Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline | Tom Griffiths
What has been the most shocking event of 2020? Was it awakening on New Year’s Day to more news of terror in Australia’s southern forests, to the realisation that the future was suddenly here, that this spring and summer of…
Crime Drops 46% in Philippines When Experts Expected it to Go Up During COVID Economic Crisis
Across the Philippines, during the 200-day community quarantine period, crime has plummeted, though no one is sure why. Cases of robbery and theft decreased by 60 percent, the Philippine National Police said in early October. It also revealed that serious crimes, including murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, and theft, were reduced by 46 percent […]
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In Historic First, NASA Lands on Asteroid and Collects Samples of Debris That Helped Formed Our Earth
Four years into its mission more than 200-million miles from Earth, NASAâs OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid to retrieve a sample of primordial dust and pebbles from the celestial body that âcould have helped seed life on Earthâ. This well-preserved, ancient asteroid known as Bennu offers scientists a window into the early solar system […]
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Electric! Astronomers find sprites in Jupiterâs atmosphere
Scientists with NASA’s Juno mission say they have detected sprites or elves – electrical phenomena above thunderstorms on Earth – in the clouds of Jupiter for the first time. Unlike the red-colored earthly ones however, the Jovian ones are blue.
A Joe Biden victory could push Scott Morrison – and the world – on climate change
I’m a deeply superstitious person, so I can barely bring myself to utter the words “if Joe Biden wins the American presidency next week”, but for the purposes of where we are going this weekend, I need to utter those…
To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt
Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.
New study reveals United States a top source of plastic pollution in coastal environments
The United States ranks as high as third among countries contributing to coastal plastic pollution when taking into account its scrap plastic exports as well as the latest figures on illegal dumping and littering in the country.
China’s most important trees are hiding in plain sight
Scientists have synthesized long-term biodiversity data from 12 immense forest study plots spanning 1,500 miles, from China’s far north to its southern tropics. Their results point to maple trees – long appreciated for their autumn foliage and the syrup that graces our tables – as potential foundation species in both China and North America.
New cause of inflammation in people with HIV identified
A new study examined what factors could be contributing to inflammation, and they identified the inability to control HIV RNA production from existing HIV DNA as a potential key driver of inflammation.
‘Green’ method for making pharmaceutical intermediates
Scientists develop cHAT to simplify the reduction of alkenes to more useful intermediate molecules for drugs and other useful chemical compounds.