The REAL Little Shop of Horrors! Scientists identify carnivorous plant that traps prey underground

The unique carnivorous plants were discovered in Indonesia.  Pictured are lower pitchers revealed under a moss mat (left) and lower pitchers extracted from a cavity note

A carnivorous plant may seem like something out of science fiction, but it does exist, and it tends to eat insects and tiny animals. Scientists have identified a strange new species known as Nepenthes Pudica that traps its prey in a way unique among these types of plants. This newly identified plant is known as … Read more

The “holy grail of catalysis”: transforming methane into methanol under ambient conditions using light

The “holy grail of catalysis”: transforming methane into methanol under ambient conditions using light

Credit: ORNL / Jill Hemman An international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and cost-effective method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at room temperature and pressure. The process takes place under continuous flow over a photocatalytic material using visible light to drive … Read more

Higgs boson: the “divine particle” explained

Higgs boson: the "divine particle" explained

The Higgs boson is the fundamental force-carrying particle of the Higgs field, which is responsible for giving other particles their mass. This domain was first proposed in the mid-1960s by Peter Higgs – after whom the particle is named – and his colleagues. The particle was finally discovered on July 4, 2012 by researchers at … Read more

Wildfires may have triggered Earth’s largest mass extinction event, new research suggests

Scientists have studied fossil plant records to better understand what led to the Permian extinction event.  Pictured above, the Sheep Fire burns in a hillside forest in Wrightwood, California

Wildfires may have triggered Earth’s largest mass extinction event, new research suggests The Permian mass extinction, which took place around 248 million years ago, may have been caused in part by widespread forest fires. “The potential for wildfires as a direct driver of extinction during hyperthermal events, rather than a symptom of climate change, deserves … Read more

Never-before-seen microbes locked in glacier ice could spark wave of new pandemics if released

Never-before-seen microbes locked in glacier ice could spark wave of new pandemics if released

A new study has found hundreds of new microbes in melting glaciers, some of which could potentially be pathogenic. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in a new tab) Stunned scientists have discovered more than 900 never-before-seen species of microbes living inside the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau. Analysis of the genomes of microbes has revealed that … Read more

LightSail 2 mission ready to burn through Earth’s atmosphere

LightSail 2 mission ready to burn through Earth's atmosphere

The LightSail 2 spacecraft captured this image on June 11, 2022, which shows Madagascar and part of Mozambique.Image: The planetary society For three years, a very small Loaf of-spaceship the size of a loaf of bread with gigantic wings sailed on sunbeams in low earth orbit. LightSail 2 has far exceeded its life expectancy and … Read more

NASA probe captures image of solar eclipse showing ‘lunar mountains backlit by solar fire’

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of a partial solar eclipse from its unique vantage point in space - the only place it was visible

A solar eclipse… from SPACE! NASA probe captures moon passing in front of sun in stunning images capturing ‘lunar mountains backlit by solar fire’ NASA spacecraft captured the moon passing in front of the sun from space in a stunning series of images The solar eclipse was not visible from Earth and only lasted 35 … Read more