Something Silent But Deadly Is Killing Galaxies

Across the universe, unsuspecting galaxies are literally getting the life sucked out of them. Though the culprit is still at large, a team of researchers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Western Australia is working tirelessly to crack the case—and to ...

Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?

Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne illness. While Canada has deemed these lab-made mosquitoes ethical, legal and safe for both humans and th...

Scientists Can Now Sequence DNA With a Smartphone

It was not so long ago that sequencing even tiny snippets of DNA was a costly, cumbersome process that required access to a state-the-art lab. Today, we are inching close to putting a DNA sequencer in every pocket. This week, a team of researchers from UCLA and Sweden announced that th...

How Living Near the Starvation Point Can Extend Lifespan

Depriving ourselves of food to the point of near-starvation doesn’t sound very appealing, but it could prolong our lives and prevent the onset of age-related diseases. A combined analysis of two long-running studies shows that caloric restriction does indeed work in monkeys, hinting at ...

A Fight Over a Sacred Mountaintop Will Shape the Future of Astronomy

Star-gazing conditions aside, the timing of the telescope’s construction is crucial. Its location could dictate its use in ways that, for better or worse, shape the future of astronomy. Finally, whether the TMT moves or stays put will have ripple effects on the relationship between nati...

Dunking an Aluminum Baseball Bat in This Chemical Makes It Soft and Squishy

The next time you find yourself being chased by bill collectors, all you need is a beaker full of gallium to turn the aluminum baseball bats they’re wielding into what looks like a kid-safe toy made from squishy Nerf foam. Gallium is one of those rare metals that melts somewhere just ab...

Um, This Wasp Species Has an Ant Head For a Butt

Most wasps do not have ant heads for butts. So, if you were a researcher digging through a museum collection and found a wasp with an ant head for a butt, you might be surprised. The researchers describing this wasp shouted “ay, caramba,” apparently. Scientists from the Zoological Muse...

Antarctic Crack Forces Temporary Evacuation of Scientific Research Station

As a precautionary measure, officials with the British Antarctic Survey have decided to shut down the Halley VI Research Station for the winter after a new ice crack emerged just a few miles from the remote outpost. The portable Halley VI station is now in the final stages of being relo...

Scientists Develop Lithium-Ion Battery That Doesn't Burst Into Flames

Lithium-ion batteries are currently one of the biggest problems in the tech world. The ubiquitous power source has an annoying tendency to burst into flames. But researchers at Stanford University believe they may have found a solution with a built-in flame retardant that doesn’t harm t...

A Mind-Boggling Carbon Deposit Was Just Discovered in the Congo

A newly-discovered peatland in the Congo Basin of central Africa contains an estimated 30.6 billion tons of carbon in its waterlogged soils—equivalent to three times the total annual carbon emissions of every human being alive today. Covering an area the size of England, the Cuvette Cen...
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