Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

Twilight of the baobabs?DeepEarth Photography / Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Le Page 500 BC. In Rome, King Tarquin the Proud has been sent into exile and there’s a brand new Roman republic. At around the same time, in what is now Zimbabwe, an elephant defecates after feasting on baobab fruits. A seed sprouts in […]

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Incoming thiefNOAA By Adam Popescu Sperm whales have turned burglar. They have learned to follow commercial fishing boats off the coast of Alaska, and then pick huge volumes of fish from the lines. It now seems they can take about 5% of the fishermen’s annual quotas. Sperm whales are the largest toothed predators on Earth. […]

How to keep the lights on without burning the planet

How to keep the lights on without burning the planet

Ditching fossil fuels to go 100 per cent renewable is a dream within reach – thanks to new tech that keep things humming even when wind and sun aren’t there Roberto Cigna By Peter Fairley TO STAND any chance of halting runaway climate change, we need to squelch carbon emissions down to near zero by […]

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is causing major damageMario Tama/Getty Images By Andy Coghlan First Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava and ash for more than a month. Then Guatemala, where the Volcan del Fuego volcano erupted with huge and lethal force on Sunday. But did one cause the other? At least 75 deaths have […]

The most elusive whales reveal their secrets in their wakes

The most elusive whales reveal their secrets in their wakes

Beaked whales leave clues to their nature in the waterChris Newbert / Minden Pictures / Getty By Michael Le Page We know next to nothing about some of the largest animals on the planet: the incredibly elusive beaked whales. But we could soon find out for the first time just how many species there are, by […]

Zambia to kill 2,000 hippos because they might spread anthrax

Zambia to kill 2,000 hippos because they might spread anthrax

Hippos are to be culled in Zambia over the next five yearsBorn Free Zambia has announced that it will resume the trophy hunting of hippos in order to prevent the spread of anthrax. However, wildlife activists say the cull will help fuel the hippo ivory trade. The country aims to cull 2,000 hippos living around […]

Guatemala volcano kills 25 as ash buries entire villages

Guatemala volcano kills 25 as ash buries entire villages

A police officer carries a baby in El Rodeo village on 3 June, after the eruption of the Fuego volcanoNoe Perez / AFP / Getty Images By New Scientist staff and Press Association A fiery volcanic eruption in Guatemala has sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach […]

Enjoy a season of science with our 2018 UK festival picks

Enjoy a season of science with our 2018 UK festival picks

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will illuminate Timber Festival in July By Liz Else and Simon Ings The 2018 festival scene is gearing up across the UK and it contains some real science gems. So dig out your tent or borrow your mate’s van, pack your waterproof and set out on a festival crawl. […]

H2Oh! 10 mysteries of water

H2Oh! 10 mysteries of water

Weird water: The Rhone river meets the silty Arve in Geneva, SwitzerlandHenryk Sadura / Alamy Stock Photo By David Robson and Michael Marshall No liquid behaves quite as oddly as water. It exhibits a raft of unusual behaviours, many of which are essential for life as we know it. In our cover feature, we look at […]

H2Oh! Water is actually two liquids disguised as one

H2Oh! Water is actually two liquids disguised as one

Lotus Studio/Shutterstock By Katharine Sanderson “WATER is very strange,” says Anders Nilsson. He should know: he has been studying the stuff for most of his working life. His claim may be hard for the rest of us to swallow – after all, what could be more ordinary than water? Its behaviour is so familiar, its […]