Rare diamonds suggest water lurks much deeper in Earth’s interior than scientists thought

A rare type of diamond may suggest that water can penetrate deeper into Earth’s interior than scientists previously thought.  Though more than 70% of our planet is covered with water, there is also water in minerals more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) underground, including in the upper mantle, the semi malleable layer that the crust […]

How scientists are taking ‘snapshots’ of prehistoric Britain

Scientists have been using sophisticated forensic techniques to create snapshots of life in prehistoric Britain. By discovering, recording and analysing ancient footprints, they have been able to reconstruct in considerable detail specific moments in the lives of Britons who lived up to 8,500 years ago. The research has been carried out on a beach near […]

DeepMind scientists win $3 million ‘Breakthrough Prize’ for AI that predicts every protein’s structure

Scientists from Google DeepMind have been awarded a $3 million prize for developing an artificial intelligence (AI) system that has predicted how nearly every known protein folds into its 3D shape. One of this year’s Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences went to Demis Hassabis, the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, which created the protein-predicting program […]

Scientists blasted plastic with lasers and turned it into tiny diamonds and a new type of water

Using ultrapowerful lasers, scientists have blasted cheap plastic and transformed it into tiny “nanodiamonds” — and, in doing so, confirmed the existence of an exotic new type of water. . The findings could potentially reveal the existence of diamond rain on ice giants in our solar system and explain why these frigid worlds have such […]

Mysterious ‘blue goo’ at the bottom of the sea stumps scientists

A close-up of one of the mysterious “blue goo” creatures discovered by researchers using an ROV near Saint Croix in the Caribbean. (Image credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration, Voyage to the Ridge 2022) (opens in new tab) Unidentified deep-sea “blue goo” creatures recently left scientists scratching their heads after they spotted the mysterious blobs hanging out […]

In a 1st, scientists use designer immune cells to send an autoimmune disease into remission

Five patients with hard-to-treat lupus entered remission after scientists tweaked their immune cells using a technique normally used to treat cancer. After the one-time therapy, all five patients with the autoimmune disease stopped their standard treatments and haven’t had a relapse.  This treatment, known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, needs to be tested […]

‘Doomsday Glacier’ is teetering even closer to disaster than scientists thought, new seafloor map shows

The researcher onboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer as it sits in front of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.  (Image credit: Alexandra Mazur/University of Gothenburg) (opens in new tab) Underwater robots that peered under Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, nicknamed the “Doomsday Glacier,” saw that its doom may come sooner than expected with an extreme spike in ice […]

Scientists blast atoms with Fibonacci laser to make an ‘extra’ dimension of time

By firing a Fibonacci laser pulse at atoms inside a quantum computer, physicists have created a completely new, strange phase of matter that behaves as if it had two dimensions of time.  The new phase of matter, created by using lasers to rhythmically jiggle a strand of 10 ytterbium ions, enables scientists to store information […]