The year 2016 has been recorded as the hottest year in human history, but recent forecasts show that 2017 may be much cooler.
Scientists are baffled why many bodies discovered of primitive men showed quite healthy teeth even in their old age. In their search for answers, newfound evidence showed that cavemen actually took care of their mouths and used toothpick-like sticks to clean their teeth.
A 19-meter wave has been recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean in between the United Kingdom and Iceland. This is one of the tallest waves that has been recorded in history that has not been caused by seismic motions underneath the sea floor or by a tsunami.
Recent news on material technology shows that diamond may not be the hardest mineral in the world anymore. Lonsdaleite, a hexagonal polymorph of diamond, is reportedly 50 percent harder than diamond. This particular kind of diamond occurs naturally at the very center of meteorite impact sites in the world. However, scientists may have found a method to create this kind of diamond variant inside a laboratory.
Recent studies have shown that many of the drugs, natural chemicals, and herbs that are claimed to be aphrodisiacs are actually ineffective. There are very limited food or medicine that can definitively boost a person's drive for sexual activity, but they are not fully effective in all subjects.
Scientists have discovered that chimpanzees have an interesting ability to recognize not only faces but also each other's butts. The talents and abilities of many primate species have been measured by how well they are able to perform human skills. However, this new finding is a skill that not many humans can and will do. Though face recognition has been recorded, tested, and studied in animals for a very long time, this is one of the first major breakthroughs about it.
It was in 2012 when a private company called Mars One announced that they plan to send the first set of humans to set foot on the planet Mars. With the originally aimed schedule of 2024 nearing, it is about time that the first astronauts to reach Mars start to prepare. What is most interesting about this trip is that it may be a one-way ticket, as Mars One not only plans to set foot on Mars, but also plans to be the first to "establish a colony" on the red planet.
Al Gore met with President-elect Donald Trump regarding climate change, an event that has given environmentalists, scientists, and experts hope regarding the threats to the environment of the upcoming U.S. administration. Although it has not been detailed what specific matters were discussed, the former vice president said that it was an "extremely interesting conversation."
Reports have shown that the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed at a very speedy rate, and people might not be able to do anything to save it. It has been approximated that the rainforest suffers from deforestation and clearing for up to roughly 8,000 square kilometers every year. It is more worrying since there are very limited legislations and regulations that go after its protection and conservation.
Scientists have been trying to figure out the age of the universe and have come to the conclusion that the Earth is aging. On top of that, it has been recorded from observations of different galaxies that the universe may be starting to die.
Researchers may have found that contamination and pollution of surface water have been ongoing for the last seven thousand years. With ongoing societal and environmental issues on the rise, scientists are finding the best solution to the problems regarding pollution and climate change. What is interesting about this is that industry-caused pollution has been existing for more than thousands of years.
NASA's Earth science division is hanging on a balance as President-elect Donald Trump released a statement that budgeting for climate change funding, NASA, and other science organizations would be cut down to a significantly low workable amount. With the Earth science program aimed to advance and develop further understanding of the Earth's systems and its changes, what will happen if NASA Earth science does shut down?
The Great Barrier Reef is reportedly experiencing its worst damage via coral bleaching by far in history. The culprit is none other than the significant increase in water temperatures, which is record high as well. More than half of the coral population in the northern section has perished, while the central and southern centers have been reported to be in better health.
A new satellite, which will be set out to collect pertinent information regarding natural disasters all over Africa, will be launched within next year. It gains its popularity not only because it is the continent's first private space satellite, but it has also been conceptualized by a group of high school girls. Experts believe that now, more than ever, is the best time for Africa to finally join the space race.
Since 1995, explorers from the South Pole have been recording their observations that certain parts of Antarctica seem to be collapsing and breaking away from the main continents. If the predictions of scientists are correct, it is possible that one of Antarctica's large ice shelves will completely collapse in the next hundred years.