Storm waves can move boulders heavier than the Statue of Liberty

Storm waves can move boulders heavier than the Statue of Liberty

Rogue waves can move rocks weighing hundreds of tonnesrock on coast Noel Moore/Alamy Stock Photo By Lucas Joel MONSTROUS oceanic waves are able to transport boulders weighing hundreds of tonnes. The finding helps explain how huge rocks end up atop high cliffs. It also implies that storm waves, and other rogue waves, can be more […]

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes […]

Venice may be almost 200 years older than anyone thought

Venice may be almost 200 years older than anyone thought

Over 1000 years of historyalxpin/Getty By Colin Barras Deep beneath the elaborate mosaic floor of Venice’s Saint Mark’s Basilica, archaeologists have discovered two 1300-year-old peach stones. The find may add 180 years to the history of the iconic floating city. Most of Italy’s great cities date back to the Romans, but Venice is an exception, says […]

Earth’s climate will warm 15 per cent more than we thought

Earth’s climate will warm 15 per cent more than we thought

Earth is toastplainpicture/Jochen Knobloch By Michael Le Page CHILDREN born now could live to witness the planet warming more than 4°C, even if we cut greenhouse emissions by a fair amount. That’s one of the terrifying implications of a study that adds to the growing evidence that the “official” projections underestimate future warming. “Basically, it […]

'The Problem with Apu' Does More Than Pick Apart a 'Simpsons' Stereotype

'The Problem with Apu' Does More Than Pick Apart a 'Simpsons' Stereotype

In the world of American animated television, Matt Groening’s The Simpsons towers, in terms of both its cultural prominence and its improbable longevity. Viewership has steadily declined since the first season (1989-90), when the average episode attracted 30 million pairs of eyeballs. But the show has nevertheless endured through 28 additional years, and Springfield remains a […]

The FBI Reported More Than 6,000 Hate Crimes Last Year. Here’s Why It’s Probably A Whole Lot More.

The FBI Reported More Than 6,000 Hate Crimes Last Year. Here’s Why It’s Probably A Whole Lot More.

An FBI report released earlier this week claims that hate crimes increased 4.6 percent in 2016 over the previous year, from 5,850 in 2015 to 6,121 last year. Mainstream media outlets widely reported on these statistics (see here and here), with several outlets calling out a specific spike in hate crimes around Election Day and reporting the largest group […]

Women may be better drivers than men: Study

Women may be better drivers than men: Study

London: Women are less likely to be distracted while driving than men, according to a study which debunks stereotypes about ladies being bad drivers. Researchers suggested that young men and extroverted or neurotic people are more prone to distraction. Ole Johansson, from the Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, surveyed a large group of high-school […]

U.S. power supply could be more adaptable to climate change than predicted

U.S. power supply could be more adaptable to climate change than predicted

Top Story Climate change scientists warn that the continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to cause major disruptions to the global climate system, leading to more extreme weather, sea-level rise and biodiversity loss. The changes also will compromise our capacity to generate electricity. In recent decades, capacity losses at United States power plants occurred […]

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 […]