How algae prepared the ground 650 million years ago for the miracle of complex life

The story of the rise of the algae.

Baby dolphin killed as hundreds of selfish tourists take pictures with it

Please stop taking photos with wild animals!

Untouched 106 year old fruitcake found in the Antarctic — it’s probably still edible

No one touched it for more than a century, not even the penguins.

Book Review: ‘Universal’

In a world of whats, Universal is a book of whys and hows.

Gene variant that makes plump, juicy tomatoes identified by scientists

Who doesn’t love a plump tomato?

Why adding water to whiskey makes it taste better, or so some scientists claim

Diluting whiskey with a touch of water can enhance its taste.

Drug-resistant candida outbreaks in the UK despite hospital efforts to control it

The CDC deemed this fungus a “serious global health threat.”

Missing link dinosaur bridges the gap between vegetarians and meat eating dinosaurs

This missing link provides a glimpse into how different dinosaurs groups split and evolved differently.

Blood test can find cancer even before any symptoms emerge

Genetic sequencing could pave the way for a new age of cancer detection.

Ancient coins reveal when Rome became an empire

Even in science, you can learn a lot of things if you follow the money.

What’s the difference between HIV and AIDS

You shouldn’t use the two interchangeably.

Trump Forest wants to compensate for the POTUS’ climate policy by planting 100 new billion trees

Nope, it’s not Trump’s idea.

Researchers hijack plant to produce polio vaccine

Anti-vaxxers finally have a natural option.

Fish farming could cover our demand for seafood one hundred times over, paper estimates

Something smells fishy… Oh wait, it’s my lunch.

Two-thousand-year-old ‘Great Wall of Siberia’ discovered by archaeologists

The wall measured eight meters tall and ten meters wide.

What does 5-sigma mean in science?

In science, there’s no room for certainty. But we can get close enough by using statistical significance.

Knee arthritis has doubled since 1950, and we don’t really know why

Aging and obesity alone cannot explain it.

Popular pesticides are killing of bumblebees by preventing them from laying eggs

It’s time to face it: our pesticides are killing off bees — and bumblebees.

New tectonic plate discovered off the cost of Ecuador

We might be missing a few more.

Same-sex couples have no influence on child’s gender identity

It’s a prejudice that just has to go.