Governments spend US$22 billion a year helping the fishing industry empty our oceans. This injustice must end
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Lupus and other autoimmune diseases strike far more women than men. Now there's a clue why
Overfishing has dire consequences for ocean health and for the millions of people who depend on fish for food and well-being. Globally, catch has been steadily declining since the 1990s. It's a trend that's likely to continue if we fail to act now.
Pilotless drones being tested in Antarctica for use in scientific research
Women are far more likely than men to get autoimmune diseases, when an out-of-whack immune system attacks their own bodies—and new research may finally explain why.
Hungry sea otters are helping save California's marshlands from erosion
If tests are successful, Windracers Ultra UAV will be used for research such as surveying marine ecosystems and studying glaciersPilotless drones are being tested in Antarctica with the aim of using them to carry out scientific research.A test crew has arrived at the largest British science facility on the continent, the Rothera Research Station. Continue...
‘The situation has become appalling’: fake scientific papers push research credibility to crisis point
The return of sea otters and their voracious appetites has helped rescue a section of California marshland, a new study shows.
Orbital resonance: The striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits
Last year, 10,000 sham papers had to be retracted by academic journals, but experts think this is just the tip of the icebergTens of thousands of bogus research papers are being published in journals in an international scandal that is worsening every year, scientists have warned. Medical research is being compromised, drug development hindered and promising academic research jeopardised thanks to...
Silent fields: A cocktail of pesticides is stunting bumblebee colonies across Europe
Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances—in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no specific relationship to each other.
The surprising reason insects circle lights at night: They lose track of the sky
The European Parliament voted against a proposal to curb the use of agricultural pesticides in November 2023. These chemicals, designed to protect crop yield from pest insects and other organisms, can contaminate the water and air and threaten the people and wildlife that maintain the vitality of our landscapes.
Scientists discover 12 star-gobbling black holes shining in infrared light
It's an observation as old as humans gathering around campfires: Light at night can draw an erratically circling crowd of insects. In art, music and literature, this spectacle is an enduring metaphor for dangerous but irresistible attractions. And watching their frenetic movements really gives the sense that something is wrong—that instead of finding food and evading predators, these nocturnal...
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Of Two Minds review – a curiously satisfying psychological mystery
At the heart of nearly all large galaxies lies a supermassive black hole (SMBH). Some of these black holes may be steadily feeding on surrounding gas and dust, while others lie incognito with barely any material to eat. But no type of meal gets a black hole to light up its surroundings quite like anContinue reading "Scientists discover 12 star-gobbling black holes shining in infrared light"
Saturday Citations: A dog regenerates a body part that may surprise you; plus microbes, neurons and climate change
Burgeon & Flourish; iOSFusing real movie footage and interactive free-association components, this is a compelling and at times enlightening experienceOnce considered a creative cul-de-sac, the interactive movie – a video game made from filmed footage – is undergoing a renaissance. Like 2022’s Bafta-winning Immortality, Of Two Minds asks players to piece together a mystery from found...
Students with disabilities often left on the sidelines when it comes to school sports
Coming in hot on February 3 with a photo of a cute French bully who did an amazing trick with his jawbone. Good boy! (Click!) Happy Saturday. Here's a roundup that includes news about additive printing of neurons, evidence that microbes like stuff, and the shifting temperature differential between day and night.
Snow day, now eclipse day? Why the celestial event has some schools going dark
"Teen with special needs makes thrilling buzzer beater shot."
Oklahoma rattled by shallow 5.1 magnitude earthquake
School boards across the province are bracing for the total solar eclipse that will grace Canadian skies in early April. Several school boards are considering closing while others argue it could be a learning opportunity for...
10 feared dead in Chile forest fires
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook an area near Oklahoma City late Friday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Common food preservative has unexpected effects on the gut microbiome
Chilean firefighters were battling rapidly expanding wildfires Saturday that officials fear have claimed around 10 lives and are threatening hundreds of homes, prompting the president to declare a state of emergency.
Training an animal? An ethicist explains how and why your dog, but not your frog, can be punished
Food manufacturers often add preservatives to food products to keep them fresh. The purpose of these preservatives is to kill microbes that could break down and otherwise spoil the food. Common additives like sugar, salt, vinegar and alcohol have been used as preservatives for centuries, but modern-day food labels now reveal more unfamiliar ingredients such as sodium benzoate, calcium propionate,...
Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Human enhancement or virtual insanity?
People talk to their pets every day: offering praise when they're good, reassurance when they're confused and affection when they're cuddling. We also speak to animals when they misbehave. "Why did you do that?" someone might ask their dog. Or we might scold the cat—"Don't touch that!"—as we move a family heirloom across the room.
Tech billionaire Elon Musk announced this week that his company Neuralink has implanted its first wireless brain chip in a human. The National’s Ian Hanoansing asks neurology experts Judy Illes and Dr. John Krakauer to weigh in on the development and the future of the...