The Hollywood blockbuster may have been right, if only 3.2 billion years off the mark.
- Researchers find evidence that Earth may have been submerged in a global ocean during the Archaean eon.
- The research could change our understanding of how life emerged.
- It's one of many recent studies changing how we view our planet's infancy.
A microbial organism pulls electricity from water in the air.
- Hidden in the mud along the banks of Washington D.C.'s Potomac River may be a profound new source of electricity.
- The microbe makes nanowires that produce a charge from water vapor in ordinary air.
- Already capable of powering small electronics, it appears that larger-scale power generation is within reach.
The origin and phylogeny of the Yaravirus are not yet clear.
- A virus has been found whose DNA is 90% absolutely unfamiliar.
- Scientists have no real idea what it developed from, or how.
- Viruses used to be thought of as simple, jumbles of things — not so much any more.
A new hypothesis suggests that you can "catch" noncommunicable diseases from other people via the microbiome.
- A newly published hypothesis suggests that some noncommunicable diseases can actually be transmitted between people via their microbiomes.
- A new analysis even found that your microbiome can convey more information than your genes about your chance of developing various health conditions.
- By being exposed to an unhealthy cluster of microbes, healthy people could put themselves at risk of "catching" noncommunicable diseases.
A Mars Space Flight team member warns that people need to be prepared for what's coming.