Team discovers lull in Mars' giant impact history
Apr 25, 2017
From the earliest days of our solar system's history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution. Studying the early bombardment history of Mars, scientists at ...
A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Apr 21, 2017
Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophisticated, often lacks detail ...
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
Apr 19, 2017
If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects—scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis—would claim the most lives? A new study has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the most dangerous effects produced ...
An engineer's perspective on using silver against microbes
Apr 13, 2017
Humans have appreciated silver's antimicrobial activity for millennia. Hippocrates used the precious metal for wound dressings while the pioneers of the American frontier placed coins in their water to guard against bacteria ...
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
Apr 11, 2017
Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. They will present their results ...
Exacerbating the replication crisis in science: Replication studies are often unwelcome
Apr 11, 2017
Researchers in London have investigated 1151 psychology journals and found that just 3% state that they welcome scientists to submit replication studies for publication. In replication studies, scientists try to replicate ...
The many reasons why less is more for the people choosing modest lives
Apr 06, 2017
The idea of a life lived modestly is gaining traction. Ten years ago, Samantha Weinberg, a mother of two young children, spent a year not shopping. Her aim was to reduce her environmental impact. The next year, Mark Boyle, ...
Climate-driven species on the move are changing (almost) everything
Apr 05, 2017
Last year in Paris, for the very first time, English sparkling wine beat champagne in a blind tasting event. Well established French Champagne houses have started buying fields in Britain to grow grapes, and even the royal ...
The rise of social impact investing
Mar 31, 2017
Governments, communities and industries are grappling with issues such as climate change, inequality and social justice – and how to mobilise more funding to tackle these issues. One possible solution is impact investing.
Night parrot rediscovery in WA raises questions for mining
Mar 29, 2017
The Night Parrot is unquestionably one of Australia's most enigmatic, elusive and enthralling species. The final frontier of Australian ornithology, this cryptic parrot eluded dedicated expeditions to find it for nearly half ...