As the Roman Republic began to fall, the Earth suffered from extreme cold and famine that helped push Rome’s instability to its ultimate collapse. The cause of the extreme climate? The eruption of an Alaskan volcano on the opposite side of the world. Continue reading Et tu, Okmok? Alaska’s Okmok Volcano Contributed to Fall of Roman Republic and the Ptolemaic Kingdom
by Kerry McGowen Have you ever wondered how scientists hunt for alien life on other planets? What are they looking for? Before jumping straight into the search for aliens, scientists look for planets that could support alien life in the first place. However, this is no easy task. In the Milky Way alone, which is the galaxy to which our eight-planet solar system belongs, there … Continue reading Atmospheric Gases on Other Planets Could Help us Find Alien Life
Quintana Roo Caves in Mexico are often known for their beauty and tourist value. However, these caves also capture a history of ancient peoples living there 10,000 years ago. This study presents the first evidence that these caves were used for iron oxide mining by Ancient American inhabitants.
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Just in time for the July 4th holiday and quarantine distractions, a study shows that fireworks introduce a lot of pollution, causing both environmental and personal damage. Continue reading Fireworks Soar as National Health Plummets
A comprehensive study indicates that over 500 terrestrial vertebrate species (which excludes fish, invertebrate, and plant species) will go extinct within the next decade unless we change our practices. Continue reading Losing Ground: Populations shrink and mass extinctions accelerate
The impact areas of harmful “forever” chemicals continue to grow as scientist discover that environmental factors are helping to spread pollution. Continue reading The Reach of “Forever” Chemicals: Transport by Air, Water, and Soil
Ketones may be the key ingredient to reaping the anti-inflammatory benefits of extreme low-carb low-sugar diets, like the popular ketogenic diet. Continue reading Ketogenic Diets Alter Gut Microbiome and Potentially Reduce Inflammation
by Aleks Prochera figures by Jovana Andrejevic Imagine wading through the fresh waters of the Paleozoic era over 300 million years ago. You bump into various ancient marine creatures from fishes adorned with horseshoe-shaped shields to aquatic scorpions the size of a modern-day seal. Around you, however, there also exists an unseen world teeming with microbes: viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Despite their deceivingly microscopic size, these organisms pose a … Continue reading Insights from the Past: Lampreys give teeth to theories of vertebrate immune system evolution
Could our streets be illuminated by the trees themselves someday? With the help of a mushroom, researchers make a breakthrough in engineering glow-in-the-dark plants. So, maybe someday is sooner than we think. Learn more about the science behind bioluminescent botanicals here. Continue reading Living Nightlights: Advances in creating glow-in-the-dark plants.
Oktoberfest produces 2 million gallons of beer – and ten times more methane an equivalent area of Boston over 16 days! Scientists are recommending that festivals be added to methane inventories and start using more environmentally-friendly cooking methods. Continue reading Oktoberfest: Lots and lots of Beer … and Methane