What they’re really doing on July 5th

What they’re really doing on July 5th

Starting 3 July 2022, CERN is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, with collisions at “unprecedented energy levels” planned for the 5th-note: the good scientists at CERN are not expecting to “open a portal” , as some have suggested. TikTokers of a particular persuasion have taken the opportunity to warn … Read more

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggests

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggests

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens … Read more

Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

The beloved pooch snoring on your couch or sticking a snoot under your arm at dinner time came from a much wilder origin. At some point, dogs diverged from gray wolves under the guidance of domestication, to become the diverse fuzzbutts that fill our homes and hearts with such joy today. Exactly when and how … Read more

Wildfires may have sparked Earth’s largest mass extinction event, new research reveals

Wildfires may have sparked Earth’s largest mass extinction event, new research reveals The Permian mass extinction, which took place about 248 million years ago, may have been caused in part by widespread wildfires ‘The potential for wildfires as a direct extinction driver during hyperthermal events, rather than a symptom of climatic changes deserves further examination,’ … Read more

The ‘holy grail of catalysis’ — turning methane into methanol under ambient conditions using light

Credit: ORNL/Jill Hemman An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a photo-catalytic material using visible light to drive the conversion. … Read more

The ‘holy grail of catalysis’ — turning methane into methanol under ambient conditions using light

Credit: ORNL/Jill Hemman An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a photo-catalytic material using visible light to drive the conversion. … Read more

Never-before-seen microbes locked in glacier ice could spark a wave of new pandemics if released

A new study found hundreds of newfound microbes in melting glaciers, some of which could potentially be pathogenic. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in new tab) Stunned scientists have uncovered more than 900 never-before-seen species of microbes living inside glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau. Analysis of the microbes’ genomes revealed that some have the potential to … Read more

Higgs boson: The ‘god particle’ explained

The Higgs boson is the fundamental force-carrying particle of the Higgs field, which is responsible for granting other particles their mass. This field was first proposed in the mid-sixties by Peter Higgs-for whom the particle is named and his colleagues. The particle was finally discovered on July 4, 2012, by researchers at the Large Hadron … Read more