The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.
From the ‘frozen primordial soup’ of organics on the comet to new pictures, the discoveries made during the Philae lander’s first days have been published
The Philae lander may have spoken its final words, but with the data beamed back to its mothership, Rosetta, scientists have painted the fullest picture yet of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Born from the detritus of the primordial solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago, the icy comet has a fluffy coating over a hard-grained surface pocked with gas-spewing sinkholes. Yet it is more nothing than something: its interior is at least 75% empty space.
On 16 February 1963, my friend Mike Lesser, who has died aged 71, was one of the “Spies for Peace” who broke into the then secret regional seat of government (RSG-6) near Reading in Berkshire. The result, that Easter, was the publication of the pamphlet “Danger! Official Secret! RSG-6”, which revealed – with phone numbers and names – the administrative network of underground bunkers prepared for a nuclear strike. RSG-6 was besieged by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Aldermaston marchers, Vanessa Redgrave declaimed from the pamphlet, and the activists were officially denounced as traitors.
Mike, scientist and anarcho-communist, was then the youngest member of the Committee of 100 – non-violent campaigners against nuclear weapons – and had already served a jail term in Wormwood Scrubs prison following a Whitehall protest. After the RSG-6 break-in he spent six months hiding out on the German North Sea coast. None of the Spies for Peace was ever charged, but it would be 2010 before Mike spoke of his role.Continue reading...
Injecting single cells with spheres of fluorescent dye could open new research and treatment avenues using light.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18061
Team that retracted its own papers finally finds elusive trigger of plant immune response.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18055
Jun Wang leaves post as chief executive of BGI and will pursue research in artificial intelligence.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18059
Apple's project Titan has scooped up hundreds of car engineers and autonomous-vehicle experts, according to reports.
A security team tests a Jeep Cherokee, finding the car can be remotely accessed and controlled.
2015 will be a banner year for cyber thieves, warns an expert. Did morality really motivate the Ashley Madison hackers, or just profit?