Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Scientists may have just tracked down the source of some mysterious infrared glows detected emanating from stars and clouds of interstellar dust and gas. These Unidentified Infrared Emission (UIE) bands have baffled scientists for decades; according to a theoretical new work, at least some of these bands can be produced by highly ionized buckminsterfullerene, more … Read more

Strange Moon Pits Could Have Temperatures Comfortable Enough For Humans to Live In

Strange Moon Pits Could Have Temperatures Comfortable Enough For Humans to Live In

The temperature on the Moon can vary from boiling to freezing depending on whether it’s night or day, but scientists think there might well be sheltered pits and caves where the temperature is quite reasonable – no matter what time it is. In such spots, the temperature hovers around 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit), … Read more

Bizarre, Tentacled ‘Flower’ Creature Glimpsed in The Depths of The Pacific

Bizarre, Tentacled 'Flower' Creature Glimpsed in The Depths of The Pacific

New footage showing a giant, peculiar-looking tentacled sea creature floating languidly in the depths of the Pacific Ocean has left researchers questioning if what they’re seeing is a new species. A team of scientists spotted the strange animal while on board the E/V Nautilusa research vessel used by the Ocean Exploration Trust – a nonprofit … Read more

An ‘Impossible’ Quasicrystal Was Created in The World’s First Nuclear Bomb Test

An 'Impossible' Quasicrystal Was Created in The World's First Nuclear Bomb Test

At 5:29 am on the morning of 16 July 1945, in the state of New Mexico, a dreadful slice of history was made. The dawn calm was torn asunder as the United States Army detonated a plutonium implosion device known as the Gadget – the world’s very first test of a nuclear bomb, known as … Read more

This Horrifying Zombie Fungus Forces Males to Mate With The Dead. Now We Know How

This Horrifying Zombie Fungus Forces Males to Mate With The Dead.  Now We Know How

The fungus Entomophthora muscae has a survival strategy that’s both fascinating and potentially going to put you off your next meal: it infects and ‘zombifies’ female houseflies before sending out irresistible chemical signals encouraging male houseflies into necrophilia. By luring these male flies into mating with zombified females, the fungus can transfer to the male … Read more

Chemists Just Rearranged Atomic Bonds in a Single Molecule For The First Time

Chemists Just Rearranged Atomic Bonds in a Single Molecule For The First Time

If chemists built cars, they’d fill a factory with car parts, set it on fire, and sift from the ashes pieces that now looked vaguely car-like. When you’re dealing with car-parts the size of atoms, this is a perfectly reasonable process. Yet chemists yearn for ways to reduce the waste and make reactions far more … Read more

New Study Reveals Devastating Effect on Astronaut Bones From Living in Space

New Study Reveals Devastating Effect on Astronaut Bones From Living in Space

Astronauts lose decades’ worth of bone mass in space that many do not recover even after a year back on Earth, researchers said Thursday, warning that it could be a “big concern” for future missions to Mars. Previous research has shown astronauts lose between 1 to 2 percent of bone density for every month spent … Read more

Holding your pen can indicate risk of Alzheimer’s: researchers

Holding your pen can indicate risk of Alzheimer's: researchers

How you hold a pen could indicate your risk of Alzheimer’s — the biggest killer in the UK, a study has found. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, causes a person to slowly lose their memory and ability to carry out daily tasks. It progresses over many years and therefore can be difficult to … Read more

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

There's a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

Scientists have already established that octopuses are smarter than your average invertebrate, but a new discovery suggests one of the reasons why: a specific molecular analogy with the human brain. Both the human genome and the octopus genome contain a high number of ‘jumping genes’ or transposons, which are able to duplicate themselves or move … Read more