I am afraid. I am afraid that the Amish girl with cancer whose parents’ battle to treat her with “natural” therapy instead of effective science-based chemotherapy has made international news, is doomed. It might take longer than doctors have estimated, but it seems inevitable now. I will explain. It’s hard to believe that it’s been…
Was entscheidet darüber, ob die Bürger sich umweltfreundlich verhalten? Laut einer neuen Studie liegt das auch am Alter ihres Landes. Keine Frage, umweltfreundliches Verhalten ist wichtig. Doch wahr ist auch: Manchmal kann es mühsam sein, Müll zu trennen. Es erfordert ein gewisses Maß an Disziplin, Kaugummis eben nicht auf den Boden zu schmeißen oder nicht […]
This week Kevin Fong sits in for Alok Jha, who is treading in the footsteps of the great explorer Douglas Mawson on his 1911 Antarctic expedition. Click here to follow Alok's Antarctica Live blog.Kevin is joined by Observer writer and Tech Monthly commissioning editor Nicola Davis, Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample, and Observer science editor Robin McKie – who has just won this year's Press Gazzette best science writer award.The team debate some of the big science stories of the
The cancellation was for NASA Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) that would have provided a new generation of plutonium-238 (Pu-238) based electrical power systems. ASRGs could have stretched NASA's limited supply of plutonium to potentially enable missions to the perpetually-shadowed polar craters on our moon, to flyby Uranus, or to float for months on a Titan lake.
Lifeless Ice? At first glance, the cryosphere – including all frozen water on Earth – appears to comprise vast, cold expanses devoid of biology. However, even the most remote, hostile and unlikely icy locations in both hemispheres have been found to harbour diverse and active microbial life. It is hard to imagine ice offering many viable places for microbes to exploit; but liquid water and energy sources exist beneath, within, and especially on the surfaces of glaciers and ice