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Evolution is the generally-accepted explanation for how life on Earth became so complex, but there's one thing it can't explain – how life emerged from non-living matter in the first place. The prevailing hypothesis is that life got started in the ocean, where hydrothermal vents provided just the right chemical reactions. But a new MIT study has found that ancient oceans probably didn't ha
The fact that bacteria can share genes with each other is fascinating and a little alarming – after all, that's how they're developing resistance to antibiotics so quickly. It's easy to assume that the bugs need to be in close proximity to teach each other, but unfortunately that might not be the case. A new genetic study of bacteria from around the world has found that isolated population
Magnetoreception, or the ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field, pops up throughout the animal kingdom, but it's generally thought to be something humans missed out on. But maybe we can after all. New research out of Caltech has found changes in human brain wave activity that seems to be in response to a changing magnetic field... Continue Reading Mental compass: New evidence suggests
A new study, to be presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology's 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, reveals a connection between sleep apnea and increased levels of a toxic brain protein commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease bolstering the growing body of evidence linking sleep problems with the onset of neurodegenerative conditions... Continue Reading New evidence bol
Last year we got some big news from the Red Planet – a huge lake of liquid water was apparently found beneath the ice at the Martian south pole. Building on that, a new study has now examined how it might have gotten there, and concluded that there has to be an underground heat source for water to pool there. For that to happen, Mars must have had volcanic activity much more recently than
For most of the time Earth has been inhabited, life took the form of single-celled organisms that just sat there in lumps, or floated around on water currents. But now fossils found in the African country of Gabon have turned up the earliest evidence of life showing some initiative and moving around of its own accord. It now seems that life was mobile some 1.5 billion years earlier than pr
An incredible new study is suggesting a strong association between schizophrenia and gut bacteria. The research not only reveals a correlation, but hypothesizes the microbiome to potentially play a role in altering neurologic function in ways that may amplify the symptoms of schizophrenia. .. Continue Reading Strange new evidence connects gut bacteria to schizophrenia Category: Medical
A new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has revealed further evidence of how sleep deprivation can drive the spread of toxic Alzheimer's-inducing proteins throughout the brain. The study bolsters the growing hypothesis suggesting sleep disruption plays a major role in the progression of neurodegenerative disease... Continue Reading More evidenc
Water, like gold, is where you find it and a team of scientists led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University claim to have found definitive evidence of water ice at both north and south poles of the Moon. Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, the new discovery indic
You've probably never really wondered where your skeleton came from, but that has puzzled paleontologists for over a century. In particular the question mark was hovering over the skeletons of a strange, ancient fish family called heterostracan, but now UK scientists say they've cracked it, declaring the 400 million-year-old fossils to be the oldest examples of bone ever found... Continue


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