Omar Carbona

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Scientists Think They’ve Found the Ancient Ancestor of All Life on Earth

Meet LUCA, the shared relative of you and me and everything else.<p>As early as 3.8 billion years ago, life arose from the toxic waters of Earth's primordial slurry. Our ancient ancestor wasn't large, or complex, or even multicellular. As far as scientists know, it was probably just a single-celled …

Deep-sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers …

Treasure Trove Of Dinosaur Fossils Found In Antarctica

Plants and Animals Photo credit: Antarctica is not an easy place to seek fossils, but the view can be spectacular. University of …

T. rex: the greatest celebrity of all time

David Hone tells us all we could ever wish to know about our favourite dinosaur in his comprehensive Tyrannosaur compendium<p><i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> is the greatest celebrity of all time. The 68–66 million-year-old carnivore is far older than any actor or musician, including Keith Richards, and yet is …

Dinosaurs

Scientists reconstruct baffling 250-million-year-old aquatic reptile with a strange hammerhead mouth

Not all scientific insights require a $1.1-billion experiment to observe gravity waves, or demand a giant particle collider be buried under Europe. …

4 Dinosaurs Recently Discovered in the Antarctic

Last month, researchers announced they had discovered a diverse cache of fossils in Antarctica. Overall, more than a metric ton’s worth were …

Book Review: 'Unhappenings' is a fantastic time travel novel

Edward Aubry's <i>Unhappenings</i> is a smart and satisfying time travel novel. I love stories about paradox created by folks moving around in time, and this …

Time Travel

Get ready, this feathered Fossil Friday is part a new Museum...

Get ready, this feathered Fossil Friday is part a new Museum exhibition, opening next week!When <i>Archaeopteryx</i> (ark-ee-OPT-er-ix) was described in …

7. Imaginary Colours

Stare at the lighthouse on top of the island in the picture above. Really stare at it and don't look anywhere else. After a little while, the image …

Scientists identify 'ground zero' for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have identified "ground zero" for Alzheimer’s in the brain: the place the disease appears to strike first and a region they say may be more important to keep sharp than previously thought.<p>The locus coeruleus, a small part of the brainstem, is the first region of the brain to exhibit tau …

These truisms proved false in 2015

Some truisms turned out to be false in 2015 — notably, <i>Brontosaurus</i> exists only in pop culture, the speed of light is always constant and fish are …

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

The leak of Quentin Tarantino's latest movie has been traced back to a Hollywood exec

These kind of leaks are becoming an annual occurrence, and it's all because of the time of year: awards season.<p>Ahead of the Oscars, the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, and a bevy of other big industry events, studios send the judges a selection of the year's best films for consideration — even if they …

The 15 Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2015

2015 has been, in many ways, a less controversial year than years past. That’s a good thing, given what a total disaster the back half of 2014 was.<p>Still, there were a few big, controversial stories, industry mishaps and various other sundry outrages to keep the popcorn flowing.<p>And while I always …

Kojima, Sony Partner for Exclusive Franchise - PCMag Asia

Sony has entered into a partnership with Hideo Kojima, creator of Konami's wildly popular game franchise Metal Gear Solid, to create new games for …

Metal Gear

If You’re Writing for Nobody, That’s Exactly Who’s Reading

When I started writing content, I thought that once I hit that Publish button, I’d get tons of traffic.<p>How wrong was I? Traffic is difficult to gain, …

Do We Live in a Star Wars Universe?

On one small rocky planet orbiting a middle-aged main-sequence star, in an otherwise rather dull backwater of a rather ordinary spiral galaxy, a …

Star Wars

All Together Now: DIMETRODON IS NOT A DINOSAUR

Like pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, <i>Dimetrodon,</i> while commonly mistaken for a dinosaur, isn't actually a dinosaur. In fact, unlike …

“I didn’t feel fit to be a mother:” I was holding it together, pushing through, getting by, and then one night, I wasn’t

Mental illness is in my blood, but nothing could have prepared me for the night I nearly lost everything<p>No one felt sorry for Andrea Yates, the woman in Texas who, suffering from postpartum psychosis, drowned her five children in the bathtub in 2001. But there was one moment in my life when I did, …

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

Discovery of habitable planet could mean alien life is 'incredibly close', say scientists

Australian researchers have found a potentially inhabitable planet - called Wolf 1061c – which is 14 light years away, about a third closer than the nearest such planet<p>Alien life could be closer than previously thought after Australian scientists found the closest potentially habitable planet to …

The 'age of the human' may not become the age of destruction

Homo sapiens has become so dominant a force shaping the properties of the biosphere that scientists now refer to the past two centuries as the Anthropocene Epoch – the age of the human. This role comes with a huge responsibility; one that, it seems, we have lived up to in the climate deal recently …

Hunter Gatherers

Cern's potential new particle discovery is 'a total game changer'

The team at Cern's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland may have discovered a new particle. In its first set of significant results since the …

Physics

America's Embrace of Ignorance

It's pretty easy to see in this election cycle that America has hit a new low in stupidity. I like to collectively call it "The Stupid." The acceptance and glorification of ignorance and anti-intellectualism into our political system is one of the most dangerous threats to our country. It stems …

Psychedelic space: Nasa reveals vibrant Pluto and more colourful images of the universe

On 12 November, Nasa released an image (above) to the public which depicted dwarf planet Pluto in an array of vibrant colours. The space agency …

The 15 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Astronomy

Why the hell do they have to be such lousy pets?

Aziz Ansari returns to the small screen with new Netflix series, 'Master of None'

Aziz Ansari's upcoming Netflix show may not fill the <i>Parks and Recreation</i>-sized hole in your heart — but if you're a fan of melancholy, New York …