Lasers and Fool’s Gold Give a Glimpse Into Our Ocean’s Past The amount of pyrite in the sea floor gives us an idea of how much oxygen was in the ocean millions of years ago.

The amount of trace elements in ocean pyrite correspond to ocean oxygen concentrations at different points in geologic time.

Can Science Help You Become the Ultimate Cook? A new way of analysing flavors adds a new principle to cooking

You just came back from a romantic night out at your favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the meal tasted a little off. None of the ingredients had gone bad, but they tasted weird together. This feeling is READ MORE

Writing the Alphabet of Life Computer Models Show that The Basic Units of Life Were Not Randomly Selected

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

Pollution from Traffic Can Cause DNA Damage in Children Researchers compared the length of telomeres over the course of a year to see if they shortened with exposure to pollution.

Cars are everywhere. They are essential for our day to day lives, but these vehicles are a double-edged-sword. Cars emit exhaust gases, and those gases contain hydrocarbons. These molecules, as their name suggests, contain both carbon and hydrogen atoms. Hydrocarbons READ MORE

CONPHINE: Nanoconfining Polymers for Stretchable Smart Devices Scientists develop a new way to obtain high performance polymer films for wearable electronics.

Wearable electronics are the new fashion statement. Fitness trackers, smart watches, electronic skins….the possibilities are endless. We don’t lug around our gadgets anymore, we wear them. But every story has its villain. Drop that smart bracelet, and your device won’t READ MORE

Disposable Vape Pens: What Are You Inhaling? Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.

Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.

Resurrecting Ancient Proteins and Simulating Evolution in the Lab The ancient version of a special protein caused bacterial cells to multiply faster.

How does a cell stay alive? How do molecules in a cell “know” how to react with one another? Does this chemistry become more complex over time, and if so, why? In Dr. Betül Kacar’s lab at Harvard University, scientists READ MORE

Could Life Thrive on Radiation? Scientists Say It’s Possible Instead of sunlight, living things may be able to harness the energy from cosmic rays.

All life on Earth survives because of the sun. Plants use a process called photosynthesis to transfer energy from the Sun’s rays into the sugars that build their stems and leaves. Animals either eat the plants directly, or eat other READ MORE