Sea Dragons Are Incredibly Strange Creatures, And We May Finally Know Why

Spotting a wispy sea dragon, floating amongst the seaweed, embellished with leaf-like adornments ruffling in swaying ocean currents, is truly a sight to behold. But there is more to sea dragons than meets the diver’s eye. Bedazzled as they may be, sea dragons are also missing teeth, lacking ribs, and their spines are curved and … Read more

Eerie Figures With Giant Heads Found Painted in a Rock Shelter in Tanzania

In 2018, archaeologists made a staggering discovery in Swaga Swaga Game Reserve in central Tanzania: 52 previously undocumented rock shelters, deliberately painted with rock art. Weathering had mostly destroyed all but a handful; but of those that were preserved, one was an absolute enigma. The site, named Amak’hee 4, was elaborately painted with a frieze … Read more

New Analysis of Fearsome Teeth Confirms Megalodons Were ‘Highest Level’ Apex Predators

The fearsome megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived, possibly growing up to 20 meters (66 feet) in length, with teeth the size of a human hand. New research analyzing teeth from this ancient creature has revealed that the megalodon was the most apex of apex predators. By studying the levels of nitrogen isotopes … Read more

NASA Is on a Mission to Reclaim Lost Moondust. And Some Cockroaches

NASA has requested the safe return of moondust and cockroach samples that were scheduled to be sold in a private auction that ended June 23. Earlier this month, the space agency contacted RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, to stop the sale of moondust that was collected by astronauts during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. … Read more

Mars Has So Much Radiation, Any Signs of Life Would Be Buried Six Feet Under

The search for life on Mars may have just gotten a whole lot more complicated. While rovers such as Curiosity and Perseverance scour the surface looking for traces of ancient life, new evidence reveals we may have to dig much deeper to find them. Any evidence of amino acids left over from a time when … Read more

Alien Worlds Very Different to Earth Might Be Habitable For Billions of Years

Our blueprint for the habitability of exoplanets is just one world in the entire cosmos: Earth. Our home is the only planet on which we know, for a certainty, life has emerged. But the conditions for life as we know it may not be restricted to Earth-like planets, and now scientists have determined one kind … Read more

Feeling Grumpy Can Actually Be a Good Thing, Researcher Says

As psychiatry, which uses medical and biological methods to treat mental disorders, has largely overtaken psychotherapy, which relies on non-biological approaches such as conversation and counseling, psychotherapists have sought alternative challenges. One common approach is to focus on enhancing the happiness of mentally healthy people, rather than relieving the mental pain and trauma of those … Read more

These Hidden Passages May Have Been Used For Ancient Psychedelic Rituals

Archaeologists have revealed a complex of hidden passageways and galleries deep inside the ancient Chavín de Huántar temple complex in the Peruvian Andes. The researchers think the network of chambers and galleries was used in religious rituals, possibly involving psychedelic drugs. It’s the first time in about 3,000 years that these particular hidden structures have … Read more

‘Cradle of Humankind’ Fossils May Be a Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

Multiple ancient hominin remains from caves in South Africa may be much, much older than previous estimates suggested. The Sterkfontein limestone cave system, not far from Johannesburg, has yielded so many ancient bones from the hominin genus Australopithecus over the last century that its location has been dubbed the Cradle of Humankind – deeply important … Read more

Robots With Flawed AI Make Sexist And Racist Decisions, Experiment Shows

For years, computer scientists have warned of the perils artificial intelligence (AI) poses in the future, and not just in the sensational terms of machines overthrowing humanity, but in far more insidious ways too. While this cutting-edge technology is capable of wondrous breakthroughs, researchers have also observed the darker sides of machine learning systems, showing … Read more