Михаил Беликов

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Science Behind the "Global Warming Pause"

The ocean appears to be absorbing excess heat.<p>Although global temperatures have been rising over the past century, a slowdown in the rate of warming in the past few years has left some scratching their heads over a seeming "global warming pause."<p>The suggestion that global warming has stopped is …

Is your smartphone ruining your sleep?

New technology such as smartphones and tablets could be affecting how much sleep people get, a survey suggests.<p>More than three quarters of those surveyed use devices with screens before going to sleep. The blue light they emit disrupts the body's natural processes.<p>Professor Richard Wiseman, a …

Emerging Technology

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

Chickens and Dogs and Bears, Oh My (DNA)

Wildlife<p>Why did the chicken cross the road? We may never know. But since it did, and it carried its DNA, we can now say something about both chicken and human migration. Yes, using DNA to trace migration and history is not limited to just humans.<p>A new paper on polar and brown bear DNA suggests that …

California Snowpack Measure Could Reveal Future of Drought

Surveyors will ski into the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday to gauge prospects for water runoff this spring.<p>Surveyors will ski into the Sierra Nevada mountains Tuesday to perform what has become an anxiously watched rite of spring in drought-stricken California: measuring snow to determine how much water …

Air Pollution Now Top Environmental Health Risk

Changing Planet<p>New analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) links exposure to air pollution to roughly 7 million deaths annually. The report confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest environmental health risk. It estimates 4.3 million people died in 2012—mainly due to cooking …

Incredibly Rare Tornado Sighting Over Lake Kariba

Wildlife<p><b>It was late afternoon on Lake Kariba, when the thunderclouds started forming like ominous grey monsters on the horizon.</b><p>We were relaxing on the Matusadona safari cruiser, photographing a fish eagle perched on a dead stump, with the amazing colours of the bird glowing in the soft afternoon …