Could the US government shutdown hammer Earth and Mars missions?
As Day 2 of the United States government shutdown continues, some short-term effects are already in evidence when it comes to Earth and space.
Anatomical analysis puts insects in their place
(Phys.org) —A study by an Oxford University researcher has shed new light on the origins of modern animal groups including insects and spiders.
Scientists should engage in policy, but it's a balancing act
In a recent speech at the British Science Festival in Newcastle, England, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees said on policy issues "scientists have a special responsibility to engage". Yet he added: "They should ...
Study challenges perception that immigrants' children pose obstacle to economy
Contrary to public perception, the number of children in immigrant families is not the primary reason more children are living in poverty, a Rutgers study has found, raising the question of whether federal ...
School starting age: The evidence
Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Here, one of the signatories, Cambridge researcher David ...
Proof of alien life? You need a lot more evidence than that
Could life really exist on other planets? The most positive scientific answer we can offer is: well, maybe, but we do not yet have enough evidence for or against.
Stronger winds explain puzzling growth of sea ice in Antarctica
(Phys.org) —Much attention is paid to melting sea ice in the Arctic. But less clear is the situation on the other side of the planet. Despite warmer air and oceans, there's more sea ice in Antarctica now ...
Researchers pinpoint when the First Dynasty of kings ruled Early Egypt
For the first time, a team of scientists and archaeologists has been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of Egypt. Until now there have been no verifiable chronological records for this period ...
Meteorite minerals hint at earth extinctions, climate change
A huge asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may not have been the only cosmic event to cause mass extinctions or change Earth's climate. Tiny minerals leftover from many smaller meteorites could provide ...
Arctic ice shrinking in volume, too, ESA reports
Arctic sea ice, which has been declining in area by unprecedented amounts in summer, is also falling in volume, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.
Radiocarbon dating on Museum human remains re-dates Egyptian history
New mathematical data drawn from radiocarbon dating of human remains has been used to create the first fully scientific estimate of the creation of Egypt.
New work sets timeline for the first pharaohs
Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state.
US judge to limit Apple antitrust penalty to e-books
A US federal court is close to imposing an antitrust remedy on Apple that narrows the scope to the company's e-book business.
No evidence of residential property value impacts near US wind turbines
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.