Geology, News

Magma chamber beneath Yellowstone National Park might be even vaster than thought

Image via National Geographic.

Beneath one of the most famous touristic attractions in the world, the Yellowstone National Park, there lies one of the largest and most complex volcanic systems in the world. Yellowstone is a supervolcano of perplexing size, but as Utah seismologists found… it may actually be even bigger than previously thought.

Astronomy, News, Space

Dwarf Planet Ceres reveals its colors, but keeps its secrets

Infrared images suggest that Spot 1 (top row), an area on Ceres, is made of ice. But the pair of bright gleams known as Spot 5 were invisible to an infrared camera (bottom right). Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ASI/INAF

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft already has an impressive resume – it’s traveled to the strange area between Mars and Jupiter and managed to start orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, even though Ceres measures only 950 kilometers (590 miles) in diameter and has a very small gravitational field. But it’s not stopping just yet – after previously revealing a number of black and white pictures, Dawn has now provided a color photograph, but here’s the thing – it poses more questions than it answers.

Biology, News

Invasive Koi Fish – 3,000 Feral Fish Dumped into Colorado Lake


Dealing with invasive species is one of the challenges that accompanies globalization and in many areas of the world, it’s becoming harder and harder to tackle this issue. In the Colorado Lake, 3,000 Koi fish (Japanese carp) are now swarming the water, wiping out native species and dramatically altering the environment.

Alien life, Astronomy, News

NASA: we’ll find alien life in 10-20 years


When it comes to alien life, we’ve had our hopes crushed time and time again. As the Moon was being observed with telescopes in medieval times, many thought it might be inhabited, but then we learned there’s not atmosphere and no water on it. Then Venus, our sister planet turned out to be completely unsuitable for life, and even Mars seems to

Alien life, Biology

British professor claims he found alien life floating 25 miles above Earth


Dr. Milton Wainwright is trying to convince the world that the found alien life floating some 25 miles in our planet’s atmosphere – but while tabloids gobbled up his story like no tomorrow, the scientific community is much more reluctant to accept his results. Is there any truth to these claims? Let’s have a look. If you’d actually find life at

News, Observations, Space

Telescopes capture spectacular Einstein’s ring


According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, if one galaxy is located directly behind another, then the front one would bend the light of the more distant one, in such a way that you’d only see the behind one as a ring. Less than 100 years ago, many researchers thought we’d never see one, but astronomers have managed to take several pictures that confirm it – as is the example you see below.

Climate, News, World Problems

Marine life might need 1,000 years to recover from climate change

marine_life extinction

Marine life is on the brink of experiencing its sixth mass extinction, a disruption that is expected to occur very rapidly once the gears are set in motion (cataclysmic chain events). Now, a new study suggests that it might take a full millennium for marine life to recover from a potential climate change-driven die off, not hundreds as previously suggested.

Health & Medicine, News, Nutrition

High-fat diet might put your mental health at risk

high fat diet

Mice that had gut bacteria transferred from other mice fed with a high fat diet changed their behavior in a negative way, exhibiting anxiety or impaired memory. The findings suggest that apart from heart disease and stroke, obesity might put people’s mental health at risk as well.

Astrophysics, News, Space

NASA wants to take a piece of an asteroid and make it a moon of the Moon

NASA is making plans to retrieve a chunk of an asteroid and make it orbit the Moon. Image via NASA.

It almost sounds too cheesy to be true: NASA wants to send a shuttle to an asteroid, pluck a piece of it, then make it return to the Moon and orbit it. Then, brave astronauts will go and retrieve the sample, bringing it back to Earth for study. But that’s exactly what astronomers and engineers at the space agency want to do.

Geology, News

Scientists discover another layer in the Earth’s mantle

earth mantle layer

Most people tend to think of the Earth in terms of crust, mantle and core, and while those are indeed the largest “layers” (you can’t properly call the mantle a layer though), each one of them is made from other, thinner layers. Now, researchers from the University of Utah have identified another one of these thinner layers, 930 miles beneath our feet.