SETI Is Checking Millions Of Stars For Signs Of Life

An expansion of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program means that for the first time, humanity is starting to collect a substantial sample of the radio universe for this purpose, thanks to advances in detection equipment.  Despite occasional flutters of excitement, none of our scanning of the skies has turned up evidence of alien … Read moreSETI Is Checking Millions Of Stars For Signs Of Life

Building Blocks Of Life Survive In The Sulfuric Clouds Of Venus

You wouldn’t want to be on Venus right now. Or any day really. The atmospheric pressure and temperature are so high that you would be flattened and cooked immediately. It is much more bearable in the clouds of the planet, with a tropical climate and Earth-normal temperatures – as long as you don’t mind the … Read moreBuilding Blocks Of Life Survive In The Sulfuric Clouds Of Venus

Strange “Superstructure” In The Pacific Has Been Forming Since Dinosaurs Ruled Earth

Lying deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, an immense geological superstructure has been growing since the Cretaceous period, fuelled by an area of intraplate volcanism that’s larger than Great Britain. In a new study, geologists attempt to piece together how the so-called Melanesian Border Plateau was formed, concluding that it was formed through several different pulses … Read moreStrange “Superstructure” In The Pacific Has Been Forming Since Dinosaurs Ruled Earth

Is It Possible To Travel Through Time Or Do Paradoxes Get In The Way?

This article first appeared in Issue 15 of our free digital magazine CURIOUS.  H.G. Wells set off an obsession with his novel The Time Machine, one whose frequent appearances in science fiction testifies to its popularity ever since. Many of the other futuristic concepts Wells and his contemporaries wrote about have long since come true, but … Read moreIs It Possible To Travel Through Time Or Do Paradoxes Get In The Way?

Is A Vegan Diet Really Going To Protect You From COVID-19?

The fourth anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic is almost upon us. In 2024, the availability of vaccines has made it a very different beast from the disease authorities were struggling to contain at the start of 2020. Since that time, we’ve learned much about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its effects, but this research … Read moreIs A Vegan Diet Really Going To Protect You From COVID-19?

Can Plants Get Cancer?

This article first appeared in Issue 15 of our free digital magazine CURIOUS.  A 5,000-year-old bristlecone pine stands in the White Mountains of California, making it the oldest non-cloned living organism on Earth. We know the extremes of longevity can get messy in the context of animal cancers, but what about botanical species? Do plants get … Read moreCan Plants Get Cancer?

“Geologically Impossible”: The Strange Story Of Mel’s Supposedly Bottomless Hole

On February 21, 1997, a man calling himself Mel Waters rang the late-night radio talk show “Coast to Coast with Art Bell” with a very strange story to tell. According to Waters, on his property, around 14 kilometers (9 miles) west of Ellensburg, Washington, there was a hole that seemingly had no bottom. Waters told … Read more“Geologically Impossible”: The Strange Story Of Mel’s Supposedly Bottomless Hole

AI Overturns Claim That Every Human Fingerprint Is Unique – Maybe

Fingerprint analysis is considered an invaluable tool in forensic and security settings due to the uniqueness and permanence of the patterns. No two people have been found to share a fingerprint pattern, not even identical twins. Fingerprints are so unique, in fact, that your own fingerprints don’t even match each other. But now, new research … Read moreAI Overturns Claim That Every Human Fingerprint Is Unique – Maybe

Desire Leaves A Chemical Mark On The Brain, And Scientists Just Found It

Compare these two scenarios: meeting your significant other for a romantic dinner, or going for an after-work coffee with that guy you barely know from HR. We’ll bet one of these sounds a lot more appealing than the other, right? Scientists have just cracked the code for why we crave spending time with some people … Read moreDesire Leaves A Chemical Mark On The Brain, And Scientists Just Found It