There’s Growing Evidence Life on Earth Started With More Than Just RNA

How life originated on Earth continues to fascinate scientists, but it’s not easy peering back billions of years into the past. Now, evidence is growing for a relatively new hypothesis of how life began: with a very precise mix of RNA and DNA. RNA and DNA both determine the genetic make-up of all biological life, … Read more

Reactivating Nuclear Power Plant Near Volcano a Bad Idea, Geologists Say

Plans to reactivate a nuclear power plant near the capital city of the Philippines have been criticized by scientists over its proximity to a potentially active volcano. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is located in the foothills of Mount Natib, only five miles from the caldera, and was built in the 1980s. It was … Read more

This Wild Proposition of a Mirror Universe Could Help Solve The Cosmology Crisis

The idea of ​​a mirror universe is a common trope in science fiction. A world similar to ours where we might find our evil doppelganger or a version of us who actually asked out our high school crush. But the concept of a mirror universe has often been studied in theoretical cosmology, and as a … Read more

Here’s Why DIY Baby Formula Is a Terrible Idea, No Matter What Social Media Tells You

Social media posts are urging parents who face baby formula shortages to make it themselves. But pediatricians told AFP they do not advise patients to use homemade formula, warning it may lack vitamins and nutrients key to helping infants grow and thrive. One formula recipe, said to be from 1960, has been shared on Facebook … Read more

Sending Earth’s location out to reach aliens is a controversial idea

Scientists think there are 300 million habitable planets in the Milky Way, and some may be home to intelligent life (Image credit: Bruno Gilli / ESO, CC BY) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Chris ImpeyUniversity Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University … Read more

How did archerfish learn to shoot down their prey? A new study has an idea.

Amid the many methods that animals have devised for hunting their prey – the sticky webs that spiders use to catch insects or the fake tasty morsel some turtles display in their mouths – the shooting technique of archerfish stands out. Sometimes dubbed the “anti-aircraft gunners” of the aquatic world, the tiny archerfish – it’s … Read more

Science, Finally, Has a Good Idea About Why We Stutter News and Research

Karen Hopkin: This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin. Hopkin: When you stop to think about it, it’s not all that easy to speak. First you have to think of something to say. Then your brain has to tell your mouth to say it. Interruptions anywhere along this articulation pathway can impair the … Read more

Pearls: Pitting science against religion is rarely a good idea |

The other day, I watched a little YouTube video where television personality Bill Nye (‘the Science Guy’) refuted the possibility of Noah’s Ark having ever navigated the waters of a cataclysmic ancient flood. I’m not going to write about my specific views on faith or science in this column. I’m going to write about utility … Read more

Earth Has a 27.5-Million-Year ‘Heartbeat’, But We Have No Idea What Causes It

In the last 260 million years, dinosaurs came and went, Pangea split into the continents and islands we see today, and humans have quickly and irreversibly changed the world we live in. But through all of that, it seems Earth has been keeping time. A recent study of ancient geological events suggests that our planet … Read more

Visionary US Astrophysicist Eugene Parker, Namesake of Sun-Touching Probe, Has Died

Eugene Parker, a pioneering American astrophysicist whose mathematical prediction that charged particles streamed from stars in a solar wind was met with disbelief before he was ultimately vindicated, has died aged 94, NASA said on Wednesday. Parker was hailed as a visionary who laid the groundwork for the field of heliophysics, the science of understanding … Read more