Paradoxically, the Loss of Key Vocal Structures Spurred the Evolution of Human Speech

August 15, 2022
Researchers have identified the evolutionary changes to our larynx that enables humans to produce the complex sounds necessary for the development of speech, while our primate relatives are unable to do so, despite having similar physical vocal structures. Paradoxically, the... continued

Global Warming has Stolen Precious Milliseconds from Our Days

August 11, 2022
If it seems like the days are running by faster than ever before, that's because they are...  June 29 of this year was the shortest day on record, with the Earth having spun 1.59 milliseconds faster than the 86,400 seconds... continued

James Webb Space Telescope Has Possibly Imaged the Oldest Known Star and Most Distant Galaxy

August 8, 2022
With the ability to peer deeper into the universe—and by doing so deeper back in time—than its predecessors, the James Webb Space Telescope has discovered what may prove to be the oldest known star, and also what might be the most distant... continued

UK Scientists Declare Nessie ‘Plausible’ After Freshwater Plesiosaur Fossil Discovery

August 7, 2022
A new discovery regarding the nature of ancient plesiosaurs has prompted several scientists to declare that the existence of the legendary Loch Ness Monster is "plausible", at least in regard to the elusive cryptid's chosen freshwater habitat. The discovery in... continued

This Month’s Heatwave Melted 18 Gigatons of Greenland’s Ice Sheet

August 3, 2022
The recent heat wave that baked both Europe and North America also had a major impact on the world's largest island: temperatures across Greenland spiked during the same time period, causing a major melt event that released 18 billion tons of water... continued

The New Level of Quantum Computing: A 9,000-Year Computer Problem Solved in Just 36 Microseconds

August 1, 2022
Another milestone has been reached in the realm of quantum computing, with a Canadian company reporting that they have run a complex benchmarking problem through their new equipment that produced a solution that would have taken a conventional supercomputer 9,000... continued

The Pentagon and Congress Expand the Military’s UAP Investigative and Reporting Powers

July 29, 2022
The Pentagon has established a new office tasked with investigating unidentified aerial phenomena, the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). The AARO will replace the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), established just last November, and is intended to expand... continued

Climate Watch: What Can We Do to Save our World? (Hint: It’s not Hard or Expensive and We can do It Right Now)

July 24, 2022
I have updated Climate Watch, and I am publishing part of the update here because it departs significantly from previous updates in that includes practical ideas that can be used right now to make significant and useful changes that will... continued

Europe and the US are Sweltering Under Deadly Heat Waves—With More to Come

July 21, 2022
Western Europe is baking under the effects of an intense heat wave that is producing not only record-breaking temperatures—including the first time in history that London, UK, has hit 40°C (104°F)—but also major wildfires across the continent. Similar conditions are... continued

How Crystals and Cosmic Rays Extend the Age of Humanity’s Ancestors by More Than One Million Years

July 19, 2022
Through analysis of particles from space scientists may have pushed back the age of some of the oldest-known fossils of one of humanity's early ancestors, the hominid known as Australopithecus, by more than one million years. This discovery stands to... continued