Tanzania Rift Valley Helium

Best of 2016 // #92: Where Helium Comes From

In 1903, prospectors discovered the first underground Helium reserve.  They deemed it useless however, as it wasn't flammable, and could never be sold as fuel.  100 years later, liquid helium is invaluable as a...
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Best of 2016 // #93: The BirthPlace of King Arthur ?

In July, archeologists began digging a 5-year excavation on England's southwest coast, and struck pay dirt almost immediately.  This site, at the medieval Tintagel Castle, has long been boasted as the birth place of...
Anthropocene

Best of 2016 // #94: The Era of Man

The earth below our feet hides layer of ages, periods where different things happened which has been preserved in rock, leading scientists to point out definitive eras in our earth's history.  Now, scientists can...
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Best of 2016 // #95: An End to Poison Ivy?

Finally some good news for anyone who stumbles into a patch of poison ivy, poison oak or sumac: researchers have identified the precise molecule in our skin that plays a role in the inflammation. /READ...
Flossing

Best of 2016 // #96: So Does Flossing Even Work?

It's common knowledge: good hygiene depends on daily brushing and flossing.  In August, however, floss-haters got the news of the century when news broke that there was no scientific evidence to support flossing. /READ MORE// The...
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Best of 2016 // #97: Hitting the High Road

It's the big problem in Urban planning:  public transit vs private transit.  Subways are prohibitively expensive compared with buses, but buses slow down road traffic, getting stuck themselves.  In the city of Qinhuangdao, China,...
New Tree of Life bacteria

Best of 2016 // #98: The New Tree of Life

A small, shallow aquifer under the Colorado River's floodplain doesn't seem like a place to hunt for new forms of life.  It turns out, however, that the area near Rifle, Colorado is teaming with...
Dino Sounds

Best of 2016 // #85: What Did Dinos Sound Like?

Sorry to burst the hollywood bubble:  Dinosaurs did not roar.  They simply we're made for it, anatomically speaking.  However, these great giants also didn't stay silent. /READ MORE// Running with Raptors A study published in June edition...
Portrait of a woman Degas

Best of 2016 // #99: Portrait of the other Woman

Using a particle accelerator, Australian researchers discovered a second, very different face hidden underneath a famous work of art. /READ MORE // Is this a Photo, Render, Painting or What? Researchers threw high-energy X-rays at "Portrait of...
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Best of 2016 // #100: Breakthrough Starshot

2016 may well be remembered as a breakthrough year for stargazers.  On April 12, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner unveiled Breakthrough Starshot, a mission to send a swarm of robotic space probes to Alpha Centauri, our...

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