Mozambique: the secret rainforest at the heart of an African volcano

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Mozambique: the secret rainforest at the heart of an African volcano A ‘dream team’ of scientists scaled Mount Lico and found a wealth of new species by Jeff Barbee Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Läs mer…

The secret rainforest hidden at the heart of an African volcano – in pictures

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; A ‘dream team’ of international scientists scaled Mozambique’s Mount Lico and found a wealth of new species. Allianceearth.org The western face of Mount Lico rises 700 metres above the surrounding plain. Mountains that rise alone like this are called inselbergs. Mozambique has hundreds, but Läs mer…

Faecal transplants ‘could save endangered koala’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Endangered species The Observer Team of researchers changes microbes in koalas’ guts in order to improve type of food they consume Koalas could be helped by microbe transplants that enable them to consume a different type of food. Photograph: Getty Images Scientists believe they Läs mer…

£720m Large Hadron Collider upgrade 'could upend particle physics'

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Large Hadron Collider Collider will be far more sensitive to anomalies that could lead to entirely new theories of the universe The Large Hadron Collider in its tunnel at Cern, near Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/AP A massive project to supercharge the world’s largest Läs mer…

Spacewatch: Japan's new 'spy cam' cuts through the clouds

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Japan Spacewatch Tanegashima space centre sends into orbit all-weather IGS radar satellite in 16th mission to keep eye on the neighbours Japan’s H2A rocket, with the information gathering satellite, lifts off, 12 June, from the space centre on Tanegashima island. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images Läs mer…

Sex-change mice research could help humans, say scientists

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Genetics Removal of enhancer 13 DNA strands caused males to grow ovaries and female genitalia, helping research on human sexual development disorders Male mice grew female genitalia and ovaries after removal of enhancer 13 from their genetic code. Photograph: Redmond Durrell/Alamy Scientists have turned Läs mer…

Human activity making mammals more nocturnal, study finds

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Wildlife Research involving 62 species found mammals spent relatively less time being active during the day when humans were nearby Wild boar come out at night to look for food in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Geslin Laurent/Science Human disturbance is turning mammals into night owls, Läs mer…

The Guardian view on Albert Einstein: free thinking and hidebound attitudes | Editorial

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Albert Einstein Opinion The Guardian view on Albert Einstein: free thinking and hidebound attitudes Editorial The scientist’s empathy was signally lacking during his travels in Asia, newly published diaries reveal Albert Einstein’s diaries from the 1920s include some shockingly racist comments. Above, the physicist Läs mer…

Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Technology They promised us … Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility? Instant travel seems further away than when Captain Kirk first reanimated, but scientists are fighting to make it happen William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek, which popularised the idea of Läs mer…

Killer robots will only exist if we are stupid enough to let them

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Robots As long as humans are sensible when they create the operating programs, robots will bring enormous benefits to humanity, says expert A scene from Terminator Salvation (2009). Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros. The idea of killer robots rising up and destroying humans is a Hollywood Läs mer…

AI cancer detectors

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Artificial intelligence (AI) The five Researchers suggest artificial intelligence is now better and faster at detecting cancer than clinicians Squamous carcinoma. An AI system distinguishes dangerous skin lesions from benign ones. Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science P More accurate than dermatologists An AI system developed Läs mer…

Elon Musk: as business fortunes dip, he starts a war with the media

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Elon Musk The champion of clean energy and space travel, who was on a trajectory seemingly forever up, is now locked in battle with the same media which once feted him The entrepreneur Elon Musk has responded to negative headlines by lashing out at Läs mer…

Six reasons why social media is a Bummer

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Jaron Lanier, pioneer turned digital sceptic, explains in an extract from his new book why we must take back control It might not seem like it at first, but I’m an optimist. I don’t think we have to throw the whole digital world away. Läs mer…