Some of Earth’s water is older than the solar system itself

Some of Earth’s water is older than the solar system itself

Earth’s abundance of water is what sets our planet apart from other planets in our solar system. It’s what makes life possible, but where the hell did it all come from? According to a new study, somewhere between 30% and 50% of the water on Earth was created more than 4.5 billion years ago, meaning that some of the water on Earth actually predates the sun, as well as the solar system itself. The study, which was published in Science earlier this week, claims that the distinct chemical signature of the water found on Earth and throughout the … [Read More...]

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MIT has developed a submersible, contraband-sniffing robot

MIT has developed a submersible, contraband-sniffing robot

Smugglers have been transporting contraband over the sea for centuries, and it’s become a favored transportation method for many reasons. For starters, it’s easier to transport goods across the sea than it is by land, but more importantly, it’s hard to patrol and entire coastline. However, thanks to … [Read More...]

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Scientists have successfully turbocharged photosynthesis in a plant

Scientists have successfully turbocharged photosynthesis in a plant

Researchers at Cornell University and Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom have completed the second of three major steps needed to turbocharge photosynthesis in crops such as wheat and rice, a process which could potentially boosts the yields of these crops by around 36%-60% for many plant. … [Read More...]

Ancient art reveals the extinct animals of Egypt

Ancient art reveals the extinct animals of Egypt

Scientists have been able to use detailed depictions of animals on ancient Egyptian artifacts to assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years. A new analysis of this record shows that the ecosystem in the region has become progressively less … [Read More...]

Boeing is going to be offering spaceflights for paying tourists

Boeing is going to be offering spaceflights for paying tourists

When NASA first announced its new partnership with Boeing and SpaceX, many people thought that space travel for the average citizen is one step closer to reality, and apparently they were right. The “space taxi” that the two companies are developing won’t just be for astronauts, it will also contain … [Read More...]

MIT’s robo-cheetah can now run around without a tether

MIT’s robo-cheetah can now run around without a tether

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has improved its cheetah-like robot by enabling it to jump and run around outside without being tethered. MIT researchers are continuing to upgrade the robot and improve its skills. The robo-cheetah has come a long way since its first treadmill test, … [Read More...]

DARPA is developing a jetpack that makes soldiers run faster

DARPA is developing a jetpack that makes soldiers run faster

When most people think of jetpacks, they imagine themselves flying from rooftop to rooftop over a futuristic city, or some other wild scene inspired by science fiction movies. Those people might be disappointed to hear that one of the first practical jetpacks that is being developed right now … [Read More...]

Researchers have found the world’s first semi-aquatic dinosaur

Researchers have found the world’s first semi-aquatic dinosaur

An international team of researchers has discovered the fossils of the largest know predator to ever walk the earth. The most interesting part about this discovery, however, is the fact that the dinosaur is believed to have been semi-aquatic, meaning that it spent a significant portion of its time … [Read More...]

NASA will choose its Mars 2020 sample-caching system by the end of the year

NASA will choose its Mars 2020 sample-caching system by the end of the year

NASA has announced that it will be moving forward with its development of a specialized system for storing samples that will be gathered by the Mars 2020 rover. NASA has already chosen the seven scientific instruments that will be used in the system, and at a recent meeting of its advisory council, … [Read More...]

Archaeologists have revealed some of Stonehenge’s hidden secrets

Archaeologists have revealed some of Stonehenge’s hidden secrets

Using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers, and various other techniques, a group of archaeologists has been able to look deep into the soil that lies beneath the famous Stonehenge, and what they found was astonishing. According to Birmingham University, the team of … [Read More...]

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have active plate tectonics

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have active plate tectonics

Europa, the ice-covered moon that orbit’s Jupiter, is widely regarded as the most likely place to find alien life in our solar system, and it keeps getting more interesting. A new study suggests that the moon has an active system of plate tectonics, similar to that of Earth, except with ice instead … [Read More...]