Bizarre Tanzanian Volcano May Destroy Ancient Hominin Footprints

Bizarre Tanzanian Volcano May Destroy Ancient Hominin Footprints

A supremely odd volcano in Tanzania is rumbling and grumbling, and researchers suspect it may erupt “imminently”. But the fact that it’s just a stone’s throw from the scientifically important Olduvai Gorge, where ancient hominin footprints have been uncovered, means that researchers are concerned that a critical piece of human history may be lost.  …

Academics Apologize For Using The Word "Derpy" In Research Paper

Academics Apologize For Using The Word "Derpy" In Research Paper

Like it or loathe it, academia in the media age has to occasionally toe the line between staying relevant and being accessible to people outside the academic bubble. However, one innocent attempt to inject a bit of pop culture into their study has landed two researchers in a spot of trouble. Angela Willey and Banu Subramaniam recently published…

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman To Win The Fields Medal, Dies At 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman To Win The Fields Medal, Dies At 40

The mathematics world suffered a grievous blow over the weekend with the death of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani at the age of just 40. Mirakhani became interested in mathematics only in her last year of school, but quickly excelled, winning gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiads in successive years. Twenty years later she became the…

Science says happier people have these 9 things in common

Science says happier people have these 9 things in common

Everybody wants to be happy. That’s why the science of happiness has gained more attention in recent years —researchers have started to produce reports on happiness around the globe, and positive psychology, which focuses on what makes individuals and communities thrive, has skyrocketed in popularity. At this point, we actually know a fair amount about…