Articles by Ben Wolford

Fern
Horizontal Gene Transfer Helped Ferns Survive In Low Light
Apr 14, 2014 15:41 PM E
Horizontal gene transfer, a DNA acquisition from another plant, may have helped ferns survive in low-light areas, according to a new Duke University study.
Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest Is Burning: Drought-Related Fire Sharply Increases Tree Deaths
Apr 14, 2014 15:41 PM E
Climate change will lead to longer dry seasons in the Amazon, which leads to more fires. Woods Hole researchers say the rainforest will become even more flammable in the future.
Water in Space
How Drinking Urine, And Pee-Powered Spacecraft, Will Help Humans Reach Mars
Apr 12, 2014 14:45 PM E
Exploring the final frontier is made possible by human urine. Filtered down, Waterworld style, it tastes great.
Melting Glacier
Global Warming Isn't Natural: To Remaining Climate Change Skeptics, This Study 'Will Be A Blow'
Apr 11, 2014 14:44 PM E
A physicist at McGill University says his new probability analysis of historic temperatures puts the odds that humans didn't cause climate change at less than 1 percent.
Molecular Structure
Self-Healing Materials Progress To Plastic, Repairing Damage Under Mild Heat [VIDEO]
Apr 11, 2014 12:48 PM E
New self-healing plastic could be used in cars or airplanes to repair surface scratches quickly under low heat.
The Gospel of Jesus' Wife
Was Jesus Married? 'Gospel Of Jesus' Wife' Shows No Sign Of Forgery
Apr 10, 2014 14:11 PM E
Was Jesus married? An ancient text seems to say so. In the debate over whether the document is a forgery, a Harvard professor attempts to settle the dispute.
Rainbowfish
Ambidextrous' Rainbowfish Are Braver Than Their Peers, Perhaps Because They Think Slower
Apr 10, 2014 11:05 AM E
Rainbowfish who think with both sides of their brain are more bold than those who don't, which raises the question: What determines bravery in the first place?
Ethanol
Scientists Turn Carbon Monoxide Into Ethanol: Could CO2 Be The Next Clean Energy Source?
Apr 10, 2014 09:26 AM E
Chemists at Stanford University have discovered a more efficient method of turning carbon monoxide into ethanol, a major source of U.S. energy.
Nijima
New Island In Japan Merges With Neighbor As Volcano Keeps Erupting
Apr 09, 2014 12:45 PM E
Nijima, a new island in Japan, has continued to erupt since its formation in November, and recently spilled over onto a neighboring island.
Mars
Planetary Alignment: How To See Mars Closest To Earth In The Next Few Days [VIDEO]
Apr 08, 2014 15:22 PM E
Mars and the Earth are speeding toward alignment with the sun, bringing Mars at its closest point to the Earth a few days later. NASA says anyone will be able to watch Mars without a telescope.
Neanderthal skull
Neanderthals And Europeans Had Sex, Scientists Confirm Using Human Genome Study
Apr 08, 2014 11:12 AM E
Scientists behind a new analysis of human and Neanderthal genes say they've proved conclusively that humans and Neanderthals interbred after migrating from Africa.
Solar Flare
NASA Watches Solar Flare From Solar Observatory Spacecraft [VIDEO]
Apr 07, 2014 15:46 PM E
NASA recently released video footage of a massive solar flare being thrown off the surface of the sun. The April 2 flare was not thought to cause too much disturbance on Earth.
Ancient Shrimp
Fossil Of Ancient Shrimp Reveals First Known Cardiovascular System
Apr 07, 2014 13:56 PM E
An ancient shrimp-like creature had a heart and network of blood vessels similar to modern crustaceans, according to new research into Chinese fossils.
Moon surface
Moon Orbiter LADEE Will Crash Into Lunar Surface; NASA Taking Bets On When
Apr 06, 2014 16:18 PM E
Soon, NASA will steer a $280 million spacecraft toward the moon for a crash landing, concluding a seven-month mission to understand the lunar atmosphere.
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