Astronomers Discover Icy Earth-Sized Exoplanet

Astronomers Discover Icy Earth-Sized Exoplanet

An international team of astronomers has discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star at the same distance we are from the Sun. But its star is much smaller and cooler than our own, and the planet is likely an icy world more similar to Pluto. The discovery, reported in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, was possible thanks…

Humanity Manufactured Advanced Weaponry 77,000 Years Ago

Humanity Manufactured Advanced Weaponry 77,000 Years Ago

A groundbreaking study this week has concluded that humans may have been in North America as early as 130,000 years ago, 100,000 years ahead of what most experts thought. This is a truly mind-blowing revelation – and a brand new PLOS One study has just augmented it somewhat. It’s long been established that humans have…

7 Science College Courses You Can Take Completely Free From Home

7 Science College Courses You Can Take Completely Free From Home

Interested in the environment? Are you partial to the planetary sciences? Are you looking to give your career a jumpstart? It’s never been easier to learn about those subjects you’ve been curious about, but never had the means or time to explore further. Now, all you need is an Internet connection and a thirst for knowledge. edX is a…

DNA From Neanderthals And Denisovans Found In Cave Floor Sediments

DNA From Neanderthals And Denisovans Found In Cave Floor Sediments

Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA has been extracted from sediments in caves they once inhabited, even where we’ve found no bones. The discovery could transform our knowledge of early human evolution and the branches of humanity that have gone extinct. Given the extreme shortage of Denisovan fossils, the technique could multiply our knowledge of these mysterious…

Half-A-Billion-Year-Old Creature Is Ancestor To Crabs, Millipedes, And Ants

Half-A-Billion-Year-Old Creature Is Ancestor To Crabs, Millipedes, And Ants

A half-a-billion-year-old fossil of an ancient creature with sharp claws, a hinged shell, and more legs than usually deemed necessary has been discovered in the Rockies of Canada. An early representative of mandibulates – the hyper-diverse group that contains not only insects, but crabs and millipedes – Tokummia katalepsis could help explain the origin of this wildly successful…