Scientists say ‘sonic attacks’ on US embassies may have been caused by Cold-War era microwave weapons

Scientists say microwave signals may have caused brain injuries to 33 US officials and their family members at embassies in Cuba and China. The saga began in 2016 when 24 US diplomats and their family members fell ill after being exposed to what US officials claim was some form of “sonic attack.” Since then, more […]

Scientists look to music of volcanos to better monitor eruptions

Enlarge / The Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador is “the largest pipe organ you’ve ever come across.” (credit: Silvia Vallejo Vargas/Insituto Geofisico, Escuela Politecnica Nacional (Quito, Ecuador).) Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May, gave a few key clues to scientists that an eruption might be imminent. Now, it looks like sound might […]

Minigame integrated into EVE Online helps scientists understand cells

Enlarge / Yes, those are real human cells inside a fictional galaxy. Citizen science, which asks the public to help out science projects, has produced some spectacular successes. But finding a way to grab and maintain hold of the public’s attention can be a challenge. That has led to a number of projects that turn […]

The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists

Enlarge (credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota) Bread, like wine, is pivotal in Judeo-Christian rituals. Both products exemplify the use of human ingenuity to re-create what nature provides, and the fermentation they both require must have seemed nothing less than magical to ancient minds. When toasted, rubbed with garlic and tomato, doused with olive […]

This ocean current has huge effects on the world’s seas, and scientists are enduring blistering cold to figure it out

Chris Kreymborg The North Icelandic Jet is a ribbon of cold water deep below the surface of the North Atlantic and is a key part of the global ocean circulatory system. If conditions get extreme enough to slow down or potentially halt the global circulation caused by the North Icelandic Jet, there could be some incredible […]

Scientists have found two planets outside our solar system that could host extra-terrestrial life

NASA Scientists may have just come closer to answering questions about whether other planets in the universe may be able to support life. The researchers used data on the UV levels required to make the molecular structures needed within a functioning cell. The team used this data to search for planets receiving similar UV levels […]

Scientists successfully transplant lab-grown lungs into pigs

Lab-grown organ transplants aren’t right around the corner, but they may considerably closer than you think. University of Texas Medical Branch researchers have successfully tested bioengineered lungs in adult pigs, with no signs of medical complications. While it’s not certain how effective the lungs were at oxygenating the pigs, they developed the sturdy network of […]

Oldest-ever meteorite found in Africa… and could unlock the solar system’s secrets, scientists say

The oldest meteorite ever discovered could help researchers on their quest for truth: discovering how our solar system formed 4.6 billion years ago. The record breaking space rock was discovered in Mauritania, Northwest Africa. Found in a sand dune in Mauritania, the light-colored space rock is laced with green crystals and is about the size […]