Modern snakefly pictured above Fifty-two-million-year-old fossil snakefly from Driftwood Canyon in British Columbia. Credit: Fossil image copyright Zootaxa Ancient predatory insects discovered in region once thought uninhabitable. Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a […]

The Perseverance rover used its SuperCam laser to study this strange green rock on Mars. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Perseverance’s laser hasn’t yet penetrated the mystery of a strange Martian rock near the rover’s new digs. NASA’s rover is waiting for its companion, the Ingenuity helicopter, to make the first-ever powered flight on […]

DDE aims to harmonize deep-time Earth data based on a knowledge system to investigate the evolution of Earth, including life, Earth materials, geography, and climate. Integrated methods include artificial intelligence (AI), high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, semantic web, natural language processing, and other methods. Credit: Science China Press Humans […]

ANIMATION Particle physicists use lattice quantum chromodynamics and supercomputers to search for physics beyond the Standard Model. Peer deeper into the heart of the atom than any microscope allows and scientists hypothesize that you will find a rich world of particles popping in and out of the vacuum, decaying into other particles, […]

Researchers from Louisiana State University have introduced a smart quantum technology for the spatial mode correction of single photons. In a paper featured on the cover of the March 2021 issue of Advanced Quantum Technologies, the authors exploit the self-learning and self-evolving features of artificial neural networks to correct the distorted […]

Dr. Sebastian Rosier at Pine Island Glacier in 2015. Credit: Dr. Sebastian Rosier Researchers have confirmed for the first time that Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could cross tipping points, leading to a rapid and irreversible retreat which would have significant consequences for global sea level. Pine Island Glacier […]

Photons with an energy of 200 teraelectronvolts are most likely emitted by protons colliding with interstellar gas. The primary source of protons is pulsar HAWC J1825-134 (in the orange circle), the role of the actual accelerator is played by the star cluster [BDS2003] 8 (dark blue). Credit: HAWC For years, […]

Neptune and Uranus are the outermost two planets of our solar system and two gas giants. Credit: NASA Uranus and Neptune both have a completely skewed magnetic field, perhaps due to the planets’ special inner structures. But new experiments by ETH Zurich researchers now show that the mystery remains unsolved. The two large […]