Nature Communications

climate change

Europe Wants to Devastate Forests to Double Its 'Renewable' Energy

A plan recently finalized by the European Union would classify wood burned for fuel as a carbon neutral energy source, when it’s anything but.
Sarah Emerson
9.12.18
extinction

New Model Predicts the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant

A more nuanced approach to studying animal populations shows that when it comes to extinction, size matters.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.16.18
News

This Turbo-Powered Jellyfish Relative Could Inspire Submarines of the Future

This little creature's coordinated swimming system lets it shoot multiple jets of water from the separate units comprising its body.
Emiko Jozuka
9.1.15
Science

How Burned Iron Age Villages Recorded the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Researchers found evidence of a time of "rapid change" in Earth's magnetic field from the 13th to 16th centuries.
Ben Richmond
7.28.15
water

This Toy Car Is Powered Just by Water Evaporating

Scientists made some mini engines that run on evaporation.
Victoria Turk
6.16.15
News

Methane Found in Crushed Martian Meteorites Suggests Mars Could Support Life

It's not evidence of life, but researchers have some thoughts on where we're most likely to find it.
Matthew Braga
6.16.15
Health

​Scientists Made Spider Silk Without Any Spiders

Lab-made silk could lead to new supermaterials.
Victoria Turk
5.29.15
News

Scientists Puffed Grass Smells into Locusts' Faces to See How Their Brains Work

When you tempt a locust with some grass, it’ll do whatever you tell it to.
Emiko Jozuka
5.1.15