Study: Volcanoes on Mars were to blame for massive mud flows, not lava

Mud volcanoes on Mars could be the cause of distinctive features that most researchers had thought were left over from ancient lava flows. Tens of tho...

How cosmic rays may have sparked life on Earth — and what this could mean for life on other planets

Long before animals roamed the Earth, before the first bacteria, and even before the development of DNA, tiny molecules found they could make simple c...

Is AI already conscious?

The ultimate goal of most high-level AI research is the development of a general artificial intelligence (GAI). In essence, what we want is a syntheti...

Researchers tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus — these were the results

The more researchers know about how the coronavirus attaches, invades and hijacks human cells, the more effective the search for drugs to fight it. Th...

Researchers tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus — these where the results

The more researchers know about how the coronavirus attaches, invades and hijacks human cells, the more effective the search for drugs to fight it. Th...

Coronavirus: What does it mean when the UK government says it’s ‘following the science’?

The UK government has said on many occasions that it is “following the science” in tackling COVID-19. Yet which science and which scientists are being...

All the coronavirus antivirals and vaccine research projects being fast-tracked right now

Just three months after China first notified the World Health Organization about a deadly new coronavirus, studies of numerous antiviral treatments an...

Scientists explain why we (probs) won’t rebel against totalitarian rulers

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the...

How to recognize an alien when you see one

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California....

How to train your brain to release more happy chemicals

Do you ever wish you could just turn on the happy chemicals in your brain? Imagine how much easier it would make getting out of bed each morning, gett...

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