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Our Atmosphere Is Leaking Oxygen and Scientists Don’t Know Why

It’s nothing to lose sleep over—really, I promise—but Earth’s atmosphere is leaking oxygen. Atmospheric oxygen levels have dropped by 0.7 per cent over the past 800,000 years, and while scientists aren’t sure why, they’re rather excited about it. Read More >>

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This Atmospheric Time Capsule Could Change Earth’s History

Buried inside ancient grains of rock salt, a team of geologists has discovered traces of a breathable, animal-friendly atmosphere. If confirmed, the finding will push back the rise of oxygen on Earth hundreds of millions of years, raising new questions about the evolution of complex life both here and beyond our solar system. Read More >>

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Why You Should Always Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

"I don’t want to die.” That’s what Destin from Smarter Every Day says as his oxygen level drops dangerously low, and yet he’s completely unable to put his oxygen mask back on because his brain isn’t functioning properly. Read More >>

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Ancient Mars Was Even More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

New findings from NASA’s Curiosity Rover provide evidence that significant amounts of oxygen once permeated the atmosphere of ancient Mars. The Red Planet, it would seem, was more Earth-like than we thought. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Discovered the Origins of Oxygen in the Universe

A team of researchers just confirmed the presence of oxygen in a galaxy 13.1 billion light years away—the furthest oxygen has ever been detected. Their findings suggest that this may have been the first oxygen to form in the early universe. Read More >>

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Middle Earth’s High Oxygen Content Allows For Superhero Strider, Says Science

Gather round ye aficionados of Middle Earth lore! Here's something you probably didn't know about the land of Balrogs and Hobbits. A new study has been conducted into the oxygen content of Middle Earth and the impact that it has on the abilities of its inhabitants. Read More >>

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A Spoonful of This New Material Can Suck-Up a Whole Roomful of Oxygen

A team of scientists in Denmark has invented a crystalline material that can absorb oxygen with astounding efficiency. How astounding? Well, a single spoonful of the stuff can suck all of the oxygen out of a room. The best part is that it can release it again with just a little bit of heat. Say goodbye to bulky oxygen tanks. Read More >>

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Using Plasma to Clean Glass is Amazingly, Hilariously, Roundabout

So there are various window cleaning supplies on offer at your nearest supermarket, but if that's feeling too cleaning product-y for you, or whatever, be aware that you can also clean glass with pure oxygen plasma. Sure. Read More >>

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What Would Happen If the World Lost Oxygen for 5 Seconds?

Sure, our supervillains are more of the geopolitical type, but it's inevitable that some day a mad scientist will come along with an oxygen-stealing ray. And when he does, as this Buzzfeed video—based on an imaginative Quora thread—points out, we're all in a whole lotta trouble. Read More >>

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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore. It's one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year. Read More >>