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Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet.<p>Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the …

Are We Martians? Scientist Says We Just Might Be

As Adam Frank has said over on the 13.7 blog, "Earth and Mars have been swapping spit (astrobiologically speaking) for eons ... [and] it is entirely possible we were Earth's first alien invasion."<p>Thursday at a conference in Italy, chemist Steven Benner from the Westheimer Institute of Science and …

A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.<p>A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science <i>Translational</i> …

Autism linked to enzyme that untangles DNA

Problems with enzymes that affect the genetic machinery behind brain development could possibly cause autism spectrum disorder, say researchers.<p>“Our …

Bacteria turn nasty chemical into harmless water

Bacteria that remove the industrial chemical dioxane from the environment are more abundant at spill sites than once thought.<p>Researchers discovered …

Whole fruits protect against diabetes, but juice is risk factor, say researchers

Eating blueberries, grapes, apples and pears cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes but drinking fruit juice can increase it, a large study has found.<p>Researchers including a team from Harvard School of Public Health in the US examined whether certain fruits impact on type 2 diabetes, which affects more …

Don't Call It A Mind-Meld: Human Brains Connect Via Internet

In what they call "direct brain-to-brain communication in humans," researchers in Washington state say they've successfully passed signals from one mind to another via the Internet, without using surgical implants. In their test, two people collaborated on a task while sitting in different …

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Walking shark discovered in Indonesia

Giant Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice Sheet

The subglacial bedrock canyon is nearly twice as long as the Grand Canyon.<p><b>Imagine if you could pick up the Greenland Ice Sheet and see what lies beneath. Surely 1.7 million square kilometers of slowly thawing ice must rest on a massive pool of melted water, right?</b><p>Not necessarily, according to a …

Help Crowdfund These Awesome Science Projects Before Midnight

The window to fund science and technology projects in Popular Science's #CrowdGrant Challenge closes tonight, Aug. 30, at 11:59pm EDT.<p>Back in April, we called on <i>Popular Science</i> readers to submit their best project ideas in the #CrowdGrant Challenge. By the time we closed the gates for entries, two …

Fruit should be eaten, not drunk

Apples and blueberries stand out in a long-term study of diabetes risk<p>A study published by the BMJ this week affirms one piece of conventional wisdom — that eating fruit is highly beneficial to your health — while refuting another — that fruit juice is just as good as the unprocessed stuff. …

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post explains light-years in terms of a scale of miles and kilometers.<p>Stars other than our sun …

A Campaign To Save The World's Ugliest Endangered Animals

The pig-nosed frog deserves your love (and cash for conservation), too.<p>It's well-known that the more adorable and charismatic of the endangered animals get most of the funding. That doesn't mean the cute animals, like the iconic panda, aren't worth saving, but it leaves a lot of the less photogenic …

The Week In Numbers: Scientists Grow A Brain, Element 115 Exists, And More

<b>4 millimeters</b>: the size of a three-dimensional, self-organizing model of a developing human brain grown in a lab using stem cells<p><b>10 octillion</b>: the number of two-megaton nuclear bombs that would need to explode simultaneously to match the sound of a supernova<p><b>225 million years</b>: the time it would take …

Dennis Lo: 'Should parents be told about a disease their child might get?'

Yuk Ming Dennis Lo recalls the reaction when in 1997 he and colleagues published the unusual news that fragments of an unborn baby's DNA circulate freely in its mother bloodstream in significant quantities. First, he was surprised by the ready acceptance of a discovery he likens to finding your …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …