India Takes First Step to Sending Astronaut to Space

The Wall Street Journal, December 18

It’s been a pretty amazing year for India’s space agency: reaching Mars orbit at first attempt and on a tight budget then clubbing together with the United States for future explorations of the Red planet. On Thursday morning the Indian Space Research Organization wrapped up 2014 with the successful […]

Rosetta results: Comets ‘did not bring water to Earth’

BBC, By Rebecca Morelle, December 10

Scientists have dealt a blow to the theory that most water on Earth came from comets.

Results from Europe’s Rosetta mission, which made history by landing on Comet 67P in November, shows the water on the icy mass is unlike that on our planet. The results are published in […]

‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

New York Times, By Gardiner Harris, December 3

Amravati, India — A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no longer work.

These infants are born with bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics, […]

No Language Instinct?

For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong.

Aeon Magazine, by Vyvyan Evans, December 4

Imagine you’re a traveller in a strange land. A local approaches you and starts jabbering away in an unfamiliar language. He seems earnest, and is pointing off somewhere. But you […]

Crew Capsule Set to Launch to Apollo-Era Distances for First Time in 42 Years

The Orion spacecraft could eventually take astronauts to an asteroid or Mars.

Scientific American, By Clara Moskowitz, December 3

Cape Canaveral, FL – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here has been relatively quiet since the space shuttles retired three years ago. But now the site is bustling with media, top NASA officials are traveling to Florida, […]

CSIRO to lose ‘one-fifth of staff’

THE national science agency will have lost over one-fifth of its workforce by June, staff claim, following two years of cost-cutting by both political parties.

The Australian, November 26

A new analysis has found that CSIRO will lose almost 800 jobs this financial year, roughly doubling the cuts announced this week by the ABC.

The […]

Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

EurekAlert, November 17

Ithaca, NY – Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger […]

Study: Male chimps who bully females are more likely to father offspring

Science Recorder, November 15

When it comes to chimpanzees, it doesn’t pay to be a gentleman, a new study has found.

The study, published in Current Biology, finds that chimpanzee males who violently attack females, often leaving serious wounds, are usually more successful in breeding, according to an Arizona State University report.

The researchers noticed […]

Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other’s sonar while bug hunting

Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other’s sonar while bug hunting

Reuters, By Will Dunham, November 8

All’s fair in love and war – and also in mid-air bug hunting, if you’re a bat.

Scientists studying a common species of these flying mammals found that the bats, while competing for the juicy insects they call dinner, […]

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

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 […]

Wednesday morning’s lunar eclipse…

(Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

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Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

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 […]

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

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 […]

Wildlife populations fall by half in 40 years

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 […]

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

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 […]

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