So I've been thinking about making a thread like this for a while but never really got down to it. The idea is that every week I will post some new scientific discovery that I think is cool and I'll say a little about why I like it (or not), etc. Of course, everyone is welcome to join in, comment, post their own news story, whatever. In order to keep the thread going and relatively up to date however, I just wanted to put it out there that once a week there will be a new discovery put on here (lets hope I can adhere to my own rules). That being said, here is the first story of this series: http://www.voanews.com/english/news...-Reach-Ancient-Antarctica-Lake-138932989.html If you're too lazy to click on the above link this is not the thread for you, but I'll recap it a bit anyway . Russian scientists have been drilling a really long-ass ice core into the Antartic in order to reach a sub-glacial lake that has never seen the light of day. Without contaminating it, they plan to extract some of the water and examine it in order to find out about the life forms that live in it that of course would be very different from the life forms that currently exist on the surface, being that they are not exposed to the atmosphere or to sunlight. This is particularly interesting because sub-glacial lakes like this exist on other planets, most notably Jupiters moon Europa. Ultimately, the lake could give clues as to the very origins of life on our planet and how life could form on other planets. Thrilling stuff right? I chose this article because (a) its a huge feat of engineering first off and (b) it holds huge potential not only for us understanding more about climate and how life began on Earth but it could also hold clues to life on other planets which is something we've been searching for, for decades. What I do find a tad sad about it is that it was not an international expedition and as such, could stir up some old rivalries and bad sentiment between the US and Russia especially (given that there is a US expedition to another sub-glacial lake). It sounds a little bit as if it was a race, and while thats all well and good at the end of the day I don't think its healthy and could very well undermine the scientific value of the expedition. Especially if, due to the rush, someone messes up and contaminates the water, which would render the whole thing null and void. To close, I think a very interesting article recording the finds of these Russian scientists will come out in the next 5 years so be on the lookout! (I kid). ----------- As of 2017-02-20 Renamed thread because I want the freedom to post things about science that aren't necessarily new or recent discoveries. Welcome to all who want to philosophize about the state of science in the world today, alternative facts, climate change, the birth of science as we know it during the Enlightenment, what the hell is peer review anyway, do we need philosophy of science, etc. Also, because I want to open the discussion up to more light-hearted topics such as science comics (xkcd anyone?) and science in the media. This might make it a bit easier to update this thread on a semi-regular basis (don't hold your breath though).