Science & Innovation Archive

Mars liquid water hopes drying up as ‘flowing streams’ found to be sand avalanches

Bad news, Martian-seekers. What some planetary scientists thought were trickling salty streams on the Red Planet, potentially harbouring microbial life, could be nothing but avalanches of dry sand. Researchers in the US and UK analysed images of

BOM announces short, weak La Nina probability for summer lacking rainfall but packing heatwaves

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate wrap has tilted the warning level over to a La Nina alert, the highest level below an official La Nina. A La Nina is now highly likely this summer, but the

Why companies using cloud storage keep leaking data online

The Pentagon, telecommunication giants and even the ABC are just some of the high-profile organisations that have reportedly left confidential information available online for anyone (with a little technical know-how) to find. Leaving data exposed in this

Antarctic glacier’s rough belly exposed

The melting Antarctic ice stream that is currently adding most to sea-level rise may be more resilient to change than previously recognised. New radar images reveal the mighty Pine Island Glacier (PIG) to be sitting on a

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

The spectacular wandering albatrosses in Sunday’s Blue Planet programme on the BBC have suffered a major decline in numbers over the past three decades. New research suggests breeding pairs of this species are now little more than

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Europe’s top court has given Poland 15 days to prove it has complied with a court order to stop logging in Europe’s oldest forest or face fines of €100,000 ($118,000; £89,000) a day. The European Court of

UK judges to get scientific guides

A UK Supreme Court judge has launched the first of a series of scientific guides for the judiciary. Lord Hughes has overseen a project to help the judiciary deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom. The first

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

More than 70,000 of the world’s most precious seeds have been sent from the UK’s Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date. The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of

How dinosaur scales became bird feathers

The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists. By expressing these genes in embryo alligator skin, the researchers caused the reptiles’ scales to change in

Research money central to Budget

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has made investment in research the centrepiece of his budget. Mr Hammond said extra money for research announced last year would continue and be gradually increased. He also said that the government’s target