Science

  • Covid-19 spread may be levelling off in England, say experts
    Latest ONS figures appear to show better picture, even as more lockdown measures relaxed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Community spread of Covid-19 in England may be levelling off even as some lockdown measures are relaxed, experts said following the release of official data. Related: Preston added to areas with bans … Read MoreRead more
  • When it comes to downing hot dogs, science says there’s a limit
    In the race to scarf down the most hot dogs in 10 minutes, competitive eaters may have a limit: 83 franks, buns and all. That’s the finding of a new analysis. It reviewed nearly 40 years of the storied Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Nathan’s hot dogs got their start in 1916 on the … Read MoreRead more
  • It is possible to pay attention to science and then help actual animals on purpose | First Dog on the Moon
    The Tasmanian government is trying to keep the orange bellied parrot alive but is chopping down everywhere the swift parrot livesSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source … Read MoreRead more
  • In tackling the global climate crisis, doom and optimism are both dangerous | Zeke Hausfather and Richard Betts
    Overheated polemics won’t solve this emergency – and the apocalypse is a needlessly high bar for actionProtesters march in the streets in an “extinction rebellion” against the climate crisis, with some (but not all) of their leaders claiming that climate tipping points could kill billions in the coming decades. Others dismiss the importance or reality … Read MoreRead more
  • Dolphins can learn from their peers how to use shells as tools
    For some bottlenose dolphins, finding a meal may be about who you know. Dolphins often learn how to hunt from their mothers. But Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Western Australia’s Shark Bay are different. Some may pick up one clever foraging behavior from their peers. Researchers argue this in a report published online June 25 in … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: WHO surge team arrives in South Africa as global deaths top 700,000
    Florida tops 500,000 cases; Spain sees highest daily post-lockdown infections; Italy threatens to ban Ryanair. Follow the latest updates WHO surge team arrives in South Africa Global deaths pass 700,000 Facebook removes Trump post for spreading false information on Covid France ‘could lose control of Covid-19 at any time’ See all our coronavirus coverage 7.52am … Read MoreRead more
  • Deadly diseases from wildlife thrive when nature is destroyed, study finds
    Rats and bats that host pandemic pathogens like Covid-19 increase in damaged ecosystems, analysis showsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe human destruction of natural ecosystems increases the numbers of rats, bats and other animals that harbour diseases that can lead to pandemics such as Covid-19, a comprehensive analysis has found.The research assessed nearly … Read MoreRead more
  • Let’s learn about volcanoes
    Walking around on the surface of the Earth every day, it’s easy to forget that a superhot pool of melted rock lies deep beneath our feet. Volcanoes are here to remind us. Volcanoes are channels where melted rock, ash and gas can rise to the surface. See all the entries from our Let’s Learn About … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 700,000 as top US official to visit Taiwan
    US health secretary Alex Azar to visit Taiwan in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’ US: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’ ‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragile US: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus outbreak at camp infected more than 200 kids and staff
    An overnight summer camp in Georgia recently became the scene of a major coronavirus outbreak. At least 260 of the 597 campers and staff tested positive. The finding confirms that even young kids can get the virus. They may also play a key role in spreading it. Younger children had the highest rate of infection. … Read MoreRead more
  • Letter from economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy
    The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable futureFrom deep-rooted racism to the Covid-19 pandemic, from extreme inequality to ecological collapse, our world is facing dire and deeply interconnected emergencies. But as much as the present moment painfully underscores the weaknesses of our economic … Read MoreRead more
  • Flying snakes wriggle their way through the air
    Flying snakes float gracefully from tree to tree. But they don’t have wings to guide these travels. Snakes instead get their glide on with some help from the wiggles. Paradise tree snakes (Chrysopelea paradisi) fling themselves from branches, gliding through the air. They will land gently on the next tree or the ground. They can … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: world may never find 'silver bullet' Covid vaccine, says WHO
