Current Event Essay Science

New 3-D Measurements Improve Understanding of Geomagnetic Storm Hazards

Mar. 8, 2018 — Measurements of the three-dimensional structure of Earth, as opposed to the one-dimensional models typically used, can help scientists more accurately determine which areas of the United States are ... read more

Mar. 6, 2018 — Each summer, the South Asian monsoon transforms parts of India from semi-arid into lush green lands able to support farming. The annual infusion of rainfall and resulting runoff into the Ganges, ... read more

Enhanced Weathering of Rocks Can Help to Pull CO2 out of the Air -- A Little

Mar. 6, 2018 — Weathering of huge amounts of tiny rocks could be a means to reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While this is normally a slow natural process during which minerals chemically bind CO2, ... read more

Mar. 6, 2018 — The earliest oxygen-producing microbes may not have been cyanobacteria. Ancient microbes may have been producing oxygen through photosynthesis a billion years earlier than we thought, which means ... read more

Mar. 6, 2018 — High in Mongolia's Gobi Desert, the climate is so dry and cold that glaciers shrank during the last ice age. Dating of rock deposits shows how glaciers in this less-studied region behave very ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — For years, scientists determined that smoke, overall, diminishes clouds' cooling effect by absorbing light that the clouds beneath the aerosols would otherwise reflect. This new study does not ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — Factors most important for regulation of transpiration in young forests in Panama had to do with their ability to access water in the soil, whereas older forests were more affected by atmospheric ... read more

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Return Is Sentinel of Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Recovery

Mar. 5, 2018 — A new research article analyzes the positive impact of long-term nutrient reductions on an important and valuable ecosystem in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists indicate the resurgence of underwater ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — Earth's vast and vital oceans are a critical source of economic productivity, but issues of space management, interindustry conflict and environmental degradation often limit sustainable ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — Scientists have found evidence of natural selection in a deep-sea fish species adapting to the depth of ocean that it ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — Media coverage of the torching of huge caches of ivory presented a strong message against elephant poaching and ivory trade, but many of those who needed to hear it most may not have received it, an ... read more

Mar. 2, 2018 — Take a good look at these photos: They show you 1.6 billion years old fossilized oxygen bubbles, created by tiny microbes in what was once a shallow sea somewhere on young ... read more

Mar. 2, 2018 — New research has outlined a new methodology for estimating ancient atmospheric water content based on fossil plant leaf ... read more

Mar. 2, 2018 — For every 10 degrees north from the equator you move, spring arrives about four days earlier than it did a decade ago, according to a new study. This is three times greater than what previous studies ... read more

Mar. 1, 2018 — South Africa's history and economy has been built on its rich natural treasures of a number of precious metals, stones and minerals. The country's mineral deposits have been created over ... read more

Mar. 1, 2018 — The paradox of the missing xenon might sound like the title of the latest airport thriller, but it's actually a problem that's stumped geophysicists for decades. New work provides the first ... read more

Lake Montcortès in Spain Reveals the Ecological Footprint of Climate Change from the Last 500 Years

Feb. 28, 2018 — Oxygen decline in water masses is an environmental problem in lakes and ponds around the world. This phenomenon, which alters the conditions of continental water ecosystems, seems to be linked to ... read more

Feb. 28, 2018 — Conservation partnerships between protected lands and their non-protected neighbors could significantly improve a region's ability to accommodate species migration in response to shifting ... read more

New Data Helps Explain Recent Fluctuations in Earth's Magnetic Field

Feb. 28, 2018 — Using new data gathered from sites in southern Africa, researchers have extended their record of Earth's magnetic field back thousands of years to the first millennium. The new data also ... read more

Feb. 28, 2018 — Plumes of hot magma from the volcanic hotspot that formed Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean rise from an unusually primitive source deep beneath the Earth's surface. The mantle differentiation ... read more

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Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry


Berries clothe seeds and fertilize them when they drop to the ground, and one summer they taught a young woman to savor time.

August 24, 2017, Thursday

With Snowflakes and Unicorns, Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani Explored a Universe in Motion


The legacies and achievements of two great mathematicians will dazzle and intrigue scholars for decades.

August 7, 2017, Monday

A Mausoleum for Endangered Species

Photographs by TRISTAN SPINSKI

A warehouse in Colorado offers evidence of the immense demand for goods made from threatened and endangered animals.

July 10, 2017, Monday

Hope Springs Early, but Not Eternal, for the Deadnettle — or for Us


A naturalist in England found the early-blooming plant had moved up its schedule by nearly two months — a foreboding sign of a warming climate.

March 27, 2017, Monday

Insurer Rewards Push Women Toward Mammograms


Health plans offer women a variety of incentives to be screened for breast cancer even when scientific guidelines recommend against it.

January 19, 2016, Tuesday

Blood Pressure, a Reading With a Habit of Straying


Measuring it once is a relatively simple task. Measure it again and again, and you might find yourself on a roller-coaster ride.

December 1, 2015, Tuesday

Parental Grief Has Often Been a Factor in Presidential Politics


Historically, the loss of children has affected numerous presidents, who have coped in different ways.

October 22, 2015, Thursday

Magic May Lurk Inside Us All


Several streams of research in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy are converging on an uncomfortable truth: We’re more susceptible to magical thinking than we’d like to admit.

October 28, 2014, Tuesday

In Darwin’s Footsteps


The biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have spent four decades tracking finches on the cone of an extinct volcano and augmenting our understanding of evolution.

August 5, 2014, Tuesday

The Advanced Metrics of Attraction


We may not realize it, but we’re applying mathematical notions to relationships, and a crush is just a statistically small sample.

July 15, 2014, Tuesday
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