Home » Archives by category » SCIENCE (Page 37)

Wildlife colonises man-made rockpools

Wildlife colonises man-made rockpools

Image copyright Aberystwyth University Image caption The little holes trap the water when the sea retreats Mini rock pools are being created by scientists trying to protect sea life from the boom in manmade sea defences. Aberystwyth University researchers have drilled holes the size of a family baked bean can into a breakwater made of […]

How science transformed the world in 100 years

How science transformed the world in 100 years

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Discovering the structure of DNA was a “big moment” in science In an essay for the BBC, Nobel Prize-winner and Royal Society President Sir Venki Ramakrishnan contemplates the nature of scientific discovery – how it has transformed our worldview in a short space of time, and why we […]

BBC wrong to not challenge climate sceptic Lord Lawson

BBC wrong to not challenge climate sceptic Lord Lawson

Image copyright Dan Kitwood Image caption Former Chancellor Lord Lawson’s claims on climate change were made on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme The BBC should have challenged the views of climate sceptic Lord Lawson in an interview in August, the complaints unit for the corporation has ruled. The ex-chancellor claimed in an interview with the […]

Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

Image copyright NASA US astronaut Paul Weitz, who helped save a Nasa space station after it was damaged during launch, has died aged 85. Mr Weitz, who died at a retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, also served as the first commander of the space shuttle Challenger. He was a naval aviator before joining Nasa in […]

More acidic oceans ‘will affect all sea life’

More acidic oceans ‘will affect all sea life’

Image copyright JAGO-TEAM/GEOMAR Image caption Cold water corals should be more resilient All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed. This […]

Blue Planet II: Why Sir David will never tire of his work

Sir David Attenborough is back on our screens this coming Sunday with a second series of Blue Planet. The great naturalist sat down with our science editor David Shukman to talk about the oceans and the threats they face. Blue Planet II: Why Sir David will never tire of his work

The place spacecraft go to die

The place spacecraft go to die

Image copyright china manned space engineering Image caption China’s Tiangong I spacecraft is expected to fall to Earth soon China’s Tiangong-1 space station is currently out of control and expected to fall back to Earth next year. But not in the remote place where many other spacecraft end their days. Explorers and adventurers often look […]

Alarm over decline in flying insects

Alarm over decline in flying insects

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Losses of rare insects are well documented, but there is little research on insects as a whole It’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that […]

A brief history of the Earth’s CO2

A brief history of the Earth’s CO2

Image copyright Getty Images Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been present […]

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Image copyright Brent Stirton/WPY Image caption Brent Stirton says the things he’s seen have dented his faith in humanity A shocking image of environmental crime has been declared the top entry in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. Taken by South African Brent Stirton, the picture shows the slumped form of a […]