Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Is this our Earliest Ancestor?

The creature, Otavia antiqua, was found in 760-million-year-old rock in Namibia and was as tiny as it may be important. “The fossils are small, about the size of a grain of sand, and we have found many hundreds of them,” said study leader Anthony Prave, … Continue reading

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Most fish actually evolved on land, not the sea

Science is always good for an awesomely counter-intuitive finding, and this one has to be the mother of them all. Despite the fact that life itself originally came from the sea, the same can’t be said of the ocean’s current … Continue reading

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The EPR Paradox


The EPR paradox is an early and influential critique leveled against quantum mechanics. Albert Einstein and his colleagues Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen (known collectively as EPR) designed a thought experiment intended to reveal what they believed to be inadequacies … Continue reading

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An ocean once covered part of Red Planet

ESA’s Mars Express has returned strong evidence for an ocean once covering part of Mars. Using radar, it has detected sediments reminiscent of an ocean floor within the boundaries of previously identified, ancient shorelines on Mars. The MARSIS radar was … Continue reading

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Revealing how a battery material works

Since its discovery 15 years ago, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) has become one of the most promising materials for rechargeable batteries because of its stability, durability, safety and ability to deliver a lot of power at once. It has been … Continue reading

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The Earliest Ever Human Paintings


According to new dating tests, these are the first paintings ever made by humans. They are seals painted more than 42,000 years ago, located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. And they may change our ideas about humanity’s … Continue reading

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