German veterinary surgeon and 2002 Rolex Associate Laureate Ilse Köhler-Rollefson has been presented with a prestigious Indian prize – the Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Power Award) – for devoting over 25 years to saving Rajasthan’s camel herds, which are at the heart of the way of life of India’s Raika people. Köhler-Rollefson said that when… Read more

A cell biologist with a distinguished career and admission to the US National Academy of Sciences for his research, Dr. Gordon Sato has died at his home in Massachusetts in the United States on 31 March, aged 89. During what for others would be retirement years, Dr. Sato further boosted his international profile with the… Read more

By Julian Cribb While the global population has grown threefold since the mid-20th century, our use of fresh water has increased sixfold, threatening major shortages by the 2030s: already, the United Nations warns, 4 billion people worldwide face water scarcity for a month or more each year. For 35 years, Japanese public servant Makoto Murase… Read more

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Taking the volcano’s pulse

March 7, 2017

Andrew McGonigle’s pioneering technology is helping scientists around the world to predict volcanic eruptions more accurately. By Julian Cribb Seven hundred million people live within the radius of destruction of one of Earth’s 600 active volcanoes. And 60 to 80 major volcanic eruptions occur somewhere on the planet each year, a frequency that has inexplicably… Read more