Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments

More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. Radioactivity at these sites is 650 times higher than at unaffected sites upstream. The contamination comes from conventional,… Read More

Thanks for the memory: Taking a deep look at memristors

Scientists have now unveiled the long-mysterious inner workings of these semiconductor elements, which can act like the short-term memory of nerve cells. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 12:37 pm Support Us

Cystic fibrosis bacterial burden begins during first years of life

Cystic fibrosis shortens life by making the lungs prone to repeated bacterial infections and inflammation. Researchers have now shown for the first time that the lungs’ bacterial population changes in the first few years of life as respiratory infections and inflammation set in. This research offers a way to predict the onset of lung disease… Read More

New metal-semiconductor interface for brain-inspired computing

One of the big challenges in computer architecture is integrating storage, memory and processing in one unit. This would make computers faster and more energy efficient. Physicists have taken a big step towards this goal by combining a niobium doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3) semiconductor with ferromagnetic cobalt. At the interface, this creates a spin-memristor with… Read More

Making fuel cells for a fraction of the cost

Researchers now describe the development of an inexpensive, efficient catalyst material for a type of fuel cell called a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, which turns the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity and is among the most promising fuel cell types to power cars and electronics. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018… Read More

Epilepsy linked to brain volume and thickness differences

Epilepsy is associated with thickness and volume differences in the grey matter of several brain regions, according to new research. The largest-ever neuroimaging study of people with epilepsy, shows that epilepsy involves more widespread physical differences than previously assumed, even in types of epilepsy that are typically considered to be more benign if seizures are… Read More

Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood

Alcohol is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths. Results of a large long-term study in Sweden have confirmed that drinking during late adolescence could be the first step towards liver problems in adulthood and that guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards. Full Story Here Science… Read More

Virus shown to be likely cause of mystery polio-like illness

A major review has identified strong evidence that a virus called Enterovirus D68 is the cause of a mystery polio-like illness that has paralyzed children in the US, Canada and Europe. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 12:24 pm Support Us

Mexico looks abroad for examples of peace processes to end drug violence

In attempts to curb drug violence and rampant murder rates, Mexican politicians are seeking new paths to peace. Countries with violent histories, such as Colombia and South Africa, are being viewed as models to learn from. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 12:18 pm Support Us

A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process

Researchers have resolved one of the great unknowns in bone self-repair: how the cells responsible for forming new bone tissue are called into action. Their work reveals the role of an electromechanical phenomenon at the nanoscale, flexoelectricity, as a possible mechanism for stimulating the cell response and guiding it throughout the fracture repair process. Full… Read More

Bio-renewable process could help ‘green’ plastic

Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To change that, scientists are trying to take the pliable nature of plastic in another direction, developing new and renewable ways of creating plastics from biomass. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 12:07 pm Support… Read More

A survival lesson from bats: Eating variety keeps species multiplying

A new study reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more new species in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 11:54 am Support Us

Abundance and the global economy

A Christian Science perspective: God is constantly communicating the ideas we need to express His intelligence, love, and goodness in serving others and seeing our own needs met. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 11:48 am Support Us

Can being too social take years off your life?

Large ground squirrels called yellow-bellied marmots live much longer, on average, if they are less social and more isolated than if they are more social and less isolated, a long-term study has found. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 11:44 am Support Us

Piecework at the nano assembly line

Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 11:44 am Support Us

City lights setting traps for migrating birds

A new study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. The researchers were interested in seeing what factors shape the birds’ distributions and why they occur… Read More

What makes immigration deals so hard

Increased partisanship and decreased trust among lawmakers have made reforming immigration harder than ever – even as pressure to fix the problems in the system has grown. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 11:33 am Support Us

The human body’s golden gate to iron traffic

New findings could change how iron metabolism in the human body is understood, and open new horizons for research and therapeutics for inflammatory diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Full Story Here Science Daily January 22, 2018 11:24 am Support Us

How plants see light

The proteins PCH1 and PCHL help plants adapt to their surroundings. Plants react sensitively to changes in their surroundings and possess the ability to adapt to them. They use the photoreceptor protein phytochrome B to see light and then regulate processes such as seed germination, seedling development, longitudinal growth and flower formation. Full Story Here… Read More

Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

The Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from Feb. 9-25. South Korea’s government has trumpeted the Games as an opportunity to improve relations with its northern neighbor. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 11:03 am Support Us

