Stephen Hawking warns that We Must Leave Earth

February 3, 2016
Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has stated a warning to humankind: , in light of all of the potential events that could spell the extinction of the human species, we must find a way to migrate into space. Citing numerous... continued

Are we reaching the Limits of what Science can Answer?

February 2, 2016
At a recent TED talk in Geneva, CERN particle physicist Harry Cliff presented his audience with a controversial new concept: science may be entering an era where "we could be facing questions that we cannot answer. Not because we don't... continued

New Evidence Found for a Large Planet in the Outer Solar System

January 30, 2016
A team of planetary scientists from the California Institute of Technology have published a paper documenting strong circumstantial evidence for a large planet with an orbit outside of Pluto's. This yet-undiscovered planet is hypothesized to be smaller than Neptune, but... continued

Did Hurricane Alex Cause a Melting Event in Greenland?

January 29, 2016
Earlier this month, the North Atlantic experienced a rare January hurricane, named Hurricane Alex. While Alex's northward track kept it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, it's arrival in the waters south of Greenland coincided with a sudden outflowing... continued

Fairy Tales may be Far More Ancient than we Realize

January 28, 2016
Fairy tales are an intrinsic part of our lives: in childhood, we are entertained and educated by the lessons imparted in their stories, and later in life, they continue to inspire and be adapted into popular culture, spawning new books,... continued

Cave Paintings May Depict 36,000 Year-Old Volcanic Eruption

January 26, 2016
In comparison to geological timescales, human documentation of geological events only extends back into a mere fraction of the Earth's past: the oldest-known depiction of a volcanic eruption is found in Turkey, in a mural dating back to 6,600 BCE.... continued

Use of Antidepressant Drugs During Pregnancy Increases Autism Risk by 87%

January 23, 2016
A new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, has found that the use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy can dramatically increase the chances of the child developing autism. The study, conducted at the University of Montreal, reviewed data on... continued

Wild Bees are Less Abundant in Areas Where They are Needed

January 22, 2016
While there has been a great deal of attention placed on the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder, the bees that are affected by CCD are commercial honeybees, with known populations that have numbers that can be easily quantified. However, the... continued

2015 was the Hottest Year on Record

January 21, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their year-end report on the planet's average temperatures, and 2015 has proven to the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880 -- by a wide margin. The year also left a... continued

Former U.S. Intelligence Agent Criticizes U.S. Spy Agencies for Underestimating Islamic State

January 20, 2016
 A former U.S. intelligence director is warning U.S. intelligence agencies that they are underestimating the intentions and capabilities of Islamic State, a mistake that could potentially leave the country vulnerable to attacks from the extremist organization. Derek Harvey, a former... continued