Science Timeline

Scientists Watch As A Planet Forms For The First Time

new planet

Planets are formed from disks of gas and dust that orbit around young stars. Once the “seed” of the planet — composed of a small aggregate of dust — is formed, it will continue to gather material, and it will carve out a cavity or gap in the disk along its orbital path. Now scientists… Read more »

Sierra Nevada Corporation: Private Space Company Accuses NASA Of Favoritism

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation, an American privately held electronic systems provider and systems integrator specializing in micro-satellites, energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, and commercial orbital transportation services, is irate over two contracts NASA recently awarded to other companies. In September, NASA bypassed the Sierra Nevada Corporation, instead giving multi-billion dollar contracts to shuttle American astronauts to and from… Read more »

The ESA’s Philae Lander Scheduled To Land On A Comet Next Month

Philae

As the United States and India eye their new satellites around Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) is looking in the direction of a comet, and it’s been looking at that comet for the last ten years. The ESA has announced that it will release its Rosetta mission lander, Philae, on November 12 so that… Read more »

Chinese Discovery Puts Evolutionary Accuracy In Question

Evolutionary Record

A geobiologist from Virginia Tech, in collaboration with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have found something that puts the entire evolutionary timeline in question. The research team found evidence in the fossil record that complex multicellularity appeared in living things about 600 million years ago. That’s nearly 60 million years before skeletal animals… Read more »

Human Faces Evolved To Look Unique, Reports New Study

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The concept of human uniqueness was once an exclusive problem for philosophy to solve, but as scientific knowledge continues to advance, we are learning more and more about the real explanations behind one of the most elusive problems in human evolution – why do humans look different from each other? The human face is truly… Read more »

Violence In Chimps Occurs Naturally, May Explain Us

violence in chimps

A new study finds that violence in chimps occurs naturally, not as a byproduct of human intrusion. It’s also more common than might have been believed. The study says that violence in chimps comes from natural, evolved tendencies towards physical aggression and sometimes results in “chimp wars” where members of chimpanzee communities attack other groups… Read more »

Dinosaur Or Hoax? Mystery Fossil Discovered In Siberian River

Russian scientists claim that the unusual fossil belongs ot a type of aquatic dinosaur which lived 150 million years ago.

A group of fishermen in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula have stumbled upon what some scientists believe may be the remains of a 150 million-year-old dinosaur, though others are claiming that the fossil is too well-preserved to be true. As The Daily Mail relates, members of the Wild North Fishing Club were traveling down the Ruta-Ru River… Read more »

New Asteroid Calculators Take Guess-Work Out Of Global Devastation

Asteroid

The academic community has created competing asteroid calculators that let users simulate the devastation of a real life killer asteroid. Aside from teaching people about the dangers of a future impact, these calculators can potentially be a lot of fun. The first asteroid impact calculator comes from the Space Science Institute with help from NASA… Read more »