Zoë Quinn was subjected to death and rape threats in the Gamergate campaign and had private pictures posted. Now she wants to help others facing internet abuse… Read the rest
The physicist Nigel Goldenfeld hates biology — “at least the way it was presented to me” when he was in school, he said. “It seemed to be a disconnected collection of facts. There was very little quantitation.” That sentiment may come as a surprise to anyone who glances over the myriad projects Goldenfeld’s lab is working on. He and his colleagues monitor the individual and swarm behaviors of honeybees, analyze biofilms, watch genes jump, assess diversity in ecosystems and probe the ecology of microbiomes. Goldenfeld himself is director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology, and he spends most of his time not in the physics department at the University of Illinois but in his biology lab on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
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Strong currents in the Red Sea are sweeping huge masses of larvae-rich sea water from one reef to the next… Read the rest
Total has had its drilling licence turned down, with Brazil’s environment agency saying the French oil giant has failed to address the environmental risk of oil spills… Read the rest
Snow leopards could soon come off the “endangered” list, but while that looks like a win the move could make it harder to drum up support for protective measures… Read the rest
Have we rubbed off on our closest animal companions? Dogs have developed a range of remarkably human characteristics, as this New Scientist round-up reveals… Read the rest
When it became possible to remove a tumor from a patient and study it in a dish, the field of oncology was transformed. Sergiu Paşca, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, wants psychiatry to experience the same kind of revolution. Yet the brain presents an even greater challenge than cancer. Without the option of simply cutting out pieces of a person’s healthy cerebral cortex the way physicians can dissect a tumor, brain scientists have had to get creative.
Now Paşca has joined other researchers in growing little balls of human brain tissue, about four millimeters in diameter, from stem cells in the lab. With prompting from the right chemicals, these cultures grow into neurons and other cell types that organize themselves over weeks and months into structures … Read the rest
Houston is battling unprecedented floods from Hurricane Harvey – and yet Texas’s plans to protect itself from floods remain stalled… Read the rest
Many large animals are now living far outside of their native ranges, and that may actually be helping conservation… Read the rest
From Jesus appearing on toast to the man in the moon, we can’t help seeing faces where there are none. Now it turns out monkeys do the same thing… Read the rest
A study of dodo bones has revealed how the legendary birds matured, bred and moulted, and explains discrepancies in sailors’ descriptions of them… Read the rest
The past 15 years have called into question every assumption about who we are and where we came from. Turns out our evolution is more baffling than we thought… Read the rest
Can the planet change over to 100 per cent clean and renewable energy fast enough to avoid extreme climate impacts? Yes it can, says Mark Jacobson… Read the rest