Earth Week: Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

Earth Week: Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

Top Story We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean. The seafloor is an alien landscape, with crushing pressures, near-total darkness and fluids wafting from cracks in the Earth’s crust. It’s also home to weird animals that scientists are only just getting to know. Now, […]

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten struggles to retake the lead from Amazon

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten struggles to retake the lead from Amazon

RAKUTEN is a jack-of-all-trades. Since pioneering e-commerce in Japan in 1997, it has been a rare example of a highly entrepreneurial Japanese firm. Today it spans more than 70 businesses providing credit cards, a travel agency, a golf-reservation system, matchmaking, wedding planning and insurance. It owns Viber, a calling and messaging app and has invested […]

Astronomers create first detailed images of surface of giant star

Astronomers create first detailed images of surface of giant star

Top Story An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed images of the surface of a giant star outside our solar system, revealing a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material, known as convection cells or granules, according to a recent study. The giant star, named π1Gruis, is one of […]

Thatcher refused to share Denis with giant panda, archives reveal|Humor

A newly released National Archive file from 1981 has revealed that the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tried to put a stop to her husband Denis being used in vital breeding programmes for endangered species, including the giant panda. This action caused consternation in the Cabinet because at that time the UK economy was floundering […]

Human arrivals wiped out the Caribbean’s giant ground sloths

Human arrivals wiped out the Caribbean’s giant ground sloths

Gone but not forgottenChronicle/Alamy Stock Photo By Fred Pearce Who killed the giant ground sloth? Or the mammoth and sabre-toothed cat, come to that.  Was it humans or a natural event, like the end of the last ice age? The question is endlessly debated. But the answer, at least in the Caribbean, now seems certain: […]