By Spandan Dash BMSIS Young Scientist Program Humans have long been fascinated by the huge Cosmos above us. Perhaps this fascination has been best put to words by Carl Sagan in his influential book, Cosmos: “The Cosmos is all that READ MORE
By Grishma Gupte BMSIS Young Scientist Program Evolution explains how living things change over successive generations, giving rise to diversity. Across the evolutionary history of Earth, the formation, changes, and extinction of species have been observed. Even though evolution happens READ MORE
By Alexander Adranly Thanks to NASA’s Kepler Mission, over one-thousand potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered to-date, orbiting around their respective stars. An exoplanet refers to any planet outside of our solar system. The discoveries of these worlds are a READ MORE
How long has life been around on Earth? Is life an inevitable part of planet formation? The second question is tough to answer, but if life formed soon after the planet formed, then this has important ramifications for the abundance READ MORE
The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a flying observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 that takes infrared astronomy readings at approximately 41,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It recently observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet named READ MORE
by Elizabeth Miller Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program When studying the origin of life on Earth, scientists must rely on past data, physical laws, and models instead of direct observations. After all, we can’t know for sure what the READ MORE
No living organism can survive in the dead of space, right? The unlikely exception: water bears. Also known by their scientific name, tardigrades, water bears are incredibly resilient microscopic aquatic animals. There are over 1000 species of the animal, and READ MORE
Unlike humans, who depend on oxygen to breathe, bacteria have the ability to breathe many other molecules besides oxygen. While most of our Earth is soaked in oxygen, there are areas that have little to none. In sediments at the READ MORE
If there are multiple universes, which of them are capable of harboring life and why? A physicist comes up with a number, and that number is the difference between the number of baryons and antibaryons in the universe. Find out what the heck this means by reading more!
Our ability to use mathematics to describe and manipulate the natural world may not be an anomaly or trick, but instead could be a natural aspect of the structure of physical reality.