Carl Woese pioneering the use of gene sequencing, discovered a third domain of life, and upended an entire field. But, asNOVA Next contributor Carrie Arnold reports , it would be decades before people believed him.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
Watch rare footage of a male marmoset comforting his dying partner. A new paper says this could be a very real example of animal grief,
says anthropologist Barbara King
- Ravens display a kind of intelligence that only humans can match: a complex awareness of social order outside their own communities.
What’s the pressure inside of
an exploding whale
Lab rats experience more
stress in the presence of men
than of women.
- Check out these deep-sea creatures experiencing bright light (from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer) for the first time.
- This 270-foot-deep, 72-foot-tall sea cave has walls of perfectly hexagonal columns .
- “Quantum information is like the information in a dream ,” says scientist Charles Bennett. “In describing it, you change your memory of it.”
- Erik Weihenmayer is blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from climbing mountains.
- An estimated 75,000 patients with infections picked up in health care facilities die each year . Soon, though, we may be able to manipulate an entire building’s microbiome to prevent such tragedies.
- A graduate student who took a shortcut during a quality control procedure accidentally discovered the first evidence of metabolism occurring outside a cell.
The World Health Organization is saying that “Without urgent action, we are heading for a
- A new study says victims of the 1918 flu may have died because they had antibodies to a different flu strain . Learn why scientists are studying the 1918 flu .
- 50 royal mummies have been discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
- How many people are wrongly convicted of crimes? Researchers do the math .
- “A Rubik’s cube can be twisted and twiddled in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways.” But only one is right .
- The inventor of the treadmill desk talks to NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists about his journey from inactive, serial sitter to anti-obesity crusader.
- Taking a walk can boost your creativity .
- In a small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, a lofty dream could become a towering reality .