Interstellar Travel Could Make Human Language Evolve Beyond Recognition

It's a captivating idea: build an interstellar ark, fill it with people, flora, and fauna of every kind, and set your course for a distant star! The concept is not only science fiction gold, its been the subject of many scientific studies and proposa | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 days ago

New tetraquark discovered: first with four heavy quarks of same flavour

There's a new exotic subatomic particle on the atom smasher. Physicists working with CERN's Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration have found a new form of the elusive four-quark particle called a tetraquark that they have never seen befor | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 6 days ago

Math Genius Has Come Up with a Wildly Simple Way to Solve Quadratic Equations

If you studied algebra in high school (or you're learning it right now), there's a good chance you're familiar with the quadratic formula. If not, it's possible you repressed it. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 7 days ago

Some Blind People Can Still See, Their Brains Could Help Explain Consciousness

Imagine being completely blind but still being able to see. Does that sound impossible? Well, it happens. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 8 days ago

New DNA Analysis Reveals Ancient Scythian Warrior Was a 13-Year-Old Girl

In a time of ancient gods, warriors and kings, the tale of a tribe of warrior women was established in Greek mythology. Said to be daughters of the gods, these fierce female fighters from Asia Minor have caught people's imaginations for centuries and | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 8 days ago

Scientists observe light acting like a river – Branched Flow

Picture in your mind the delta of a river - the way the main channel splits into smaller rivulets and tributaries. Something similar occurs in waves as they propagate through a certain kind of medium: the path of the wave splits, breaking up into sma | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 11 days ago

Many People You'd Need to Colonize Mars, According to Science

So you want to colonize Mars, huh? Well Mars is a long ways away, and in order for a colony to function that far from Earthly support, things have to be thought out very carefully. Including how many people are needed to make it work. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 11 days ago

A New Swine Flu Strain with 'Pandemic Potential' Has Been Identified in China

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the US science journal PNAS. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 13 days ago

People Who Can't See Things in Their Mind Could Have Memory Trouble Too

Not everyone can see pictures in their minds when they close their eyes and summon thoughts - an ability many of us take for granted. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 13 days ago

Quantum Entanglement on a Tiny Satellite Orbiting Earth

In the strange field of quantum physics, quantum entanglement – what Einstein called "spooky action at a distance" – stands out as one of the most intriguing phenomena. And now scientists just managed to successfully demonstrate it again, this ti | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 14 days ago

Spot the Robot Dog

Here's something you might not have expected to see Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot doing any time soon: herding sheep on a rugged New Zealand mountainside. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 16 days ago

New Report Shows Why We Must Tackle Excessive Wealth to Save the Planet

If we're really serious about solving the climate crisis, we need to start tackling our economy's overwhelming 'power' of consumption, researchers warn in a new report. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 23 days ago

Researchers Unveil Sodium-Ion Battery That Rivals Commercial Lithium-Ion Models

So much of our everyday tech runs on batteries, the importance of lithium-ion rechargeables cannot be overstated. But they are expensive to produce, with difficult-to-source materials. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 25 days ago

Coal Burning Linked to 'Great Dying': The Worst Extinction in Earth's History

The most severe extinction in Earth's history looks to have been preceded and enabled by a colossal coal fire lit by volcanism over 250 million years ago, according to new research. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 26 days ago

Astronomers Detect a Fascinating Green Glow in the Atmosphere of Mars

High in the atmosphere of Mars, astronomers have found a phenomenon they've been hunting for decades: a faint green glow, caused by the interaction between sunlight and oxygen in the upper atmosphere. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 27 days ago

Physicists Have Reversed Time on the Smallest Scale Using a Quantum Computer

It's easy to take time's arrow for granted - but the gears of physics actually work just as smoothly in reverse. Maybe that time machine is possible after all? | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Probing a Cloud of the Fifth State of Matter (Bose-Einstein Condensate) on ISS

In July of 2018, NASA announced an incredible achievement. They had created the coldest spot in space - right there on the International Space Station, in orbit around Earth. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Almost a Dozen Earthquakes Recorded in Clusters Near Yellowstone Park

An area near Yellowstone National Park has been struck by nearly a dozen earthquakes on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Thousands of Species Are Fleeing to Earth's Poles En Masse, a Pattern's Emerging

We know that global warming is forcing many animals around the world to flee their normal habitats, but now, an exhaustive analysis has shown marine species are booking it for the poles six times faster than those on land. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Scientists Have Used Fast Radio Bursts to Find the Universe's Missing Matter

One of the biggest cosmic mysteries has just been used to investigate another huge mystery. Astronomers used powerful bursts of radio waves traced back to distant galaxies to probe the space between the stars - and revealed where the Universe's missi | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

The Mysterious Anomaly Weakening Earth's Magnetic Field Seems to Be Splitting

New satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveal that the mysterious anomaly weakening Earth's magnetic field continues to evolve, with the most recent observations showing we could soon be dealing with more than one of these strange ph | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Astronomers Are Now Disagreeing over Those Epic 'New Planet Birth' Images

A swirl spotted in the turbulent disc of dust encircling a young star called AB Aurigae was revealed last week in high resolution, and to much fanfare in the astronomy community. Such a distinctive disturbance, researchers suggested, could be the sig | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

We May Have Been Wrong About Why Grapes Make Plasma in the Microwave

For years, the internet has hemmed and hawed over a mysterious yet universal truth: a grape, sliced nearly in half and placed in the microwave, will suddenly begin to spit plasma. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

Neuroscientists Think They've Found a New Form of Neural Communication

Scientists think they've identified a previously unknown form of neural communication that self-propagates across brain tissue, and can leap wirelessly from neurons in one section of brain tissue to another – even if they've been surgically severed | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

