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How to accidentally save the planet

He is famous for his "Gaia hypothesis", but it's a device James Lovelock invented 60 years ago that future generations should laud him for

Tracing (and Erasing) New York’s Lines of Desire

On a warm morning last August, three conservationists set out for a walk in the woods in the Bronx. The conservationists—Sarah Charlop-Powers, Jennifer Greenfeld, and Kristie King—work for the Parks Department and the Natural Areas Conservancy. Show More Summary

Mens Agitat Molem

The “Mens Bar” at Newcastle Uni Student Union still causes ructions apparently, despite the lack of apostrophe and that it’s short for “mens agitat molem”. Protestors suggest that it has patriarchal undertones and should be changed (they could name it The Wilko Bar after guitar-playing alumnus Wilko Johnson if they must). Show More Summary

Putting cancer patients in hibernation could help tackle tumours

Tumour growth would slow right down or cease while healthy cells in the body become more resistant to radiation

We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity

It's tempting to invest in rapid development at the cost of slow and steady research – but good things come to those who wait

Switched-on DNA: Sparking nano-electronic applications

DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices.

Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) unmistakable at the river bank if you’re quick enough to hear the “pip pip” just before it darts across the water or if you spot on perched on a branch or mooring staring keenly at the surface investigating the depths with speary intent. Numbers seem to be on the rise … Continue reading "Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis"

Ants developed farming millions of years ago

A new study in Nature suggests that ants may have invented agriculture as much as 3 million years before humans. 20 Feb 2017

Geomedia: Film: Exploring Florida's aquifers with filmmaker Tom Fitz

Filmmaker Tom Fitz describes the first time he found himself sitting, alone, more than 20 meters below Earth’s surface and about 300 meters into an underwater cave: He was waiting in position to film a sequence of divers swimming through a narrow passageway as their lights illuminated the chamber for his new, yet to be named, documentary. Show More Summary

CUNY linguist to speak on second language acquisition and loss

Dr. Gita Martohardjono of Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) will speak at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to take place in Boston from February 16 - 20, 2017. Dr. Martohardjono will present "Regression in Second Language Acquisition and Loss" on Sunday, February 19.

Music Really Is a Drug

Scientists are developing a deeper understanding of what's going on in our brains when sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll make us feel high, reports Popular Science. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, who wrote the 2006 bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music, has published a study looking into exactly what's going...

'Alternative facts' not just in politics and media

A Michigan State University scholar is warning those who read about the latest groundbreaking research to proceed with caution.

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

Can statistics increase the value of science to society? Georgetown University's Rochelle Tractenberg, PhD, MPH, PhD, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association, will discuss "Promoting Ethical...Show More Summary

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