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Baby dinosaur's tail — with feathers — found in 99 million-year-old amber

The photo above shows a piece of fossilized tree resin, or amber, from the Cretaceous Period. Aside from insects and plant debris, it contains the …

Paleontology

Solar-powered Pipe desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water a year for California

Solar power and water desalination are two of the most important things to lock down in the modern age. Producing an endless source …

How a fifth force of nature went unknown to physicists, until now

There are four laws of physics and nature govern everything in our world.<p>They are: gravity (which you may have heard of), electromagnetism …

Physics

Primordial Black Holes Could Solve Dark Matter Mystery

Dark matter is the most common matter in the Universe, accounting for nearly 85% of the total mass of the cosmos. But while we know dark matter is out there, we have no real idea what it is. Lots of ideas have been proposed, such as WIMPs or exotic particles known as axions, but another idea is …

Dark Matter

This Biology Book Blew Me Away

Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called <i>The Vital Question</i>. I had never heard of …

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein's creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes …

Quantum Mechanics

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HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack

Virus can quickly develop mutations that resist attack by DNA-shearing enzymes.<p>HIV can defeat efforts to cripple it with CRISPR gene-editing …

Genetics

The Race to Turn Gassy Hydrogen into Solid Metal

Scientists are on a journey to uncover clues about hydrogen’s most elusive phase—solid metallic hydrogen. The prize for discovering it could be room …

Hydrogen

Bio-Hackers, Get Ready

When I speak to technical founders, they often look back with fondness to days of tinkering with a Commodore 64 or Hypercard.<p>But perhaps tomorrow’s founders will experiment with a very different kind of code — the genetic code that underlies how everything from one-celled organisms to humans …

Netherlands UFO Photo Not ‘Manipulated’

An odd-shaped UFO in the Netherlands was photographed by a woman over a castle built nearly 800 years ago.<p>The purported UFO has an “S-shape” and is …

Robot Subs To Search for Alien Life

If there’s life in the universe, it will likely be under water<p>To sustain life anywhere in the universe, scientists agree that one of the critical …

Antarctica

Life on Venus? Scientists rethink the idea of 'habitable' planets

For years, astronomers have been hunting for other planets capable of supporting life. Those efforts have relied on ground-based telescopes and spacecraft, in an attempt to identify clues about the conditions of worlds thousands of light years away. But the entire search depends on one fundamental, …