The Builders of Oldest Known Temple Had a Surprising Understanding of Geometry

A sprawling structure regarded as the world's oldest known temple was designed with an understanding of geometric principles somewhat unusual for the hunter-gatherer cultures thought to have built it, researchers say. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 1 month ago

We Now Have More Evidence a Rushing River Existed on Mars Billions of Years Ago

An international team of scientists has found new evidence of rivers that flowed on the surface of Mars billions of years ago — a discovery that could give us new insights into the search for ancient life on the Red Planet. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Engineers Tested an 'Impossible' Detonation Engine – and It Works

A type of rocket engine once thought impossible has just been fired up in the lab. Engineers have built and successfully tested what is known as a rotating detonation engine, which generates thrust via a self-sustaining wave of detonations that trave | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Scientists Create a Prototype Air Plasma Engine That Works Without Fossil Fuels

A prototype jet engine can propel itself without using any fossil fuels, potentially paving the way for carbon-neutral air travel. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Fixed Nitrogen Discovered in a Martian Meteorite

A fresh new look at a 4 billion-year-old Martian meteorite has revealed organic compounds containing nitrogen - the first real evidence of fixed nitrogen molecules on the Red Planet. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Scientists Find the Highest-Ever Concentration of Microplastics on the Seafloor

What if the "great ocean garbage patches" were just the tip of the iceberg? While more than 10 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the sea each year, we actually see just 1 percent of it – the portion that floats on the ocean surface. What happe | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Covid-19 Deaths Are Being Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency. Here's What That Means

A vitamin commonly produced by sun-exposed skin cells might play a role in preventing death by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to new research. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Palaeontologists Think They Have Found 'The Most Dangerous Place' in History

A long-known but under-studied deposit of Cretaceous rock on the edge of the Sahara desert was more than just an ancient stomping ground for dinosaurs, according to a comprehensive new paper. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Tests Say a Fundamental Constant of Physics Isn't the Same Across the Universe

Scientists have found evidence that a fundamental physical constant used to measure electromagnetism between charged particles can in fact be rather inconstant, according to measurements taken from a quasar some 13 billion light-years away. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

First-Ever Credible Evidence of Someone Killed by a Falling Meteorite

Researchers have finally found credible records of someone being killed by a falling meteorite. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

NASA Has Designed a Mass-Producible Ventilator for a Second Wave of Covid-19

NASA engineers have designed a mass-producible ventilator tailored to coronavirus patients, and it could get emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration by the weekend. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us from the Covid-19 Pandemic

It's hard to predict things in a pandemic. The situation changes so much on a daily basis that everything you thought you knew last week is wrong by the end of the day. Things are changing so fast that even the solid certainties that we thought we we | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Google Engineers Mutate AI to Make Systems Evolve Faster Than We Can Code Them

Much of the work undertaken by artificial intelligence involves a training process known as machine learning, where AI gets better at a task such as recognising a cat or mapping a route the more it does it. Now that same technique is being use to cre | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

People Running Folding Home Created the World's Biggest Supercomputer

You may have heard of Folding@home, the number-crunching app you can run on your computer to help researchers tackle certain medical problems, including the new coronavirus. In the past month, the network of volunteers who've installed it has become | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Great Barrier Reef 'Cloud Brightening' Experiment

An ambitious "cloud brightening" experiment has been carried out over Australia's Great Barrier Reef in an early-stage trial that scientists hope could become a futuristic way to protect coral from global warming. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Star Orbiting Black Hole Just Confirmed a Prediction Made by General Relativity

A single star called S2 looping around the supermassive black hole in the centre of our galaxy just demonstrated a prediction of general relativity in the most extreme environment we can test it in - putting yet another feather in the theory's alread | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Astronomers Detect the Most Powerful Star Explosion We've Ever Observed

Massive stars don't die quietly. Their deaths are spectacular explosions that can outshine entire galaxies - and now, astronomers have identified the most powerful of these exploding stars we've ever witnessed. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 2 months ago

Glass in the Soil of a 13000-Year-Old Settlement in Syria Points to Comet Impact

Almost 13,000 years ago, a group of prehistoric nomads in what we now call Syria embarked upon a historic change. They abandoned their hunter-gatherer ways, and became the earliest known pioneers of a new milestone in human civilisation: agriculture. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

99.9999999% of Everything Is Empty Space

Some days, you might feel like a pretty substantial person. Maybe you have a lot of friends, or an important job, or a really big car. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

Earth Is Vibrating Substantially Less Because There's So Little Activity

Flights are grounded. Fewer trains are running. Rush hour is gone. The world - particularly in cities - is looking drastically different during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

Some Covid-19 Symptoms Are Turning Out to Be Atypical. Here's What We Know

There's still a lot we don't know about the coronavirus that has caused a pandemic of a new disease called COVID-19. That includes what the symptoms are and how varied they might be. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

The Atmosphere of Uranus Is Literally Leaking Gas into Space

Poor old Uranus just can't seem to catch a break. Something already tipped the planet on its side, so its orbit is perpendicular to those of the other Solar System planets. It probably smells terrible. And now scientists have discovered that the atmo | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

Coronavirus Could Be a 'Chimera' of Two Different Viruses

In the space of a few weeks, we have all learned a lot about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it: SARS-CoV-2. But there have also been a lot of rumours. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago

Superconductivity Has Been Discovered in Meteorites for the First Time

Scientists have found naturally occurring superconducting materials in extraterrestrial objects for the first time, discovering superconductive grains embedded inside two distinct meteorites that crash-landed on Earth. | Continue reading


@sciencealert.com | 3 months ago