Researchers flag gaps in evaluating the impact of development collaboration
19 hours ago
"No responsible physician would consider prescribing medications without properly evaluating their impact or potential side effects. Yet in social development programs, where large sums of money are spent… no such standard ...
New evidence for a warmer and wetter early Mars
Dec 07, 2016
A recent study from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provides new evidence for a warm young Mars that hosted water across a geologically long timescale, rather than in short episodic bursts ...
Using ecosystem services in municipality planning: Lessons from Sweden
Nov 30, 2016
In the context of increasing land use and climate change, municipality planning faces a growing challenge finding a sustainable balance between different actions to accommodate citizen's demands of ecosystem services (ES) ...
Climate model predictions are telling a consistent story
Nov 23, 2016
Three independent methods of modelling climate change impact on yield display the same bleak tendency: When global temperature increases, wheat yield will decline. This is demonstrated in a study carried out by an international ...
Climate change could outpace EPA Lake Champlain protections, study says
Nov 17, 2016
New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood—and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent ...
Asteroid impacts could create niches for life, suggests Chicxulub crater study
Nov 17, 2016
Scientists studying the Chicxulub crater have shown how large asteroid impacts deform rocks in a way that may produce habitats for early life.
Student fascinated with comets devises a strategy for defending earth from potential impact
Nov 17, 2016
Growing up in the California desert, Qicheng Zhang developed an early appreciation for stars and the universal expanse beyond the sky. But his biggest space curiosity by far was with comets, those celestial bodies of ice, ...
Most updates to mobile apps don't make a noticeable difference
Nov 16, 2016
The majority of updates to mobile apps don't have a significant impact on user ratings, suggesting developers might release updates too frequently, according to a new study by UCL researchers.
Peer review is in crisis, but should be fixed, not abolished
Nov 15, 2016
This year three Nobel Prize-winning biologists broke with tradition and published their research directly on the internet as so-called preprints. Their motivation? Saving time.
Kelp forests globally resilient, but may need local solutions to environmental threats
Nov 14, 2016
The first global assessment of marine kelp ecosystems shows that these critically-important habitats have exhibited a surprising resilience to environmental impacts over the past 50 years, but they have a wide variability ...