One of the most reliable anthropomorphic rules of thumb in physics is that any system “wants” to minimize its energy, and will move in the direction of the lowest-energy state available. Of course, inanimate
An “exceptional phenomenon” near the tiny islands of Mayotte may help explain a low-frequency rumble that swept around the world last year. On May 10, 2018, the geologic beasts of the tiny island of Mayotte
Rock samples from the island suggest it’s a strange hybrid that represents a whole new way for the planet to make volcanoes. No two volcanoes are the same, but they all form in the same handful of ways.
It has a sleek black pill of a body, with two rigid, white arms sprouting from its sides. It looks, in other words, like an iPad had a baby with a crop duster, or like a Volkswagen Bug from a future designed
Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human
A new look at Apollo-era seismic data revealed that the moon's insides might be warmer than scientists thought possible. When building a remote outpost, it’s usually a good idea to stay away from active
Suicidal thoughts may be detectable in the brain, scientists believe, after finding a chemical soars when a person is considering ending their own life. Brain scans of dozens of people at risk of suicide
Around 136,000 years ago, a flightless bird became extinct. The bird resided on the Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra, which had its flora and fauna wiped out when the island was completely flooded by the
In the dark, watery depths, these swimmers see in a way scientists previously thought was impossible. Nature is harsh. But over time, animals can evolve to adapt to that harshness with stunning methods.