Lightning strikes shift a spectacular amount of electricity around, but we've really only fully appreciated their power in recent years, as we've discovered that they also produce antimatter and—as described this week—free neutrons. As if that isn't enough to make the Earth seem like a scary place, this week featured stories on what basic demographics will leave the planet looking like at mid-century, as well as spectacularly misguided legislation that may interfere with science education in the US.
If unchecked, the Asian long-horn beetle threatens to lay waste to millions of poplar and willow trees as well as maple, sycamore, elm, horse chestnut, apple, pear and cherry species.
A small burnt and broken piece of carved wood from the bridge of a neanderthal Lyre was found during an excavation in a cave on Skye.
Why one of Scott's team, Dr Edward Wilson, is a forgotten hero
A US bioethics panel approves the publication of two controversial H5N1 bird-flu studies, after they were revised to take out sensitive data.
Antonio Ereditato had stepped down from the leadership of the OPERA experiment, whose measurements were widely questioned last September.
Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have produced grain-of-sand sized objects such as bridges, cathedrals and Formula 1 cars.
Astronomers measure the precise distance to over a quarter of a million galaxies to gain new insights into the influence of dark energy on the Universe.
Wild rabbits are causing erosion and eating fragile upland plants in one of Scotland's most striking landscapes, report warns.
Millions are developing ‘dry eye’, a condition that results in gritty, itchy, inflamed eyes, thanks to hours staring at a screen.