Samantha Page

Samantha Page is a science journalist based in Spain.

Samantha Page is a science journalist based in Spain.

  • America’s fossil monument destruction

    And museums and scientists are furious.

    Among the dramatic, rocky landscapes of the southwest United States lies the last great North American fossil field: ...

    June 9, 2019
  • Too much information? Sure looks like it

    ‘Social acceleration’ occurring across different domains.

    Mathematicians have confirmed that humanity’s collective attention span is getting shorter. And it’s not just social ...

    April 15, 2019
  • Nutrient supplements do no good, may do harm

    Vitamins from food and pills have different effects, study finds.

    The only vitamins that help are the ones you get from food, a new study suggests. At best, a waste of money. Diet ...

    April 8, 2019
  • Living near national park good for health

    Kids who live near nature are likely to be wealthier & taller.

    Some politicians argue that land should be used for economic development, not set aside for conserving biodiversity. ...

    April 3, 2019
  • Common meds halt mutations in bacteria

    It could prevent emergence of antibiotic resistance.

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a global health threat, but new research gives a clue to targeting the evol...

    April 1, 2019
  • Sitting down for too long kills

    Sedentary lifestyles carry increased risks for diseases.

    Nearly 50,000 people in Britain die each year from diseases related to sitting down too much. That’s the key finding...

    March 25, 2019
  • Rich or poor, the perils of childbirth persist

    Women are dying from preventable pregnancy issues.

    Whether in one of the richest countries in the world or in some of the poorest, pregnancy and childbirth remains unne...

    March 18, 2019
  • Researchers send qubit back in time

    Electron in space ‘spontaneously localise into its recent past’.

    Russian scientists have succeeded in reversing time, albeit on a very, very tiny scale. The researchers, from the ...

    March 15, 2019
  • Tropical plants avoid close relatives

    The mathematics of dominance is confounded in the rainforest.

    Tropical forests are some of the most biodiverse places in the world, but, strangely, plants of the same species are ...

    March 14, 2019
  • Chickens help find rare brain disease uptick

    Results reveal Florida may be the start-point for virus.

    Florida is the epicentre of a re-emerging, viral brain disease that has spread as far north as Canada, according to c...

    March 12, 2019
  • Ancient microbes yield clues to ice age timing

    Researchers close in on why glacial periods suddenly doubled in length. Samantha Page reports.

    A scanning electron microscope image of a foraminiferan microfossil: tiny, but packed with information.STEVE GSCHMEIS...

    March 7, 2019
  • A case of HIV remission using stem cells

    Research raises hope for an drug-free solution to disease.

    An HIV-positive patient has gone into long-term remission following a stem-cell treatment – marking only the second t...

    March 5, 2019
  • Is yeast a cannabinoid powerhouse?

    Modification leads to natural and synthetic compounds.

    Cells of brewers' yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Science Photo Library - STEVE GSCHMEISSNER./Getty Images A grou...

    February 28, 2019
  • Star Wars undermines female characters

    Strong women sexualised and romanticised.

    The metal bikini worn by Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is an iconic piece of Hollywood hi...

    February 26, 2019
  • Positive acupuncture link to menopause

    Small study suggests needling may reduce symptoms.

    For women who want to avoid hormone treatment during menopause, relief from hot flushes might be found at the end of ...

    February 19, 2019
  • New fossil sheds light on dino evolution

    “Exceptional” African specimen excites palaeontologists.

    Researchers have revealed a new species of dinosaur they say sheds light on the evolution of sauropods, the group of ...

    February 13, 2019
  • ‘The most villainous act in history… ’

    US climate scientist Michael E Mann speaks out.

    Michael E Mann is one of two climate scientists who have been awarded the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievem...

    February 12, 2019
  • Women in control raise smarter children

    Study finds self-belief has generational benefits.

    Women who believe they are in control of their lives have children who score better on mathematics and science tests,...

    February 11, 2019
  • Disease-resistant genes key to safeguard crops

    Technique will use wild plants to bolster resistance in crops.

    Corn, rice, wheat, potato, soybean: these are some of the so-called staple crops, providing the bulk of our calories....

    February 4, 2019
  • Exploring the precision of embryonic development

    Physicists and biologists collaborate to study the way cells use molecular information. Samantha ...

    How does the fruit fly get its stripes? Very specifically. At least that’s the conclusion of physicists and biologist...

    February 3, 2019
  • Did everywhere start out like a mountain?

