Clean energy could make the Sahara green

Both figuratively and literally.

Jupiter’s magnetic field is extremely bizarre, potentially due to unknown processes in its core

We have no idea why this happens — but we do have hypotheses.

Artificial bacteria-killing cells could win the war against drug resistance

As the cells are much more robust and self-sufficient than previous ‘models’, they can be employed even in less-than-ideal or changing conditions.

Feeback, not evidence, makes us confident we’re right — even when we’re not

“the strategy of using your most recent feedback, rather than all of the data you’ve accumulated, is not a great tactic,” researchers write.

Brown bear saliva kills a bacteria that current antibiotics are unable to treat

Slather me in it!

Autonomous killer drone aims to save the Great Barrier Reef

Can we please call these things Star Destroyers? Please?

Amazing video shows how white blood cells find pathogens — and points to a cure against cancer

So pretty tho!

California became the largest economy in the world to commit to 100% renewables

Lovely!

AI spots depression by looking at your patterns of speech

Computer: “What is my purpose?”
MIT: “You spot depression!”
Computer: :(

Semi-artificial photosynthesis points the way to a viable hydrogen economy

A little help from life goes a long way.

Sand treatment makes storm runoff safe and pleasant to drink

Bottoms up!

Tiny fish passes mirror test, might be self-aware

Not only would it be exciting to see self-awareness develop on the fish’s restrained ‘hardware’, but also to understand what that difference means in terms of how the fish experience self-awareness.

The Earth is flat out spherical — here’s why, and why we’re sure

The only thing flat earthers fear is sphear itself!

One of our extinct ancient relatives developed a chewing pattern unique among primates

We don’t know why they did so.

Europe is now home to over one million electric vehicles

China passed the mark in 2017. The US is estimated to do so later this year.

Newly-devised molecule might help people quit smoking by blocking nicotine break-down

An… unusual take on the issue, to say the least. But in theory, it should work.

A coral reef longer than Delaware was hiding off the US east coast

Surpise!

Faulty findings, real appeal: the psychology of pseudoscience

Why do some people turn to pseudoscience, and why are they so hard to pry away from it?

Why the Amazon is the widest river in the world

A mammoth among rivers!

The earliest monument in east Africa was built without anyone being ‘the boss’

Scientists find massive cemetery complex in the plains of Kenya.