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Scientists Match Pollution in Greenland’s Ice Sheet to Events from Ancient Greece and Rome Scientists Match Pollution in Greenland’s Ice Sheet to Events from Ancient Greece and Rome

We tend to associate industrial pollution with the modern era, but human civilizations have been contaminating the planet for thousands of years. By drilling deep into Greenland’s ice sheet, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has chronicled the industrial waste produced by the ancient Greeks and Romans over a…

Lunar Meteorite Found in Africa Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface Lunar Meteorite Found in Africa Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface

Good news, future lunar colonists! Scientists have discovered traces of moganite in a lunar meteorite that was discovered 13 years ago in Africa. This mineral requires water to form, so its discovery is being taken as potential confirmation that frozen water exists beneath the Moon’s dusty surface.

NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests

NASA announced today that it has completed tests of its Kilopower portable nuclear fission reactor, a device designed to one day power bases on Mars or the moon. The tests met or exceeded expectations on all metrics, which means the device can now go on to more serious flight testing.

Here's How Scientists Bent Diamonds Here's How Scientists Bent Diamonds

A team of physicists has figured out how to bend diamonds, according to a new paper. Okay, we’re talking about nano-scale diamond needles here. But it’s an impressive feat, because while diamonds are known for their hardness, these rocks will break if they are bent even a tiny bit.

Diamonds Packed Inside Rare Meteorite Offer Clues to a Destroyed Planet Diamonds Packed Inside Rare Meteorite Offer Clues to a Destroyed Planet

Back in 2008, an 80-ton meteor exploded over the Nubian Desert of Sudan, showering the region with hundreds of tiny rocks. New research suggests the diamonds packed inside these meteorites could have only formed within a planetary body the size of Mercury or Mars—a planet that no longer exists.

Do You Want to Eat This New Caffeine-Catalyzed Gel as Much as I Do? Do You Want to Eat This New Caffeine-Catalyzed Gel as Much as I Do?

Finally, scientists have delivered exactly what you’ve been asking for: an edible polymer gel made with caffeine. Finally.

Scientists Make a Molecule by Manipulating Just Two Atoms Scientists Make a Molecule by Manipulating Just Two Atoms

You may make fun, but Ivanka Trump’s very dumb science photo op is actually what most people think when they hear “chemistry.” And it’s not a wrong idea. You mix some chemicals with some other chemicals, and you get molecules—multiple atoms bonded together.

Scientists Create Beautiful Iridescent Material That Could Be Edible Scientists Create Beautiful Iridescent Material That Could Be Edible

What makes something red, or blue, or green? It’s all in the way light bounces off its surface. Something that primarily reflects light with shorter wavelengths will appear bluer, while something that reflects longer wavelengths will appear redder. By playing around with that principle, scientists have created a…

Someone Go Find a Practical Use for This Sweet-Ass Conductive Plastic Someone Go Find a Practical Use for This Sweet-Ass Conductive Plastic

I’m not gonna lie. Sometimes I see a science paper and think, dang, that’s really cool, I really wish it could do X. Like, maybe a major advancement in flexible, transparent plastic conductors could solve all of my cracked smartphone screen problems. Of course, things are more complex than just that, and a single new…

Nitrogen Gas Is Now the Execution Method of Choice in Oklahoma Nitrogen Gas Is Now the Execution Method of Choice in Oklahoma

The United States is dealing with a drug shortage—a legal injection drug shortage, that is. In response, states where capital punishment is still practiced are having to come up with new ways of killing people. Earlier this week, Oklahoma announced that it will start using nitrogen gas for all its executions moving…

Scientists Watch Water Change Phase From a Liquid... to a Liquid Scientists Watch Water Change Phase From a Liquid... to a Liquid

H20 is oh-so very weird. It’s on the lighter side of gases, but it’s one of the denser liquids. It’s got an abnormally high freezing and melting point, and it is densest when four degrees above its freezing point, where it changes from a liquid to a solid. A new paper seems to show a source for that weirdness.

Scientists Create Mind-Bending Rydberg Polarons, Atoms Full of Atoms Scientists Create Mind-Bending Rydberg Polarons, Atoms Full of Atoms

Some of the most exciting, mind-blowing physics happens when things get really, really cold—such as atoms clumping beneath the shell of a far-out electron. Imagine a bunch of people huddled under an awning, except the people are atoms, and the awning is... also an atom.

Can Black Panther's Vibranium Ever Be Real? Can Black Panther's Vibranium Ever Be Real?

Vibranium’s the lifeblood of the Black Panther universe—the metal that helped propel Wakanda into a hyper-advanced technological society and granted Black Panther his superheroic abilities via a Vibranium-mutated heart-shaped herb. The Wakandan strain, sheared off a meteorite hundreds of years ago, has a number of…

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize

Zoom in close on the center of the picture above, and you can spot something you perhaps never thought you’d be able to see: a single atom. Here is a close-up if, you’re having trouble:

Swallowed Bombardier Beetles Spew Hot Chemicals From Their Ass to Make Predators Barf

It’s a cruel world out there, and animals will do just about anything to avoid being eaten. In the case of bombardier beetles, these crafty insects are able to escape after being swallowed by toads, which they do by ejecting hot, noxious chemicals that forces the predator to barf. It ain’t pretty, but it works.

Heaviest Element Should Completely Subvert the Rules of High School Chemistry Heaviest Element Should Completely Subvert the Rules of High School Chemistry

At the bottom right-hand corner of the periodic table sits a fantasy world. Until recently, these elusive elements’ names were just fancy translations of their numbers. They’re enormous and can only be produced in the lab. They only stick around for a few seconds at most before radioactively decaying into smaller…

Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus' Center Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus' Center

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab.

Astronomers Detect Almond-Scented Molecule That Will Help Solve Interstellar Radiation Mystery Astronomers Detect Almond-Scented Molecule That Will Help Solve Interstellar Radiation Mystery

There’s an unidentified source of infrared throughout the universe. By looking at the specific wavelengths of the light, scientists think that come from carbon—but not just any carbon, a special kind where the atoms are arranged in multiple hexagonal rings. No one has been able to spot one of these multi-ring…

Life Could Have Evolved From These Ancient Chemical Reactions Life Could Have Evolved From These Ancient Chemical Reactions

Fundamentally, your body is just a crazy chemistry experiment. You put in food and oxygen, chemical reactions happen, and out comes energy and poop. But how did these reactions first begin? Some scientists think they have an idea.

Environmental Disaster Looms as Oil Tanker Burns Off China's Coast Environmental Disaster Looms as Oil Tanker Burns Off China's Coast

This past Saturday, a tanker transporting oil from Iran to South Korea collided with a freighter about 160 miles off the coast of Shanghai. The tanker, filled with 130 tons of highly volatile condensate crude, has been burning for the past three days, raising fears of an environmental catastrophe.

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