As MyScienceWork takes to the air to take its first steps on US soil, the week’s science news brought us several stories revealed from beneath the Earth, coursing through its air currents, and beyond, into space.
This week, on the MyScienceWork menu:
To start the week, we reported on the launch of a brand new initiative on European soil that will provide women scientists with tools for professional development and opportunities to network and advance their careers.
In the forests of the Champagne region of France, we learned this week, milder weather is not necessarily a good thing: the increasingly early arrival of spring each year is hurting deer populations, specifically fawns.
Some favorites from around the web:
The Earth, this week, revealed a number of secrets that had been hiding beneath its surface. For one: a 1,500-year-old archaeological find with beautiful artwork still intact.
Egypt’s continues to please professionals and fans of archaeology, alike:
Closer to our times, but not necessarily any easier to pin down:
Letting go of the firm soil to take to the air, the news this week was decidedly less cheerful. The conclusions of the IPCC summit on global warming, for instance, were not positive:
The many changes currently taking place in the Earth’s climate and ecosystems lead some to wonder if we could be heading for a major extinction of species. It looks like some very tiny agents may have been responsible for the biggest extinction ever on Earth.
More recently, a bacterium ravaged Europe in the form of the plague known as the Black Death. Everyone knows it was transmitted by the bite of fleas carried by rats, only maybe it wasn’t…
Today, too, microbes continue reminding us that we are not beyond their reach:
Let’s turn our gaze even higher for some more positive findings:
Saturn’s tiny moon is believed to hold a reservoir of water beneath its icy crust! This may be the spot to look for microbial life in the Solar System.
Researchers have observed for the first time star clusters forming like a ring of beads around a black hole, just as predicted.
And, returning to more terrestrial concerns, new results helped to clarify a little further the origins of autism:
Stem cell science was recently in the news with a huge step forward in the ability to produce them—results that, now, have been called into question:
Stay tuned for further updates. Until then, enjoy the science news!