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Nobel Prize in Chemistry highlights how our bodies can repair our fragile DNA

DNA is the fundamental building block of life. Every organism, from the simplest bacterium to plants, animals and humans contains a vast quantity of …

Genetics

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs also intensified volcanic eruptions - study

Research on the Deccan Traps in India reveals massive rise in lava flows around time of impact of Mexico’s Chicxulub crater 65m years ago, increasing the catastrophe for ecosystems<p>The asteroid that slammed into Earth and heralded the doom of the dinosaurs triggered a surge in volcanic eruptions …

Geology

Here Are Some Weird Facts About Pooping in Space

Everybody poops. In space, it's pretty difficult and requires a lot of planning.<p>Gemini 5 was NASA’s first real long-duration mission. In August of 1965, Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad spent eight days in orbit testing their spacecraft’s fuel cells to make sure this new technology was up for the …

Space Exploration

Project Moonspike wants to send the first crowdfunded rocket to the Moon

A group of independent rocket engineers wants to send the first-ever crowdfunded rocket to the Moon. The group — known as Moonspike — has come up with a design for a rocket that will deliver a 1-gram payload, shaped like a spike, to the lunar surface. To help fund the project, the engineers have …

NASA announces evidence of flowing water “creeping down slopes” on Mars

The space agency spent the entire weekend teasing the scientific community — but it was worth the wait<p>After a weekend of speculation, scientists were finally treated to NASA's big reveal: there is flowing liquid water on the surface of Mars.<p>According to researchers, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance …

Geoscience

NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

It's the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory<p>Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in <i>Nature Geosciences</i><i>.</i> This revelation comes from new spectral data gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a …

Georgia Tech

Why scientists are so worried about drylands — which make up 40 percent of the Earth’s land

Virtually every ecosystem of the world — from forests to the oceans — raises concern about the toll that a warming climate will take. There’s one type of landscape, though, that doesn’t get talked about very much in this context — so-called “drylands,” a grouping that includes arid and semi-arid …

Climate Change

What Would Happen If We Burned All The Fossil Fuels On Earth?

We'll burn that bridge when we come to it<p>If you've ever poured yourself some iced tea on a hot summer's day, you know that that icy goodness doesn't stick around for long. That's because (SPOILER ALERT) ice doesn't do well in heat.<p>Those same (wildly obvious) laws of thermodynamics that govern your …

Climate Change

If We Burn All the World's Fossil Fuels, We'll Melt Antarctica & Flood the Earth

Scientists have finally answered the 'Antarctica Question,' and the answer is: Stop burning goddam coal and oil.<p>Well, climatologists have answered the so-called 'Antarctica question'—whether burning the planet's reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas would melt our iciest continent—and, as you …

Fossil Fuels

Fossils found in African cave are new species of human kin, say scientists

The two amateur cavers had to feel their way along the cave’s winding passages, crawl on their stomachs through an opening less than 10 inches high, ascend a jagged wall, cross a narrow ledge dubbed the “Dragon’s Back,” and make a 400-foot descent, sideways, through a vertical crack before finally …

Paleontology

The glacier born of fire

The infamous 1980 eruption of Washington’s Mt St Helens killed 57 people, devastated the landscape – and created one of the youngest and healthiest glaciers on the planet.

Geology

Planet has lost half of all marine life since 1970

The oceans, with more than 90% of the habitable space on Earth, still contain most of the life on our planet, but there's a lot less of it than there was just 45 years ago, according to a deeply dispiriting report from the World Wildlife Fund.<p>The group, which surveyed 10,000 populations of more …

Here’s what one year in space does to your body

Want to know how much poop an astronaut produces while spending a year on the International Space Station? It's somewhere around 180 pounds.<p>That fun fact is brought to you by NASA, which just released an infographic breaking down all the numbers surrounding astronaut Scott Kelly's one-year stay on …

Space Science

Here's what it would look like to fly by Earth at the speed NASA flew by Pluto

NASA made history in July when its New Horizons spacecraft swooped by Pluto, giving humans a close-up look at this previously unexplored world.<p>The …

Researchers just discovered a massive body of water under China's biggest desert

The Tarim basin in Xinjiang, China is a valley the size of Venezuela; bigger than California, New Mexico and Florida put together. On the surface it …

'Meteor explosion' over Bangkok captured on dash cams

An inexplicable fireball captured blazing above the skies of Bangkok has ignited speculation about what exactly the mystery object is.<p>A bright white …

Astronomy

Why We Can't Clone Dinosaurs But Might Clone Mammoths

One of this summer’s biggest hits was the movie <i>Jurassic World</i>, which earned a record $209 million on its opening weekend back in June. It’s so popular that it’s still showing in theaters now, more than two months later.<p>Like its predecessors, the fourth movie in the <i>Jurassic Park</i> series features a …

Paleontology