    Two rare metals give us a clue, researchers suggest.

    Every place on Earth once started as part of a mountain, scientists at Rice University in the US are suggesting.  Du...

    January 30, 2019
  • Researchers try pretence to beat cyberattacks

    You can buy time by making it look like they’re succeeding. Samantha Page reports.

    Computer scientists are looking at new ways to deter cyberattacks by giving the attackers false hope.A team led by Pr...

    January 29, 2019
  • Crocodiles have evolved more than we think

    Research pinpoints three shifts from terrestrial to aquatic.

    If you’ve ever looked at a crocodile and felt like you were looking at a window to the Jurassic Period, you aren’t al...

    January 27, 2019
  • You rock! The way to sleep well

    Perhaps it’s time to swap the bed for a hammock.

    Two new studies support the age-old wisdom that being rocked can help people – and mice – fall asleep faster and slee...

    January 24, 2019
  • Did a planetary collision make this possible?

    Yes, it formed the Moon and gave Earth its volatile elements, scientists say. Samantha Page reports.

    The third rock from the Sun would be a lot rockier and a lot less lively if a carbon- and nitrogen-bearing planet the...

    January 23, 2019
  • Cognitive ability looks to be fairly fixed throughout adulthood

    Study suggests the impact of additional education remains unclear. Samantha Page reports.

    A longitudinal study of 1000 men has found that general cognitive ability (GCA) at age 20 is a stronger predictor of ...

    January 23, 2019
  • Changing the way to design sensors

    US engineers have  3D-printed piezoelectric materials. Samantha Page reports.

    If you use voice-activated software – like iPhone’s Siri or voice-to-text – tiny, brittle pieces of crystal or cerami...

    January 22, 2019
  • Our eyes work together earlier that we thought

    New research counters findings that won a Nobel Prize. Samantha Page reports.

    Scientists at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, US, are using new technology to more accurately establish where in ...

    January 20, 2019
  • Ocean temperatures hit unwanted record

    Temperatures climb higher and more rapidly than predicted, sparking concerns. Samantha Page reports.

    2018 was the hottest year on record for the world’s oceans, new research reveals. Ocean temperatures, measured in the...

    January 16, 2019
  • The fluid fish: first phase transition found in biology

    During development, parts of zebrafish turn to liquid. Samantha Page reports.

    For the first time, researchers have documented a living organism passing through a liquid phase during its developme...

    January 7, 2019
  • Baby brains take the lead in play

    Study finds surprising causal link between infant and maternal neural activity. Samantha Page rep...

    Parent brains mimic baby brains during play, according to a new study. Infants show bursts of high-frequency brain ac...

    December 17, 2018
  • Temperature the key to multicellular evolution

    The first complex organisms appeared in deep water, despite a paucity of oxygen. Samantha Page re...

    Researchers at Stanford University in the US have a theory about why multicellular life first developed deep in the o...

    December 17, 2018
  • Scientists research itching from scratch

    The hunt is on for the cruel feedback loop between itching and scratching and itching. Samantha P...

    Researchers are a step closer to understanding how – if not why – scratching an itch makes it itch even more. Working...

    December 13, 2018
  • Well-fed grandfathers spell trouble

    Link between access to food & cancer in family tree.

    If grandfather’s family didn’t put much food on the table when he was a child, that could be good news for you – at l...

    December 12, 2018
  • Life, gym, but not as we know it

    Sanitiser use in gyms prompting drug-resistant microbes.

    Scientists have found antibiotic-resistant genetic material in the dust at athletic facilities, after machines and ma...

    December 11, 2018
  • Ancestors weren’t fussy when eating plants

    Isotope analysis shows early hominins were generalist feeders.

    The carbon composition of enamel in early hominin teeth, supported by soil sample evidence, suggests our ancestors we...

    December 10, 2018
  • Metamorphosing jellyfish ‘recycle’ genes

    Genome study suggests two possibilities to explain life cycle.

    Jellyfish have lasted 500 million years, evolving a complex life cycle. But until now, how they transform from polyp,...

    December 5, 2018
  • US must lead in Ebola fight, experts say

    Epidemic in Congo needs urgent international attention.

    Public health experts are urging the United States to mobilise resources against an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic ...

    December 4, 2018
  • AI-system promises better art reproductions – but not yet

    Researchers move towards accurate 3D copies of painted works. Samantha Page reports.

    A team from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...

