Clouded leopard population down to ‘around 750’ in key region of Borneo

A new study led by Oxford scientists has produced the first robust estimate of the number of Sunda clouded leopards remaining in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.…


Quantum materials: Where many paths converge

The arena of quantum materials, wherein quantum aspects assert themselves in behavior and properties, may be unfamiliar territory to many.


Revenge served cold: Was Scott of the Antarctic sabotaged by his angry deputy?

On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached.…


Africa’s largest eagle in free fall

An iconic African eagle species made famous by TV presenter Steve Backshall is soaring towards extinction, a South African scientific study has found.…


Conventional and organic animal production compared on sustainability

The animal article of the month for October is ‘Animal Board Invited Review: Comparing conventional and organic livestock production systems on different aspects of sustainability‘.…


Waste not, want not: A Chicago sustainability story

The story of Chicago’s development is inextricably linked to its relationship with the natural environment, beginning 16,000 years ago when an enormous glacier sat on (and flattened) the land. Ever since, urban planners and policymakers have grappled with how to manage a city built on flat, swampy land, and what to do with the animal and human waste that accumulates in urban environments.


Cell biology needs you (the materials scientist/engineer)!

For the most part, since the establishment of reliable methods for extracting and culturing cells in the lab (in vitro), biologists have cultured these cells in dishes or plates, usually glass or plastic.…


It’s Time to Paint a More Complete Picture of Invasive Plants

Lots of research has been conducted on the ecology and biology of invasive plants. But are we really any closer to understanding why some plant invaders succeed and others don’t?…


Toxic splash: Russian rocket stages dropped in Arctic waters raise health, environmental and legal concerns

Looking skyward at midday on 16 February 2016, a US serviceman at Thule Airbase in northwest Greenland shot a brief amateur video.…


The role of rare innate immune cells in Type 2 immune activation against parasitic helminths

The latest Paper of the Month in Parasitology is The role of rare innate immune cells in Type 2 immune activation against parasitic helminths by Dr.…


Land Managers Have a New Reason to Remove Invasive Plants

Scientists have discovered an important new reason to focus on removal of invasive plant species. A recent study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows that removing invaders alongside a stream or river can greatly improve the biodiversity of aquatic organisms.…


Exploring astronomical evolution with SPICA

Understanding the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets are among the most fundamental objectives of Astronomy. Although a suite of space and ground-based telescopes have allowed impressive advances in recent years, our knowledge is still far from complete. In a suite of whitepapers for PASA we explore some of the key scientific breakthroughs that could be made with the Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA).