Microplastic pollution confirmed to be a threat to marine biodiversity
New research confirms scientists' predictions that microplastic pollution could severely affect marine biodiversity and the health of our oceans
Squabbling meerkats make better decisions
Conflicting interests within a group can lead to better collective decisions – if you're a social animal such as a meerkat – according to new research by a team of biologists and political scientists ...
Ice on Ceres: 'An Interesting Paradox'
As NASA's Dawn mission draws closer to its encounter with the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015, excitement continues to mount for scientists looking forward to what the satellite might observe. Britney Schmidt, ...
Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers
Bankers aim to maximise profits. Scientists aim to understand reality. But Mike Peacey of the University of Bristol suggests, based on a new model he has just published in Nature, that both professionals are equally lik ...
New research will allow more reliable dating of major past events
Academics have developed a new method which will allow key past events to be dated more accurately.
Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet fate (Update)
NASA said Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week.
Zooplankton decline reported in North Atlantic
The microscopic creatures that make up a critical link in the ocean food chain declined dramatically the first half of this year in the North Atlantic as ocean temperatures remained among the warmest on record, U.S. scientists ...
Researchers develop algorithm to identify individual grains in planetary regolith
Instruments on the Curiosity Mars rover not only measure the chemistry of rocks, elemental abundances of soils and wind speeds, but also take an incredible number of images from both mast-mounted cameras and up-close imaging ...
Cropland Capture game brings citizen science to global food research
Cropland Capture, a new game version of IIASA's long-running GeoWiki project, engages citizen scientists in global land cover research, helping researchers identify farmland around the world. These data a ...
CSHL launches bioRxiv, a freely accessible, citable preprint server for biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced the launch of a new stage in the evolution of life science communication—a new, free service, called bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-Archive"). It is a preprint ...
Tutankhamun may have spontaneously combusted
Tutankhamun's body may have spontaneously combusted due to a botched mummification, British scientists claim in a new programme to be broadcast Sunday.
The social science of cyberattacks
Thwarting cyberattacks could be as much a task for social scientists as it is for computer engineers.
French King Henry IV's head stars in forensic dispute
Doubt - and a reportedly royal severed head - haunts a murky corner of forensic science these days, as researchers squabble over an unearthed packet of mummified remains thought to have belonged to King Henry IV of France.
New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research
With the promise of personalized and customized medicine, one extremely important tool for its success is the knowledge of a person's unique genetic profile.