How amazing is this?! Possible answers to an important question about Earth’s history crash-land on a driveway in England.
Stephanie Pappas writes: Fossils called stromatolites from Western Australia were created by microbes 3.48 billion years ago. Layered rocks in Western Australia are some of Earth’s earliest known life, according to a new study. The fossils in question are stromatolites, layered rocks that are formed by the excretions of photosynthetic microbes. The oldest stromatolites that Read More…
“The protogalaxy is a collection of ancient stars from which the rest of the Milky Way grew.”
A possible “shortcut” through the universe?
“Can an extinct species be brought back to life? Scientists are taking a “giant leap” in that direction by using gene-editing to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger, a carnivorous marsupial from Australia and the continent’s only marsupial apex predator.”
“The glowing river of light [known as ‘STEVE’] may look like an aurora, but it’s actually a unique phenomenon that was considered “completely unknown” to science upon its discovery.”
Ben Turner writes: Thankfully, the storm is classified as weak. High-speed solar winds from a “hole” in the sun’s atmosphere are set to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday (Aug 3.), triggering a minor G-1 geomagnetic storm. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) made the prediction after observing Read More…
“Scientists discover pits on the moon that are room temperature in the shade.”
Researchers: “Right now the scientific consensus is that the population of the world will reach a peak some time later this century. The world population is projected to reach 10.4 billion people sometime in the 2080s and remain there until 2100.”
“Scientists have pinpointed the moment in time our earliest ancestors evolved to be warm-blooded, and it happened much later and far more quickly than the researchers expected.”
Researcher: “Deep-sea brine pools are a great analog for the early Earth and, despite being devoid of oxygen and hypersaline, are teeming with a rich community of so-called ‘extremophile’ microbes.”
“The most powerful telescope in history reveals its debut images.”
Why did humans — and nearly all other land animals, for that matter —evolve to drink freshwater when saltwater is so much more plentiful?