We have four years fewer to slash carbon emissions than thought

We have four years fewer to slash carbon emissions than thought

Rapidly decomposingMichelle Holihan/Alamy By Michael Le Page There’s more bad news on the climate front: soils in cold climates could release far more carbon than expected as the world warms. For every half a degree Celsius of warming, this extra carbon could be roughly equivalent to roughly one year’s emissions from all human sources. That […]

Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food

Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food

Top Story Even when people are hard at work, pictures of cookies, pizza and ice cream can distract them — and these junk food images are almost twice as distracting as health food pictures, concludes a new study. The study also found that after a few bites of candy, people found junk food no more […]

Cataclysms: A life spent chasing planetary catastrophe

Cataclysms: A life spent chasing planetary catastrophe

Awesome events clear the way for new life formsPatrick Kelley Worldwide Photography/NGS Creative By Stephen Drury IN 1980, Luis and Walter Alvarez and co-workers found irrefutable signs that a mighty asteroid impact occurred 66 million years ago. It coincided with the demise of the dinosaurs, among many other taxa, and with vast but short-lived magma […]

Raton Basin earthquakes linked to oil and gas fluid injections

Raton Basin earthquakes linked to oil and gas fluid injections

Top Story A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico recorded between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, according to a new study. The study, which took place in the 2,200-square-mile Raton Basin along the central Colorado-northern New Mexico border, found […]

New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out of the water

New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out of the water

Top Story We’ve seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water and safely land. New floating devices allow this multipurpose air-water microrobot to stabilize on the water’s surface before an internal […]

We all get poorer every time a climate disaster strikes

We all get poorer every time a climate disaster strikes

No cheap fixZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA IT IS hard to keep up. First, Hurricane Harvey deluged Houston, then Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean and Florida, followed by Maria. All the while, wildfires have been raging in California and elsewhere. Things got even more extraordinary when Ophelia turned into a major hurricane further […]

Ban on weedkiller glyphosate won’t save anyone from cancer

Ban on weedkiller glyphosate won’t save anyone from cancer

The evidence doesn’t add upCactuSoup/Getty The widely used weedkiller glyphosate is available in every garden store, but now there are fears it can cause cancer. Politicians in Europe were sufficiently alarmed that the European parliament called for a ban. The final decision rests with members states, who have delayed until November the vote on renewing […]

La Niña forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018

La Niña forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018

More stormy times ahead?Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty By Aylin Woodward Following a barrage of storms – such as Harvey, Irma and Maria – it seems like this year’s hurricane season may be one for the record books. But the Atlantic Ocean may be roiling even more strongly next year, if the La Niña that looks likely to […]

UN climate events are a wasted opportunity for public engagement

UN climate events are a wasted opportunity for public engagement

Brown coal mining in Juechen, GermanyWestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock The 23rd meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) begins soon in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November). If this information fails to set your pulse racing, you’re probably not alone. Which is a problem, given that these are the blockbuster events dedicated to the global problem […]

Innovative material for soft sensor could bring new tactile tech

Innovative material for soft sensor could bring new tactile tech

A new type of soft and stretchable sensor could find uses in applications ranging from athletics and health monitoring to prosthetics and virtual reality. Called iSoft, the technology is capable of sensing in real time, or without delay, and can perform “multimodal” sensing, or sensing a variety of stimuli such as continuous contact and stretching […]