So Many Gray Whales They’re Starving – We Should Hunt Them Again

The normal end of life event for any apex animal is starvation. Sure, things like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, they all happen too. But age catches up, they can't hunt or feed effectively, they die of starvation. Lions lose...

Seriously Silly Mars Colonisation Speculation – No Sex With Earthlings!

There is an entirely reasonable concern here, that any colonisation of Mars is going to lead to a population vulnerability. but the idea that humans on Mars would evolve away from having an immune system is silly to the...

The Reality Of That Parkinson’s Disease Connection With Appendix Removal

We don't really know. Partly because that latest research seems to contradict what we thought we already knew, partly because no one has as yet seen the details of that new research - nor peer reviewed it. So, you...

So, Err, Why Do Raindrops Make Ripples In Puddles?

Every so often an academic at The Conversation lays off telling us how we must live our lives and tells us the results of their own research. For example, this rather cute piece on why ripples in puddles and...

No, The Same Flightless Bird Species Didn’t Evolve Again – But the Niche Was...

Yes, sure, allowances for having to fit a complex scientific idea into a short newspaper article for those who are not - let us say - among the intellectual giants of our civilisation. But you here can have it...

33 Years After The Irradiation Chernobyl Might Be The Best Populated Wilderness In Europe

Quite how robust nature and the ecosystem is can be seen in this report from the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. For while the radiation from the accident did no one any good at that time the exclusion - in...

Mother Nature’s A Bitch, She And Evolution Want To Eat Your Children

Those who tell us that Mother Nature is benevolent need to check their ideas against reality. For she's a bitch and she and evolution want to come eat your children. At which point a useful and interesting piece from...

Of Course There’s Fecal Matter On Meat – You Know, Animals?

A group of American physicians is insisting that meat inspection lines should ensure that all animal carcasses should be free of animal matter. Well, not quite, but almost. They're trying to insist that all animals sold in for human...

Actual Real Science, How Does A Year In Space Age A Twin – Or...

Something from the Conversation. Nasa has identical twins, both of whom were astronauts. One of them spent a year up at the ISS. So, what's the effect upon the body's ageing process of that year in space? How does...

Watch Giant, Pink, Underwater Woodlice Eat An Alligator

You can, if you wish, watch giant underwater - and bright pink - woodlice eat an alligator. The 'gator is already dead of course, but we'd still not recommend watching immediately after lunch: To explain: A gross, yet fascinating new...

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Because Disabled Access Costs Money

Another in our series of Guardian Headlines We Can Answer: Why aren’t new homes fully accessible for older and disabled people? David Brindle It costs money to...