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Ticks Are Killing an Alarming Number of Moose Thanks to Climate Change Ticks Are Killing an Alarming Number of Moose Thanks to Climate Change

The horrifying effects of climate change are evident seemingly everywhere you look. Now, a report from researchers at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) suggests that climate change favorable to a parasite is impacting the moose population in New England. According to their findings, winter ticks that gorge…

Newly Detected Vibrations Show Earth's Inner Core Is Solid Newly Detected Vibrations Show Earth's Inner Core Is Solid

Researchers report that they’ve observed seismic waves traversing the Earth’s inner core, allowing them to figure out what it’s like: solid, but softer than previously thought.

New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia

New research suggests it was climate change—not human activity—that caused Thylacoleo carnifex, an Australian marsupial lion, to go extinct.

No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds

Too much of a good thing can be definitely bad for us. But a new study published Friday in JAMA Network Open suggests that exercise is a clear exception. It found that any level of cardiovascular fitness—including the kind you’d see from elite athletes—is linked to staying alive longer.

A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds

Emergency room visits can be a costly ordeal, with the average bill running close to $2,000 by some estimates. In response, some insurers have implemented or are considering policies that would let them later deny coverage to people whose ER visits were judged to be “non-essential,” in hopes of discouraging…

Launching Tonight: A Mission to the Best Planet (Mercury) Launching Tonight: A Mission to the Best Planet (Mercury)

Mercury is the best planet, in my humble but well-researched opinion. Sure, it may be small, rocky, and lacking an atmosphere, but how it came to look the way it does absolutely baffles scientists. It might even have water and carbon hidden away from the beginning of the Solar System. Tonight, scientists from the…

New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished

The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out the original population of European canines, according to new research.

Trying to Understand the Size of This New Space Discovery Will Short-Circuit Your Brain Trying to Understand the Size of This New Space Discovery Will Short-Circuit Your Brain

Light’s speed limit means that looking into the distance is the same as looking into the past: The farther incoming light travels, the older it is. Out in the distance, scientists have spotted a truly enormous, ancient “proto-supercluster,” dubbed Hyperion, which could help explain how the universe forms some of its…

There's Now a Proven Way for Quantum Computers to Beat Classical Computers—With a Catch There's Now a Proven Way for Quantum Computers to Beat Classical Computers—With a Catch

Entrepreneurs and physicists are pursuing a new kind of computer—one based on the physics of the subatomic particles—that promises to revolutionize various fields. Presumably, such a quantum computer should offer some advantage over the classical computers we already use, right? The trouble is, it’s unclear what tasks…

Vape Flavors Are Sketchy AF, Yet Another Study Finds Vape Flavors Are Sketchy AF, Yet Another Study Finds

The growing appeal of e-cigarettes, particularly among teens, has often been attributed to the assortment of sweet and fruity flavored vaping fluids—flavors that traditional tobacco cigarettes have long been barred from including. But in addition to making vaping more appealing, these flavoring chemicals may be…

Flesh-Eating, Piranha-Like Fish Terrorized Jurassic Seas Because of Course They Did Flesh-Eating, Piranha-Like Fish Terrorized Jurassic Seas Because of Course They Did

Piranha-like creatures capable of biting chunks of flesh from their victims appeared some 150 million years ago, according to new research.

Scientists Release Result from 'Astonishing' Feat of Creating and Testing Quantum Gas in Space Scientists Release Result from 'Astonishing' Feat of Creating and Testing Quantum Gas in Space

Last year, graduate student Dennis Becker watched from a safehouse as the MAIUS-1's sounding rocket took off from a launch facility in the Swedish Arctic. But even after repeated delays from snow and wind, he wouldn’t know for a few days whether the rocket’s payload survived. When the ambitious experiment dropped back…

World’s Oldest Fossils Aren’t Actually Fossils, New Research Suggests World’s Oldest Fossils Aren’t Actually Fossils, New Research Suggests

Two years ago, researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia shook the science world by claiming to have discovered 3.7 billion-year-old fossils in a rock formation in Greenland, a finding that pushed back the origin of life on Earth by 200 million years. New research is now casting doubt on this…

American Lifespans Won't Get Much Longer by 2040, Report Finds American Lifespans Won't Get Much Longer by 2040, Report Finds

In case you were, for some inexplicable reason, feeling optimistic for future generations, an extensive new report is here to bring you down a notch. It predicts that, despite all our medical advances, the average person born in the U.S. in 2040 will only barely live longer than an American born in 2016. Meanwhile,…

The Biggest Organism on Earth Is Dying, and It's Our Fault The Biggest Organism on Earth Is Dying, and It's Our Fault

The heaviest organism on Earth isn’t a whale or an elephant. It’s a tree—or rather, a system of over 40,000 clonal trees, all connected by their roots. Pando, a 13 million pound organism in central Utah, is believed to have sprouted toward the end of the last Ice Age.

NASA Astronaut Shares Harrowing New Details About Failed Soyuz Launch NASA Astronaut Shares Harrowing New Details About Failed Soyuz Launch

Nick Hague is back in the United States following last week’s aborted launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket. The NASA astronaut has now described the incident to the Associated Press, explaining what happened after the Russian-built capsule flew away from the failing rocket at speeds reaching 4,000 miles per hour.

We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System

Gravity is incredibly weak. Just think: You can lift your foot despite the mass of the entire Earth pulling against it. Why is it so weak? That’s unclear. And it might take a very, very big science experiment to find out.

A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics didn’t just make discoveries. Their revolutionary work turned powerful lasers into ubiquitous lab tools. The day of the announcement earlier this month, I’d already planned to visit the tennis-court sized Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator, or BELLA,…

Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

A United Nations report published last week said we have about a decade to get climate change under control, which—let’s be honest—isn’t likely to happen. So break out your goalie masks and harpoon guns, a Mad Max future awaits! Now, as new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are…

Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God? Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists—and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions—media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the…

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