Rethinking global warming

Jan 22, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


We all know that the man-made emissions like the greenhouse gases is the cause of global warming and the global cooling happens by air pollution through aerosols.

However, researchers now ... Read more

More species under extinction threat

Jan 21, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


The Red List of Threatened Species, which is the gold standard for such a classification, wrongly categorizes approximately 600 species as non-threatened. A new comprehensive approach categorizes these and... Read more

Men and dogs: old friends that may have hunted together already 11,500 years ago

Jan 16, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


11,500 years old bones of animals found in Northeast Jordan suggest that dogs may have assisted humans in the hunt of small prey, like gazelles, hares and foxes. The bones show signs of having passed throu... Read more

Research provides strategies to combat science misinformation campaigns

Jan 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Recent research on large-scale misinformation campaigns to undermine the science of climate change, financed by organizations that have a lot to lose in the transition to a low-carbon economy, has led scie... Read more

Antarctica losing ice at a scary pace

Jan 15, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers discovered that Antarctica showed a six-fold increase in ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017. This accelerated melting raised the sea levels by more than half an inch during this time.

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Women were involved in the creation of Medieval manuscripts

Jan 10, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The creation of richly illustrated manuscripts in the Middle Ages was the work of monks. Now, the discovery of pigment (lapis lazuli) used for illustration in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12t... Read more

Deep Pacific Ocean is still cooling because of the Little Ice Age

Jan 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Deep Pacific Ocean is still cooling because of the Little Ice Age that occurred in the 16th century.

This surprising conclusion was reached by modelling of sea water temperatures and curr... Read more

Photosynthetic glitch fixed – Whop a 40% increase in crop growth

Jan 04, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Plants use sunlight and convert it to energy by photosynthesis. But most crops have a glitch and this dramatically suppresses their energy production.

Plants have an enzyme called Rubisco... Read more

Abundance of dinosaur footprints discovered in England

Dec 17, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


A rich collection of dinosaur footprints was recently discovered in East Sussex, UK. Containing more than 85 well-preserved footprints, the site is the most diverse and detailed from the Cretaceous period ... Read more

We are reversing a long-term cooling trend

Dec 14, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have found out that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend which can be traced back to 50 million years. Alarmingly, this has happened in just two centuries.

Without the reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions, the earth clim... Read more

Hope for the coral reefs

Dec 11, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists found that corals of the Great Barrier Reef responded differently to the high sea water temperatures in 2017 as compared with 2016.

The rate of bleaching in 2017 appeared to be... Read more

Potentially the largest oil and gas reserve found

Dec 10, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


The US Department of the Interior recently announced that they estimate a reserve of 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids as per... Read more

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming: oceans did not contain enough oxygen

Dec 07, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


During the largest extinction on Earth some 252 million years ago, oceans warmed up, thus increasing the metabolism of marine animals. The warmer ocean water did not hold enough oxygen to accommodate the i... Read more

Sources of polluting ammonia emission identified from space

Dec 06, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have prepared the first world map of atmospheric ammonia by analyzing satellite measurements between 2008-2016. The map shows 241 point sources of ammonia emissions due to human activities like ... Read more

Increasing soil carbon to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement and feed the world

Dec 03, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


As the amount of carbon in soil is double the amount of carbon in trees and plants, the degradation of one third of the world’s soils is of concern, as it limits food production and adds almost 500 g... Read more

Origin of mankind includes the North of Africa

Nov 30, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

In contrast to what has been generally believed until now, the cradle of humankind was not only in East Africa, but also in North Africa.

Scientists have found stone tools in Algeria that... Read more

Cave paintings suggest ancient humans had advanced astronomy knowledge

Nov 30, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Paleolithic cave paintings from different places around the world lead researchers to an interesting conclusion: our ancestors had advanced knowledge of astronomy.

Many drawings are not sim... Read more

Environmental change drove ancient mammals to extinction, not humans

Nov 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Contradicting the generally accepted view that early humans are to blame for mass extinction of big mammals in Africa, new research has revealed that environmental change is likely the culprit. Scientists ... Read more

Auroras help uncover the physics of energy-releasing events in space

Nov 15, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Auroras are beautiful light shows caused by electrically charged particles falling in Earth’s atmosphere, interacting with the magnetic field and colliding with gases. Scientifically, they are the vi... Read more

Large meteorite crater on Greenland discovered

Nov 15, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Buried beneath Greenland’s ice sheet, in the northwest, is a huge meteorite crater, scientists found. The size of the meteorite must have been around 1 km in diameter, creating a crater with a diamet... Read more