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Beautiful Aerial GoPro Footage Captured by Rescued Pelican Learning to Fly

Watch out aerial videographers, you may soon be replaced by birds with cameras. A few weeks ago we shared some great footage captured by a bird who …

What’s happened to Japan’s tsunami debris?

An animation depicts the three-year path across the North Pacific of debris generated by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.<p>The amount of debris in the ocean …

Tsunamis

Sun-dimming volcanoes partly explain global warming hiatus-study

OSLO (Reuters) - Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday.<p>Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi …

Psychedelic patterns created from smoke by American psychologist Mark Scalco - Telegraph

Japan’s ageing population could actually be good news

Is a nation’s destiny set by its fertility rates? The announcement that Japan’s population fell by almost a quarter of a million in 2013 – the fifth …

Last Word Archive | New Scientist

30 May 2018<p>Spiders often fall into empty bathtubs, presumably in search of water. What are their chances of survival if they get washed down the …

Cutting sugar is a different challenge to slashing salt

A war on sugar has begun in the UK that echoes the nation’s successful crusade against salt. The effort is welcome because it could help to reduce …

Recycled wombs could nurture child and grandchild

Uterus transplants are go. A Swedish surgeon who successfully transplanted wombs into nine women is now helping some of them get pregnant via IVF.<p>“We …

McMath and Muñoz cases challenge definition of death

Tragic situations can require tragic choices. That concept, proposed by US legal scholars Guido Calabresi and Philip Bobbitt in the 1970s, readily …

Volcanic mayhem drove major burst of evolution

OUR planet is home to a glorious variety of animals, but it might not have been. Were it not for the birth pangs of a mega-continent, the evolution …

Devastating El Niño events to double this century

Extreme El Niño events, that can kill tens of thousands of people, will be twice as common this century because of climate change. The finding adds …

Science ‘wrong’ in EU’s proposed e-cigarette law

Fifteen prominent scientists who have investigated the health consequences of electronic cigarettes have accused European Union regulators of …

Latest European climate targets may never be met

Europe has proposed fresh targets for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. But officials baulked at imposing national targets …

Giant leaps of evolution make cancer cells deadly

HOW does cancer do it? How does one little cell transform itself into an invader that rages out of control? Surprisingly abruptly, according to new …

Sugar on trial: What you really need to know

IMAGINE you are sitting at a table with a bag of sugar, a teaspoon and a glass of water. You open the bag and add a spoonful of sugar to the water. …

Hundred Years of Dry: How California's Drought Could Get Much, Much Worse

As he gave his State of the State speech yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown had reason to feel pretty good. The 75-year-old governor has helped …

Why Some Mushrooms May Be Magic for Climate Change

Fungi don’t get the respect they deserve. Maybe that’s because they do most of their work in the dark, beneath the ground or on dead matter, or …

Vaccinations have prevented at least 103 million cases of contagious disease since 1924

Vaccinations have been credited with some of humanity's greatest technological triumphs over disease, including drastically reducing polio around the globe and almost eliminating smallpox entirely. But how many people have been spared life-threatening infections thanks to the introduction of …

What's In It For U.S. To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

The United Nations negotiations in Warsaw over a climate treaty are moving at glacial speed — and that's in part because there's a fundamental problem.<p>In the coming decades, carbon dioxide emissions from China, India and other rapidly developing countries are expected to grow quickly. Residents …

Admit it: we can’t measure our ecological footprint

HAVE you heard the one about the 1.5 Earths? Chances are you have: it is one of the most widely quoted ecological statistics of all, an …

A Map Of Winds All Over The World

See high-speed winds and cyclones over the sea.<p>Aeolus, is that you? This is a map of winds on Earth, created from a mathematical model made by NASA. Scientists ran a complete simulation using the model, representing the movement of winds and other atmospheric phenomena on Earth from May 2005 to May …

Space Travel

HPV might be responsible for soaring rates of head and neck cancers

It's long been clear that human papillomavirus, or HPV, increases one's risk of developing cervical or some genital cancers. But data collected and analyzed in recent years is suggesting that the virus may also be to blame for a striking rise in cancers of the head and neck — a connection that's …

The Week in Plagues: A World Without Antibiotics, Why You're Not Drowning in Poop, and More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this week. There were some great longreads, so I hope you have time this weekend to dig in. Did I miss anything big? Add it in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news</b><p>The World Health Organization has confirmed that the polio …

Princeton University

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology