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Spotting ancient volcanoes of Britain. University of Bristol

British volcanologist wins earth sciences ‘Nobel’ prize

A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University…
Did the Saudis and the Americans do a deal over oil in 2008-09? solkanar

Oil crash: is this the end of a long period of inflated prices?

What on earth is going on in the oil market? Does the recent 60% collapse in oil prices in six months really reflect shifts in underlying supply and demand for crude oil? I’m afraid not, as I have been…
Blame poverty, not the climate. Otis Historical Archives

No, climate change is not the biggest risk to global health

Climate change will cause all sorts of problems for humans in the future. It could cause mass migration and conflict as people flee flooded homes or arid farmland, and fight over ever more scarce resources…
Havana: soon to be a boom town? Stefan Vetter

Diplomatic thaw with the US is a gift to the Cuban economy

The restoration of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, announced simultaneously by Barack Obama and Raúl Castro yesterday, is a huge political breakthrough. The benefits to the Cuban economy…
Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and Peshmerga on the border. Rudaw News Agency

Islamic State has united Kurds in a national war of survival

After overrunning Mosul in June 2014, Islamic State (IS) hastily and brutally occupied soft targets in poorly protected areas of ethnic minorities – the villages of Kurds, Christians, and Yezidis on the…
Just you wait… César Rincón

Why do human children stay so small for so long?

Why does it take so long for human children to grow up? A male chimp and male human, for example, both end up with the same body weight but they grow very differently: at year one the human weighs twice…
In Syria everything coming in, and everything going out is watched. momente/Shutterstock

Lessons on censorship from Syria’s internet filter machines

Norwegian writer Mette Newth once wrote that: “censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women like a shadow throughout history.” As we develop new means to gather and create information…
Extreme weather is more common than ever. EPA

How does the IPCC know climate change is happening?

Climate change is one of the few scientific theories that makes us examine the whole basis of modern society. It is a challenge that has politicians arguing, sets nations against each other, queries individual…
Phones these days won’t work without rare earths. aaronisnotcool

Supplies of rare earth materials are still far from secure

Materials essential for technology products such as electric vehicles, wind turbines or hard disks, known as rare earth elements, aren’t becoming any less rare, or any less crucial. In fact, experts at…

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