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UN biodiversity summit could move from China due to coronavirus

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 19:11
A major United Nations biodiversity summit to negotiate plans to stop the loss of species around the world could be moved from China because of the coronavirus outbreak

Binge watching TV isn't as bad for the climate as some reports suggest

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 17:43
Two analyses suggest earlier studies overestimated CO2 emissions due to the massive growth in internet traffic and video streaming, but they are still substantial

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to knock $1 trillion off global economy

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 16:43
Financial markets around the world have suffered their worst week since the 2008 financial crash, as the economic impact of the coronavirus edging towards a pandemic becomes clearer

Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion in the universe

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 12:06
A huge black hole in a distant galaxy caused the largest explosion we have ever seen, with the energy of 10 billion suns – and it isn't clear why it was so big

What to watch on Netflix if you love science fiction

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 11:29
Stranger Things, Black Mirror and Russian Doll are among the best science fiction shows to watch on Netflix at the moment

Rocket start-up Astra tries back-to-back launches to win $12 million

Ve, 28/02/2020 - 08:00
A space flight start-up called Astra is about to attempt to launch two small rockets into orbit over a few weeks to win $12 million from the US military

US opioid crisis: 100,000 overdose deaths may have gone uncounted

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 21:00
A new analysis suggests that 100,000 overdose deaths in the US due to unspecified drugs were actually caused by opioids – bringing the total death count to more than 450,000 people

First private space rescue mission sees two satellites latch together

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 20:39
A private satellite that is low on fuel could survive five more years because another satellite has come to its rescue – a technique that could be used by future service spacecraft

We process a song's lyric and melody on different sides of the brain

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 20:00
Listening to songs is a complex task for the brain, so it uses the left hemisphere to process the lyrics while the right hemisphere processes the melody

It turns out loads of frogs and salamanders are fluorescent

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 17:00
We knew that some fish glowed when placed under certain lights, but researchers have now shown that many amphibians can also shine bright

Weird worm is earliest known animal to evolve away body parts

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 17:00
A worm-like creature from 518 million years ago evolved to lose its back legs, the earliest known example of an animal losing body parts it no longer needed

Gut bacteria may be responsible for bowel disorders including cancers

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 17:00
One kind of bacteria can cause colon tumours, while lacking another kind of microbe may lead to ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel condition

Coronavirus: What you need to know to prepare for a covid-19 pandemic

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 16:54
With the covid-19 virus spreading in a growing number of countries, many of us are wondering if and how we should prepare. Here's what to do

Politicians are mulling a global tax rate to tame the tech giants

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 13:19
Tech firms are making record profits but paying little tax. Now global leaders are discussing ways to make them pay their fair share

Heathrow airport expansion ruled unlawful on climate change grounds

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 12:27
The UK government’s approval for a third runway to be built at Heathrow is unlawful because it doesn't consider the Paris climate deal, the Court of Appeal has ruled

Heathrow airport expansion ruled illegal on climate change grounds

Gi, 27/02/2020 - 12:27
The UK government’s approval for a third runway to be built at Heathrow is illegal because it doesn't consider the Paris climate deal, the Court of Appeal has ruled

Red panda genes suggest there are actually two different species

Me, 26/02/2020 - 20:00
Genetic analysis suggests that the Himalayan and Chinese red pandas are two different species that diverged about 200,000 years ago

China’s rover has discovered what lies beneath the moon’s far side

Me, 26/02/2020 - 20:00
China’s Yutu-2 rover has used radar to peer 40 metres under the surface of the far side of the moon and revealed how past impacts have shaped its geology

Ancient viruses buried in our DNA may reawaken and cause illness

Me, 26/02/2020 - 19:00
Stress or infection may prompt viruses hidden in our genome to stagger back to life, contributing to some cases of multiple sclerosis, diabetes and schizophrenia

The atmosphere gets in the way of the universe’s most amazing objects

Me, 26/02/2020 - 19:00
Earth’s atmosphere thankfully provides air for us to breathe, but when trying to study interesting objects in space it causes all sorts of problems, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein