Science

  • Coronavirus live news: Brazil death toll exceeds 60,000; West Bank goes into lockdown
    Global tourism stands to lose up to $3.3tn, says UN; Ryanair pilots take pay cut to avoid job losses; tourist flights to Greece resume; global cases pass 10.5m Australia: 73 new cases in Melbourne Trump silent as US records record one-day rise in cases Czech republic drops mask rule as Prague has street party Russia … Read MoreRead more
  • Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, say UK government advisers
    Experts say further investigation of link is urgently required and may be relevant to managing pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers.In a report published on Wednesday, the experts said further investigation of … Read MoreRead more
  • Let’s learn about bioluminescence
    In summertime in North America, tiny lights flick on and off in the evening. Those are fireflies, which some people call lightning bugs. These glowing insects are often a person’s first experience with bioluminescence. This is light that organisms can emit for themselves. Other people might have seen bioluminescence in ocean waters. Some algae make … Read MoreRead more
  • US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug
    No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs … Read MoreRead more
  • Rising coronavirus infections in pockets of UK raise fears of further local lockdowns
    Leicester is unlikely to be the only place to return to tight restrictions, say scientists Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Parts of Kent, London, north Wales and Scotland are still battling significant Covid-19 outbreaks, sparking fears from scientists and public health directors that Leicester’s return to lockdown is set to be … Read MoreRead more
  • I believe Roundup gave me cancer. The Monsanto settlement is a slap in the face | Christine Sheppard
    I have to inject myself with needles just to stay alive. Still, Bayer will continue to sell Roundup, and refused to label it as carcinogenicLast Wednesday was my 71st birthday, a low-key celebration in these Covid-19 times. Then I heard the news that the pharmaceutical conglomerate Bayer has offered a settlement to resolve several massive … Read MoreRead more
  • Oldest disk galaxy puts a new spin on galaxy growth
    Astronomers have spotted the oldest disk galaxy they’ve ever seen. Shaped like a pancake, it’s been around for billions of years. In fact, this galaxy got its flat shape a mere 1.5 billion years after the universe was born. That’s far earlier than astronomers had expected. The universe was born as a single point in … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live updates: UK locks down city of Leicester as New Zealand PM dismisses calls to open borders
    Broadway theatres to stay closed until January 2021; Iran reports record daily deaths. Follow the latest news Global report: WHO to send team to China to investigate Covid-19 origins Leicester lockdown: what are the new Covid-19 restrictions? Jacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand borders See all our coronavirus coverage 7.41am BST Our … Read MoreRead more
  • South pole warming three times faster than rest of the world, our research shows | Kyle Clem for the Conversation
    Dramatic change in Antarctica’s interior in past three decades a result of effects from tropical variability working together with increasing greenhouse gases Climate scientists long thought Antarctica’s interior may not be very sensitive to warming, but our research, published this week, shows a dramatic change.Over the past 30 years, the south pole has been one … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: pandemic is 'not even close to being over', warns WHO chief
    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says pandemic is ‘speeding up’; India records 19,459 new cases; Iran records highest daily death toll; China’s military approves vaccine for use on its soldiers Global report: Covid-19 deaths pass half a million US health secretary says ‘window closing’ to stop virus New Zealand’s isolation facilities under ‘extreme stress’ See all our … Read MoreRead more
  • Scientists Say: Polymer
    Polymer (noun, “PAH-leh-mur”) This word describes large molecules formed from smaller units. Those units are joined by chemical bonds. Polymers show up everywhere. Plastics are polymers. That includes the hard plastic of water bottles and the plastic fibers that are woven into clothing. Many of these polymers don’t occur in nature. Instead, they are made with … Read MoreRead more
  • Working up a sweat may one day power up a device
    One route to greener electronics may involve working up a good sweat. Engineers are designing energy-storage systems powered by perspiration. One uses the salty moisture to charge a supercapacitor (SU-per-ka-PASS-ih-tor). The energy it stores can later be used to light an LED or run some type of electronics. Explainer: How batteries and capacitors differ Like … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2.5m as Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne
