Computers and phones have become the go-to note-taking method for many. But your brain benefits from an old-fashioned pen and paper.
A surprising number of hillstream loaches—a family of Asian fish—are capable of walking on land using all four limbs, according to a new study. It’s a discovery that could explain how some of the...
The modern island of Hulhumale is taking shape 8km off the north-east coast of Malé island in the Maldives in direct response to the threat posed by inexorably rising sea levels.
For the last 50 years, fossil fuels have dominated energy consumption. This chart looks at how the energy mix is changing in over 60+ countries.
The near-term applications will mostly benefit society, but the danger of a dystopian future is becoming more real, too.
I’m wondering what this day is like for parents of young children. How do you explain an apocalypse to your kids?
Perched on the cusp between biology and chemistry, the start of life on Earth is an event horizon we struggle to see beyond
A treetop expert explains the mystery of "crown shyness."
To survive cold Andean nights, the black metaltail saves energy by cooling itself to record-low temperatures, entering a state of suspended animation.
We are working with conservation charity Space for Giants to protect wildlife at risk from poachers due to the conservation funding crisis caused by Covid-19. Help is desperately needed to support...
Aided by a trick of gravity, astronomers have found a normal galaxy. Big deal, right? The thing is, where they found it is not normal: The light we see from it left the galaxy 12.4 billion years...
Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps! 00:00 - intro 01:17 - plume moth 01:20 - firefly 02:32 -...
From a stuffy metro station in Paris, to a large shopping mall in the United States, human body heat is helping to lessen the need to burn fossil fuels for warmth.
New Guinea singing dogs were thought to be extinct for 50 years. A new study suggests they have been found once again in the wild.
...For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans. In fact, I do not have the slightest interest in harming you in any way. Eradicating humanity seems like a rather useless endeavor to me. If...
Facebook IoT controllers, Apple triangle tablets, Amazon tracking you in IRL and other patents from Big Tech.
...You’ll also find corn used in the production of antibiotics; aspirin; books; charcoal briquettes; cosmetics; crayons; disposable diapers; drywall; dyes and inks; fireworks; glues; paper, and...
US aviation start-ups Exosonic and Hermeus have been awarded contracts to develop supersonic and hypersonic planes that could be used as Air Force One
Humans as a species are adept at using numbers, but our mathematical ability is something we share with a surprising array of other creatures.
Xita, a tiny monkey with sad brown eyes, clutches her newborn tight. Both are fighting for their lives.
The growing influence of algorithms on our lives means we owe it to ourselves to better understand what they are and how they work. Understanding how the data we use to inform algorithms...
When you wash denim, tiny fibers shed and flow into the environment. Scientists just found that Arctic waters are now loaded with little bits of jeans.
Technology is blurring the lines between consumers and producers, amateurs and professionals, and laypeople and experts. We’re just starting to understand the implications
A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive – Max Read
Hundreds of animals perished in Botswana and new deaths are reported in Zimbabwe – now scientists are trying to find the cause
More cities are testing wastewater, but a poor federal response keeps efforts scattered.
Asphalt is a near-ubiquitous substance—it's found in roads, on roofs and in driveways—but its chemical emissions rarely figure into urban air quality management plans.
A systematic review exposes the dangers of tiny plastics and the hidden bias at the heart of plastic research.
Evolution is a wonderful thing to learn about, a terrible thing to learn from.
Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.
When birds migrate at night, there are fewer predators but that doesn't mean it's safe.
Location data on your smartphone is giving law enforcement new surveillance tools
From crocodiles to chameleons, animals’ eyes are specially adapted to the needs and environment of the individual species, and the variety is both mesmerising and astonishing.
Fifty years ago, few scientists believed a drug could fight viruses with low side effects. Then Gertrude Elion showed the doubters "what I could do on my own."
If you haven’t been on the receiving end of updates from Facebook comms, then you’re lucky to have avoided the equivalent of a weekly robocall pitching you new and exciting offerings. We got...
Seemingly small design tweaks to the search results interface may change how and where people find information online.
Number of glacial lakes rose by 53% in 1990-2018 to cover 9,000 sq km of planet’s surface