A typical limestone karst landscape in China.
Soil degradation is a huge challenge for farmers around the world. But new research is showing how farmers can balance crop yields with protecting the environment.
Early humans called Denisovans lived in a remote mountain cave between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, and possibly longer still, raising intriguing questions about their relationship to modern humans.
Picture of the Sun taken by the SOHO space telescope.
Astronomers have discovered that stars like the Sun produce huge amounts of lithium late in their lives.
“Nairobi fly” are obvious due to their red and black colouration; these are warning colours of their toxicity.
Amber holds the secret to the tiny world of the age of dinosaurs.
The skull of Oculudentavis, found encased in amber, provides new clues into the transition from dinosaurs to birds and may be smallest of either ever found.
A recently discovered black hole – found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble – is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form.
NAOC, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Astronomers using a new technique to hunt black holes found one 70 times as heavy as the Sun
A forest in Canada burns during the country’s 2014 wildfires.
Boreal forests store one-third of all terrestrial carbon - but for how long?
Feeling itch is a warning from your skin.
Itch is usually caused by something harmful, or something our body assumes might be harmful when actually it’s not.
It would be in Africa’s best interests to limit a rise in global temperature.
Keeping global warming to 1.5°C could significantly decrease the frequency of extreme climate events across Africa.
If we want any future for wild populations of the numerous species traded for pets, exhibits and use in medicines, drastic action is needed to control their international and domestic trade.
The region faces some of the world’s highest rates of habitat loss, as well as direct over-exploitation of species.
Attempts at regulating the market show any ivory trade represents a threat to the survival of African elephants.
Historical evidence shows African elephants are endangered by the ivory trade, despite any attempt at regulating the market. A total ban is the only hope for the world’s largest living land animal.
The endangered ‘fishing cat’ is known to scientists as
Prionailurus viverrinus, but is Felis viverrinus in Chinese wildlife law.
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Many scientific names have changed since China’s ‘protected species list’ was last updated in 1989.
Pragmatism, not idealism, will give Brazil’s Atlantic forests the best chance of survival.
Across the world, an area bigger than Russia is officially classed as “degraded land”. We’ll never restore its wildlife to what it was – but there are pragmatic steps we can take to improve things.
This pangolin was rescued in Thailand but most captive creatures aren’t so lucky.
Few people are familiar with the pangolin. It is a shy creature, about as big as a medium-sized dog, and its diet consists of ants and termites. Most distinctively, it has armoured plates and will curl…
So, you found my ancestors? Are you sure this time?
There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because we know little about their domestication. Now researchers have found the earliest case of cat…
Sufferers of internet disorder might find it starts to impose on real life, such as causing difficulties in socialising.
Since it was first published in 1952, the DSM has been the has been the diagnostic bible for many psychiatrists. Each time the manual is updated, new conditions are introduced, often amid much controversy…