How Long Will Human Civilization Last? Combining fields of sustainability and astrobiology to probe human civilization longevity

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some scientists, while other people argue that for political or economic reasons we should allow industrial development to continue without restrictions. In a READ MORE

People power in Kenya greatly improves local fisheries

Harnessing ‘people power’ to manage fisheries in the developing world has significantly benefited local communities and coral reefs, according to new research. “Studies about the environment, and particularly fisheries, abound with bad news, but here, we see a glimmer of READ MORE

Stray Stars Between Galaxies Add to the Cosmic Light in the Universe

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers at Caltech and their colleagues have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. The researchers, READ MORE

Massive tectonic event may have triggered explosion of animal life New analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the 'Cambrian explosion'

A new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the “Cambrian explosion,” the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago that has puzzled scientists since the time of Charles Darwin. A READ MORE

Competition between related species of lizards can drive evolution really fast If human evolution worked as fast as these lizards', average adult male height would increase by a foot in 20 generations.

Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species — in as little as 15 years — as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba. After contact with READ MORE

First Direct Detection of Dark Matter Space scientists have detected a curious signal that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter.

Cutting-edge paper by Professor George Fraser — who tragically died in March this year — and colleagues at the University of Leicester provides first potential indication of direct detection of Dark Matter — something that has been a mystery in READ MORE

Decline in Fish Stocks at Puget Sound Hurts Diving Birds Diving birds were 11 times more likely to be in decline than nondiving birds

Birds that dive for fish while wintering in the Salish Sea, located between British Columbia and Washington, are more likely to be in decline than nondiving birds with less specialized diets, according to a study led by the School of READ MORE

Climate change alters cast of winter birds Winter birds are now more diverse due to warming climate

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate. Writing this week in the journal Global READ MORE

New but really old genetic ‘operating system’ led to evolution of complex organisms

The evolution of worms, insects, vertebrates and other “bilateral” animals — those with distinct left and right sides — from less complex creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones with “radial” symmetry may have been facilitated by the emergence of a READ MORE