 16,000 asteroids near Earth. Don’t panic.

NASA has found 16,000 asteroids near Earth. Don’t panic.

There are millions of such rocks, called asteroids, in the solar system. An estimated 1 million to 2 million large asteroids exist in the space between Mars and Jupiter.  Sometimes these asteroids collide with...

The story of human evolution in Africa is undergoing a major rewrite

The story of human evolution in Africa is undergoing a major rewrite

There’s a story that we’ve been telling about the origin of our species. It goes something like this: Around 200,000 years ago, in East Africa — near modern-day Ethiopia — the first Homo sapiens diverged from...

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness. When researchers started...

The Brightest, Most Distant Pulsar in the Observable Universe –“1,000 Times More Luminous Than Thought Possible”

The Brightest, Most Distant Pulsar in the Observable Universe –“1,000 Times More Luminous Than Thought Possible”

The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind ever detected, with its light travelling 50 million light-years before being detected by XMM-Newton. If suitably aligned with Earth these beams are like a...

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a private company have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in...