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  • Seismic stress in America

    New map shows all the faults and pressure points.

    This is a new map of the (non-political) tectonic stresses acting on North America. Created by researchers from St...

    Earth April 23, 2020
  • Small habitats matter for biodiversity

    Study informs global conservation efforts.

    With the planet’s biodiversity crisis putting up to half a million species at risk of extinction, conservationists ar...

    Earth April 22, 2020
  • Kīlauea got wet, then went off

    Scientists suggest rainfall activated a volcanic eruption.

    The dramatic eruption of Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano in 2018 was likely activated by extreme rainfall, according to new ...

    Earth April 22, 2020
  • What’s human and what’s not online?

    Behavioural differences study could help with bot detection.

    Bots tends to elicit mixed feelings from people – aside, presumably, from those creating them. These social media ...

    AI April 22, 2020
  • Do hungry galaxies eat their neighbours?

    Modelling suggests that’s how big ones get bigger.

    Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, not least because it happens over billions of ye...

    Astrophysics April 22, 2020
  • Now that’s a gem of a process

    Electrostatic charge makes particles self-assemble.

    Chemists say they have caused common microparticles to spontaneously organise into highly ordered crystalline materia...

    Chemistry April 22, 2020
  • Focus

    Ten ‘catastrophic’ threats to our survival

    Commission for the Human Future calls for change.

    The current pandemic may have shifted our focus, but we cannot ignore ten “catastrophic and existential” threats to h...

    Earth April 22, 2020
  • Planet that never was is still interesting

    Astronomers believe it was caused by a cosmic collision.

    A planet thought missing in action probably never existed at all, according to new studies. What the Hubble telesc...

    Astronomy April 22, 2020
  • When lizards change cologne

    Chemical signals shift when they shift.

    Lizards develop new chemical signals for communicating when moved to a new environment, research suggests.  And th...

    Animals April 22, 2020
  • New microscope sets new standards

    Researchers detect interactions between molecules.

    Australian scientists have reported achieving new levels of resolution in single-molecule microscopy, allowing them t...

    Biology April 22, 2020
  • ALVIN finds some interesting microbes

    They gather at hot vents and eats ethane.

    A German-led research team has discovered a microbe that eats ethane, the second most common component of natural gas...

    Biology April 22, 2020
  • 2I/Borisov is not your average comet

    Two new views on our interstellar visitor.

    The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov contains an abundant amount of carbon monoxide and is likely to have formed in a co...

    Astronomy April 21, 2020
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