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New evidence of early life on Earth date back 3.7 billion years

Scientists have discovered remains of 3.7-billion-year-old life, encapsulated within the oldest rocks in Greenland. It is one of the oldest signs of life on Earth.

Making the building blocks for artificial life

Irep Gözen has a singular goal — to make an artificial cell from the bottom up.

Eureka moment with a eukaryote

Certain unicellular organisms have fabulous abilities to create intricate skeletons. How do they do it? The single-cell radiolarian on this grainy photo has provided scientists with an answer to a question that has baffled biologists for over 150 years.

New mineral discovered in Hekla volcano in Iceland

During expeditions into the boiling warm openings of Iceland’s volcanoes, researchers have discovered seven new minerals.

Clever ravens can plan one step ahead

The birds are as good at planning as a four-year-old child or a chimpanzee.

Industrial pollutants are changing the microbiota of the Greenland ice

Bacteria within the Greenland ice sheet are adapting to cope with pollutants deposited in the ice. These same bacteria may be key to removing some of this contamination before it enters the local food chain.

Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardest

Fisheries and communities in poor countries will be made worse off by climate change, whether looking long-term or short-term and irrespective of how much climate actually changes, shows new research.

Extinct species of giant amphibians discovered in Greenland

A 210 million years old skull found in East Greenland tells a story of a gigantic salamander-like amphibian sporting a set of large fangs.

Birdsong is genetically coded

Nature or nurture? Until now, ornithologists assumed that birds passed on their unique songs predominantly via social learning. But a new Swedish study shows that genetics may be a bigger factor.

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Are showers of asteroids to blame for regular extinction events? If so, we might be able to predict and even prevent asteroids causing mass extinctions in the future.

How fake larvae revealed predator patterns around the world

Scientists released an army of fake insect larvae to investigate how predators attack their prey—the tropics officially win as the world’s “hardest place to survive.”

These juggling balls are the result of clever engineering

Jugglers learn new patterns – and engineering students gravitate toward a Newtonian challenge.