Why fixing US infrastructure matters: $9 per household per day

The average household would save $9.31 a day by 2025, by one estimate, if the federal government fixed deteriorating roads, public transit, and other infrastructure. But as President Trump prepares a $1 trillion package to address the need, there are big divisions over how to fund it. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:33… Read More

Romanian Roma use theater to address bigotry

A feminist Roma theater company is staging plays to highlight the racism and sexism that Roma women are subjected to in Romania. The group uses art to raise awareness of the social issues facing marginalized Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Europe. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:22 am Support Us

#MeTooK12: New campaign raises awareness about rights at school

Launched this month, #MeTooK12 aims to broaden the discussion about sexual harassment and violence to include elementary, middle, and high schools. Enforcement of Title IX at that level needs a major boost, students and advocates say. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:17 am Support Us

Italy’s migrants teach themselves to stand up for themselves

Migrants and refugees living in the region around Caserta are vulnerable to being exploited, including by the mafia. But they’re growing increasingly aware of their rights and their power to help each other fight for fair treatment. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:17 am Support Us

Chilean protests, threats ‘unprecedented’ for papal visit

Pope Francis faced an unusually high level of hostility on his visit to Chile with protestors burning at least 11 churches and leaving threatening pamphlets directed at the pope. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:17 am Support Us

Reducing drunken-driving tragedies

A new study suggests tougher laws will work and a new task force points to higher taxes that change behavior. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:17 am Support Us

Mattis visit highlights shift in US-Vietnam relations

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit to Vietnam comes days before the 50th anniversary of a key Vietnam War battle. The former enemies have gradually developed closer ties as the United States seeks to address China’s growing military power. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:09 am Support Us

Rohingya refugees find their voice in demands to Myanmar

Citizenship, return of land, and justice are just some of the things being petitioned by Rohingya refugee leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp. Representing 40 villages, Rohingya elders are heading the effort to have their demands met by Myanmar ahead of the repatriation process.  Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:09 am Support… Read More

EU reform effort reopens eurozone divide in Central Europe

As Germany and France push for reform in the European Union, Central European countries say joining the eurozone will limit their autonomy, while supporters of European integration say they risk being left behind. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:09 am Support Us

Apple to build new campus with tax break funds

Apple will construct a new campus using cash the company plans to bring back from overseas, taking advantage of a provision included in the recent overhaul of the US tax code.  Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:03 am Support Us

Indigenous Peruvians seek help from Pope Francis to regain access to Incan temple

The most sacred temple in the Incan Empire came under Catholic control in the 16th century. The groups are appealing to Pope Francis, seen by many as sympathetic to the plight of indigenous people, for increased access the temple’s ruins in Cuzco, Peru.  Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:03 am Support Us

How can China grow?

Sitting on a park bench in Beijing, moved to tears by the memories that came flooding back to her as she watched an amateur opera, our reporter saw other core values expressed by a gentleman who sat next to her: harmony, civility, friendship. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:03 am Support Us

In shutdown showdown, a crucial question: Who will get the blame?

With Friday’s deadline looming to avert a government shutdown, some observers see a twist to what is typically a party-line battle. Some Republicans and Democrats say they are tired of short-term funding of government – with its patches, unpredictability, and the toll that takes. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 10:03 am Support… Read More

Meaningful giving

A Christian Science perspective: As the reflection of God, infinite Love, everyone has something meaningful to give – we’re never left without love to express. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 9:48 am Support Us

New Trump office would protect doctors with conscientious objections

Medical providers who object to performing abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds have gained new support. Conservatives say that the office will help maintain balance in the health care system, while opponents say it will lead to discrimination.  Full Story Here CS Monitor January 22, 2018 9:48 am Support Us

“Dark Matter” DNA Influences Brain Development

Researchers are finally figuring out the purpose behind some genome sequences that are nearly identical across vertebrates — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 22, 2018 9:03 am Support Us

When Scientists Preach to the Choir

It doesn’t directly change the minds of those who mistrust science, but the indirect effect can be powerful — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 22, 2018 5:33 am Support Us

Is the Golden Age of Astronomy Nearly Over?

