Badgers, stoats and otters stage ‘incredible’ revival

They must survive government culls, gamekeepers, poisoning, persecution and increasingly busy roads but, in modern times at least, Britain’s carnivores have never had it so good: badger, otter, pine marten, polecat, stoat and weasel populations have “markedly improved” since the 1960s, according to a new study. The otter, polecat and pine marten have bounced back …

Is the Universe a Hologram? Maybe! This Math Trick Shows How

The fabric of space and time is widely believed by physicists to be emergent, stitched out of quantum threads according to an unknown pattern. And for 22 years, they’ve had a toy model of how emergent space-time can work: a theoretical “universe in a bottle,” as its discoverer, Juan Maldacena, has described it. Quanta Magazine …

This Politician Says Porn Is a “Public Health Crisis”. Uh, Here’s The Science

If state house representative Michelle Udall gets her way, pornography could soon be considered a public health crisis in Arizona. Passing her proposed bill probably won’t mean much for the average citizen. Nonetheless – is our love of watching others have sexy times really a major problem? Udall is under the impression that pornography poses …

New refillable batteries could fuel an electric car revolution

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 23, 2019, 10:56 AM GMT By Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky Electric vehicles are easier on the environment than their gasoline-powered counterparts, but their long charging times and the scarcity of charging stations can make life hard for the eco-conscious motorists who drive them. Now help may be on the horizon. Scientists …

Labor won’t prejudge Adani as it could harm future decisions, Tony Burke says

Tony Burke says he has always been sceptical about whether the law has been followed in relation to previous environmental approvals for the controversial Adani coal project in Queensland. But the shadow environment minister argues that he can’t telegraph a firm disposition about what he might do about the approvals in the future without making …

Killer whale filmed swimming to within inches of scientists before ‘offering fish’

A scientist managed to capture footage of a killer whale swimming so close it headbutts her camera. Regina Eisert was standing on sea ice on the coast of Antarctica when the young mammal approached her camera. The whale can be seen opening its mouth and chewing on some toothfish before it swims away. We’ll tell you …

Finally, We Know What Killed Sea Life in The Deadliest Mass Extinction in History

Around 252 million years ago, Earth experienced catastrophic devastation – an extinction event so severe that it wiped out almost all of the life on Earth. Up to 70 percent of all land vertebrate species were killed off, and a massive 96 percent of all marine species, including the famous trilobite that had previously survived …

Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles – Universe Today

WFIRST ain’t your grandma’s space telescope. Despite having the same size mirror as the surprisingly reliable Hubble Space Telescope, clocking in at 2.4 meters across, this puppy will pack a punch with a gigantic 300 megapixel camera, enabling it to snap a single image with an area a hundred times greater than the Hubble. With …

NASA Is Launching a Submarine to Hunt For Life in The Mysterious Depths of The Sea

Diving to the bottom of the ocean is arguably harder than rocketing into space. Hundreds of astronauts have left Earth, but you can count the people who’ve visited the very bottom of the ocean on one hand: James Cameron, Jacques Piccard, and Don Walsh. Because of that, we don’t know much about what goes on …

NASA Renames Facility After Katherine Johnson of ‘Hidden Figures’ Fame

NASA on Friday officially renamed a facility in West Virginia after Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician and centenarian whose barrier-breaking career was depicted in the film “Hidden Figures.” The 2016 film, based on a book released earlier that year, depicted the struggle of Ms. Johnson and other black women for equality at NASA during the …

This Waterfall Sometimes Glows Like Lava And It Looks Absolutely Incredible

From December to April in Yosemite National Park, chilly water from melting mountain snow streams toward the eastern edge of El Capitan and forms what’s known as Horsetail Falls. The cascade is predictably picturesque within the greater grandeur of one of the country’s most stunning national parks. But it becomes truly phenomenal for just a …

Watch Virgin Galactic pilots blast into space, view Earth from above

The spaceship Unity left Earth Friday morning and then successfully glided back down to California’s Mojave desert. Virgin Galactic pilots Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci flew the aerospace company’s fifth-supersonic powered test flight — with a working passenger aboard, chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses. After taking off from a runway attached to the WhiteKnightTwo “mothership,” …

Genius Material Kills 99.9% of Bacteria in Drinking Water Using Nothing But Sunlight

Researchers in China have developed a new way to remove bacteria from water that they say is both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of a compound called graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify 10 litres (2.6 liquid gallons) of water in just one hour, killing virtually …

Scientists Have Witnessed a Single-Celled Algae Evolve Into a Multicellular Organism

Most of us know that at some point in our evolutionary history around 600 million years ago, single-celled organisms evolved into more complex multicellular life. But knowing that happened and actually seeing it happen in real-time in front of you is an entirely different matter altogether. And that’s exactly what researchers from the George Institute …

Scientists Have Created Mind-Controlled Rat Cyborgs

In news that’s like something straight from a Black Mirror episode, scientists have created mind-controlled rat cyborgs. Researchers at Zhejiang University in China published the findings of their study earlier this month, which aimed to steer a rat through a maze with human thoughts. The scientists claim their findings show ‘rat cyborgs’ can be successfully …

William Penn Foundation gives $2M toward new waterfront park in Bridesburg

“Receiving this generous funding from William Penn Foundation, and our partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the City of Philadelphia, enables us to work with our community to create a river park that is an integral part of life for our neighbors, as well as a citywide destination,” Stephanie Phillips, executive director of Riverfront …

Party-Drug-Turned-Antidepressant Approaches Approval

Editor’s note: This article was originally published with the title “Generation Ketamine” in the February/March issue of our new publication Scientific American Health&Medicine. When researchers showed in 2006 that the anesthetic ketamine—also known as the club drug Special K—was a rapid and potent antidepressant, big pharmaceutical companies quickly jumped into the game. Extensive efforts …

Exclusive: This Wild Paper Suggests Our Reality Is Just a Product of Quantum Mechanics

A team of theoretical physicists has a mind-bending new explanation for why our Universe is the way it is, and how it emerged in all its strangeness. According to a recent paper, space-time itself – the very fabric that makes up our Universe – is nothing more than a product of quantum mechanics. And distortions in …

What Went Wrong with the F-35, Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter?

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired, serving the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy – and even Britain’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy – …