El Niño is starting to lose strength after fueling a hot, stormy year. An atmospheric scientist explains what's ahead
23 articles from SUNDAY 11.2.2024
What is micellar water and how does it work?
Wild weather has been roiling North America for the past few months, thanks in part to a strong El Niño that sent temperatures surging in 2023. The climate phenomenon fed atmospheric rivers drenching the West Coast and contributed to summer's extreme heat in the South and Midwest and fall's wet storms across the East.
Digital technologies have made ancient manuscripts more accessible than ever, but there are risks and losses, too
Micellar water, a product found in supermarkets, chemists and bathroom cabinets around the world, is commonly used to remove make-up. It's a very effective cleanser and many people swear by it as part of their skincare routine.
Have Conservative UK councils started placing more children in care each year than Labour councils? New analysis
Near the end of the 18th century, a Greek monk named Nikodemos was putting together a massive anthology of Byzantine texts on prayer and spirituality, which he would call The Philokalia.
Contents of Charles Darwin’s entire personal library revealed for first time
In England, over 80,000 children are now in care, an increase of nearly one third since 2010. We've discovered that local party politics is a factor in this. Our analysis shows that, between 2015 and 2021, six or seven more children each year were taken into care in an average sized Conservative council than in an equivalent Labour council.
The complete library of Charles Darwin revealed for the first time
300-page catalogue details thousands of books, journals, pamphlets and articles in naturalist’s libraryDetails of Charles Darwin’s vast personal library, from a paper on epileptic guinea pigs to the Elizabeth Gaskell novel he adored, are being published in their entirety for the first time.The project has involved nearly two decades of painstaking, detective-like work to track down the...
Atmospheric river storms are getting stronger, and deadlier. The race to understand them is on
Charles Darwin—arguably the most influential man of science in history, accumulated a vast personal library throughout his working life. Until now, 85% of its contents were unknown or unpublished.
Saturn's Death Star-looking moon may have vast underground ocean
As the climate crisis supercharges storms over the Pacific, scientists are creating tools that can measure them from the insideThe storm raged over California for more than five days. As the powerful atmospheric river made landfall, furious winds and torrential downpours ripped trees from their roots, turned streets into rivers and sent mud cascading into homes.Along with chaos, the storm brought...
Can a new shot prevent a hangover? I put it to the test
Astronomers have found the best evidence yet of a vast, young ocean beneath the icy exterior of Saturn's Death Star lookalike mini moon.
I felt lost in early adulthood, so coined the term ‘quarterlife’ as a focus for study
Safety Shot says it can combat symptoms of drunkenness and reduce blood alcohol so you ‘never lose a day’If dry January left you craving a big night out, the arrival of wet February – where some people overcompensate after a month without alcohol – may already have served up a reminder of the downsides of excess drinking.If so, a new product that is claimed to rapidly reduce blood alcohol,...
Noxious fumes at night aren't a pollinating moth's delight
Adrift after leaving university, Satya Doyle Byock turned to psychology to bridge the journey to adulthoodWhen Satya Doyle Byock finished her studies after nearly 20 years, she felt like she was stepping off a cliff. Adulthood seemed perilously unclear. “I was in my 20s and in crisis, looking around myself at friends in crisis,” says Byock, now 40. Only a few of her fellow graduates seemed...
The myth of men's full-time employment
Certain plants have flowers that open only in the evening, and depend on nocturnal pollinators such as moths to thrive.
Time in space is bad for the bones. N.S. prof's research could help humans on Earth
Men's employment in the U.S. reached a 20-year high in 2023, with nearly 90% of men ages 25 to 54 in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This supports the broad expectation—some might say stereotype—that full-time employment is the norm for American men.
Gulf of St. Lawrence redfish population in decline even before fishery reopens, report finds
A Mount Saint Vincent University professor is conducting a two-year research project to better understand how bones respond to the lack of gravity. The research has implications for improving treatment of bone disorders, such as...
Andean farmers use age-old technique amid climate change
The latest scientific assessment of the huge population of redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has sobering news even as fishing groups in Atlantic Canada and Quebec fight over who will get to catch...
‘Cosmic time machines’: how space telescopes transformed our ability to understand the universe
From the sky, they look like huge, circular patterns made by aliens—but in fact, they are an age-old technique farmers have brought back to fight the climate crisis on the Andean plateaus of Puno.
Breaking Through: My Life in Science by Katalin Karikó review – real-life lessons in chemistry
The launch of Hubble in 1990 marked a turning point in our quest to unravel the mysteries of deep spaceIf you’ve ever been blown away by an image of outer space, it’s a pretty safe bet it was taken by a spacecraft. That’s no surprise if we’re talking about the planets of our own solar system, where probes have been sending back spectacular closeups since the 1960s. But what about all those...
Power tools at the ready! The life-changing science behind hip and knee replacements
This vivid account of the Hungarian biochemist who endured decades of derision before pioneering Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is a tribute to her tenacity and self-beliefIn May 2013, Katalin Karikó turned up for work at her laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and found her belongings piled in the hallway. “There were my binders, my posters, my boxes of test tubes,” she recalls. Nearby a...
Weather v climate: How to make sense of an unusual cold snap while the world is hotter than ever
Thousands of people are given new joints each year in the UK. But can robots and smart tech soon make it a smoother procedure?Ian Doncaster is remarkably chipper for a man about to undergo major surgery. “I have a busy life. So it’s nice to have a break,” he jokes. It is 8.30am on a chilly December morning and here at Warwick hospital he is about to receive a new knee – or part of one.At...
Earlier this year, the UK's weather and climate service, the Met Office, announced average global temperatures in 2023 were 1.46°C above pre-industrial levels. This made it the hottest year on record, 0.17°C higher than the previous record in 2016.