This illustration represents the overfitted brain hypothesis of dreaming, which claims that the sparse and hallucinatory quality of dreams is not a bug, but a feature, since it helps prevent the brain from overfitting to its biased daily sources of learning. Credit: Georgia Turner The question of why we dream […]

Sampling with the ROV in the home of the investigated microbes, the Guaymas-Beckens. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Why methane carbon isotopes in the deep sea behave so differently than expected. Deep down in the seafloor anaerobic microbes consume large amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas when it enters […]

A simulation of a 3-solar-mass star shows the central, convective core and the waves it generates in the rest of the star’s interior. Credit: Philipp Edelmann Astronomers commonly refer to massive stars as the chemical factories of the Universe. They generally end their lives in spectacular supernovae, events that forge […]

Credit: Shutterstock Nature-based solutions (NbS) can contribute to the fight against climate change up to the end of our century, according to new Oxford research in the leading scientific journal Nature. The analysis suggests that, to limit global temperature rise, we must slash emissions and increase NbS investment to protect, manage […]

Scientists are at the brink of being able to detect ET Life, which was predicted to be difficult decades ago. New techniques suggest there might be clever analytical tricks using machine learning for doing so. Credit: NASA Scientists have begun the search for extraterrestrial life in the solar system in […]

Letter by Albert Einstein, validated by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where Einstein bequeathed his notes, letters and records. Dyer et al. 2021, J Comp Physiol A / The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Fair use) Since the dawn of the electronic age, it has never been easier for researchers to engage […]

A team from the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network installs a new solar panel array at a seismic monitoring site in Enumclaw, Washington, on April 20, 2021. The seismometer, one of hundreds that provide data for ShakeAlert, is in the hole in the foreground. A trench brings cables to the […]