    Cases approach 10m; new Covid-19 clusters across world spark fear of second wave; UK NHS will take four years to recover. Follow the latest updates Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne Victoria nurse tests positive as state reports jump of 41 cases US cases pass 2.5m US one-day case high as states delay reopening See … Read MoreRead more
  • Country diary: an old quarry is now a mine of natural treasure
    Ketton, Rutland: Time has enabled this abandoned cement works to regreen, making it a site of special scientific interestHere is a local landmark few would want: above a beautiful stone village, a cement works, visible for miles. Like a turret, but with pipes and chimneys climbing the walls, this compact but discordant punctuation in otherwise … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: global death toll exceeds 490,000; soldiers sent to Italian town amid tension over new outbreak
    WHO-led coalition needs $31.3bn to fight Covid-19; France plans 1.3m tests to find ‘hidden clusters’; Mike Pence to hold first taskforce briefing in weeks Parties across Europe spark fears of Covid-19 surge US one-day case high as states delay reopening US coronavirus updates – live See all our coronavirus coverage 7.36pm BST We’re pausing this … Read MoreRead more
  • Government climate advisers running scared of change, says leading scientist
    Ministers must act urgently to avoid significant emissions rebound, says Kevin Anderson Kevin Anderson, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, had a familiar reaction to the latest report from the government’s climate advisers, which was published this week.The 196-page document by the Committee on Climate Change delivered a stinging rebuke of the government’s record … Read MoreRead more
  • Wiggly wheels might help rovers plow through loose lunar soils
    A truly all-terrain rover on the moon or Mars may need to put a little wiggle in its walk. Wheeled rovers can have trouble crossing soft soil. That’s especially true with the types that cover large swaths of the moon and Mars. NASA’s Spirit rover, for example, met its end after getting stuck in a … Read MoreRead more
  • Thousands of excluded pupils in England have no place to go in September
    Teachers say Covid-19 closures have put vulnerable pupils at greater risk of exploitation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Headteachers have warned that thousands of excluded pupils who are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation have no school, college or training place to go to in September as a result of … Read MoreRead more
  • The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know | Tamsin Edwards
    It’s 38C in Siberia. The science may be complicated – but the need for action now couldn’t be clearerThere’s an Arctic heatwave: it’s 38C in Siberia. Arctic sea ice is the second lowest on record, and 2020 may be on course to be the hottest year since records began.For many people, such news induces a … Read MoreRead more
  • Going bright may help corals recover from bleaching
    For some corals, going bright may be part of their fight against bleaching. Beneficial algae normally dwell within the cells of most reef-building corals. These algae help feed the corals and give them their color. But higher-than-normal ocean temperatures can cause some corals to bleach. This means they lose those helpful algae. Affected corals can … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: cases worldwide growing by 1m per week as Australian state deploys army
    Texas hospitals near capacity; Dutch brothels to reopen; volunteers receive first doses of experimental vaccine. Follow the latest updates WHO warns cases likely to reach 10m within days Global report: WHO warns of global shortage of oxygen equipment Army to door-knock Melbourne, Australia hotspots to offer free testing EU border rules could bar US visitors … Read MoreRead more
  • Road to net zero: what the Committee on Climate Change recommends
    The government adviser publishes its progress report today. Here are the areas it says require urgent attentionAct fast to stop UK carbon emission rebound, climate advisers urge The government’s statutory adviser, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), publishes its progress report on Thursday on efforts to cut emissions. This is what it says needs to … Read MoreRead more
  • Let’s learn about the sun
    You shouldn’t look directly at the sun, but it doesn’t take a close look to appreciate its power. Earth’s personal star, the sun supplies the light and heat that keeps everything alive. Not just essential, the sun feels nice, too. Exposure to the sun’s rays actually produces a feel-good chemical in the brain. But too much … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: deaths in Latin America pass 100,000 as Fauci warns of 'disturbing' US cases surge
    Brazil records 39,436 new cases; 200 cases at one South African school; new cluster confirmed in Tokyo Global report: seven US states report record Covid-19 hospitalisations Latin America deaths top 100,000 Coronavirus has brought US ‘to its knees’, says CDC director UK coronavirus updates – live Australia coronavirus updates – live 8.04am BST As the … Read MoreRead more