Biology

Widespread ocean anoxia might trigger first of five major mass extinctions

Widespread ocean anoxia might trigger first of five major mass extinctions

For decades, scientists have conducted research centered around the five major mass extinctions that have shaped the world we live in. The extinctions date back...
Do volcanoes boost our odds of finding alien life?

Do volcanoes boost our odds of finding alien life?

Hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos, say astronomers. Planets located great...
Are humans causing cancer in wild animals

Are humans causing cancer in wild animals

As humans, we know that some of our activities can cause cancer to develop in our bodies. Smoking, poor diets, pollution, chemicals used as additives...
How to make cut flowers last longer

How to make cut flowers last longer

After April showers, we get May flowers — just in time for Mother’s Day. Sadly, after a few days, that wonderful bouquet may start wilting. Thankfully, Reactions has...
Parasites inside your body could be protecting you from disease

Parasites inside your body could be protecting you from disease

It’s fair to say parasites are generally bad for their hosts. Many cause disease and death so, like most species, we humans usually try to...
21 species adapted to disappear in the snow. Then, the snow disappeared

21 species adapted to disappear in the snow. Then, the snow disappeared

Context is everything when it comes to camouflage. An outfit that would help you blend in when walking through the woods would make you stand...
Study suggests complex life was present on Earth 2.33 billion years ago

Study suggests complex life was present on Earth 2.33 billion years ago

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years. An exhaustive genetic analysis of modern-day organisms has revealed new insights into Earth’s earliest forms...
New strategy for finding alien life goes beyond oxygen

New strategy for finding alien life goes beyond oxygen

Researchers have found a new recipe for providing evidence that a distant planet harbors life, one that might be more promising than just looking...
Great Barrier Reef corals can survive global warming for another century

Great Barrier Reef corals can survive global warming for another century

Using genetic samples and computer simulations, evolutionary biologists have made a glass-half-full forecast: Corals in the Great Barrier Reef have enough genetic variation to...

Earth’s stable temperature past suggests other planets could also sustain life

An analysis of temperature during early Earth’s history supports more moderate average temperatures throughout the billions of years when life slowly emerged on Earth. Theories...