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New-to-science tarantula that lives inside bamboo found by YouTuber

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 19:06
A species of tarantula seems to live exclusively inside hollow bamboo stems, which no other tarantula is known to do

Will 5G mobile networks in the US really interfere with aircraft?

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 17:52
US telecoms companies plan to turn on 5G networks across the US, but airline bosses warn that potential interference with planes could cause a "catastrophic" crisis

Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 17:00
Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations

Living with covid: How can the pandemic end and what will it be like?

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 16:55
For some, the phrase “living with covid” means removing all restrictions. But the actions we take now will determine how many more people die of covid – and whether we’re doomed to keep chasing new variants

First fully programmable quantum computer based on neutral atoms

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 16:15
Most quantum computers are based on superconductors or trapped ions, but an alternative approach using ordinary atoms may have advantages

Covid-19 news: Joint flu and covid-19 vaccine could be offered in 2023

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 13:35
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

AI learns to create images from text descriptions by destroying data

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 13:00
A fresh approach to generating images based on text descriptions with AI, called a diffusion model, effectively un-destroys new images into existence

Ancient Mars may have had a liquid ocean despite freezing temperatures

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 21:00
A model based on Earth’s oceans and atmosphere explains how Mars could have been cold and wet 3 billion years ago

Unknown voices spark more brain activity in sleep than familiar ones

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 19:00
Unfamiliar voices seem to put the sleeping brain on alert in a way that familiar voices don’t

Ozone pollution causes $63 billion damage per year to East Asian crops

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 17:00
Rising levels of ground-level ozone in China and nearby countries are having a big effect on the yields of staple crops such as wheat, rice and maize

Edible straws made by bacteria are better than paper or plastic ones

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 13:33
Plastic straws are increasingly being avoided for both health and environmental reasons, but the alternatives all have their downsides – until now

Covid-19 news: Falling cases in UK suggests omicron wave has peaked

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 13:15
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Volcano eruption in Tonga was a once-in-a-millennium event

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 12:01
The underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption has already triggered a tsunami, a sonic boom and thousands of lightning bolts, and could now lead to acid rain

Hybrid animal in 4500-year-old tomb is earliest known bred by humans

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 20:00
Early Bronze Age people in Syria crossed donkeys with wild asses to make prized horse-like hybrids, demonstrating advanced understanding of animal breeding

Portable laser scanner creates colour 3D images of surfaces or objects

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 18:37
Lidar uses lasers to create 3D images, but these can be hard to interpret because they are black and white. A new scanner adds cameras to make colour images that could be useful for infrastructure inspection or robot vision

Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 17:55
Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low

UK energy crisis: Why renewable subsidies will help avoid price shocks

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 16:22
A new milestone this week points to how these environmental levies are more likely the solution, not the problem, when it comes to avoiding energy price shocks

Why omicron isn't more severe in kids despite rise in hospitalisations

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 14:30
Reassuring findings from the UK and South Africa suggest that omicron isn't more severe in kids. Record numbers of hospitalisations probably reflect sheer number of cases and lack of vaccination

Covid-19 news: Wales rows back omicron restrictions as cases fall

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 13:54
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Robot piloted by a ball of algae is powered by photosynthesis

Ve, 14/01/2022 - 11:00
By placing a marimo, a naturally forming ball of algae, inside a plastic shell, researchers have created a robot that can move through water powered only by photosynthesis