A climate change of heart?

A climate change of heart?

Global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today”. Not a surprising statement? Well, perhaps you’d look again, knowing that these are the words of one of the world’s best-known climate sceptics. Bjørn Lomborg (pictured) is a statistician at the Copenhagen Business School and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming. He has argued that climate change is a problem, but it’s often massively exaggerated. He has also widely criticised policies attempting to stop the problem. But, in an interview with the Guardian yesterday, Lomborg appears to make  … Read more

Recipe for a supermassive black hole

While simulating what happens when two galaxies merge, an astrophysics team cooked up something unexpected: a supermassive black hole forming directly from the collapse of a dense cloud of gas. Their model, presented today in Nature, offers a new explanation of how the objects form.

NIH investigates health impacts of Gulf oil spill

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), along with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), has announced a large-scale, $10 million, study to investigate the health effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.