70,000 years ago our solar system experienced a close encounter with a binary star system which passed through the outer edge of our Oort cloud of comets. This interesting bit of astronomical sleuthing started when it was noticed that a newly discovered, 20 light year distant star (Scholz star) had a very small proper (tangential)
A detailed study of the carnivorous Bladderwort plant has revealed a most curious genetic history in which genes are added and deleted over and over again. This has left it with a small yet densely packed genome with more genes than plants with six times the amount of DNA. Despite how they sound, these bladderworts
The first trailer for the new HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is out.
The McGill University study claims men with shorter index fingers and longer ring fingers are (on average) nicer towards women.
Researchers have confirmed the existence of raindrops that fall at super terminal speeds. Accounting for these unusually speedy drops could actually help increase the accuracy of rainfall and erosion estimates.
You’d think scientists would have a real good handle by now on how much rain is falling, not to mention how fast a simple rain drop falls. That’s part of what make science so awesome though. Even the seemingly most straightforward of phenomena can contain hidden surprises. My favorite example was the discovery of micro-organisms when a microscope first peered at a simple drop of water.