Sometimes in science, you have to have the mindset of a child. If something is out there to be done or to be tested, sometimes you just have to do it to see what happens. So after a cache of underground water was discovered in Canada last year that had lay undisturbed for 1.5 billion years, Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar had to see what it tasted like. For science.
When scientists working at CERN discovered the HIggs Boson last year, it was expected they would find other new particles along with the Higgs as predicted by every model there was. But it was just a boson, and one that seemed to be way smaller than it should have been. The big (really big) implication here is that the universe may not have a “natural order” that every thinker and scientist from Aristotle to Einstein have been a fan of. In fact, our universe may be one of trillions who just happened to have physical laws just good enough for anything to exist at all and the laws of physics we so rely on only go so far before everything stops making sense.
Did Homo sapiens destroy all the other human races or did we just interbreed them out of existence? A little of both.
Ever since Neanderthals were discovered to have been a separate human race, anthropologists have been asking where they went. Now we know there were a couple other ancient non-Homo sapien human species, and they’re gone as well. So what the hell happened? Did Homo sapiens come out of Africa fighting or did modern Homo sapiens come about as the product of interbreeding between us and other hominid species? Turns out, it was a little of both.
Rejoice brickheads and space exploration fans! Lego will soon be releasing an official NASA Mars Curiosity Rover set. It will be just like building your very own Curiosity rover, only far less expensive and you won’t have to assemble it in a million dollar clean room.
The above silk dome was built by thousands of silkworms, but collecting silkworms and trying to get them to do your bidding won’t work in quite the same way. Scientists at MIT “hacked”, or coerced the silkworms using light heat and a very light, basic structure to get them to create this amazing work of art.
In the center of this photo is a star, and in the disc of dust below the star, you’ll notice a trail. That trail is the path left by an infant planet, forming around the star. Only the star is very small and the planet is so far away from the star, so by our understanding of how planets are formed, there shouldn’t be nearly enough force for dust and rock way out there to start forming a planet. But it is anyway.
The US Supreme Court issued a ruling earlier today, saying that human genes cannot be patented. Well that ruins my awesome future business plans of patenting my genetic awesomeness and selling it out of a mall kiosk.
Deep under the ice of Antarctica lies a mountainous land filled with ridges and peaks and valleys, but long, long ago, as Antarctica slid down to the bottom of the globe, all those spaces began filling in with snow and ice. The British Antarctic Survey has more or less completed, giving a peek of the mountains hidden under the frozen surface.
In the past several years, there have been advancements in developing visual cloaking devices that bend light around an object to make it appear invisible. But even cooler is when you can hide something in time, or temporal cloaking. Such a sci-fi feat is now possible in the field of data transfer— scientists have been able to hide data in a beam of light, hidden in time itself to make it appear to have never existed.
Einstein’s theories continue to assist physicists and astronomers in new and surprising ways, including a new way to discover exoplanets based on one of Einstein’s theories about how light coming towards you is slightly warped by space-time into a narrow, brighter beam than it really is.