Scientists find a low-cost way to build genomes from scratch

To put it mildly, sequencing and building a genome from scratch isn't cheap. It's sometimes affordable for human genomes, but it's often prohibitively expensive (hundreds of thousands of dollars) whenever you're charting new territory — say, a speci…

Dwarf star’s atmosphere holds the ingredients for life

One of the biggest questions in the search for life in the universe is a simple one: how common are the ingredients needed to make life-giving planets? They might be more widespread than you think. Astronomers have discovered that a white dwarf sta…

‘Coloring Book’ is the first streaming-only album up for a Grammy

Meghan Trainor announced the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards on Monday night. Beyonce, deservedly, is leading the field with 9 nominations followed closely by Drake, Rhianna and Kanye West who all have 8 apiece. But more surprising is the cate…

New data suggests Mars had lakes that could have supported life

If you asked most star-gazers about water on Mars a month ago, you'd likely be told there is evidence for liquid H2O in the past, but it's probably long gone. How things can change. First was the big announcement that liquid water is still present (i…

Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life

It's very poetic to talk about a tree of life, where every species can trace its roots, but actually illustrating this tree is no mean feat when Earth has been home to at least 2.3 million known species. However, scientists have finally given it a…

This Guy’s Periscoping A Marathon From His Wheelchair

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 2.23.44 PM The great part about livestreaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat is that we get to see things that we rarely (or never) get to see from a completely new perspective. Today is one of those days, as well-known wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley is ‘scopin his race from a mounted phone on his wheelchair in Australia. Check out this perspective: Absolutely inspiring. LIVE on #Periscope:… Read More