An AI Just Independently Discovered Alternate Physics

An AI Just Independently Discovered Alternate Physics

Grab any physics textbook and you’ll find formula after formula describing how things wobble, fly, swerve and stop. The formulas describe actions we can observe, but behind each could be sets of factors that aren’t immediately obvious. Now, a new AI program developed by researchers at Columbia University has seemingly discovered its own alternative physics. … Read more

New Face Mask Material Can Capture And Deactivate Coronavirus Particles

New Face Mask Material Can Capture And Deactivate Coronavirus Particles

The COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, but as time goes on, scientists are learning more and more about the virus – and the various ways that we can protect against it, including new and improved face masks. A new membrane-based respiratory mask developed by researchers can capture and deactivate SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins as … Read more

Scientists Analyzed Penguin DNA And Found Something Quite Remarkable

Scientists Analyzed Penguin DNA And Found Something Quite Remarkable

Penguins are no strangers to climate change. Their life history has been shaped by rising and falling temperatures, and their bodies are highly specialized for some of Earth’s most extreme conditions. And yet, scientists are concerned with the evolutionary path of the penguin may be grinding to a halt, thanks to what appears to be … Read more

The Mystery of When Warm-Blooded Mammals Evolved May Finally Be Solved

The Mystery of When Warm-Blooded Mammals Evolved May Finally Be Solved

As the first dinosaurs were finding their feet around 230 million years ago, the ancestors of modern mammals were also emerging. Somewhere along the way they developed a remarkable ability: to generate their own warmth. This decisive evolutionary step towards endothermy – the ability to generate heat from within and keep a near-constant core body … 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

Scientists Have Found a Way to Save Energy And Boil Water More Efficiently

Scientists Have Found a Way to Save Energy And Boil Water More Efficiently

Water gets boiled a lot – whether it’s a cup of tea brewing in a kitchen or a power plant generating electricity. Any improvements in the efficiency of this process will have a huge impact on the overall amount of energy used for it every day. One such improvement could come with a newly developed … 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

Aphantasia Makes It Harder to Visualize Your Past And Future, Study Shows

Aphantasia Makes It Harder to Visualize Your Past And Future, Study Shows

A rare condition that makes people unable to visualize images in their imagination could have further-reaching effects on the mind than we knew, scientists report. Aphantasia, sometimes referred to as being ‘blind in the mind’, has been known about since the 19th century, but has only attracted significant scientific attention in recent years. Those studies … Read more

Nearly 1,000 Microbe Species Have Just Been Discovered in ‘Extreme’ Tibetan Glaciers

Nearly 1,000 Microbe Species Have Just Been Discovered in 'Extreme' Tibetan Glaciers

Living as a microbe on the Tibetan Plateau isn’t easy. Frigid temperatures, high levels of solar radiation, not a lot to eat, and you’d regularly get frozen and then thawed depending on the time of year. So, it’s a bit of a surprise that in these ‘extreme environmental conditions’ scientists have discovered 968 species featuring … Read more

Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Could Be Destined For Extinction as Winters Warm

Antarctica's Only Native Insect Could Be Destined For Extinction as Winters Warm

Over tens of millions of years, the wingless midge belgica antarctica has perfected the art of freezing itself to push through the darkest and coldest of Antarctica’s winter months, carving out an exclusive niche as the continent’s only native insect. As climate change nudges polar temperatures ever higher, this hard-earned set of survival skills could … Read more