Astronomers sound alarm about light pollution from satellites

Astronomers on Monday warned that light pollution created by the increased number of satellites orbiting the Earth poses an “unprecedented global threat to nature”. | Photo credit: AFP Astronomers on Monday warned that the light pollution created by the growing number of satellites orbiting the Earth represents an “unprecedented global threat to nature”. The number … Read more

Their world was the oyster: Oldest pearl town found in UAE

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Archaeologists said on Monday, March 20, 2023 they had found the oldest pearl city in the Persian Gulf on a island off one of the UAE’s northern sheikhdoms, further expanding this young nation’s understanding … Read more

Scientists create mice with cells from 2 males for 1st time

This photo provided by researcher Katsuhiko Hayashi shows stem cell-derived mice, four weeks after their birth, in Osaka, Japan in September 2021. In a study published Wednesday, March 16, 2023, in the journal Nature, scientists led by Hayashi have created mice with two fathers for the first time by transforming male mouse stem cells into … Read more

Smoke particles from wildfires can erode ozone layer: MIT study

A property threatening a fire lights up at dusk near Clear Range, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, on Friday 31 January 2020. The threat is posed by a fire on Canberra’s southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares ( 53,000 acres) has since been triggered by heat from a military helicopter landing … Read more

What COVID lockdowns can tell us about urban pest control

Brandon Mak, King’s College London AND Ed Drewitt, University of Bristol many people seen their eating habits change during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Some ate more frequently or experimented with healthier recipes. Others have ordered multiple deliveries. But human diets haven’t been the only ones to change. In a recent studies, we found that the lockdown … Read more

Genetics study lays bare Ice Age drama for humans in Europe

View of male human skull and stone tools discovered in the village of Gross Fredenwalde in Germany, dated to 7,000 years ago, in this undated photograph. The population of this individual lived side by side with early European farmers without intermingling. | Photo credit: Reuters Europe was not a balmy paradise during the Ice Age, … Read more

Surgeon, scientist named Japan’s first new astronauts in 13 years

Astronaut candidates for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Ayu Yoneda (L), a surgeon at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, and Makoto Suwa (on screen), a disaster prevention specialist at the World Bank, pose after a news conference in Tokyo on February 28, 2023. | Photo credit: AFP Japan’s space agency JAXA on Tuesday … Read more

Fungi can infect people, and they’re becoming more resistant

Gerry Wright, McMaster University Lots of people watching The Last of Us they are probably there for the zombies. I love zombies too, but I’m really in it for the mushroom. I have been studying fungi since my PhD in the 1980s and with each passing year I am more and more fascinated by these … Read more

Four ways that fossils are part of everyday life

Eugenio Bergh, Northwest University South Africa boasts some of the best fossil record on Earth. Fossils are found in layers and rocks in many parts of the country. Some are billions of years old. There are microfossils dating back to the archaic period, between 3.5 billion and 3.3 billion years ago, in the Barberton Greenstone … Read more

Researchers discover new species of cricket in Ashoka University campus

Discovering a new species is always exciting, but finding it in your garden makes it even more exciting. This is what happened to a group of researchers from Ashoka University when they found not one but three new species of wild crickets, two of them within the university’s own grounds in Sonipat, Haryana, and one … Read more