The high cost of “flagship” missions like the James Webb Space Telescope are keeping other crucial missions stuck on the drawing boards — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 22, 2018 5:03 am Support Us

How to Hack an Intelligent Machine

AI scientists try to trick smart systems into making dumb gaffes — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 22, 2018 4:48 am Support Us

Okay, So Some Dogs Eat Poop

Study provides new information about what’s going on — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 21, 2018 11:33 am Support Us

Using Pop Culture to Practice Productive Disagreement

From supervillains to Sunday book club, books and movies provide low-stakes chances to build the constructive conversational skills we need for more important debates later on. — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 21, 2018 10:03 am Support Us

Raptors Once More (Raptors, Part 2)

In which we look at the remaining (accipitriform) raptors… — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 21, 2018 7:18 am Support Us

The Medusaceratops Mystery

Old bones raise new questions about an enigmatic horned dinosaur — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 20, 2018 1:18 pm Support Us

The Infinite Optimism of Physicist David Deutsch

The quantum theorist thinks we’ll solve war, global warming and consciousness—and that will be just the beginning — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 20, 2018 10:17 am Support Us

Illusions from the National Archives in New York City

National Archives of New York City archivist Christopher Zarr reveals how deeply the art form of camouflage was pursued 100 years ago during World War I — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 20, 2018 7:18 am Support Us

5 Body Hacks to Instantly Calm Overwhelming Emotion

Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen breaks the glass on 5 body hacks that pull the plug on overwhelming emotion — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 20, 2018 6:17 am Support Us

Moon’s Tug Doesn’t Cause Big Quakes

An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there’s no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 7:33 pm Support Us

Gone in 2017: 12 Trailblazing Women in STEM

A tribute to a dozen trailblazers who made the world a better place through their discoveries, advancements, and inventions.  — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 11:03 am Support Us

Squirrel Sex Is Complicated

Only 35 Mount Graham squirrels remain in the wild, but five captive squirrels could hold the key to their long-term survival—if we can get them to breed — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 10:03 am Support Us

New Climate Censorship Tracker Comes Online

The project has so far assembled 96 entries of federal restrictions or prohibitions on climate science since November 2016 — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 9:33 am Support Us

Social Media Helps ID Belch Source

Surveillance of Yelp restaurant reviews for terms like vomit led researchers to the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks. Karen Hopkin reports.  — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 9:18 am Support Us

Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic

A better flu vaccine is crucial, but so is a robust seasonal immunization program in all countries — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 8:18 am Support Us

The Data Behind the Women’s Movement

Charts highlight some of the key issues Women’s March activists are fighting for — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 6:03 am Support Us

Does Gender Matter?

The suggestion that women are not advancing in science because of innate inability has been taken seriously by some high-profile academics over the years. Neuroscientist Ben A. Barres, who died in… — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 5:18 am Support Us

I Am a Roboticist in a Cheese Factory

You probably think them AI-driven, autonomous human-like machines, but that’s far too limited a view — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 19, 2018 5:03 am Support Us

Social Media Helps ID Blech Source

Surveillance of Yelp restaurant reviews for terms like vomit led researchers to the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks. Karen Hopkin reports.  — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 18, 2018 7:48 pm Support Us

2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever

The average amount of heat absorbed and trapped in the upper ocean last year was also higher than ever seen before — Read more on Full Story Here Sciam January 18, 2018 2:33 pm Support Us

News at a glance

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The believer

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Mount Etna may not really be a ‘proper’ volcano at all

Mount Etna certainly behaves a lot like a volcano Salvatore Allegra/AP/Rex/Shutterstock By Colin Barras Mount Etna, one of the world’s most famous volcanoes, may be misunderstood. According to one geologist, the material feeding the cone is mostly water, so Etna is effectively a giant hot spring. But other geologists are unconvinced. Mount Etna in Italy… Read More

Blindness treatment will insert algae gene into people’s eyes

Genes from algae could help people to see Batke/Getty By Clare Wilson Smart goggles and gene therapy are about to be tested as a cure for blindness. This is one of the first ever uses in people of optogenetics, a technique that involves changing the DNA of nerve cells so that they can be controlled by… Read More

Copycat justice has turned US counties into execution hotspots

The odds of getting a death sentence aren’t the same in all areas that have the death penalty Andrew Lichtenstein/Polaris/eyevine By Jessica Hamzelou A handful of hotspots carry out a disproportionate number of executions in the US, but these areas don’t tend to have particularly high rates of murder. Instead, human bias seems to have… Read More

The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

The bright Cepheid variable star at the center of the image, RS Puppis, rhythmically brightens and dims NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collab. By Leah Crane The heat death of the universe is coming for us, but we don’t know when. The cosmos is constantly expanding, and the speed of that inflation is measured by a value… Read More

A capsized oil tanker is releasing invisible toxins into the sea

The stricken oil tanker Sanchi has leaked oil condensate into the East China Sea Transport Ministry of China handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Andy Coghlan At least crude oil is visible. Not so the toxic liquid leaking from a capsized oil tanker in the East China Sea. This invisible substance is a lethal threat to marine life. On 6… Read More

If the sea floor is sinking, are we safe from sea level rise?

