Store-bought tomatoes taste horrifically disgusting — err, bland. Now scientists have discovered a version of a gene that helps give tomatoes their flavor is actually missing in about 93 percent of modern, domesticated varieties. The discovery may help bring flavor back to tomatoes you can pick up in the produce section. “How many times do […]
Amber from Myanmar preserves a rare snapshot of coastal life 99 million years ago, including a marine mollusk called an ammonite (at right). (Credit: NIGPAS) Amber, being fossilized tree resin, usually preserves scenes from an ancient forest. The latest stunning find from Myanmar, however, is a souvenir from a day at the beach 99 million years […]
Apollo 10 doesn’t get much attention. On the rare occasion people talk about the mission right before the first lunar landing, it’s lumped into the “pre-Apollo 11” category and dismissed as one of the stepping stones on the bridge to the Moon. But it was far more interesting than just a mission that preceded Apollo […]
A paper in PNAS got some attention on Twitter recently. It’s called Childhood trauma history is linked to abnormal brain connectivity in major depression and in it, the authors Yu et al. report finding (as per the Significance Statement) A dramatic primary association of brain resting-state network (RSN) connectivity abnormalities with a history of childhood […]
A drawing of a silver spinyfin. The fish was recently suggested to see in color even deep below the ocean. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) In the dim light of dusk, the world appears gray. That’s because we, like most vertebrates, have just on type of rod opsin, the light-sensitive pigment in our eyes that lets us […]
A culture plate from Fleming’s experiments seeded with infectious bacteria and with penicillin placed on the lower half. (Credit: Alexander Fleming/The British Journal of Experimental Pathology) Long before Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, people were using antibiotics to combat infections. In the late 1800s, French physician Ernest Duchesne observed Arab stable boys treating sores […]
The first galaxies shone bright and hot, lighting up the cosmos around them. (Credit: James Josephides) Our universe’s first galaxies shone hotter and brighter than scientists thought, according to a group of astronomers who tapped a whopping 400 hours of observing time on NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The discovery could answer a long-standing question about how light first […]
This simulation shows what the universe’s earliest supernovas may have looked like. The above snapshot, which shows the shape of the supernova 50 seconds after its initial explosion, highlights two powerful jets that spew heavy elements like zinc (green dots) far out into space. (Credit: Melanie Gonick) The universe’s first stars were extremely hot and […]
And the stew is now boiling more vigorously: Heavy precipitation events have grown stronger and more frequent over the long run Growth of a supercell thunderstorm over the Texas Panhandle, as seen in an animation of images from the GOES-16 weather satellite. (Source: RAMMB/CIRA) With big, boiling thunderstorms spewing hail and spawning tornadoes in the Southern Plains and […]
Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica. The species is one of three observed for the study. (Credit: Goldilock Project/Shutterstock) Penguins love company — some colonies of the flightless bird boast numbers over 1 million. And with squads that can run that deep, you can be sure they make a mess of things, if you know what […]
Jeff Bezos unveiled the Blue Moon Lander today at a press event. (Credit: Blue Origin) On Thursday, Blue Origin founder and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos unveiled the Blue Moon lander, a spacecraft that can deliver up to 6.5 tons of cargo – and possibly crew – to the lunar surface. The announcement was made at […]
A new spacecraft planned for interstellar travel weighs no more than a stick of gum. (Credit: Courtesy UC Santa Barbara) The first human-made spacecraft to reach another star system might fit in the palm of your hand. That’s the design engineers from the University of California, Santa Barbara are working on. The tiny craft, which […]
Access to healthy foods is one reason urban populations may see slower increases in obesity rates. (Credit: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock) Around the world, obesity is on the rise. A global uptick in body mass index, or BMI — a measure of whether a person’s weight is healthy for how tall they are — has coincided with rapid urbanization, leading […]
Smartphone addiction is real. One woman puts hers down for a week to see what happens.
It may be time to change the strict rules in place to keep Earthly microbes from contaminating Mars.