New Subatomic Particles Are Shifting the Standard Model of Physics

From Seeker. The Large Hadron Collider just discovered a new pentaquark, but how does it fit in our current understanding of the Standard Model? Could Everything We Know About String Theory Be Wrong? – https://youtu.be/gVcwcaI_viQ Read More: LHCb experiment discovers a new pentaquark https://home.cern/news/news/physics/lhcb-experiment-discovers-new-pentaquark “The analysis presented today at the Rencontres de Moriond quantum chromodynamics…

What Does Lyme Disease Do To Your Body?

From Seeker. What exactly is the connection between a tick bite and lyme disease? While we’re not sure exactly where and when the disease originated, we do know a lot about how it works, its signs, its symptoms in humans and dogs, how it’s spread and its treatment. ____________________ SICK is a new series that…

How Close Are We to Zero-Emissions Electricity?

From Seeker. We know that tackling climate change will take quick and drastic action. Could modernizing our power grid be the key? How Close Are We? Season 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypm4QcOOqXQ&list=PL6uC-XGZC7X56r8MGLS5rqsr5glQnMdAC Read More: The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/08/world-has-only-years-get-climate-change-under-control-un-scientists-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.07453e7912f4 “The world stands on the brink…

What Happens If Earth Loses Its Clouds?

From Seeker. Clouds are essential to regulating Earth’s temperature, but what happens if they disappear? Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic – https://youtu.be/teZk3NLU_7M Read More: A World Without Clouds https://www.quantamagazine.org/cloud-loss-could-add-8-degrees-to-global-warming-20190225/ “To imagine 12 degrees of warming, think of crocodiles swimming in the Arctic and of the scorched, mostly lifeless equatorial…

How Close Are We to a Self-Driving World?

From Seeker. Self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we travel, giving us more time to work, play, learn, and relax on the road. But when it comes to making them a reality, cutting-edge technology is only the tip of the iceberg. So, how close are we ditching driving? How Close Are We to Finding Dark…

This Lab-Grown Brain Made a Muscle TWITCH, Here’s How

From Seeker. Growing brains can be a tricky process, but growing ones that can make muscles move? That’s an incredible feat. Here’s how scientists did it. How Close Are We to Farming Human Body Parts? – https://youtu.be/oRHxX9OW9ow Read More: Cerebral organoids at the air-liquid interface generate nerve tracts with functional output https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/cerebral-organoids-at-the-air-liquid-interface-generate-nerve-tracts-with-functional-output/ “The capacity for…

Why Don’t We Have Functional Biofuel Yet?

From Seeker. Alternative fuels, like ethanol and algae, have been around for years, yet there have been obstacles hindering these biofuels’ take over the market. Here’s why. Are We Getting Closer to Thorium Nuclear Fuel? – https://youtu.be/bcjYwxrUERg Read More: Biofuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel Explained https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.php?page=biofuel_home “Nearly all of the gasoline now sold in the United…

How Close Are We to Finding Dark Matter?

From Seeker. For decades, scientists have been working to find the missing part of our universe known as dark matter. So, how close are we to finding it? How Close Are We? Season 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW_YCWLyv6A&list=PL6uC-XGZC7X4X5RRtme4oR1OOkjViKo8M Thumbnail image courtesy of SNOLAB. Read More: Dark matter secrets could lie buried in ancient rocks on Earth https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132200-100-dark-matter-secrets-could-lie-buried-in-ancient-rocks-on-earth/…

A Dead Satellite Is Unlocking the Secrets Lurking Beneath Antarctica

From Seeker. A hypothetical ocean model called a “geoid” is helping us uncover the hidden gravity points underneath our landmasses; including the ever mysterious Antarctica. A New State of Water Reveals a Hidden Ocean in Earth’s Mantle – https://youtu.be/pgm4z8vJVVk Read More: Earth tectonics as seen by GOCE – Enhanced satellite gravity gradient imaging https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-34733-9#Sec5 ”…

How Your Invisible Exposome Cloud Could Be Messing With Your Health

From Seeker. Microscopic bits can hitch a ride on your clothes, find their way into your body, and impact your personal health. They’re part of your exposome—and everyone has one. Watch more Focal Point! | https://bit.ly/2CgWj2U Read More: Take a Deep Breath and Say Hi to Your Exposome https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/take-a-deep-breath-and-say-hi-to-your-exposome/ “In the past few decades, researchers…

Could Black Holes Made of Light Power Our Spaceships?

From Seeker. What exactly would it take to create our very own Swartzchild Kugelblitz? Could a Dyson Sphere Harness the Full Power of the Sun? – https://youtu.be/jOHMQbffrt4 Read More: Kugelblitz! Powering a Starship With a Black Hole https://www.space.com/24306-interstellar-flight-black-hole-power.html “Interstellar flight certainly ranks among the most daunting challenges ever postulated by human civilization. The distances to…