Liquid Mercury Found Under Pyramid?

The headline reads: “Liquid Mercury Found Under Pyramid At Teotihuacan Could Indicate Royal Tomb”. That’s pretty weird, in and of itself, right? Mercury? Deadly, deadly mercury? What in the world are ancient Mesoamericans doing with mercury?
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DNA Evidence Can be Faked

In a recent story in The New York Times, Andrew Pollack reports that “scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. Continue reading

New infrared telescope expands SETI’s search for alien life

For more than 50 years, scientists working on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have been scanning the heavens for a signal from beyond our solar system. Despite some interesting blips, there has been nothing conclusive so far. But maybe we simply haven’t been looking for the right things. A new infrared telescope instrument has been brought online in California that will let SETI look for signals being sent out with infrared pulses. Continue reading

The World’s Most Powerful Particle Accelerator Is Going After Dark Matter

​It’s always hard to top a blockbuster first season that left off with a killer surprise ending, but the team at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider hopes season two will be even wilder than the first. Continue reading

Does the Sun Have a Heart of Dark Matter?

​Something is amiss in our Sun. Or, rather, something is amiss in our theories of what the Sun is and how it behaves—theories that are known collectively as the standard solar model. This model, which is in part based on spectroscopic observations of the Sun’s photosphere (the layer that radiates light), offers powerful predictions about the temperature, density, and chemical makeup of our local solar furnace. Continue reading

How We Might Find Aliens via Their Black Hole Particle Accelerators

​If we’re to imagine an alien civilization with the interest in and ability to communicate with other civilizations, even those as (presumably) far-flung as Earth, then we have to imagine that those civilizations are pretty well dedicated to scientific research, particularly physics research. The aliens will want to understand all of the exotic varieties of matter and forces as much as we do, and maybe much more than we do (perhaps skipping the military trillions in favour of research). Continue reading

Israeli Scientist Challenges Hypothesis of Middle East Origin

Scientists usually don’t call each other “liars” and “frauds.”

But that’s how Johns Hopkins University post-doctoral researcher Eran Elhaik describes a group of widely respected geneticists, including Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology and genetics at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of the 2012 book “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People.” Continue reading