Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen […]

House science committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against Boston University geologist

The science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives today launched a bipartisan investigation into sexual harassment allegations against David Marchant, a prominent Antarctic geologist at Boston University (BU). In a 26 October letter to BU President Robert Brown, Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), the panel’s chairperson, and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), the committee’s senior Democrat, demand “all […]

Jim Bridenstine to Be Nominated by Trump to Lead NASA

Representative Jim Bridenstine, Republican of Oklahoma, will be nominated by President Trump to serve as NASA’s next administrator, the White House said on Friday night. Mr. Bridenstine, a strong advocate for drawing private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin more deeply into NASA’s exploration of space, had been rumored to be the leading candidate for the job, but months passed without an […]

There’s a new dinosaur at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

From a construction site in Thornton, the newly discovered triceratops fossils have a new home at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Late last week, construction workers discovered a 66 million-year-old triceratops Thornton as they worked to construct the city’s new public safety building. The public will get to take a look starting this […]

Hot Spots in a Freezing Ocean Offer Lessons in Climate Change

Climate change will dramatically alter life in the oceans, scientists say, but there’s so much still to learn about marine ecosystems that it’s hard to know exactly how. On Thursday, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey offered a glimpse of that future with the results of an unusual study years in the making. The scientists heated a patch […]

World’s largest general science organisation slams Trump’s lack of ‘scientific thinking’

The head of the world’s largest general science organisation has accused the Trump administration of paying “scant attention” to research and lacking understanding of scientific thinking. Dr Rush Holt, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), pointed to the “great slowness” in appointing people with a scientific background to senior […]

Fiat Luxembourg: How a Tiny European Nation Is Leading the Evolution of Space Law

A new law signals Luxembourg’s intention to persist with its bold pro-space strategy after reaping immense rewards from the first time it tried it, in 1985. Considering the Luxembourg law to promote asteroid-mining has been patterned on the US Space Act, is it another face of the ‘audacity of greed’? Credit: rolandoemail/pixabay Of the 195 countries […]

Apple iPhone 8 might have issues with wireless charging, 3D face recognition

Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, according to a report from Fast Company. The report claims Apple has unable to solve the software issues, which means, the tenth anniversary iPhone could be launched without major features. Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, […]

The blue wings of this dragonfly may be surprisingly alive

An adult insect wing is basically dead. So what in the world were tiny respiratory channels doing in a wing membrane of a morpho dragonfly? Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira was so jolted by a scanning electron microscope image showing what looked like skinny, branching tracheal tubes in a morpho wing that he called in another entomologist […]