Human Language may have been Born from the “Sound” of Ancient Cave Art

January 20, 2019
A team of researchers from Brazil, Japan and the US may have solved the mystery regarding how the evolution of verbal language as used by humans got its start, using the connection between ancient cave art and the acoustic properties... continued

Ocean Temperatures Broke Another Record in 2018, and are Heating Up Faster than Previously Thought

January 16, 2019
The oceans of Planet Earth are warming at a much faster rate than previously thought--forty percent faster--according to a new report, with 2018 being the hottest year on record for the planet's aquasphere. Using improved data collected through a worldwide... continued

Trade in “Ice Ivory” from Mammoth Tusks could Help Protect Endangered Elephants

January 16, 2019
The growing international ban on the trade of ivory from elephant tusks has been increasing the focus on harvesting the illicit material from an unusual source: the tusks of long-extinct mammoths, preserved in the frozen Siberian tundra. Out of the... continued

Rapid Changes to Earth’s Magnetic Field has Prompted an Urgent Update to the World’s Magnetic Field Map

January 13, 2019
Scientists have known since the early nineteenth century that the Earth's magnetic north pole wanders slowly over time, a phenomenon that cartographers have kept track of to ensure the accuracy of navigational charts and any other fields that might be... continued

Jade Rabbits and Cosmic Snowmen: Space News from the Closest and Farthest Reaches of the Solar System

January 10, 2019
From the closeness of the Moon to far beyond the orbit of Pluto, space probes have been making both headlines and history, with China successfully making humanity's first soft landing of a space probe (and rover!) on the far side... continued

The Polar Vortex is Forecast to make a Three-Way Split, Bringing Colder Weather South

January 8, 2019
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting that the northern polar vortex is likely to split once again later this month, into not just two, but three separate vortices that are expected to bring unseasonably cold and stormy weather... continued

A Traditional Irish Remedy may hold the Answer to Combating Superbug Infections

January 6, 2019
A research team that is searching for new ways of defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria have discovered that a sample of soil from a region in Northern Ireland traditionally known for its healing properties contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria that... continued

Happy New Year, from the Far Edge of the Solar System!

January 3, 2019
Extending its mission well past 2015's groundbreaking exploration of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass on New Year's Day with the distant trans-Neptunian object (486958) 2014 MU69, better known by its nickname, Ultima Thule. This event is... continued

Looking to Nature for Inspiration on how to Draw Water out of Thin Air

January 1, 2019
Efforts to supply arid regions with water have been undertaken ever since humanity began spreading into the world's deserts, with ingenious methods being invented throughout history to hydrate populations and their agriculture in deserts and mountains. This problem is becoming... continued

2018 UN Climate Summit Sets Out Rules for Combating Global Warming

December 27, 2018
The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP24, has concluded its 13-day series of negotiations and deliberations, hosted in the Polish city of Katowice. The conference focused on how the world will push forward in curbing human-generated... continued