Tornado Cluster Sizes Skyrocket

Tornados are behaving strangely: The number of tornado outbreaks per year is fairly constant, but the number of tornados per outbreak has skyrocketed. And scientists aren’t entirely sure why. In an effort to learn more, researchers looked at meteorological factors related to tornado outbreaks, and then dug into the data to see whether these factors…

Moose battle frozen in ice

The sight of two powerful bull moose locking horns in combat is something that metaphorically can become frozen in time for those lucky enough to experience such an event, but for a pair of Alaskan hikers, they were lucky enough  to see such a battle literally frozen in time. As National Geographic explained on Friday,…

10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. Astronomers came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 times more galaxies in the observable universe than previously thought. The results have clear implications for galaxy formation,…

Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn Shines

A stunning new photo of Saturn’s north pole spotlights the planet’s bizarre hexagon-shaped vortex and beautiful bands of swirling winds. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this dramatic view on Sept. 5, as the probe flew 890,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) above the planet. The image, which NASA released Monday (Nov. 14), looks toward the sunlit side…

The Trees Have Ears

Environmentalists are bugging rainforests with discarded smartphones to catch poachers and illegal loggers. When a tree falls to illegal loggers in the forest of the Kalaweit Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve for gibbons in West Sumatra, Indonesia, it most definitely makes a sound—and generates a text message to alert reserve managers. Last summer a tiny, nonprofit…

High-speed electrons so fast, they break current physics models

In the region of space just outside Earth’s magnetic field, NASA has detected electrons that are being accelerated to almost the speed of light – and no one can explain why. In fact, our current understanding of particle physics says this kind of acceleration should be impossible so far out from the magnetosphere, and now…

Mysterious History Events On Earth

Mycenaean Greece (or Mycenaean civilization) was the last phase of the Bronze Age in Ancient Greece (c. 1600–1100 BC). It represents the first advanced civilization in mainland Greece, with its palatial states, urban organization, works of art and writing system.

Beyond the DNA

Scientists have established comprehensive maps of the human epigenome, shedding light on how the body regulates which genes are active in which cells. Over the last five years, a worldwide consortium of scientists has established epigenetic maps of 2,100 cell types. Within this coordinated effort, the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine contributed detailed DNA…

Apollo Missions Part II – QuantumBits

If you haven’t already checked out the first instalment, you can do so here: Apollo Missions part I Apollo 9 “Spider’s First Mission…” Crew James A. McDivitt CommanderRussell L. Schweickart Lunar Module PilotDavid R. Scott Command Module Pilot Backup Crew Charles Conrad Jr. CommanderAlan L. Bean Lunar Module PilotRichard F. Gordon Jr. Command Module Pilot Payload Gumdrop…

Geologists discover how a tectonic plate sank

New information about conditions that can cause Earth’s tectonic plates to sink into the earth has been released in a new report. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Saint Louis University researchers report new information about conditions that can cause Earth’s tectonic plates to sink.

Ancient ‘Sea Monster’ Found In Antarctica

About 66 million years ago, an ancient sea monster the height of a five-story office building once gnashed its sharp teeth as it swam around the dark waters of Antarctica, a new study finds. The newfound beast, known as a mosasaur — a Cretaceous-age aquatic reptile that sped through the ancient seas using its paddle-like…

Tweak solves five of the biggest problems in physics in one go

It’s not a bad day at work. Five of the biggest fundamental problems in physics seem sorted in one go. The model that can do this, formulated by Guillermo Ballesteros at the University of Paris-Saclay in France and his colleagues, may explain dark matter, neutrino oscillations, baryogenesis, inflation and the strong CP problem.