    Covid-19 survivors have higher rates of mental ill-health, study says; Belgium sees ICU admissions double; Singapore to use electronic tags to monitor some travellers Iran death toll three times higher than admitted, says report Berlin protests against coronavirus rules divide leaders Russia claims to be ahead of rivals in vaccine race US coronavirus live – … Read MoreRead more
  • Early dinosaurs may have laid soft-shelled eggs
    The earliest dinosaur eggs were more like leathery turtle eggs than hard bird’s eggs. That’s the conclusion of a new study of fossilized dino embryos. A team of paleontologists studied embryos from two types of dinosaurs. One came from early in dinosaur history. The other lived about 150 million years later. Both sets of eggs … Read MoreRead more
  • Scientists Say: Deforestation
    Deforestation (noun, “DEE-for-es-STAY-shun”) This is the act of cutting down trees across a wide area. Some people also use words like clearance, clearing or clearcutting for deforestation. Forests cover a third of the world’s land. But humans cut down 26 million hectares (64 million acres) of those forests every year. That’s an area the size … Read MoreRead more
  • The Methuselah tree and the secrets of Earth’s oldest organisms
    The 5,000-year-old bristlecone pine in California is a vivid example of how resourceful and resilient life can beAs old-timers go, the Methuselah tree in California’s White Mountains takes some beating. According to research released last week, this ancient bristlecone pine will be 4,851 years old this year. Not a bad performance when it comes to … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: Victoria declares state of disaster and nightly curfew for Melbourne
    Boris Johnson has ordered officials to work-up a plan for avoiding a second national lockdown; Hundreds of ‘mystery cases’ have forced decision in Australian state; South Africa’s cases pass 500,000. Follow the latest updates Victoria announces stage four coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne Masks recommended in more circumstances in New South Wales Melbourne’s stage 3 Covid-19 … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live: new cases double in Belgium, continue to rise in France and Poland
    Crew onboard Norwegian cruise ship test positive for virus; Vietnamese tourist hotspot Da Nang to test entire city; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments live Fauci optimistic about having a vaccine this year Australia death toll tops 200 The week Covid-19 roared back in Europe 7.58pm BST Nigeria’s commercial capital … Read MoreRead more
  • Saturn’s moon Titan may host lots of dried lakes
    Saturn’s moon Titan has spots around its midsection. Those spots, scientists say, could be the dried-up floors of ancient lakes and seas. Scientists proposed the explanation June 16 in Nature Communications. If correct, it may solve a 20-year-old mystery. That mystery first arose in 2000. Astronomers at the time looked at Titan using radio telescopes … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus live news: Spain reports biggest rise in daily infections since lockdown lifted in June
    Spain reports 1,229 new infections on Thursday, France rules out full lockdown despite rise in cases; Japan sees record high for new cases for second day in a row Australia sees record daily case rise US passes 150,000 coronavirus deaths UK coronavirus live: latest updates US coronavirus live: latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage … Read MoreRead more
  • Small crustacean can fragment microplastics in four days, study finds
    ‘Completely unexpected’ finding is significant as harmful effects of plastic might increase as particle size decreasesSmall crustaceans can fragment microplastics into pieces smaller than a cell within 96 hours, a study has shown.Until now, plastic fragmentation has been largely attributed to slow physical processes such as sunlight and wave action, which can take years and … Read MoreRead more
  • The four types of climate denier, and why you should ignore them all | Damian Carrington
    The shill, the grifter, the egomaniac and the ideological fool: each distorts the urgent global debate in their own wayA new book, described as “deeply and fatally flawed” by an expert reviewer, recently reached the top of Amazon’s bestseller list for environmental science and made it into a weekly top 10 list for all nonfiction … Read MoreRead more
  • On an Alaskan glacier, little green moss balls roll in herds
    What’s fuzzy, lives on a glacier and migrates but isn’t an animal? Answer: Oval balls of moss, nicknamed “glacier mice.” Such moss balls can be found scattered across a few of the world’s glaciers in places such as Iceland and Alaska. Now, in a surprise finding, scientists have discovered that the moss balls move across … Read MoreRead more
  • The Guardian view on Covid-19's resurgence: we can make ourselves safer | Editorial
    The picture in Europe and further afield is grim. But we must not resign ourselves to a large-scale recurrence of coronavirus Is the brief respite over? In England, and other European nations hit hard by coronavirus, bars and cafes have reopened, and people have begun to fly abroad again for holidays. Guests have gathered for … Read MoreRead more