A new collection from the photographer Emmet Gowin delivers an appreciation for the hidden ties between humans and moths as well as art and science.… Read the rest
Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, satellite data shows.… Read the rest
The country is one of the few major developed nations not to have a dedicated agency.… Read the rest
Too much plutonium in one place. … Read the rest
In America, beef accounts for 37 percent of all human-induced methane released into the air. Methane is 23 times as warming to the climate as carbon dioxide. In a recent article, Atlantic senior editor James Hamblin highlighted research that found one dietary change—replacing beef with beans—could get the U.S. as much as 74 percent of the way to meeting 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals. As Hamblin notes, it’s worth being reminded that individual choices matter.… Read the rest
Volkswagen is looking for serious, long-term contracts with cobalt producers, according to a Reuters report on Friday. Cobalt is a common component in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and it’s projected to command more and more demand as electric vehicles are adopted in greater numbers. Currently cobalt is trading at about $26 per pound.
Securing reserves of the kinds of materials used in batteries will be key to Volkswagen’s future growth. After the so-called “dieselgate” scandal of 2015, Volkswagen Group pledged to pivot away from diesel to electric vehicles (EVs). The German automaker has said it wants to produce up to 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and offer 80 electric vehicle models across all 12 brands by 2030. If… Read the rest
In Costa Rica, researchers are cloning cacao hybrids resistant to frosty pod rot, a blight that has spread throughout Latin America.… Read the rest
Little is known about the cave paintings in France and Spain made tens of thousands of years ago.… Read the rest
A review of historical accounts shows there have been several alligator-on-shark grudge matches, hinting at an unlikely food source… Read the rest
Nikon, one of the leading manufacturers of microscopes, also hosts an annual microscopy competition (and you can use any company’s microscopes to enter). We’ve shared some of our favorite images with you in years past, since they’ve been every bit as artistic as good photography and, in many cases, reveal important details about the natural world—details that we’d otherwise never be able to appreciate.
Most people will only get exposed to microscopy during high school biology, which is typically the realm of static slices of long-dead organisms, permanently pressed onto a glass side. But history’s first use of a microscope back in the 1600s involved watching living microbes flitting across the field of view. Microscopy doesn’t have to be static; in fact, the element of time… Read the rest
Mount Agung on Bali is an active volcano that may be about to erupt for the first time in 54 years.… Read the rest
“The bridge has done better than we expected,” the project leader said.… Read the rest
The future will bring both exciting events and new dangers.… Read the rest