Jeremiah Potter

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may work as heat pump

Astronomers using an infrared telescope in Hawaii have found that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may be pumping heat to the upper atmosphere. Scientists …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

Quotes From Socrates That Are Full Of Wisdom

Socrates. A Greek philosopher. An enigmatic genius. A genius who gave a whole new norm to the Western philosophy. The standard set by him, his …

Photographer of 'horribly thin' polar bear hopes to inspire climate change fight

In mid-August, Kerstin Langenberger took a photo of a startlingly skinny polar bear, one she thought was days away from death.<p>The Arctic nature guide …

Butterflies steal DNA of zombie wasps in natural genetic modification

Scientist have found DNA of wasps in butterflies showing that genes can pass between species<p>Butterflies 'steal’ the genes of wasps to make them more resistant to disease , scientists have found, in first evidence of natural genetic modification in the animal kingdom.<p>Although campaigners have long …

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

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 …