Topic: Science & Tech

The benefits of note-taking by hand

Computers and phones have become the go-to note-taking method for many. But your brain benefits from an old-fashioned pen and paper.

Several Fish Can Secretly Walk on Land, Study Suggests

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 nation being swallowed by the sea

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.

Charted: Energy Consumption by Source and Country (1969-2018)

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.

Computer chips that can read our brains have moved from sci-fi to reality, for better and worse

The near-term applications will mostly benefit society, but the danger of a dystopian future is becoming more real, too.

The Day the Sky Turned Orange

I’m wondering what this day is like for parents of young children. How do you explain an apocalypse to your kids? 

Longread: How did life originate?

Perched on the cusp between biology and chemistry, the start of life on Earth is an event horizon we struggle to see beyond

Trees Have Their Own Way of Social Distancing

A treetop expert explains the mystery of "crown shyness."

The birds that get cold as a rock

To survive cold Andean nights, the black metaltail saves energy by cooling itself to record-low temperatures, entering a state of suspended animation.

WWF: Natural world being destroyed at rate ‘never seen before’

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...

Why Is There a Normal Galaxy Sitting at the Edge of the Universe?

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...

Watch: Insect Flight | Capturing Takeoff & Flying at 3,200 FPS

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 -...

The buildings warmed by the human body

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.

A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin

Mysterious Singing Dogs Emerge From Extinction After 50 Years

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.

A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?

...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...

Microsoft wants to record your emotions

Facebook IoT controllers, Apple triangle tablets, Amazon tracking you in IRL and other patents from Big Tech.

Corn Is Everywhere!

...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...

Supersonic Air Force One Prototype

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

The animals that survive by counting

Humans as a species are adept at using numbers, but our mathematical ability is something we share with a surprising array of other creatures.

The mission to save the Amazon's animals

Xita, a tiny monkey with sad brown eyes, clutches her newborn tight. Both are fighting for their lives.

A Primer on Algorithms and Bias

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...

Scientists find Arctic waters loaded with little bits of jeans

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.

Inside the world's largest particle collider

Unlimited Information Is Transforming Society

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

A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive – Max Read

Why are elephants dying? The race to solve the mystery of mass die-offs

Hundreds of animals perished in Botswana and new deaths are reported in Zimbabwe – now scientists are trying to find the cause

What sewage can tell us about the spread of COVID-19

More cities are testing wastewater, but a poor federal response keeps efforts scattered.

The world's longest glass-bottomed bridge in China

New air pollution culprit: Asphalt

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.

Plastics Are Messing with Fish Physiology

A systematic review exposes the dangers of tiny plastics and the hidden bias at the heart of plastic research.

Just Because It’s Natural Doesn’t Mean It’s Good - Issue 89: The Dark Side

Evolution is a wonderful thing to learn about, a terrible thing to learn from.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.

Why Do Birds Migrate at Night?

When birds migrate at night, there are fewer predators but that doesn't mean it's safe.

What Are Geofence Warrants?

Location data on your smartphone is giving law enforcement new surveillance tools

A Closer Look at Animal Eyes

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.

Meet the woman who gave the world antiviral drugs

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."

Facebook Here — May We Interest You in Some Transparency?

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...

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

Seemingly small design tweaks to the search results interface may change how and where people find information online.

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide

Number of glacial lakes rose by 53% in 1990-2018 to cover 9,000 sq km of planet’s surface