Meltwater adds to sea level rise Ira Block/National Geographic/Getty By Michael Le Page “We’ve measured sea level rise wrong for 20 years – and it’s higher than previously thought.” Well, no, not really. This is just one of the misleading headlines about the first study to try to work out how much the ocean floor… Read More

Latest measurement of a proton’s mass has got physicists puzzled

The result of a collision between a proton and a photon OMIKRON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Adam Mann Something isn’t measuring up. For the second time, an extremely precise measurement of the proton’s mass is different from its recognised value. “It looks like there is a serious flaw somewhere,” says Sven Sturm at the Max Planck… Read More

Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

The excavation of the Upward Sun River infants Ben Potter By Andy Coghlan She probably died in her first year. But the skeleton of an infant girl who lived in Alaska 11,500 years ago has yielded tantalising new evidence for how and when people first colonised America. It reinforces a long-standing idea that the first… Read More

How besieged ants decide when it’s time to abandon their nests

Alex Wild/ By Joshua Rapp Learn Colonies of turtle ants behave as if they are playing a game of Risk. They spread out their forces to control more resources, but also retreat if their position is not defensible. “They’re sensitive to changes in the environment. They can change the allocation of their defenses in response to that,”… Read More

Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

Levels of air pollution are dangerously high in many UK cities Guy Bell/Alamy Stock Photo Two things are almost certain to happen soon. UK environment secretary Michael Gove, moved to urgent action, will publish a plan to tackle plastic pollution. At about the same time, the annual limits on toxic air will be passed in… Read More

We should teach kids how to use social media, not scare them off

Teach them how to tweet Mixmike/Getty By Nic Fleming Is social media broadening children’s horizons and opening up new opportunities? Or is it undermining their confidence, creativity and attention spans? The minimum official age for use of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat is 13, yet three-quarters of 10- to 12-year-olds in the UK are said… Read More

Fight continues over whether sex addiction is a real thing

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly had therapy for sex addiction Kathy deWitt/Alamy Stock Photo By Clare Wilson If your sex life gets you into trouble, does that make you a sex addict – or just someone who has made some bad choices? The debate over sex addiction has taken a new twist, as guidelines are being… Read More

Freeze-dried valves used in animal heart surgery for first time

Storing valves for longer could lead to a better fit Garo/Phanie/REX/Shutterstock By Jessica Hamzelou Pieces of heart tissue can be freeze-dried and later rehydrated for transplantation, according to research in sheep. The technique could allow donated human tissue to be stored cheaply for years, and enable doctors to choose the perfect transplants “off the shelf”,… Read More

The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention

Not all the universe is in balance NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) By Geraint Lewis Why would cosmologists, philosophers, astronomers and particle physicists gather to talk about symmetry? It sounds odd. But symmetry in a law of nature implies something extremely powerful and beloved of physicists: conservation. It is a difficult concept… Read More

Sex tweets help track spread of sexually transmitted infections

Oversharing on social media? DigitalVision/Getty By Chris Stokel-Walker A lot of sexual tweets in your area? Local syphilis rates could be on the rise. Oversharing on social media may be annoying, but it could predict the next outbreak of sexually transmitted disease. Sean Young at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues analysed… Read More

With political will, we can solve the global vision crisis

Eye surgeon Andrew Bastawrous examines a patient using an adapted smartphone IF YOU are among the estimated one-in-four people with eyeballs that are the wrong shape, try to imagine life without glasses or contact lenses. In the UK, that would mean roughly 10 million people with eyesight too poor to drive legally or read a… Read More

How to protect yourself from the Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Hackers get a new tool Sergei Konkov/Tass/Getty By Leah Crane Thanks to an enormous security flaw, almost all the computer processors in the world are vulnerable to attack. Problems with processors built by Intel, AMD, and ARM are letting attackers access areas of your computer’s memory that ought to be secure. Fixing this problem could… Read More

