Geography

Why are Australia's shrublands like 'knee-high tropical rainforests'?

Why are Australia’s shrublands like ‘knee-high tropical rainforests’?

Some of the Earth's ecosystems host a disproportionately high number of plant species, and infertile shrublands in warm semi-arid regions support 20 per cent...
best states for lovers

Study reveals best states for lovers

Is Virginia really for lovers? Other states may have something to say about that. In the first nationwide study of positive relationships, a Michigan State...
Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient...
Ice Age mammals

Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

The ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when its most distinct species go extinct,...
2016 was second warmest year on record for U.S.

2016 was second warmest year on record for U.S.

Last year will be remembered as warmer than average for much of the nation, and depending on where you live, 2016 was either parched,...
Ice-shelf rifts could threaten glaciers, says Antarctic expert

Ice-shelf rifts could threaten glaciers, says Antarctic expert

Like ice-sheet experts the world over, Rice University oceanographer John Anderson is waiting to see what will become of dramatic rifts that could signal...
Weakening of North Atlantic current can be prevented by reducing carbon emissions

Weakening of North Atlantic current can be prevented by reducing carbon emissions

Continued melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet could have a significant impact on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, a system of surface and deep...
Undersea volcano may provide clues to terrestrial eruptions

Undersea volcano may provide clues to terrestrial eruptions

The Axial Seamount, located some 300 miles off the Oregon Coast, has become one of the most intensely studied volcanoes on Earth – and...
Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered

Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered

Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web – a...
The truth about Galileo and his conflict with the Catholic Church

The truth about Galileo and his conflict with the Catholic Church

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the investigation into the Italian astronomer. Today virtually every child grows up learning that the...