Tune in to the Nature Podcast this week for the connection between cosmic rays and climate; to hear how high temperatures make tempers run high; and a reason to reduce antibiotic use – our friendly gut bacteria might be a target. Read more
Majid Jamali-Fashi appeared in a Tehran court today to plead guilty to the assassination of Masoud Alimohammadi, a particle physicist at the University of Tehran who was killed by a bomb explosion on 12 January 2010.
A recent paper in Nature Climate Change suggests that global warming will cause substantial loss of genetic diversity amongst species (see ‘Climate change will hit genetic diversity‘). This is generally considered to be a bad thing – genetic variation is the heartbeat of evolution and without it species are less able to adapt to new conditions.
High speed video studies of the spectacular synchronised movements of starling flocks have confirmed that ‘waves’ that ripple through these huge aggregations of birds are an effective anti-predator response.