‘Oumuamua still puzzling scientists 5 years after discovery

Five years after spotting the first known object from beyond our solar system passing through, scientists are still figuring out what the strange object says about planetary systems. Marauding ice giant planets like Neptune could be flinging many trillions of small bodies into interstellar space, some of which visit our solar systemas ‘Oumuamua notably did … Read more

Star Trek: Lower Decks and Discovery have ruined the original series for me

Star Trek is a beloved show for many, and with good reason. As a franchise that’s graced our screens for over 50 years now, the impact of Gene Roddenberry’s creation on popular culture and sci-fi can’t be overstated. Even now, Star Trek fever shows no sign of abating, with five ongoing TV series currently releasing … Read more

Analyzing the potential of AlphaFold in drug discovery

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over the past few decades, very few new antibiotics have been developed, largely because current methods for screening potential drugs are prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. One promising new strategy is to use computational models, which offer a potentially faster and cheaper way to identify new drugs. A new study from MIT … Read more

Boy’s discovery reveals highly complex plant-insect interaction

An ant holds an oak gall containing wasp larvae. Researchers discovered a elaborate relationship among ants, wasps and oak trees. Credit: Andrew Deans, Penn State When eight-year-old Hugo Deans discovered a handful of BB-sized objects lying near an ant nest beneath a log in his backyard, he thought they were a type of seed. His … Read more

Discovery and naming of Africa’s oldest known dinosaur

Artistic reconstruction of Mbiresaurus raathi (in the foreground) with the rest of the Zimbabwean animal assemblage in the background. It includes two rhynchosaurs (at front right), an aetosaur (at left), and a herrerasaurid dinosaur chasing a cynodont (at back right). Illustration courtesy of Andrey Atuchin. Credit: Virginia Tech An international team of paleontologists led by … Read more

Organ-development discovery could boost battle against cancer

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-30624-w” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Chromatin accessibility predicts organ fate and functions in conjunction with transcription in the primitive gut tube. a, Schematic diagram for the isolation of gut endodermal cells from E9.5 mice and scATAC-seq. b, Single-cell scatter plot under UMAP dimensionality reduction demonstrating the clustering and organ assignment of cells. The … Read more

Ancient Coin Discovery With An Astronomical Mystery

What does the ancient coin found recently off the shores of Israel depicted? You never know what discoveries are waiting to be found in old records or artwork. A recent archaeological find sent us down just such an astronomical rabbit-hole, leading us to ideas that are fun and interesting to consider. It all started with … Read more

Discovery of a long-nosed ‘shrew mouse’ on a mountain in the Philippines will help protect giant eagles

An illustration of Balete’s mouse. Credit: (c) Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum They might not get as much attention as the Amazon Rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef, but the mountains of the Philippines are one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Inch for inch, these misty cloud forests are home to more unique … Read more

Radioactive decay: Discovery, process and causes

Radioactive decay is the strange and almost mystical ability for one element to naturally and spontaneously transmute into another. In the process, those elements tend to emit deadly forms of radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum. Radioactive decay is most commonly associated with nuclear disasters, such as at Chernobyl (opens in new tab), where the resulting … Read more

Discovery of lonely tortoise doubles known members of ‘phantasticus’ species

Communications Biology (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03483-w” width=”800″ height=”409″/> Map of the Galapagos Archipelago, indicating the approximate locations on Fernandina Island where the Chelonoidis phantasticus individuals were found in 1906 and 2019. Island names are in capital letters, species names are in italics. Tortoise icons indicate the morphology of the species, either domed (gray), saddleback (white), or … Read more