MWC 2019: Nokia 9 PureView triggers trypophobia (fear of holes) sufferers

People who suffer from a fear of holes have claimed Nokia’s new smartphone is triggering their condition. The Nokia 9 PureView has just been announced at the tech show MWC 2019. It features a ‘penta-camera’ with five lenses as well as a light and infrared sensor for detecting depth. But these seven small holes are …

Labor given new legal advice that it could revoke Adani approvals

Federal Labor MPs have been given new legal advice arguing there is a valid pathway to revoke the environmental approvals for the controversial Adani coal project, and a summary of polling showing stopping the project would not necessarily cost seats in central Queensland. Guardian Australia has seen a brief for Labor MPs prepared by the …

Grouse estates investigated over heather burning

An official watchdog is investigating five grouse-shooting estates for allegedly damaging the environment in a practice that they had pledged to stop. Natural England is looking into allegations that the estates have repeatedly burned heather on their land to maximise the number of grouse for shooting. The watchdog launched its investigation after being passed evidence …

The World’s Insects Are Vanishing – Will We Really Be Wiped Out With Them?

There are an awful lot of insects. It’s hard to say exactly how many because 80 percent haven’t yet been described by taxonomists, but there are probably about 5.5 million species. Put that number together with other kinds of animals with exoskeletons and jointed legs, known collectively as arthropods – this includes mites, spiders and …

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Entered ‘Safe Mode’ Last Week, And We’re Still Not Sure Why

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which touched down in 2014, experienced a “hiccup” while booting up last week – but scientists on Earth have brought it back online and are working to reconstruct what went wrong. “We’re still not sure of its exact cause and are gathering the relevant data for analysis,” said Steven Lee, Curiosity’s …

If the Coalition has had a climate epiphany, I’m Beyoncé | Katharine Murphy

Let’s start with the good news. Scott Morrison is talking constructively about climate change because he is intelligent enough to understand that failing to do that renders the Coalition unelectable in parts of the country, and with parts of its own base. Compared with where we’ve been, a Liberal prime minister standing up at a …

YouTube Is Taking a Huge Step Against ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Vax Videos

Social media sites like YouTube are stepping up their enforcement against anti-vax content. YouTube channels that promote anti-vaccination content are not allowed to run ads on the video sharing platform, according to a policy first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday. YouTube said that it considers anti-vaccination content to be “dangerous or harmful,” which as …

Revolt against the Rich

In 2015 I attended a workshop on political polarization with an eclectic group of scholars and activists. We swapped ideas on resolving battles over climate change, inequality, abortion and gay rights. One obstacle to compromise, a psychologist said, is that many Americans have a visceral, emotional reaction to issues like homosexuality. I have …

Emissions reduction fund to pay for fossil fuel plant that would be built anyway

The Morrison government’s emissions reduction fund – rebadged as a “climate solutions” policy and to be boosted with an extra $2bn – is being used to help one of the world’s biggest gold miners pay for a fossil fuel power plant the company concedes it would have built anyway. Fund opponents say it is the …

White House Is Forming a Panel to ‘Reassess’ The Government’s Climate Change Consensus

The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three administration officials. The National Security Council initiative would include scientists who question the severity of climate …

NASA concerned as iceberg twice the size of New York City is about to break off from Antarctica

NASA scientists are observing the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where they expect an iceberg around twice the size of New York City to soon break off. (NASA) Scientists warned Sunday that a massive iceberg will soon calve — or break off — from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf and they’re increasingly concerned about the “uncertain future” …

Decline in bogong moth numbers leaves mountain pygmy possums starving

Numbers of unique Australian moths that migrate in their billions to alpine areas have crashed, ecologists say, putting extra pressure on the endangered mountain pygmy possum. Scientists believe the “astonishing” drop in bogong moth numbers is linked to climate change and recent droughts in areas where the moths breed. At the same time checks on …

Could we soon be able to detect cancer in 10 minutes?

About seven years ago, researchers at the US DNA sequencing company Illumina started to notice something odd. A new blood test it ran on 125,000 expectant mothers looking for genetic abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome in their foetuses returned some extremely unexpected signals in 10 cases. Chillingly, it dawned on them that the abnormal DNA …

Decline in bogong moth numbers leaves pygmy mountain possums starving

Numbers of unique Australian moths that migrate in their billions to alpine areas have crashed, ecologists say, putting extra pressure on the endangered mountain pygmy possum. Scientists believe the “astonishing” drop in bogong moth numbers is linked to climate change and recent droughts in areas where the moths breed. At the same time checks on …

Ban Ki-moon tells Britain: stop investing in fossil fuels overseas

Ban Ki-moon has urged Britain to stop funding fossil fuel projects overseas, in what he said would mark a test of Theresa May’s commitment to act on climate change. The former UN secretary general said he was deeply concerned that the UK’s export credit agency had provided billions of pounds in recent years to support …

How is this 10-year-old fighting climate change? First, by ditching school.

Kyodo via AP Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Fridays at 9 a.m., 10-year-old Lilly Platt doesn’t head to school like other kids in her class. Instead, she takes placards and a keep-cup filled with hot …

Einstein got it – philosophy and science do go hand in hand | Kenan Malik

Last week it was revealed that Edinburgh University’s David Purdie had discovered a letter from Albert Einstein in which the great scientist notes the importance of 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume in developing his theory of special relativity. Without having reading Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature, Einstein wrote: “I cannot say that the solution …

Carbon Emissions Are Now 10x Higher Than When The Arctic Had Crocodiles And Palm Trees

By about the time our great-grandchildren have children of their own, we humans will likely have broken a climate record that has stood unchallenged for 56 million years. New research has found that humans are pumping nearly 10 times more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than what was emitted during Earth’s last major warming event, called …

The Value of Tinkering

As an elementary school science teacher, I find this not easy to admit, but some of my students’ most rewarding and meaningful classes over the years have happened when I have taken a back seat and let my students “tinker.” Whether they want to dam up a stream during a water study, build nests with …

An Archaeologist Says He’s Figured Out The Secret of The Pyramids’ Peculiar Alignment

For centuries, the pyramids of Giza have puzzled researchers – not just their mysterious voids and hidden chambers, but exactly how ancient Egyptians built such impressive structures without modern technology. One of the most confounding issues is how the structures became so perfectly aligned. Although it’s slightly lopsided, overall the square sides of the 138.8 metre (455 …

Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain

You receive an invitation, emblazoned with a question: “A bouncing little ‘he’ or a pretty little ‘she’?” The question is your teaser for the “gender reveal party” to which you are being invited by an expectant mother who, at more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy, knows what you don’t: the sex of her child. …