A team of researchers from Copenhagen University has now determined a single mutation which arose as recently as 6-10,000 years ago was responsible for all the blue-eyed people alive on Earth today. But how – and why – blue eyes arose has always been something of a genetic mystery. Until now.
In 1966, a young chemist suggested a radical new theory for how life might have begun on Earth. Fifty years on, we ask if there was any truth in his ideas
For nearly nine decades, science's favorite explanation for the origin of life has been the "primordial soup". This is the idea that life began from a series of chemical reactions in a warm pond on Earth's surface, triggered by an external energy source such as lightning strike or ultraviolet (UV) light. But recent research adds weight to an alternative idea, that life arose deep in the ocean within warm, rocky structures called hydrothermal vents.
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Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine.
Invalidating the known measurement of a deuteron deepens the mystery of the 'proton radius puzzle'
For nearly eight months, physicists have been waiting for confirmation of a potential new particle that could change our entire view of physics. Now it seems the hinted particle was nothing more than a statistical blip.
The scientific method is all about getting to the bottom of questions large and small. It will be an invaluable tool for as long as there are questions to be answered. That’ll be until such time as science gives us a quantum computer that can compute the Universe. And then, said computer will still be an end result of the scientific method.
Three different hypotheses of dark energy predict different futures for our universe
WHILE it might sound like something ripped straight from a science fiction movie, some physicists do believe that we are part of an infinite amount of parallel universes.
Earth's continents are constantly in motion, and by running the tape forwards and backwards we can figure out where they were in the past – and where they might go in the future
Scientists working on the Large Underground Xenon experiment recently announced they had found no signal of dark matter. But although the results were not quite what they hoped for, it has left them feeling even more determined to hunt down the universe’s most mysterious particle.
The higher level of oxygen in the ancient samples could have major implications for the history of life on Earth. 815 million years ago, there were no complex multicellular life forms — at least none that we know of. With more oxygen, it would be possible for such creatures to survive.
Here in this article, we are about to share the list of normal regular things that science cannot explain about. These are the things that will surely surp
Four sheep cloned from the same animal as Dolly are all in good health, suggesting the original clone’s osteoarthritis may not have been a result of cloning.
A genetic reconstruction shows the Last Universal Common Ancestor, or LUCA, was a simple organism that lived off the gases spewing out of the Earth's crust
The thunder cracked and the professor’s heart began to beat with excitement. The meeting at the Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg could wait; there were more important matters at stake. Georg Wilhelm Richmann hurried home, accompanied by his engraver, Sokolaw. His noble intention was to capture the lightning storm ...
For a number of years, this lab in a cavern has hosted the UK’s search for dark matter, along with super-sensitive radio-isotope testing equipment for environmental and climate studies, for example. But today I’m accompanying 20 scientists who are on a quest to find exotic signs of life.
Quantum corrections combined with Einstein's Theory or Relativity suggest an infinite universe
Today at the Identification of Dark Matter conference in Sheffield, UK, the LUX team announced their final 20-month run, from October 2014 to May this year, ended without a single dark matter detection. That means LUX has ruled out a large number of possible cross sections and masses for WIMPs – to the point where some physicists argue it might be time to abandon the idea all together.