Science | The Guardian - RSS Feed

Latest Science news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

Latest articles

UK scientists warn of urgent need for action on vaccines to head off autumn Covid wave

Expert fear that new variants will emerge and stress the need to prepare the best drugs to combat itHealth authorities need to act urgently to prepare for an autumn that could see further waves of Covid-19 cases spreading across the UK.That is the clear warning from scientists and doctors after last week’s figures revealed another dramatic jump in cases....

A stitch in time: the benefits of teaching prisoners to sew

Learning a craft can change lives – and a scheme showing inmates how to use a needle and thread has had some remarkable resultsIt’s a balmy afternoon in southwest London and there’s a deafening sound overhead. My companion, Sebastian, jumps excitedly to his feet and leaps outside into the sun-dappled courtyard. Cupping one hand over his eyes, he points...

Great auks and seal-headed men: a window into ice age Provence

The Cosquer cave near Marseille astonished the diver who discovered it with its ancient depictions of sea and land animals. Now it has been painstakingly recreated in the French port for all to enjoyIt was in 1985 that the diver Henri Cosquer discovered, along the coast from Marseille, what has been called an “underwater Lascaux” after the famous cave...

Rise of the dinosaurs traced back to their adaptation to cold

Covering of feathers left them able to cope when other creatures died off in mass extinction event, scientists sayFossil hunters have traced the rise of the dinosaurs back to the freezing winters the beasts endured while roaming around the far north.Footprints of the animals and stone deposits from north-west China suggest dinosaurs became adapted to...

Scientists are still fleshing out Darwin’s theory of evolution | Letters

There can be no one unifying theory, writes Prof Jonathan Bard, while Nicholas Maxwell looks to the role of purposive actions and Pete Bibby says the fittest theory will surviveStephen Buranyi misses some key points in his article (Do we need a new theory of evolution?, 28 June). Darwin saw novel speciation as resulting from natural selection acting...

Where’s the herd immunity? Our research shows why Covid is still wreaking havoc | Danny Altmann

‘Living with the virus’ is proving much harder than the early vaccine success suggested: this fight is far from overDanny Altmann is a professor of immunology at Imperial College LondonWe are all so very tired of Covid-19, and there are many other crises to wrestle with. This pandemic has been going on since the beginning of 2020, and a state of hypervigilance...

The week in wildlife – in pictures

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a stonefish, a mountain jerboa and a bevy of otters Continue reading...

Australia’s 10,000 deaths and the paradox of ‘Covid normal’

The country has fared better than others – but those on the frontline are still wrestling with the agony of the coronavirus pandemicNot just a number: families of five Australian pandemic victims reflect on loss during CovidTen thousand Covid deaths and counting … the road to Australia’s grim milestoneGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingIn...

Lost in space: returned astronauts struggle to recover bone density, study finds

Lack of gravity and weightlessness means the longer astronauts stay in space, the more bone mass they loseAstronauts lose decades’ worth of bone mass in space that many do not recover even after a year back on Earth, researchers have found, warning that it could be a “big concern” for future missions to Mars.Previous research has shown astronauts lose...

‘Amazing development’: fossil finds show how panda’s false thumb evolved

Fossils of Ailurarctos, an extinct panda relative, are oldest known evidence for the radial sesamoidAncient fossils discovered in China have helped researchers get a grip on the enduring mystery of the panda’s false thumb.Modern giant pandas sport a thumb-like sixth digit on their wrists, which scientists believe was pivotal in their transition from...

Discover, share and read the best on the web

Follow RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters! Get unfiltered news feeds or filter them to your liking.

Get Inoreader
Inoreader - Follow RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters!