What will geologists make of COVID-19?
Academics ponder the view from the future.
By Rachael Holmes, Alice Fugagnoli and Jan Zalasiewicz, University of Leicester, UK COVID-19 is a major global sho...
Microbes from millions of years ago
They’ve been hiding beneath the South Pacific Gyre.
Scientists studying sediments from the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand have found bacteria that appear to have surv...
Tests for Alzheimer’s disease show promise
Blood biomarkers could make detection cheaper and easier.
In converging studies, four teams of scientists say they are getting closer to developing blood tests that could dete...
Travel with maps and Perseverance
Astrogeologists check the lay of the (Martian) land.
A long trip needs a good map. Just to be safe, the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Centre has created two...
Volcanoes aren’t always what they seem
A different kind of magma may lurk below.
Volcanoes are potentially dangerous, but this can be tempered by their consistency. Many produce similar eruptions ov...
When is an invasive species not so?
Scientists think climate change relocation changes things.
By Jenny Morber Caribbean corals sprout off Texas. Pacific salmon tour the Canadian Arctic. Peruvian lowland birds...
These new species are things to Marvel at
CSIRO turns to heroes in this year’s list.
CSIRO has released its annual list of newly named species and this time it’s paying homage to the good guys. After...
How bias affects views of hate crimes
Casual sympathisers may suggest motives unclear.
People who commit hate crimes against minorities often assert they are protecting others, believing they have support...
Birdwatching is better with AI and CNN
Researchers find a new way to pick one from the other.
We may have to add advanced birdwatching to the list of things computers can do that we can’t. Researchers say the...
When no barrier can be a barrier
Moral hypothesis and young children put to the test.
A COVID-19 world of restricted movement is an interesting time to test what’s known as the moral barrier hypothesis, ...
Aerosols have been around for a while
Southern Ocean offers a glimpse of preindustrial times.
Preindustrial concentrations of atmospheric aerosols were higher than assumed in most modern climate models, a new st...
The ‘I’ language of immunology
Peter Doherty continues his analysis of COVID-19 issues.
Some of the early essays in this series were about immunity, but not much has been said so far about how the immune s...