Animals May Have Evolved on Earth 350 Million Years Earlier Than We Thought

The discovery of the fossils of a sponge-like creature that dates back to 890 million years ago suggests that simple animals appeared on Earth nearly 350 million years before the oldest known fossilized specimens first appeared in the Earth’s oceans. While the previously oldest known animal fossils, also in the


‘The War Has Changed’: Coronavirus’ Delta Variant Is as Contagious as Chickenpox

The war against COVID-19 has changed due to the highly-transmissible Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, described as being “as transmissible as Chicken Pox” by a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention internal document. The document also warns that the variant can also be easily transmitted by vaccinated individuals, and may

Massive Wildfires in Canada and the US Are Generating Their Own Weather Systems

The massive wildfires currently burning in Canada and the US are intense enough to generate their own weather systems, cycles of air that soar high into the atmosphere that generate their own lightning storms, sparking new fires on the ground below, then falling in powerful downdrafts that feed fresh air

15,000-Year-Old Viruses Have Been Discovered Preserved in a Tibetan Glacier

Researchers with Ohio State University have discovered 33 viruses that have been preserved for nearly 15,000 years in a glacier high atop the Tibetan Plateau, with 28 of these viruses not having been known to science before now. The ice cores that contained the viruses were obtained in 2015 from

The Origins of COVID-19: The Search Continues

The Chinese government denied a World Health Organization proposal for the second phase of an investigation into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that is responsible for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. This new phase would involve audits of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan, with the possibility of

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