Using Artificial Brains To Build a Better Nose

October 4, 2021
It might sound like a concept straight out of a sci-fi horror film, but for the last two decades California-based biotech company Koniku has been developing a computer powered by what is essentially a brain-in-a-jar: a computer module that uses... continued

Polar Ice Melt Is Causing the Earth’s Crust to Shift

October 1, 2021
A new study shows that the increasing melt of the polar ice sheets is causing the planet's crust to warp, as the weight of the ice is lessened; causing an upward rebound of the bedrock in the affected regions, and... continued

Escalation in ‘Havana Syndrome’ Attacks Concerns Top Officials

September 29, 2021
A possible escalation in the attacks on US personnel that cause the mysterious condition known as "Havana syndrome", including two recent high profile incidents with possible connections to the Director of the CIA and the Vice President, is causing concern amongst... continued

An Asteroid Impact May Have Destroyed a Major Bronze Age Civilization

September 26, 2021
Archeologists studying a site in the lower Jordan Valley have discovered that a major Bronze Age city shows evidence of having been destroyed by a Tunguska-like asteroid impact 3,600 years ago, an impact that may have devastated the entire region... continued

Ancient Bone Tool Cache Upends Our Understanding of Early Humans

September 23, 2021
The discovery of a large cache of bone tools dated to 400,000 years ago may change how paleontologists view the evolution of tool use amongst early humans. Discovered at a site called Castel di Guido near Rome, Italy, the collection... continued

New Ultra-White Paint Could Eliminate the Need for Air Conditioning

September 21, 2021
Researchers at Purdue University have invented the world's whitest paint, a substance so reflective it has been entered into the 2022 edition of Guinness World Records, and might one day be used to greatly reduce—and in some cases possibly even eliminate—the... continued

With Funding Boost: Researchers May Produce Hybrid Woolly Mammoth Clones Within Six Years

September 18, 2021
The push to have woolly mammoths cloned and reintroduced into the wild has received a $15 million boost, with the project's lead scientist saying that the reintroduction of a hybrid of the currently-extinct creatures and Asian elephants would be used... continued

An Internet Apocalypse Could be Triggered by a Solar Superstorm

September 14, 2021
While the danger posed by major solar storms to our civilization's power grids is well documented (such as Whitley's must-read 2012 ebook on the subject, Solar Flares), the potential effects of such storms on another network vital to the functioning of... continued

A Sad, Special and Powerful Anniversary (and Much Unfinished Business)

September 11, 2021
On this day 20 years ago, the United States experienced the worst attack since December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Since 911, the country has changed profoundly. There is still much that is not known about what... continued

Celestial ‘Treasure Map’ Narrows Down Where Planet Nine Might Be Hiding

September 8, 2021
New research from the California Institute of Technology has narrowed down the area of the sky that the elusive Planet Nine might be hiding in. The new data includes a more succinct estimate of the planet's mass and orbital characteristics, offering ongoing... continued