Volcano eruption might have pushed Iceland towards Christianity

What do a volcanic eruption, a medieval poem, and a conversion to Christianity have in common? Well apparently, in Iceland — a lot. The Eldgjá volcano holds two records. It features the largest volcanic canyon in the world, some 40 km long, 270 m deep and 600 m wide at its greatest, and it also boasts the largest flood basalt in historic time, with

Kepler — the spacecraft that discovered thousands of alien worlds — is running on its last drops of fuel

It will have time to find just a couple more candidate exoplanets.

Men with heightened prefrontal cortex activity are less likely to cheat

Willpower is important for staying committed to a relationship.

Half a degree (C) more global warming would leave 5 million people homeless

Even if the goals set in Paris are met — this doesn’t look very good.

New method developed to stop bacteria from sharing antibiotic resistance genes

No multiplayer-evolution any longer, pleasethankyou!

Babies reason long before they can speak

Behind the adorable “goo goo ga ga” lies a logical tiny human.

For the first time, researchers record a volcanic thunder

Impossible means nothing if you’re a geologist.

Python moms take care of their offspring, surprising researchers

Mother love — with fangs.

Proteins can be kept active outside of a cell for the first time– and used to degrade toxic chemicals

This is a massive breakthrough!

Airbus tests harpoon meant to shoot down satellite-sized space junk

They’re after the Moby Dick of space.

Modern humans and Denisovans interbred at least twice in history

Our ancestors interbred both with Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Evidence of early innovation pushes back human evolutionary timeline

Our ancestors made symbolic use of color pigments and employed advanced tools earlier than previously thought.

What causes Déjà vu — the unsettling feeling of familiarity in novel situations

There’s a glitch in the Matrix…

The Arctic’s convection engine is grinding to a halt, flooded by meltwater

Melting Arctic ice is already leaving its mark on the oceans.

What’s the surprising connection between cannabis and coffee?

Both substances target cannabinoids.

Royal jelly, the food of queen-to-be(e)s, changes from liquid to solid when more acidic

It keeps the queen larvae hanging on.

Back to black– graphene-based hair dyes provide permanent color without damaging hair

Color, without damage or fly-aways? Yes, please.

Walmart silently filed a patent for robotic bees meant to pollinate crops

As bee populations dwindle, robots are made to take their place.

AI can now tell if you’re a man or a woman, just by your smile

You know how everyone says ‘smile’ before you snap a pic? That was Skynet’s plan all along!

Yikes! More than 90% of bottled water contains tiny pieces of plastic

Well-known water bottle brands were also guilty.