Animals heading polewards in search of cooler temperatures

Animals heading polewards in search of cooler temperatures

New research by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York shows that species have responded to climate change up to three times faster than previously appreciated. These results are published in the latest issue of the leading scientific…

New study finds cancer-causing mineral in US road gravel

New study finds cancer-causing mineral in US road gravel

As school buses drive down the gravel roads in Dunn County, North Dakota, they stir up more than dirt. The clouds of dust left in their wake contain such high levels of the mineral erionite that those who breathe in the air every day are at an increased risk of

Can humans sense the Earth’s magnetism

Can humans sense the Earth’s magnetism

For migratory birds and sea turtles, the ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field is crucial to navigating the long-distance voyages these animals undertake during migration. Humans, however, are widely assumed not to have an innate magnetic sense. A research…

New cross-section reveals what’s beneath North America

New cross-section reveals what’s beneath North America

To see the big picture of North America, look no further than a new detailed cross-section of the continent that ventures down to its deepest roots and has uncovered a mystery at its very foundation.Scientists constructed the cut-away map, which is curved just as

Scientists move closer to predicting volcano hazard

Scientists move closer to predicting volcano hazard

UK and Russian scientists say they are a step closer to predicting how dangerous a volcano is after developing a method that lets them figure out how individual volcanoes are 'plumbed'.The new approach means researchers need only analyse a single chunk of rock f

Two new studies warn – medical doctors may be hazardous to your health

Two new studies warn – medical doctors may be hazardous to your health

Today’s doctors-in-training are learning how to think critically and clearly about the need for — and potential dangers of — any drugs they prescribe. And surgeons only operate if they are physically and mentally able to make sure they will not be putting their

Study claims rise in sea level of the Mediterranean is accelerating

Study claims rise in sea level of the Mediterranean is accelerating

"The sea level in the Mediterranean has risen by between 1 and 1.5 millimeters each year since 1943, but this does not seem set to continue, because it now seems that the speed at which it rises is accelerating," said Manuel Vargas Yáñez, the…