Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

Meteorite Discovery Challenges Our Understanding of How Mars Formed

A small chunk of rock that once broke away from Mars and found its way to Earth may hold clues that reveal surprising details about the red planet’s formation. A new analysis of the Chassigny meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1815, suggests that the way Mars obtained its volatile gases – such as carbon, … Read more

At Least Some Dinosaurs Had Belly Buttons, Exquisite Fossil Just Revealed

At Least Some Dinosaurs Had Belly Buttons, Exquisite Fossil Just Revealed

The oldest ‘belly button’ known to science has been found on an exquisitely preserved horned dinosaur fossil from China. The slit-like scar comes not from an umbilical cord, as it does in mammals, but from the yolk sac of the egg-laying creature that lived about 130 million years ago. Today, many living snakes and birds … Read more

There’s a Major Issue With How We Treat Lab Mice, And It Could Affect Study Results

There's a Major Issue With How We Treat Lab Mice, And It Could Affect Study Results

Over 120 million laboratory rats and mice are used worldwide each year. Many are used to study distressing conditions like cancer, arthritis and chronic pain, and nearly all spend their lives in small, empty box-like cages: a kind of permanent lockdown. Our new analysis shows that this restrictive, artificial housing causes rats and mice to … Read more

Scientists Have Identified What Triggered The World’s Biggest Climate Catastrophe

Scientists Have Identified What Triggered The World's Biggest Climate Catastrophe

Some 252 million years ago the world was going through a tumultuous period of rapid global warming. To understand what caused it, scientists have looked to one particular event in which a volcanic eruption in what is now Siberia spewed huge volumes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. However, there is evidence the climate was … Read more

The Universe Could Start Shrinking ‘Remarkably’ Soon, Scientists Say

The Universe Could Start Shrinking 'Remarkably' Soon, Scientists Say

After nearly 13.8 billion years of nonstop expansion, the Universe could soon grind to a standstill, then slowly start to contract, new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. In the new paper, three scientists attempt to model the nature of dark energy – a mysterious force that seems … Read more

A Forgotten Continent From 40 Million Years Ago May Have Just Been Rediscovered

A Forgotten Continent From 40 Million Years Ago May Have Just Been Rediscovered

A low-lying continent that existed some 40 million years ago and was home to exotic fauna may have “paved the way” for Asian mammals to colonize southern Europe, new research suggests. Wedged between Europe, Africa and Asia, this forgotten continent – ​​which researchers have dubbed “Balkanatolia” – became a gateway between Asia and Europe when … Read more

Massive ‘Killer’ Croc Discovered With The Remains of a Dinosaur in Its Stomach

Massive 'Killer' Croc Discovered With The Remains of a Dinosaur in Its Stomach

About 95 million years ago in what is now Australia, a massive crocodile relative clamped down with its powerful jaws on the small body of a dinosaur and gulped nearly all of it down in one mighty swallow. The crocodilian died soon after, and as it fossilized, so did the partly-digested and near-complete dinosaur in … Read more