Hormone replacement therapy may prevent depression in menopause

A way to prevent depression? Phanie / Alamy By New Scientist staff and Press Association Hormone replacement therapy seems to prevent depression in women going through the menopause. A study of 172 women without depression and aged between 45 and 60 has found that a year of HRT treatment can help stop symptoms of depression… Read More

AI listens in on emergency calls to diagnose cardiac arrest

Diagnosing cardiac arrest quickly is vital VM/Getty By Timothy Revell IF YOU dial the emergency services in Denmark, soon you won’t just get a human operator –an artificially intelligent assistant will be listening in too. Developed by start-up Corti, the system kicks into action when someone dials 112 in Copenhagen, then it starts listening for… Read More

Survey reveals extreme gender bias plagues STEM – it must change

A fifth of women in STEM jobs in the US have been sexually harassed at work Jason Butcher/Getty By Lara Williams It seems no matter where you look, claims of gender discrimination at work can be found. Hollywood. The BBC. Google. The latest addition to a depressing stream of reports of such bias in many… Read More

Extreme weather in US and Australia may be due to climate change

Getty Images 2018 is barely a week old, but it has already brought some stunning weather extremes. Australia has experienced a heatwave, with thermometers hitting 47.3 °C in Sydney on 6 January. To stay cool, New Scientist’s local reporter Alice Klein says she had to sleep under a wet towel cuddling a bag of ice.… Read More

Aussie flu: Just what the doctor ordered?

Peter Mason/Plainpicture FLU season stalks the northern hemisphere. That is not news – it happens every year, and for most of us it is usually little more than a nuisance. But the flu of 2018 could be as bad as an annual winter outbreak gets (see “Winter flu: All the essential facts you need to… Read More

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Tiny microbeads are too tiny to be filtered out using waste-water treatment processes Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist Staff and Press Association A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of cosmetics and care products containing tiny pieces of plastic known as “microbeads” has come into force. The move is aimed at… Read More

Arsonist falcons suggest birds discovered fire before humans did

Auscape International Pty Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan Some birds of prey have learned to control fire, a skill previously thought to be unique to humans. The birds appear to deliberately spread wildfires in order to flush out prey. The finding suggests that birds may have beaten us to the use of fire. There… Read More

People with diabetes seem to be protected against migraine

Coneyl Jay/SPL/Getty By Jessica Hamzelou A huge study of the population of Norway has found that people who are being treated for diabetes are less likely to be treated for migraines. The finding suggests that something about diabetes – or the drugs used to treat it – might offer protection against migraines. “It could give… Read More

When people sleep more they also eat less sugar and carbs

Not-so-sweet dreams Peter Glass/Getty By New Scientist staff and Press Association Want to eat better? Sleep more. Increasing the amount of sleep a person gets has been linked to eating fewer sugary foods, and making better nutritional choices. Wendy Hall, at King’s College London, and her team enlisted 42 volunteers to help them investigate the… Read More

Smell of death tells undertaker bees it’s time to remove corpses

Worker honey bees in action Ali McAfee By Jasmin Fox-Skelly BRING out your dead! Honeybees pick up dead or diseased nestmates and drag them out of the hive. Removing corpses protects against infection, which can spread like wildfire in densely packed hives. “The honeybees work together to fight off disease,” says Alison McAfee at the… Read More

Storm waves can move boulders heavier than the Statue of Liberty

Rogue waves can move rocks weighing hundreds of tonnes Noel Moore/Alamy Stock Photo By Lucas Joel MONSTROUS oceanic waves are able to transport boulders weighing hundreds of tonnes. The finding helps explain how huge rocks end up atop high cliffs. It also implies that storm waves, and other rogue waves, can be more powerful and… Read More

Invasive toxic pufferfish causes havoc in European waters

Oren Klein By Chris Baraniuk AN INVASIVE pufferfish is causing havoc for Mediterranean fishers, and the toxin it carries is turning up in native shellfish. The silver-cheeked toadfish (Lagocephalus sceleratus, pictured) is native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It has thrived in the Mediterranean since arriving this century, apparently via the Suez Canal. It… Read More

Tiny individual decisions really could help avert climate chaos

It takes teamwork to change the world Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty By Adam Corner Climate scientists are in no doubt that global warming is almost entirely the result of human activity. Which makes it odd that attempts to predict how things will pan out have paid lip service to human behaviour, one of the key factors determining… Read More