Author Archives: Cody Cottier
What Is Cold Fusion? Is It Possible?
The search for the long-discredited cold fusion energy source may be catching its second wind, though questions remain about its legitimacy. Continue reading
How Did the Universe Begin?
How did the universe begin is a question as old as time. Take your pick from these possible theories and you’ll be in good company with world-renowned physicists. Continue reading
Serial Killers Have Rapidly Declined Since The 1980s
Since a dramatic peak in the 1980s, serial killers in the U.S. like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer have been in decline for three decades. Experts have a few theories that can help explain why. Continue reading
The Search for the Perfect Periodic Table
Chemistry’s eye-catching arrangement of elements has undergone many changes since its inception in the mid 1800s. To this day, scientists seek to improve it. Continue reading
Russian Invasion Imperils Ukrainian Heritage
Many of Ukraine’s cherished cultural sites and artifacts are already lost. Continue reading
Denmark is Building an ‘Energy Island’
In the middle of the North Sea, the country plans to erect a power plant that will distribute wind energy far and wide across Europe. Continue reading
Smells Are Going Extinct, So Researchers Are Working to Preserve Them
A growing field of scent researchers is trying to preserve the world as it appears to the nose, and even recreating odors that once existed in the past. Continue reading
A Major Time Travel Perk May Be Technically Impossible
We could, in theory, go back in time. But no matter what we do, the past will likely always lead to the same future. Continue reading
This Senolytic Antibody Drug Could Combat Aging, and the Diseases It Brings
Dubbed an ‘intelligent bomb,’ this biotechnology marks an advance in senolytics, which aims to remove harmful, zombie-like cells from the body. Continue reading
Titan-in-a-Test-Tube: Earthbound Chemists Search for Alien Life
Researchers simulated the conditions on Saturn’s largest moon to see how matter there might come alive. Continue reading
How the Alphabet Came to Be
The world’s ABCs can be traced back to a handy linguistic innovation by the Semites in ancient Egypt. Continue reading
The First ‘Space Hotel’ Plans to Open in 2027
How one aerospace company is preparing for the advent of tourism in outer space. Continue reading
Heat and Humidity Are Already Outpacing Human Tolerance
There’s an upper limit to the temperatures we’re built to endure, and climate change will expose more and more people to it. Continue reading
Will Climate Change Force Humans to Relocate?
Around the world, climate change will force people to migrate to more livable locales. But no one knows exactly how many will be displaced. Continue reading
The Truth About Truth Serum
It doesn’t actually exist, but plenty of drugs are purported to ferret out the facts. These methods, sometimes used in law enforcement, raise scientific and ethical questions. Continue reading
What if We Aren’t the First Advanced Civilization on Earth?
If our planet hosted an industrial species before humans, the Silurian hypothesis asks, how would we know? Continue reading
Experts Are Worried About “Deepfake Geography”
Researchers plea that we brush up on our data literacy, warning that phony satellite imagery could become a common and dangerous mode of disinformation. Continue reading
Could Misbehaving Muons Upend the Known Laws of Physics?
A tiny particle’s unexpected magnetism is shaking up what physicists thought they knew about the universe. Continue reading
A History of Bathing: It Hasn’t Always Been About Hygiene
Despite its modern link to physical cleanliness, our forebears dipped themselves in water — or refused to — for many different reasons. Continue reading
How Flowering Plants Conquered the World
Scientists still strain to make sense of angiosperms’ widespread success, which Darwin called an “abominable mystery.” Continue reading
Beyond COVID, the Future of mRNA Is Bright
Scientists say the technology behind the COVID-19 vaccines could change medicine and lead to new treatments against diseases like malaria, cancer and HIV. Continue reading
Pandemic Plastic Is Flooding the Oceans
Experts say face masks and other pollution related to COVID-19 measures are stressing the marine environment. Continue reading
Who Was the First Scientist?
Contenders for the title stretch back through the Enlightenment and the Renaissance to Ancient Greece. Continue reading
What Shape Is the Universe?
As far as cosmologists can tell, space is almost perfectly flat. But what does this mean? Continue reading
What Is the Scientific Method and How Did It Shape Science?
How careful observation, strict reasoning and clever hypotheses guided the great human endeavor of science. Continue reading
Why Do Men Have Nipples?
Anatomical development is well underway before sex determination in an embryo. And, according to evolutionary theory, the better question may be: Why not? Continue reading
Why Is January 1 the Beginning of a New Year?
You can thank Julius Caesar, Pope Gregory XIII and 2,000 years of calendar controversy for our New Year’s date and calendar system. Some cultures only recently adopted it. Continue reading
Cooked Veggies Are Often More Nutritious Than Raw. Here’s Why
Though uncooked foods have their advantages, high temperatures usually enhance them. Continue reading
Why Bats Are Breeding Grounds for Deadly Diseases Like Ebola and SARS
Bats are the source of more dangerous viruses than any other mammal. Evolutionary tricks and fierce immune systems make them the perfect hosts. Continue reading
Your Fat Cells Never Disappear — Making Future Weight Gain More Likely
Like it or not, our fat cells are with us for life — even if we lose weight. Continue reading