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By Michael Windelspecht | From atoms to the cosmos - we cover it all.

One Big Family: This Beautiful Interactive Diagram Shows How Every Organism Is Related

Want to start the New Year with a little bit of perspective? Take a look at this beautiful interactive tree of life diagram created by Evogeneao, which enables you to see how all organisms on earth are related, from humans all the way to ancient bacteria. The point of this immersive map, say the …

Evolution

These Stunning 3-D Models Are Helping Unravel the Mysteries of Coral

Coral isn’t what you think it is. It isn’t a plant, but an animal. It doesn’t just grow in shallow, tropical waters, but also hundreds of feet deep …

Oceans

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Ape on Earth

A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on his head, …

Evolution

Scientists Are Rewriting the History of Photosynthesis

Researchers have caught their best glimpse yet into the origins of photosynthesis, one of nature’s most momentous innovations. By taking near-atomic, …

Biology

Knead To Know: The Secrets of Gluten, Revealed

If your homemade country loaf comes out of the oven shrunken and unfluffy, you may have neglected a central tenet of breadmaking: Hydrate the flour. …

Gluten

New compound kills cancer without harming healthy cells

Scientists have developed a small molecule that directly triggers suicide in cancer cells without harming healthy cells.<p>In the journal <i>Cancer Cell</i>, …

Researchers find "executioner protein" that causes cancer cells to self-destruct without hurting healthy cells

Killing Cancer with Apoptosis<p>Albert Einstein College of Medicine scientists have induced cancer cells to commit suicide with a new compound that …

Cancer

Black tea boosts weight loss by altering gut bacteria

With obesity affecting more than a third of adults in the United States, identifying new weight loss strategies is a key priority for researchers. In …

Nobel Prize for Chemistry Goes to Inventors of Imaging Technique

You know those images of the Zika virus that make it look more like a piece of art than a killer microbe? The shot that captures a Salmonella bacterium injecting explosive materials into a cell to literally blow it apart? Those curly ribbon-like structures that turn out to be structures inside a …

Nobel Prize

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your heart rate and gets you moving and …

Aerobic

Why is it so hard to swat a fly?

<b>Try to swat a fly and it will soon become clear that they're faster than you. Much faster. But how on Earth do these tiny creatures - with their minuscule brains - outwit us so easily?</b><p>You've probably pondered it after chasing a fly around your house and flailing your shoe with repeated, …

Fishing

Parasites Inside Your Body Could Actually Be Protecting You

The enemy of my enemy is my friend?<p>It's fair to say parasites are generally bad for their hosts. Many cause disease and death so, like most species, …

Biology

The algae that terraformed Earth

<b>A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.</b><p>That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert.<p>The molecules mark an explosion in the …

Evolution

Scientists say 'prelude' to the sixth mass extinction is happening right now

When plant and animal species go extinct, it's usually a clear sign that humans have messed up. We've over-hunted, destroyed habitats, polluted …

Ecology

The Large Hadron Collider Detected a Beautiful New Particle

It's a big one too.<p>The Large Hadron Collider has once again done what it does best – smash bits of matter together and find new particles in the …

Physics

This Scientist Thinks That Life Could Be a Guide to The Evolution of The Cosmos

We're building the universe.<p>Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no.<p>As physicist …

Space Science

As Habitat Fragmentation Increases, So Does Extinction Risk

Researchers have long assumed that when animals are left without large areas of intact habitat, they are at greater risk of extinction: fragmentation …

Ecology

Meet This Newly Discovered Flying Squirrel

North America’s newest mammal, Humboldt’s flying squirrel, helps solve an evolutionary mystery.<p>A new species of flying squirrel has been found in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been dubbed Humboldt’s flying squirrel, in honor of the great naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.<p>The discovery means that …

Why Smuggling of This Ocean Creature May Skyrocket

JONESPORT, MAINE<p>A proposed law would bar wildlife authorities from monitoring exports of sea cucumbers.<p>It’s a bright, crisp, windy afternoon at the marina in one of eastern Maine’s tiny coastal fishing towns. On the deck of his trawler, Adam Stanwood—a barrel-chested, apple-cheeked fisherman in his …

Wildlife

New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada

It feeds on tiny animals drifting through the sea water<p>Canadian researchers have discovered a new species of meat-eating sponge in the North Atlantic Ocean. Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t eat human meat — it feeds on zooplankton, tiny animals that drift in sea water. (With those fish bone-looking …

Biological Species

Henrietta Lacks' Cells May Be Responsible For The Future Of Medicine

Her cells have contributed to nearly every area of medical research.<p>When Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old black woman from Virginia, sought treatment for stomach pain at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, doctors discovered a fast-growing cancerous tumor on Lacks’ cervix.<p>Doctors harvested …

Cancer

25 photos that prove we're all stowaways on a tiny, fragile spaceship

From the ground, Earth looks like a boundless fertile plain that beckons to be explored and exploited.<p>But astronauts would beg — and even plead — to differ.<p>"You realize that people often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Jim Lovell, an astronaut who flew on the Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 …

Space Exploration

50 New Spiders Discovered In Australia

Spiders capable of diving, jumping, and dancing (and one the size of a human face) were among the new species discovered.<p>Arachnophobes have 50 new reasons to be wary of Australia.<p>During a two-week research mission in the Australian bush, a team of 23 scientists and rangers identified 50 new species …

Testosterone Therapy Is Popular, but Studies Are Mixed

Television ads for “low T” have sparked a rise in the use of testosterone gels, patches and injections by older men in recent years, according to a new report. But anyone hoping that a dose of testosterone will provide an easy antidote for sagging muscles, flagging energy and a retiring sex drive …

Medicine

This Infographic Shows The Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations

How many do you have?<p>It can be easy to forget that humans living on Earth today are the product of thousands of years of adaptation.<p>Without modern …

Evolution

13 Secrets of Forensic Entomologists

Forensic entomology is the study of insects in criminal investigations. Think you know something about the field because you’ve seen Gil Grissom on …

Insects

Stem cells beat the clock for brain cancer

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that kills most patients within two years of diagnosis. In tests on mice last year, a team at the …

Cancer

The March for Science isn’t partisan or anti-Trump—it’s pro-facts

First came the Women’s March. Now comes the March for Science. Given the ongoing protests sweeping the US, one might assume that scientists are organizing to voice their general disagreement with Donald Trump’s policies—or perhaps that they simply want to protect their grants and jobs from federal …

Albert Einstein