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Plate Tectonics May Have Started 400 Million Years Earlier Than We Thought

Plate Tectonics May Have Started 400 Million Years Earlier Than We Thought

Minerals suggest large blocks of Earth’s crust moved around as early as 3.2 billion years ago Modern plate tectonics may have gotten under way as early as 3.2 billion years ago, about 400 million years earlier than scientists thought. That, in turn, suggests that the…

A U.S. Oil-producing Region Is Leaking Twice As Much Methane As Once Thought

A U.S. Oil-producing Region Is Leaking Twice As Much Methane As Once Thought

Satellite data show that more than twice as much methane is leaking from a vast U.S. oil- and natural gas-producing region than previously estimated. From May 2018 to March 2019, a European Space Agency satellite measured an average of 2.7 teragrams of methane emitted each…

Ancestry vs. 23andMe: Which DNA Testing Kit Is Best For Tracing Your Family History?

Ancestry vs. 23andMe: Which DNA Testing Kit Is Best For Tracing Your Family History?

We looked into DNA testing kit cost, privacy and (of course) the results. Sifting through old family photos and sharing the stories of generations past is a treasured practice for many. It’s a way to keep memories alive, but it’s also how many of us…

NASA Celebrates Hubble 30th Anniversary With Eye-popping ‘Cosmic Reef’

NASA Celebrates Hubble 30th Anniversary With Eye-popping ‘Cosmic Reef’

NASA and ESA describe the space telescope’s image as a “tapestry of blazing star birth.” NASA and ESA marked the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th anniversary in 2020 with the “Cosmic Reef” image of two nebulae. NASA, ESA, and STScI The Hubble Space Telescope looks out…

New-Found Cornucopia of Exoplanets More Than Doubles the Current Cosmic Census

New-Found Cornucopia of Exoplanets More Than Doubles the Current Cosmic Census

The Kepler telescope team announces a trove Scores of Earth-like planets orbit sun-like stars scattered throughout the Milky Way, NASA scientists said today. This morning, the agency released data on more than 1,000 new exoplanets, and early indications are that 54 of them are at…

Some Mice Have Become Immune to Poison Through Natural but Highly Unusual Evolution

Some Mice Have Become Immune to Poison Through Natural but Highly Unusual Evolution

Mice are great (see: high-endurance mice, mice with lab-grown artificial organs, Israeli bomb-sniffing security mice) but sometimes you just don’t want them in your apartment/house/bakery/kitchen/New York subway station, which is why you might buy some warfarin, a common rodent poison. Some mice, however, have developed…

America’s Best Current Defense Against Asteroids Is…Prayer?

America’s Best Current Defense Against Asteroids Is…Prayer?

If you wanted better asteroid detection, maybe you should have provided some funding, NASA’s chief told Congress. How well are we prepared to deflect city-obliterating space rocks hurtling toward Earth? Well, NASA head Charles Bolden told Congress yesterday, “if it’s coming in three weeks, pray.”…

Is Everyone Really Staring At You?

Is Everyone Really Staring At You?

Do you ever walk down the street, convinced everyone you pass is staring you right in the face? First of all, it’s possible they are, so duck into an alley and use your phone’s front-facing camera to see if you have any weird dirt on…