Volcanic eruption beneath Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier sparks red alert
2014-08-24 18:07:53 UTC
A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office has said.
The region of the Bárðarbunga volcano...
Urban areas are hives for wild bees
2014-08-23 09:18:43 UTC
A study has found a "considerable richness" of wild bee species in most types of urban habitats.
French researchers recorded almost a third of the nation's 900 species of wild bees living in towns and cities.
Writing in Plos One, they added ...
The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
Fields Medals 2014: the maths of Mirzakhani, Avila, Bhargava and Hairer explained
2014-08-13 18:57:54 UTC
<h3>The work of Maryam Mirzakhani</h3>Maryam Mirzakhani has made striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems. Her work on Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces bridges several mathematical disciplines – hyperbol...
Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'
2014-08-13 18:59:19 UTC
<strong>The first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal prize discusses her life as a mathematician</strong>
Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. Mirzakhani, 37, is...
Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
2014-08-12 01:15:56 UTC
Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteini...
Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase
2014-08-06 15:52:44 UTC
In a first for space history, the spacecraft was manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping its surface in detail.
The spacecraft fired its thrusters for six and a half minutes to finally catch up with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko...
Tinder's sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise
2014-07-03 08:42:02 UTC
Jessica Valenti<h3>Tinder's sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It's another wake-up call</h3><strong>How many Silicon Valley sexism stories must we endure before 'entrepreneurs' get serious about diversity?</strong>
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
Unusual finding: 95 million year-old largest dinosaurs ever
2014-05-17 21:44:05 UTC
Scientists in Argentina have found fossilized remains of one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth. It is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur.
A team led by researchers from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio found the ...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...
Stephen Hawking-The implications of artificial intelligence
2014-05-05 18:43:31 UTC
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clash...
Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind before it is too late
2014-03-31 15:44:40 UTC
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.
The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate chang...
Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems
2014-03-19 06:58:17 UTC
A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet...
Do your bit for bumblebees
2014-03-19 06:53:29 UTC
Bumblebee populations are in decline, but scientists don’t have enough data on which bee species live where to target conservation efforts. People throughout North America, armed with smartphones and cameras, can now help find the bumblebees.
Gravitational waves unmask universe just after Big Bang
2014-03-19 07:00:21 UTC
Astronomers have detected the earliest echoes of the Big Bang, confirming a decades-old hypothesis that describes the universe’s ultrafast expansion during its first moments. The findings provide researchers with the first direct measurement of co...
Methane Leaks from the U.S. natural gas production
2014-02-14 09:44:08 UTC
WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from tradi...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wife give $5 million to expand East Palo Alto clinic
2014-01-23 17:20:42 UTC
EAST PALO ALTO -- A $5 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will help pay for a new health clinic serving families in several low-income Peninsula communities, including the East Menlo Park neighborhood where Facebook is...
App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers
2014-01-23 09:05:05 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app.
A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking ...
Male Honey Bees More Susceptible Than Females
2014-02-01 10:41:11 UTC
Gender differences in nature are common, including in humans. A research team from Bern, Switzerland has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as workers, to a fungal intes...
The True Color of Ancient Sea Creatures
2014-01-12 09:55:22 UTC
Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That’s one conc...
Bacteria Lay Out Welcome Mat for Tubeworms
2014-01-12 09:49:23 UTC
Although they remain firmly attached to rocks on the sea floor and other surfaces for most of their lives, ocean-dwelling tubeworms spend their early days as free-swimming larvae, looking for a place to call home. A key factor in their decision to...
How to reveal cloudy weather on alien world?
2014-01-02 07:21:05 UTC
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Universit...
Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100
2014-01-02 07:10:01 UTC
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon...
Europe launches satellite to map 1 billion stars in Milky Way
2013-12-23 17:30:45 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy.