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Eight amazing science stories of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.
22nd December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

This is a good opportunity to imagine what such a day might look like if we had evolved on another planet where the sun would take a different dance across the sky.

The 25 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017
21st December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech
Make way for megamarsupials: the migration of Australia’s extinct megafauna
20th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Diprotodon was the largest marsupial ever to live. New evidence shows it migrated annually – and could make us reassess what we know of other extinct marsupials.

Interstellar ice may hold the secret to life
17th December 2017 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

Canadian research finds low energy electrons can catalyse essential organic molecules.

Oldest Ice Core Ever Drilled Outside The Polar Regions
16th December 2017 | Earth, Tech

Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core — nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall — to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth’s climate history.

David Attenborough Warns: Sixth Mass Extinction Is Imminent
15th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“The damage we are inflicting on species and ecosystems is so extensive and profound that scientists now believe we are witnessing Earth’s sixth mass extinction event – the last one marked the end of the dinosaurs,” Attenborough said.

Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

There’s an increasingly confident group of researchers that think life emerged in space, and evidence published in the Journal of Chemical Physics on Tuesday provides support for their daring hypothesis.

Skye High Impact: Geologists in Scotland Discover a 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Strike
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland’s Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world.

‘Ram Setu’ exists, is man-made, claims promo on US TV channel
14th December 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The spotlight is back on the mythological ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka, after a show on the Science Channel in the US hinted that such a structure may actually exist outside of mythology.

Why are palaeontologists suing Trump?
13th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Proposed radical cuts to US National Monuments threaten America’s unique fossil heritage – but the palaeontologists are fighting back.

Engineers create plants that glow
13th December 2017 | Earth, Humans, Tech

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.

Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale
13th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.

Something Really Fascinating Happens When You Give Plants Anaesthetic
12th December 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

It isn’t only humans and animals that are affected by anaesthetics – plants are, too.

11th December 2017 | | Earth, Space, Tech

The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And it is has found its latest discovery, one significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.

News stories covering the environment, plant life, and the Earth itself.