Growing pains: The oldest trees on Earth ripped themselves apart, fossils show – Los Angeles Times

Scientists have discovered 374-million-year-old tree fossils from the dawn of Earth’s forests — and found that these strange plants literally had to rip themselves apart as they grew. The fossils, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed light on the nature of ancient forests and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. […]

NASA satellite image reveals the scar left behind by devastating wildfires in Northern California – Daily Mail

NASA satellite image reveals the scar left behind by devastating wildfires in Northern California – Daily Mail

More than 8,000 homes have burned in dozens of wildfires in Northern California, and as firefighters continue to fully contain the fires, NASA has released a new satellite image of the charred landscape. The image, taken by an instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite, shows the growing fire scar on the landscape.  The image, covering an […]

Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It’s Posted Online – NPR

Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It’s Posted Online – NPR

Stephen Hawking, seen here with Isaac Newton’s Principia, is allowing his doctoral thesis to be provided without charge online. Graham CopeKoga/Cambridge University Library hide caption toggle caption Graham CopeKoga/Cambridge University Library Stephen Hawking, seen here with Isaac Newton’s Principia, is allowing his doctoral thesis to be provided without charge online. Graham CopeKoga/Cambridge University Library Interest […]

Solar Wind Creates Electric Charge on Martian Moon Phobos – Space.com

NASA has set its sights on the Martian moon Phobos as a potential initial base for human exploration of the Red Planet — but powerful solar eruptions could throw a wrench in this plan.  A new NASA study shows that solar wind — the stream of electrically charged particles that the sun blows […]

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs – NPR

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs – NPR

Scientists have used a new gene-editing technique to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat. Infrared pictures of 6-month-old pigs taken at zero, two, and four hours after cold exposure show that the pigs’ thermoregulation was improved after insertion of the new gene. The modified pigs are […]

Exoplanets With Alien Life: Solar Storms May Kill Off Habitable ‘Water Worlds’ – International Business Times

Exoplanets With Alien Life: Solar Storms May Kill Off Habitable ‘Water Worlds’ – International Business Times

Alien worlds covered in water might not be comfortable for living things because some will have their atmospheres stripped from them in solar storms. Scientists consider an atmosphere and liquid water to be ingredients for life, but finding them existing together on a planet outside of Earth has proven challenging. A team of researchers used […]