OOL Cells Are DOA
June 21, 2018
NASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.
Bugs Ride on the Wings of the Wind
June 19, 2018
Small animals can take advantage of wind to go long distances in remarkable ways.
Climate Science Underestimates Natural Sources of Warming
June 18, 2018
Scientists discover two more potent sources of greenhouse gases, both of which have nothing to do with human activity.
Nature Knows Best
June 13, 2018
Recent news articles show how engineers and inventors are helping mankind by imitating what plants, cells and animals do every day. A new kind of vaccine based on spider silk (Science Daily). Because spider silk is tough and yet biodegradable, it can be used as a delivery capsule for vaccines that might otherwise be resisted […]
Van Allen Belts Protect Earth from Solar Wind
June 11, 2018
Geophysicists are still puzzling over how the earth's magnetic field and Van Allen radiation belts protect the surface from deadly particles in the solar wind.
NASA Titillates Public Again with Fake Mars Life
June 9, 2018
Which is worse: NASA making hyper-exaggerated claims about life on Mars over the decades, or so many media reporters falling for it each time?
Surprises in the Chicxulub Tale of Dino Extinction
June 5, 2018
Did an asteroid hit in the Yucatan explain the demise of the dinosaurs? New drilling in the crater has brought some surprises.
What’s Pluto Been Dune? Making Young Sand Dunes
June 4, 2018
Sand dunes were surprising enough on Titan, but et tu, Pluto? and young, recent dunes? Scientists couldn't believe their eyes.
Dark Matter Hunt Comes Up Empty Again
June 1, 2018
Physicists face a philosophical quandary. Something they deeply wish to believe in does not appear to exist.
Radiocarbon Dating Is Not Globally Uniform
May 31, 2018
Adjustment required for dates in the Levant could undermine published results by decades and impact debates about Biblical chronology.
Cellular Wonders Coming Into Focus
May 26, 2018
At higher magnifications, the cell's nano machines become even more spectacular.
More Reasons to Imitate Biology
May 25, 2018
Recent articles about Biomimetics show that the field is still going strong.
Origin of Life: A Field of Ignorance
May 24, 2018
The origin of life field is characterized by speculation about dumb molecules that could not possibly have organized themselves into living beings.
Earth Is a Safe Haven
May 23, 2018
Recent news articles show how mechanisms protect earth's inhabitants from a hail of bullets overhead.
This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed
May 18, 2018
The waterwheel plant, an aquatic species with a snap-trap faster than the Venus flytrap, is different enough to challenge evolutionary speculations.