“Walkin’ in a (Martian) Winter Wonderland!”

December 25, 2018
Although it's found on another planet altogether, there's a permanent "winter wonderland" on Mars that would never suffer a green Christmas -- or a red one, as the case may be. The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter used its... continued

Welcome to the Anthropocene Epoch: The Age of the… Chicken?

December 22, 2018
Unofficially, we are living in an era that some scientists call the Anthropocene epoch, due to the indelible impact humankind has made on the geology and ecology of the planet Earth. Our influence can be seen in areas such as... continued

Russian HAARP Array Conducts Joint Chinese/Russian Atmospheric Experiments

December 20, 2018
Earlier this year, China and Russia conducted a series of experiments that caused a disturbance high in the atmosphere, aimed at testing ionospheric manipulation technologies for military purposes, according to scientists involved in the experiments. Such experiments advance the understanding... continued

Prehistoric Supernovae may have been Responsible for a 2.6 Million-Year-Old Mass-Extinction Event

December 18, 2018
Although we're familiar with Earth's major extinction events being caused by calamities such as large asteroid strikes or severe disruptions to the planet's climate, researchers have uncovered evidence that the recently-discovered mass extinction of large marine mammals toward the end... continued

Both Arctic and Antarctic Ice is Melting Faster Than Ever

December 13, 2018
New studies investigating the ice found at the planet's polar regions are reporting that a precarious situation appears to be unfolding at the ends of the Earth, with the increased melting of both sea and glacial ice in the Arctic... continued

New AI Masters Three Classic Board Games — By Teaching Itself How to Play!

December 12, 2018
Artificial intelligence developer DeepMind has produced an AI program that can best any human -- and any game-playing program, for that matter -- in a number of classic board games. This new AI, called AlphaZero, is based on an earlier... continued

CO2 Emissions Rose Dramatically in 2018, and a new El Niño May Break More Temperature Records

December 9, 2018
Despite calls by the scientific community for the world to dramatically cut greenhouse gas production to address the problem of global warming, worldwide carbon dioxide emissions rose by 2.7 percent over the course of 2018, the largest increase seen in... continued

NASA Researcher Urges SETI Scientists to Take UFO Reports Seriously

December 6, 2018
In a presentation delivered to a meeting held by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute last spring, a scientist from NASA put forward the notion that the idea that extraterrestrials may already be visiting Earth isn't such a crazy one,... continued

Interstellar Interloper ‘Oumuamua may have been an Extraterrestrial Spacecraft, according to Harvard Astronomers

December 4, 2018
Interstellar Interloper 'Oumuamua may have been an Extraterrestrial Spacecraft, according to Harvard Astronomers A controversial paper has been published by astronomers at Harvard University that suggests that that the odd behavior being exhibited by the interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua... continued

Researchers Predict The Sun is about to Enter a 50-Year Period of Quiet, but it Won’t Help Global Warming

December 2, 2018
Researchers are predicting that our Sun is about to enter a period of long-term quiet called a grand solar minimum, a state that might begin as soon as 2020, and could last as long as fifty years. While this period... continued