The life-saving space blanket has humble origins

A mylar emergency blanket can come in handy on a trip in the woods or a trek to the moon. (Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay/) This story originally featured on Field & Stream. Like many sports people, I packed a space blanket for years before ever having to use it. When I finally did unwrap the […]

Researchers trace geologic origins of Gulf of Mexico ‘super basin’ success

The Sun lights up the Texas and Louisiana coast. According to researchers at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, the unique geology of the Gulf of Mexico has helped contribute to its success as an oil and gas producing ‘super basin’. Credit: NASA The Gulf of Mexico holds huge untapped offshore oil deposits that […]

Coronavirus origins will be investigated by WHO team arriving in China this week

A little over a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) was first alerted to a string of mysterious respiratory illnesses, experts from the agency are set to arrive in China on Thursday (Jan. 11) to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus. The origins of the virus, which has now infected more than 90.3 […]

Understanding origins of Arizona’s Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago

Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Today, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration scientist Amanda Clarke and her team have been working to solve the mysterious root cause of the Sunset Crater eruption and any […]

Understanding origins of Arizona’s Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago

IMAGE: Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Today, ASU School of Earth… view more  Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient […]

Missing link in pterosaur origins discovered

Nearly nothing is known about the family tree of pterosaurs — iconic reptiles that flew alongside the dinosaurs. These now-extinct beasts appear in the fossil record with already developed wings and senses adapted for flying, with researchers having nary a clue about their immediate evolutionary history. But now, the pterosaur’s family tree has a new […]

Returning asteroid sample could help uncover the origins of life and the solar system

Artist impression of Hayabusa 2 approaching asteroid Ryugu. Credit: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)/wikipedia, CC BY-SA What is your idea of an asteroid? Many people think of them as potato-shaped, inert and perhaps rather dull, pock-marked objects—far away in deep space. But over the last ten years, two Japanese space missions – Hayabusa […]

New research traces the origins of trench fever — ScienceDaily

First observed among British Expeditionary Forces in 1915, trench fever sickened an estimated 500,000 soldiers during World War I. Since then, the disease has become synonymous with the battlefield. But now, new research from an international team of scientists has uncovered evidence challenging this long-held belief. The research, published this week in PLOS ONE, outlines […]