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Scientists study levels of toxic mercury in Antarctic mammals

Marine biologists collect skin samples from humpback whales and leopard seals in Antarctica to detect the presence of mercury in their bodies. The toxic heavy metal is believed to reach the ocean through rivers or rain. According to the UN environmental agency UNEP, if an animal consumes mercury, it may suffer "reproductive failure, behavioural changes and may even (die)."

todayFebruary 21, 2024 2


HEATED: Challenging objectivity in climate journalism

By Mike DiGirolamo, Rachel Donald Objectivity has been a main tenet of journalism since early in the 20th century, but its application is loosely defined and humanly impossible to achieve, some media experts argue. Presenting an issue like climate change as a debate with two sides, as is still somewhat common, is often justified under the banner of objectivity, but it’s only one of many dissonant standards that environmental reporters are […]

todayFebruary 14, 2024 1


‘No end in sight’ for potential of conservation tech: Q&A with Megan Owen

By Abhishyant Kidangoor via MongaBay For the past seven years, the conservation technology lab at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has been working to develop and deploy technology that can automate the collection and processing of wildlife data. Running a tech lab in a zoo has the benefit of providing scientists with a setting where they can use the wildlife in their care to validate the data and calibrate […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 4


Researchers say they now know what causes morning sickness

Scientists say they have finally solved a millennia old mystery - pinpointing the exact cause of morning sickness. The research could lead to new treatment options for the estimated 80 percent of people who experience nausea and vomiting during their first trimester of pregnancy. Our correspondent Toni Waterman has more.  

todayDecember 14, 2023

Opinion Pieces

Is time travel even possible? An astrophysicist explains the science behind the science fiction

a If traveling into the past is possible, one way to do it might be sending people through tunnels in space. by raggio5 via Pixabay Adi Foord, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to Will it ever be possible for time travel to occur? – Alana C., […]

todayNovember 29, 2023 3

Science & Technology

65 years of NASA – an astrophysicist reflects on the agency’s legacy

a Stephen G. Alexander, Miami University Sixty-five years ago, in 1958, several government programs that had been pursuing spaceflight combined to form NASA. At the time, I was only 3 years old. I’ve now been a professor of physics and astronomy for nearly 30 years, and I realize that, like countless others who came of age in the 1960s and ‘70s, NASA’s missions have had a profound effect on my […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 3


Largest all-women voyage to set sail for Antarctica

An expedition of 188 women from all over the world, is setting sail to Antarctica in November, on a collaborative mission to promote the long-term sustainability of the planet. With representatives from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the 19-day voyage provides participants, all with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM), with a first-hand experience of one of the earth’s most precious ecosystems, as they leverage their expertise […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 1


Kenya to launch first home built satellite

Kenya will launch its first operational satellite, the Taifa-1, or Nation-1 in Swahili, which is scheduled to be launched on 10 April aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The AFP news agency reports that the observation satellite is "fully designed and developed" by Kenyan engineers and will be used to provide data on agriculture and food security, among other areas. Testing and […]

todayApril 4, 2023 6