Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally

A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world – and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago. The research, led by the University of Bristol, also shows …

In Depth

Going round in circles

Single use plastics are a staple in the lab – but they are also are part of the plastics pollution problem. Here Bill Walford talks to Jeremy Carter about his recently launched campaign to increase t…

Comment And Analysis

Turning drought into opportunity

Mineral physics can help provide a solution to water shortage and its applications may not be limited only to our own world, suggests Sabrina Lautin.


In his element

We spoke to astrobiologist Robert Hazen whose new book, Symphony in C, draws parallels between carbon and music to help explain why the element is so essential to understanding cosmic evolution... 

Focal Point

Chachani mountain

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission snapped this image of the Chachani mountain in Peru. Standing at over 6000m, Chachani is the tallest of the mountains near the Peruvian city of Arequipa.