Science & Odd Things

As the Office Market Craters, Support for Penn Station Plan Evaporates

(NY TIMES) Matthew Haag and Stefanos Chen, April 13, 2023 Several lawmakers have withdrawn their support for the state’s project in Midtown Manhattan as new developers rush to offer alternatives for remaking the transit hub. In 2020, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a grand reimagining of Pennsylvania Station to be funded largely by new office towers around […]

Humans are still evolving: 3 examples of recent adaptations

(INVERSE) Sarah Sloat, February 2, 2020 Evolution is an ongoing process, although many don’t realize people are still evolving. It’s true that Homo sapiens look very different than Australopithecus afarensis, an early hominin that lived around 2.9 million years ago. But it is also true that we are very different compared to members of our same […]

NASA Engineer Proposes ‘Helical Engine’ For Interstellar Travel With No Propellant

(NEWSWEEK) Hannah Osborne, October 16, 2019 An engineer who works for NASA has put forward a proposal for a new way to travel through interstellar space—a “helical engine” that could, potentially, push a spacecraft forward without the need for any propellant at all. David Burns, from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, presented his idea on the […]

Two Billion Years Ago, up to 99 Percent of Life on Earth Died in an Event More Catastrophic Than Mass Extinction of the Dinosaurs

(NEWSWEEK) Hannah Osborne, September 21, 2019 Scientists have discovered a mass die-off that took place two billion years ago—with up to 99.5 percent of life on Earth disappearing. The massive die-off saw more of the planet’s biosphere vanish than when the dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the planet 65 million years ago, researchers say. […]

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

(WIRED) December 31, 2018 — YESTERDAY, VLADIMIR PUTIN presented his country with a belated Christmas present: the Avangard hypersonic missile. According to Russian media, it’s capable of reaching Mach 20. And if its ability to conduct evasive maneuvers at high velocity is as good as the Russian president boasted back in March, it would render […]

Ancient plague helped determine genetics of the modern European, study says

(CNN) Jack Guy, December 8, 2018 — The fearsome disease known as the plague might help explain a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years. Between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, Neolithic farming communities in Europe dramatically declined, and there is still no definitive answer as to why. Now, however, a team of researchers in Sweden […]

Two Scientists Have Won The Nobel Prize In Medicine For Cancer Therapy

(BUZZED) Virginia Hughes, October 14, 2018 — Two scientists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for a method of harnessing the immune system to attack cancer. James P. Allison, of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, and Tasuku Honjo, of Kyoto University in Japan, independently discovered that certain proteins can act as brakes on […]