    December 4, 2018
  • Machine learning aids in identifying at-risk plants

    Classification helps prioritise species at risk of extinction.

    More than 15,000 additional plant species should be categorised as “at risk” on the Red List of Threatened Species ma...

    December 4, 2018
  • Fruit flies enjoy ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’

    They’re capable of social learning and cultural transmission.

    It may be hard to believe, but those tiny specks swarming your overripe bananas have their own aptitude for culture a...

    December 3, 2018
  • Acid threatens almighty cod

    Climate change could devastate a major northern hemisphere fishing industry, modelling finds. Sam...

    For cod facing the effects of climate change, it’s not the heat but the acid that threatens. Ocean acidification – ca...

    November 28, 2018
  • For wind farms, a bit of separation is a good idea

    Putting facilities too close together reduces overall efficiency, research finds. Samantha Page r...

    The wake from a wind farm can extend 50 or more kilometres, potentially costing downwind farms millions in revenue. T...

    November 27, 2018
  • Truffles may disappear in decades

    Modelling suggests climate change will end the gourmet fungus industry sooner rather than later. ...

    This could be the last century for truffles, because climate change threatens to wipe out the culinary delicacy. An i...

    November 26, 2018
  • More active marine microbes cut carbon storage

    Warming temperatures will reduce phytoplankton efficiency. Samantha Page reports.

    Marine algae will sequester 20% less carbon as the Southern Ocean warms, reducing its dampening effect on climate cha...

    November 20, 2018
  • Termite mounds visible from space

    4000-year-old mounds have impressed researchers.

    Thanks to deforestation, scientists have spotted an expanse of termite mounds in Brazil that are each about 2.5 metre...

    November 19, 2018
  • Fat or no fat? More research is needed

    Medicos call for more light and less heat in the diet debate.

    Although the keto diet, which requires people to get 70% of their calories from fat, has gained popularity in recent ...

    November 18, 2018
  • Amazon tribe study reveals blood pressure clue

    Increasing hypertension may be due to lifestyle rather than age. Samantha Page reports.

    A study of two similar tribes in the Amazon – one highly isolated and the other slightly Westernised – offers more ev...

    November 14, 2018
  • Extinct ‘opposite birds’ mystery deepens

    Why did this group of ancient birds die out?

    Scientists have completed an analysis of a rare, nearly complete fossil from a group of birds that went extinct, find...

    November 13, 2018
  • The bugs you breathe in vary by season

    Airborne microbe populations wax and wane across the year.

    Researchers in Spain have demonstrated seasonal changes in the population of microbes that swirl through the air. In...

    November 12, 2018
  • What happens when we breathe in bacteria

    Researchers identify complex system in nostrils.

    This anatomical illustration only hints at the extraordinary complexity of what goes on inside a nose. ilbusca/Gett...

    November 12, 2018
  • Artists success depends on their contacts

    Early access to prestige galleries turbocharges later success.

    As it turns out, the prestigious art world might not be entirely fair. At least, that’s what a group of researchers,...

    November 8, 2018
  • Neonicotinoids make bees antisocial and lazy

    Robot-assisted research sheds light on impact of pesticides.

    Scientists know pesticides are killing the world’s bee populations, putting prolific pollinators in jeopardy, but a n...

    November 8, 2018
  • Best dough, add white wine and lemon juice

    Scientists have found a cheap and easy way to prevent browning.

    In an effort to find natural ways to keep pastry dough from turning brown over time, scientists discover what many gr...

    November 8, 2018
  • Doubts cast on Indo orangutan report

    Zoologists question the reliability of number increase claims.

    Wildlife researchers have criticised a report by the Indonesian government, saying its estimate that orangutan popula...

    November 6, 2018
  • Mining Bitcoin is as energy intensive as mining gold

    Another study raises concerns about the high environmental cost of using cryptocurrencies. Samant...

    “Mining” for Bitcoins is just as energy intensive as mining for gold and other precious metals, a new study finds. It...

    November 5, 2018
  • Coloured eggs are a gift from the dinosaurs

    Research suggests egg shell pigment evolved before birds.

    It turns out that a robin’s egg blue could predate the robin by millennia. Animals that lay eggs – all birds, some r...

    October 31, 2018
  • Ancient farmers survived climate change by switching crops, storing grain

    Modelling tracks agricultural strategies across the Tibetan Plateau in the face of variable condi...

    As the world prepares to face a massive new global warming event, researchers are looking to ancient agrarian communi...

