Curious Kids: how do scientists know evolution is real?

Author: Jenny Graves
Date: 1/10/19
Darwin wondered: what if species change over time in response to their environment? Shutterstock In science, we look at the evidence and try to find the theory that best explains it. And that’s what happened when it came to figuring out evolution. We can see life evolving all around us. Plan...

Science: Decline of the North American birds

Author: Kenneth V. Rosenberg,
Date: 19/9/19
Species extinctions have defined the global biodiversity crisis, but extinction begins with loss in abundance of individuals that can result in compositional and functional changes of ecosystems. Using multiple and independent monitoring networks, we report population losses across much of the North...

We’re Killing the Oceans, and We’ll Pay Dearly for It

Author: Matt Simon
Source: WIRED
Date: 25/9/19
Depending on whom you ask, the IPCC’s latest report is either startling, depressing, or dire—or more likely a combination of all three. When the sun sets on the human race, and the cause of death isn’t an asteroid scorching the Earth, whoever or whatever comes after our kind might uncover the...

Can we really know what animals are thinking?

Author: Jacob Beck
Date: 6/9/19
Animal thought does not have the structure of human language. Shutterstock Jacob Beck, York University, Canada Sarah, “the world’s smartest chimp,” died in July 2019, just before her 60th birthday. For the majority of her life she served as a research subject, providing scientists with a w...

Why do astronomers believe in dark matter?

Author: Michael J. I. Brown
Date: 11/9/19
The universe is home to a dizzying number of stars and planets. But the vast bulk of the universe is thought to be invisible dark matter. Illustris Collaboration, CC BY-NC Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University Dark matter, by its very nature, is unseen. We cannot observe it with telescopes, and...