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Humans Used to Be Able to Hibernate, Evidence Suggests

It will be the ultimate alien megastructure, one that will signal the passage of our species from a planetary species to an interstellar one. While it’s difficult to make a conclusive case after thousands of years, researchers have combined observations from the fossil record and believe humans had a form of hibernating ability in the […]

Scientists Might Have Just Stumbled Upon a New Kind of Physics

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have recorded some highly unusual data that could point to an entirely new force of nature, which would mean a whole new area of physics. The secret lies in an elusive, unstable particle called a B meson, which isn’t biodegrading according to plan. The scientists at the European […]

Scientists Goofed and Accidentally Created a New Kind of Fish

In a wild turn of events, a new kind of fish has been born in a lab entirely by accident. The “sturddlefish” is a hybrid between a Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) and an American paddlefish and came into existence by accident. Both fish—which are considered endangered—managed to breed in an unexpected way while in captivity […]

Watch: What Happens When You Drop an Iron Anvil in a Vat of Liquid Mercury

Science YouTuber CodyDon Reeder has nearly 2 million subscribers to his channel Cody’s Lab. In this video, he glugs mercury into a tub from a reused antifreeze jug, then reveals he’s standing in the tub of mercury and it’s cutting off his circulation. I have a lot of questions about Reeder’s safety and work-life boundaries […]

Thanks to These Mighty Lasers, We’re at the ‘Threshold’ of Nuclear Fusion Ignition

A breakthrough experiment last month at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California has turned up a whopping 1.3 megajoules of energy, or about three percent of the energy contained in one kilogram of crude oil. The work, as outlined in the journal Physical Review E, puts physicists “at the threshold […]

Unknown human ancestor unearthed in Israel. It had large teeth but no chin.

A previously unknown group of ancient humans discovered in Israel may have coexisted alongside modern humans and Neanderthals, interbreeding with both groups and sharing knowledge and tools with them as well, new studies find. The new fossils were unearthed in 2010 near the city of Ramla in central Israel, after quarrying in the mining area […]

This Nuclear Reactor Just Made Fusion Viable by 2030. Seriously.

TAE Technologies, the world’s largest private fusion company, has announced it will have a commercially viable nuclear fusion power plant by 2030, which puts it years—or even decades—ahead of other fusion technology companies. The California-based company has raised $880 million in funding for its hydrogen-boron reactor. This reactor isn’t a traditional tokamak or stellarator; instead, […]

49 million-year-old beetle looks like it was squashed yesterday

Though originally identified as a type of long-horned beetle, Pulchritudo attenboroughi belongs to the frog-legged beetle group. (Image credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science)A beetle that lived about 49 million years ago is so well-preserved that the insect looks like it could spread its strikingly patterned wing coverings and fly away. That is, if […]

The Thermal Nuclear Engine That Could Get Us to Mars in Just 3 Months

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has designed a new thermal nuclear engine it says could carry astronauts to Mars in just three months—and back to Earth in the same amount of time. By using ceramic microcapsules of high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel, USNC’s thermal nuclear engine could cut the trip in half even […]