Earth & Environment

Organisms (Uniquely) Do It For Themselves (In Defiance Of Determinism)

Most people, when challenged to define ‘life’, start listing what living things do: reproduce, metabolise, evolve etc. The most extraordinary and unique feature is easily overlooked, though obvious.

The Swiftness of Glaciers: Language in a Time of Climate Change

Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my Ph.D. dissertation...

Jedek, a Newly Found Human Language

“Jedek,” spoken in a community within an already-studied “Jahai” language area, is a newly-discovered language in the Malay Peninsula.

The Politics of Fisheries Science – Here to Stay?

Science advocates endorse its distance from politics, to distinguish scientific practices from ‘post-truth’ methods. A historical study of fisheries science asks, “can science ever be far from politics, and should it?”

Learning to Learn with Bushfires

Finger pointing, blame and scapegoating is not the answer. Looking forward and understanding the risks is the right way.

Unraveling Cats’ Domestication History: From Stripes to Spots

Cats already dominate the Internet, but some fear they are plotting to dominate the World. If you want to be ready when the day comes, learn some secrets about their past.

Building the Hominin Family Tree, One Outlier at a Time

An account of all the new and interesting finds in Hominin fossil research.

4 Ways Machine Learning Protects the Environment

Machine learning techniques already outperform human volunteers in several conservational activities, speeding-up environmental-protection efforts and maximizing the resources available.

The Vienna Convention – the Day the World Decided to Save the Planet

On this day, 32 years ago, the Vienna Convention was signed. It was the first step of a successful strategy to prevent ozone depletion.

What Did Viking Music Sound Like?

Did the Vikings have music? The Germanic Scandinavians of the Viking Age (c. 793-1066), often called “Vikings” for the part of their population that went...