In a ‘return to nature,’ California legalizes human composting for environmental benefits

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Californians will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Sunday that creates a state regulatory process for “natural organic reduction,” or transforming human remains into soil. The law will go into effect in 2027. California is the fifth state to legalize … Read more

It might be a new rule of nature

The shaggy soft-haired mouse, found in this study to experience changes in size based on which side of the Andes Mountains the individual lives on. Credit: Pablo Teta Scientists studying mice from the Andes Mountains in Patagonia noticed something they couldn’t explain: the mice from the western side of the mountains were bigger than the … Read more

Celestron Nature DX ED 12×50 binoculars review

Are you ready to invest in a pair of the best binoculars that will last a lifetime? With 12x magnification and 50 mm objective lenses, the Nature DX ED 12×50 are among the most versatile and solid binoculars and are ideal for travel, safari and general astronomy. KEY SPECIFICATIONS Magnification: 12x Objective lens diameter: 50mm … Read more

The many ways nature nurtures human well-being

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A systematic review of 301 academic articles on “cultural ecosystem services” has enabled researchers to identify how these nonmaterial contributions from nature are linked to and significantly affect human well-being. They identified 227 unique pathways through which human interaction with nature positively or negatively affects well-being. These were then used to … Read more

Why is gravity so weak? The answer may lie in the very nature of space-time

Why is gravity so weak compared to the other four fundamental forces? Even if it were a billion times stronger, it would still be the weakest force — by a factor of a billion billion. The strange feebleness of gravity sticks out, almost demanding an answer. Strangely, the solution to gravity’s weakness may not lie … Read more

Project in Lake Worth Lagoon relies on nature for coastline protection

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Nature Conservancy’s Joseph Schmidt envisions a future for the Lake Worth Lagoon. In it, American oystercatchers forage the shoreline, mangroves and oysters filter pollution, and kayaks glide from restored island to restored island. In turn, those islands help protect human development. This vision is one step closer to reality with … Read more

Leading journal Nature will make sex and gender reporting mandatory in research

Credit: Shutterstock Like in many aspects of life, there remains an undercurrent of sex bias against women in the STEM fields. And this bias has a negative impact on not only women, but men too—and those who don’t fit within a binary category. Nature journals are now taking a leap for sex and gender equity … Read more

Nature helps mental health, research says—but only for rich, white people?

New findings show a troubling lack of diversity—in participants and geography—in a fast-growing scientific field exploring nature’s effects on mental health. Credit: Joshua Brown/UVM New research shows that a rapidly-growing environmental science field—which measures nature’s effects on human well-being—has a diversity problem that threatens its ability to make universal scientific claims. The field—which combines psychology … Read more

Protected areas can be the beating heart of nature recovery in the UK, but they must be more than lines on a map

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new report launched today (22 April) by the British Ecological Society (BES) says that the UK government’s commitment to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030 offers the opportunity to revitalize the contribution of protected areas to nature recovery. But it warns also that this ambitious pledge will fail … Read more