Early life on Earth may have existed as miniature droplets of jelly

By Michael Marshall Blobs of simple carbon-based compounds could have been the precursors to the first living cells. A new study suggests that such droplets could have formed quickly and easily on the young Earth. “We were able to find these interesting microdroplet structures that could be synthesised from prebiotically available resources,” says Tony JiaContinue reading “Early life on Earth may have existed as miniature droplets of jelly”

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to try to fool the Inquisition

by Alison Abbott It had been hiding in plain sight. The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei first set down his arguments against the church’s doctrine that the Sun orbits the Earth has been discovered in a misdated library catalogue in London. Its unearthing and analysis expose critical new detailsContinue reading “Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to try to fool the Inquisition”

Earth-Like Alien Planets Could Experience Snowball States

A NASA artist visualized what Earth would look like if it entered the “snowball state” predicted by new research from the University of Washington By Chelsea Gohd Earth-like planets with severe tilts and orbits could enter abrupt “snowball states,” in which entire oceans freeze and surface life cannot survive, according to new research. Researchers atContinue reading “Earth-Like Alien Planets Could Experience Snowball States”

Flat-Earther Convention

Most believers in a flat Earth think the planet is a flat disk surrounded by an ice wall. By Jeanna Bryner More than 200 flat-Earth enthusiasts descended on West Midlands, England, this past weekend to “engage freely in deep and meaningful discussions,” according to the Flat Earth Convention UK. The Earth’s glorious globular-ness was provedContinue reading “Flat-Earther Convention”

Russian Scientists Tested Their Asteroid-Nuking Plan with Powerful Lasers

By Rafi Letzter Russian scientists have a plan to deal with a hypothetical asteroid threat that’s straight out of the movie “Armageddon.” A team of government scientists has proposed that nuclear weapons well within the power of those already developed could be used to break up incoming asteroids, protecting the planet from a major asteroidContinue reading “Russian Scientists Tested Their Asteroid-Nuking Plan with Powerful Lasers”

An Electro-Blob Under Africa May Be ‘Ground Zero’ for Earth’s Magnetic Field Reversal

Chunks of clay excavated from Iron Age grain bins in South Africa. Early farmers burnt their clay huts and grain storage buildings in times of drought as part of a cleansing ritual, unknowingly locking the magnetic properties of the minerals in the clay into place. A flip in Earth’s magnetic field may be brewing. AndContinue reading “An Electro-Blob Under Africa May Be ‘Ground Zero’ for Earth’s Magnetic Field Reversal”

The Humanity Star is now orbiting Earth

The universe has some added sparkle — now that a shiny, spherical satellite is traveling around our planet. The newly launched satellite, dubbed the Humanity Star, resembles a disco ball. Its mission: to serve as a focal point for humanity and reminder about our fragile place in the universe. “No matter where you are inContinue reading “The Humanity Star is now orbiting Earth”

Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, a.k.a. B.o.B., starting crowdfunding project to prove the Earth is flat

By Cassandra Santiago and AJ Willingham, CNN Last year, rapper B.o.B. used Twitter to jump on the ‘flat Earth’ bandwagon, and it looks like he’s been riding it ever since. The “Nothin’ on You” star has started a GoFundMe campaign to find Earth’s curve and see if our planet is actually round (and not aContinue reading “Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, a.k.a. B.o.B., starting crowdfunding project to prove the Earth is flat”

Scientists find ‘closest ever’ second Earth outside our solar system – but won’t talk about it until the end of the month.

An image from Hubble of Proxima Centauri, which is our nearest neighbour and could be the home of another Earth ESA/Hubble & NASA Scientists might have found the closest ever candidate for another Earth that could support life, according to reports. But nobody will say whether it’s true. The new-found planet orbits around a nowContinue reading “Scientists find ‘closest ever’ second Earth outside our solar system – but won’t talk about it until the end of the month.”

Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water Than Earth

The ocean there is thought to extend to 10 times the depth of Earth’s oceans. A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found. The ocean on Ganymede—which is buried under a thick crust of ice—could actually harbor more water than all ofContinue reading “Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water Than Earth”