Deepest scientific ocean drilling sheds light on Japan’s next great earthquake

The deep sea scientific drilling vessel Chikyu, which in 2018 performed the deepest drilling of a subduction zone earthquake fault. Credit: Satoshi Kaya/FlickR Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected, according to a study from … Read more

Should we really believe scientific facts will last forever when history is full of revolutions in thinking?

Astronomers once believed the sun revolved around the Earth. In the 19th century, scientists thought the shape of a person’s skull could reveal their mental strengths or weaknesses. And in the 20th century, many scientists fiercely opposed the idea that continents drift. All views that have since been completely overturned. So can we trust the … Read more

Scientific ‘detective work’ with South American mummies reveals they were brutally murdered

The Marburg male mummy – macroscopic views of the whole mummy. Credit: AM Begerock, R Loynes, OK Peschel, J Verano, R Bianucci, I Martinez Armijo, M González, AG Nerlich How frequent was violence in prehistoric human societies? One way to measure this is to look for trauma in prehistoric human remains. For example, a recent … Read more

Summer pests or scientific marvel?

Drosophila melanogaster. Credit: Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Fly-swatting season is here. No sooner will you place your fresh strawberries on the kitchen counter than will the first fruit fly arrive. It won’t take long for a platoon of Drosophila buddies to be hovering about the spoils. If you opt to swat, swipe, slap, backhand or otherwise … Read more

In the pursuit of scientific truth, working with adversaries can pay off

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, famous inventors both, were also, famously, rivals. Their heated relationship came to a head in what became known as the “war of the currents.” Tesla favored alternating currents (AC) for the United States electrical system, Edison wanted direct currents, and, though AC ultimately won out, the … Read more

Online platform designed to improve reproducibility, scientific collaborations

Genomic wet-labs are incredibly complex operations. Now a team of researchers, assisted by Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences’ RISE engineers, have developed an online platform to help scientists keep track of those complex processes, making them more efficient and less costly while making their experiments more reproducible for other teams. Credit: National … Read more