Continents Are Cracking, What Will They Look Like in the Future?

You’re probably too young to remember, but at one point, almost all the Earth’s landmass was clumped into one gigantic supercontinent called Pangea. Land was like you and your friends from high school: one tightly knit bunch. But then you graduate, people move away, you lose touch, and suddenly it’s 250 million years later and […]

The Dark Energy Survey Revealed New Origins of Stars in Our Galaxy

For years now, astronomers have been looking at the sky to try and find dark energy — energy that mathematically should exist, but that we’re not sure how to detect, or where to find. To detect the undetectable, scientists build increasingly sensitive telescopes and point them at the sky to do a survey. And one […]

Atoms From Nuclear Explosions Are Embedded in Your Brain, But You’re Fine

Nuclear bombs are the most destructive weapons humanity has ever devised, but they have an unexpected upside. Thanks to their development and testing, they’ve contributed to some surprising advances in other scientific fields like neuroscience and climatology. You may wonder what neuroscience has to do with nuclear weapons, and to understand the connection, you need […]

‘Dark DNA’ Is the Latest Mystery in the World of Genetics… But What Is It?

Dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries of astronomy today. There’s tons of evidence that it’s there, but try as we might we haven’t been able to find it. In biology there’s a similar problem: dark DNA. When scientists were exploring the sequenced genomes of certain birds and rodents they noticed something odd. A […]

This Nuclear Robot Could Tunnel for Alien Life on Europa

Right now, you’re looking at a rendering of a nuclear-powered tunneling robot designed to find life on Europa. Look at that big ol’ alaskan bull worm! At the American Geophysical Union’s conference in December 2018, scientists gathered from around the world to present their concepts for future space missions. There were dragonfly inspired drones for […]

Scientists Accidentally Discovered Quark Fusion, Could It Be the Future of Energy?

What’s ten times stronger than nuclear fusion!!? QUARK FUSION!! The particles that make up the neutrons and protons inside of atoms are known as quarks. And researchers found that when quarks bind together, energy is produced. Scientists have already been smashing together particles at the Large Hadron Collider but that’s been with hydrogen atoms, not […]

These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

I remember watching this video online and being mesmerized. The more liquid they spilled on the items the more I thought “how was this even working?, what’s going on here?” This is a superhydrophobic coating with properties that are seemingly impossible. But this material science field is making some exciting developments with materials that are […]

Cold War Nuclear Fallout Is Still Affecting the Pacific, What Does That Mean for Us?

These nuclear weapon explosions were part of a series of 66 tests by the United States government during the Cold War. The tests were conducted on the Marshall Islands, a remote area of the Pacific Ocean earmarked for unlimited nuclear destruction. These are the islands today, which are mostly abandoned. Though they look like any […]

Why It’s So Hard to Capture CO2 From the Air

The Earth’s climate is shifting, and it’s our fault. Not Seeker, specifically, I mean humans in general. We’re digging up and burning sources of carbon that otherwise would have been locked away within the Earth, adding it to our atmosphere and driving average global temperatures up. So why don’t we take the carbon from the […]

This Superfluid Is Alive, And It Could Power Machines of the Future

Bacteria are everywhere, and they’re incredibly versatile. They can get us sick, they’re essential good guys in our digestive system…and they almost defy the laws of physics to create a fluid that basically could power a perpetual motion machine?? I didn’t see that coming. Ok, some vocab here. For fluids, friction is expressed as viscosity: […]