Mars: Mounting evidence for subglacial lakes, but could they really host life?

Home News Search For Lives There seems to be a network of underground bodies of liquid water at Mars’ south pole. (Image: © NASA/JPL/Main Space Science Systems) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open UniversityVenus may harbour life some 50km…Continue Reading

More evidence your work/life balance has gone to $%£*: Atlassian says user-interface interactions show hours tacked on to workday

An Atlassian data scientist has published research gleaned from the company’s analytics, that points to work-life balance being skewed thanks to the surge in remote working. The publication follows other reports confirming that for many, the 9 – 5 grind is a thing of the past as boundaries blur and work seems to expand to…Continue Reading

New evidence for geologically recent earthquakes near Portland, Oregon metro area

A paleoseismic trench dug across the Gales Creek fault, located about 35 kilometers (roughly 22 miles) west of Portland, Oregon, documents evidence for three surface-rupturing earthquakes that took place about 8,800, 4,200 and 1,000 years ago. The findings, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, suggest that earthquakes occur about every 4,000…Continue Reading

New evidence that the quantum world is even stranger than we thought

Experimental evidence of quasiparticles called anyons has been found by a team of scientists at Purdue University. Electrical interference in the experiment created a pattern which the researchers called a “pyjama plot”; jumps in the interference pattern were the signature of the presence of anyons. Credit: Purdue University image/James Nakamura New experimental evidence of a…Continue Reading

A growing number of chemicals in pesticides, flame retardants, and certain plastics have been linked to widespread health problems including infertility, diabetes, and impaired brain development, a set of reviews of hundreds of studies concludes. Led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a team of environmental health experts analyzed research published in the past five…Continue Reading

Whistleblower says she has evidence China has been lying about the coronavirus

Coronavirus whistleblower Dr. Li-Meng Yan said in a new interview she has evidence that China was aware of human-to-human COVID-19 transmission as long ago as December 2019. The Hong Kong-based virologist said in a previous interview that she obtained confirmation from Chinese colleagues that the virus was spreading between humans in late December, and ultimately…Continue Reading

An ancient European volcanic region may pose both a greater long-term volcanic risk and seismic risk to northwestern Europe than scientists had realized, geophysicists report in a study in the Geophysical Journal International. The scientists are not predicting that a volcanic eruption or earthquake is imminent in the densely populated area, which is centered in…Continue Reading

Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published June 26, 2020 in Sciences Advances, provides…Continue Reading

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that, to the untrained eye, can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers in a study appearing July 3 in the journal iScience describe specialized glands found along the teeth of the ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus), which have the same biological origin…Continue Reading