Steep decline of wasps and other flying nasties is a bad sign

Steep decline of wasps and other flying nasties is a bad sign

Annoying, but very useful to the environmentMartin Siepmann/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock It’s not just bees and butterflies that are vanishing. It’s many, many other insects too. In yet more evidence that we are in the throes of Earth’s sixth mass extinction, a new study reports that flying insects have declined precipitously in just 27 years in parts of […]

The mass extinction that might never have happened

The mass extinction that might never have happened

Richard Bizley/Science Photo Library By Colin Barras Should the “big five” really be the “big four”? For decades, we have recognised five devastating mass extinctions that punctuate the last half-billion years of evolution. But now two geologists are controversially arguing that the end-Triassic extinction – often described as the third largest – has no place […]

Keratin, pigment, proteins from 54 million-year-old sea turtle show survival trait evolution

Keratin, pigment, proteins from 54 million-year-old sea turtle show survival trait evolution

Top Story Researchers from North Carolina State University, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Hyogo in Japan have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original molecules over millions of years and also provides […]

SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

Newswise — This week’s landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by a signal verification and analysis performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego. The discovery was made using the National […]

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore. Scientists report that these small seismic signals can aid science. As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over […]

A Fashionable Chemical and Biological Threat Detector-on-a-Ring

A Fashionable Chemical and Biological Threat Detector-on-a-Ring

Credit: The American Chemical Society First-of-its kind ring sensor can detect chemical and biological threats. Newswise — Wearable sensors are revolutionizing the tech-world, capable of tracking processes in the body, such as heart rates. They’re even becoming fashionable, with many of them sporting sleek, stylish designs. But wearable sensors also can have applications in detecting […]

New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

Newswise — Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The research, published in Nature Communications, finds that mining-related forest loss caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015, […]

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team By Michael Marshall The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia have struck the British Isles, causing widespread disruption and damage on Ireland. The cyclone, now downgraded to an extratropical storm, has reportedly led to three deaths. It is unusual for a hurricane to reach western Europe while still at or near hurricane strength. […]