New York Times, By John Noble Wilford, October 8
There is nothing like a blank stone surface to inspire a widely shared urge to make art.
A team of researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi may be [...]
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Climate Central, By John Upton, October 5
The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off [...]
Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska.
AP, September 30
Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska.
An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about five miles north of [...]
World Wildlife Fund blames human threats to nature for biggest share of decline, particularly in tropical regions.
Al Jazeera, September 30
The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the biggest [...]
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, September 18
The world’s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there [...]
The Guardian, By Ian Sample, September 18
The nation can hold its head up high. Once again, researchers in Britain have been honoured with that most coveted of scientific awards, the Ig Nobel prize.
Not to be confused with the more prestigious – and lucrative – prizes doled out from Stockholm next month, the Ig [...]
Al Jazeera, By Wilson Dizard, September 17
Politics stink — literally — according to scientists who released a study this week showing that people find the smells of others who share their political viewpoints more viscerally attractive than the odors of their ideological opponents.
The researchers suspect that preferences of this kind stem from evolutionary [...]
Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming.
The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, September 16
Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
The proposed text books – which come [...]
Dreadnoughtus schrani unearthed in Argentina is most complete skeleton of plant-eating titanosaur recovered anywhere in world.
The Guardian, By Ian Sample, September 4
The spectacular remains of one of the largest beasts ever to walk the planet have been unearthed by fossil hunters in southern Patagonia.
The unique haul of bones includes a metre-wide neck [...]
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A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent [...]
PTI/Times of India, June 23
Washington – In a breakthrough, researchers at CERN have found the first evidence for the direct decay of the Higgs boson into fermions — a strong indication that the particle discovered in 2012 is the Higgs boson.
The findings confirm that the bosons decay to fermions — a group of [...]
New York Times, By John Markoff, May 29
Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein’s most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as “spooky action at a distance.”
In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli [...]
New York Times Magazine, By Michael Behar, May 23
One morning in May 1998, Kevin Tracey converted a room in his lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., into a makeshift operating theater and then prepped his patient — a rat — for surgery. A neurosurgeon, and also Feinstein Institute’s president, [...]
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then a trio of physicists said, “We have a simple idea for turning that light into matter” – and they may set off a race to demonstrate an idea first proposed 80 years ago.
Albert Einstein’s most famous equation, E = mc2, [...]