    October 31, 2018
  • Gender inequality impact on children

    Girls and mothers fare worse than boys and men.

    Girls under five years old are more likely to die in countries that have greater gender inequality, researchers find,...

    October 30, 2018
  • GM micro-organisms throw light on early evolution

    Researchers use lab-created organisms to investigate RNA world hypothesis. Samantha Page reports.

    Two new synthetic micro-organisms could help reveal how life on the planet evolved, say scientists at Scripps Researc...

    October 30, 2018
  • Candy company finds chocolate is good for you

    Research suggests benefits from two compounds in cocoa.

    Compounds naturally occurring in chocolate can help boost heart health, says research backed by candy giant Mars, Inc...

    October 30, 2018
  • Slot machines flash & ring to prompt more bets

    Researchers find casino noises make gamblers less risk averse.

    The flashing lights and jangling bells of casinos slot machines aren’t just a Vegas tradition. They are probably indu...

    October 29, 2018
  • Push to change genetic materials treaty over disease pandemic fears

    UN to consider redrafting Nagoya Protocol as pathogen sequencing outstrips current guidelines. Sa...

    The world’s governments are mulling a change to a treaty covering biological materials because current wording may ha...

    October 25, 2018
  • Liverwort may rival cannabis as pain-killer

    Moss and marijuana both have therapeutic potential.

    A type of moss found in New Zealand and Tasmania contains a substance that acts on the brain in the same way as the a...

    October 24, 2018
  • For an elephant trunk, it’s all in the bone joints

    The biomechanics of feeding offers clues for soft robotics.

    Researchers find that an elephant’s trunk forms a kind of joint to pick up small pieces of food, a technique they say...

    October 24, 2018
  • Millions raised for useless treatments

    Plenty of money is donated to evidence-free therapies.

    Crowdfunding campaigns have raised millions of dollars toward medical treatments that are unsafe or unsupported, a ne...

    October 23, 2018
  • Exercise is an antidepressant

    Research adds to evidence exercise improves mental health.

    A new paper finds that aerobic exercise is effective in helping to combat clinical depression and anxiety. The meta-...

    October 23, 2018
  • Flying close to ground saves energy

    Experiments using bats lend support to “ground-up” theory.

    Flying animals save energy – and lots of it – by flying close to the ground, researchers have found, adding evidence ...

    October 23, 2018
  • Hierarchical assemblies govern spider silk

    Research brings fabrication of steel-tough fibres closer.

    Scientists studying black widow spiders (Latrodectus mactans) are closer to understanding, and potentially replicatin...

    October 22, 2018
  • Coral bleaching starves fish

    Researchers note behaviour change in species.

    The 2016 global coral bleaching event made some reef fish too weak to fight for food, researchers speculate, after se...

    October 22, 2018
  • Drink coffee to reduce rosacea risk

    Study reveals link to lower rates of chronic skin condition.

    A new study finds that caffeine from coffee is associated with a reduced risk of rosacea – a common chronic skin cond...

    October 18, 2018
  • Drug-resistant strains of TB are local affairs

    TB may have emerged in Europe, but versions arise independently.

    European colonisation is responsible for spreading tuberculosis (TB) around the world, new research suggests, but the...

    October 17, 2018
  • Leaders should have “masculine” traits?

    Kindness is nice, but not essential in business.

    People expect leaders to have stereotypically masculine traits, according to a new study. The research, from Andrea ...

    October 16, 2018
  • Blood test could see some skip chemo

    Trials find liquid biopsies can predict cancer relapse risk.

    Cancer patients could avoid unnecessary chemotherapy with a blood test undergoing trials at 40 Australian and New Zea...

    October 16, 2018
  • 2.5 billion years’ of evolutionary history lost

    Replenishing diversity will take more time than we have.

    The world has lost 2.5 billion years’ worth of unique evolutionary history in the past 130,000 years, say the authors...

    October 15, 2018
  • Revealed: the small dreams of lizards

    Lizards enjoy something akin to REM sleep, and they may dream.

    A new study of reptilian slumber raises questions about how our own pattern of sleep evolved, while suggesting that a...

    October 15, 2018
  • Study of global warming ‘hiatus’ confirms long-range climate predictions

    Researchers again confirm that humans are driving climate change, which continues. Samantha Page ...

    Water running off a melting glacier near Svalbard, Norway. Jan Tove Johansson / Getty As the saying goes, “It’s easi...

    May 4, 2017

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