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Restoring just nine groups of animals could help combat global warming

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 18:00
Protecting or expanding the populations of nine key groups of animals, including wolves and whales, would remove huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere

JWST finds the planet TRAPPIST-1b may not have an atmosphere

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 18:00
Many researchers thought the worlds orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1 would have thick atmospheres, but new observations of one of them show that it doesn’t

Microplastics are changing the gut microbiomes of seabirds

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 18:00
Wild seabirds that ingest high levels of microplastics have an overall greater diversity of microbes in their gut, which has unknown consequences

Astronauts could mine drinking water from glass beads on the moon

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 18:00
Glass beads created by meteoroid impacts on the lunar surface should contain enough water for future astronauts to use

The hunt for black holes older than the universe itself

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 18:00
Primordial black holes older than the big bang could rewrite cosmology by providing evidence for a previous universe. It's a wild idea, but some physicists think we've got a chance of finding them

Scientists can calculate the shape colliding bubbles will form

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 14:00
An experiment with soap bubbles shows how they assume different shapes when two of them touch, and at which size they will merge into one

Should you be worried that an AI picture of the pope went viral?

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 13:03
You may have seen these images of Pope Francis looking stylish in a puffer jacket on social media, but you might not have realised they were created by the artificial intelligence tool Midjourney

Reducing inequality could see world population fall to 6 billion

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 09:00
A projection of how the global population will change by the Club of Rome is far below United Nations estimates and numbers could drop even faster if we invest more in reducing poverty and inequality, it says

Miscarriages may be more likely to occur with slow developing embryos

Lu, 27/03/2023 - 02:05
Detailed 3D scans of embryos in the first three months of pregnancy may shed more light on whether they are delayed in growth, a possible sign of an impending miscarriage

Inside the lab that looks for viruses in wastewater from US homes

Do, 26/03/2023 - 20:00
A facility in Massachusetts has been analysing thousands of wastewater samples from across the US every week, looking for viruses and signs of disease. It could soon become permanent

Colourful material made from wood could help keep buildings cool

Do, 26/03/2023 - 12:00
A material made from two forms of cellulose, which is found in wood, reflects heat and can be made in a variety of colours

Most detailed map of mouse brain includes 5200 different types of cell

Sa, 25/03/2023 - 17:00
Researchers have mapped cell types in a mouse's brain, which could help us pinpoint the cells to target when treating various medical conditions

Ancient humans may have cooked and eaten snails 170,000 years ago

Sa, 25/03/2023 - 14:00
Snail shell fragments found in a cave in South Africa appear to have been heated, providing the earliest evidence for humans eating snails

Venus flytrap cyborg snaps shut with commands from a smartphone

Sa, 25/03/2023 - 10:00
Researchers created a plant-based robotic arm by connecting a Venus flytrap equipped with soft electrodes to a metallic structure and wirelessly commanding it to grab things

CERN measurement casts doubt on shocking W boson result

Sa, 25/03/2023 - 09:00
A 2022 measurement of the mass of the W boson threatened to upend particle physics as we know it, but new results from CERN indicate the standard model was right all along

Electronic wound dressing releases drugs to help injuries heal

Ve, 24/03/2023 - 20:00
A stretchable sticking plaster detects whether an injury is healing well and uses stimulating electrodes and microinjections of drugs to speed up the process

Wearable anti-anxiety device strokes your arm with a furry pompom

Ve, 24/03/2023 - 18:00
A device that is worn around the forearm reduces anxiety during stressful tasks by gently dragging a small patch of fake fur across a person’s skin

UK criticised for failing to join UN-backed river restoration scheme

Ve, 24/03/2023 - 17:37
The Freshwater Challenge is a pledge for nations across the world to restore 300,000 kilometres of rivers and 350 million hectares of wetlands by 2030. Environmental groups are unhappy the UK hasn't signed up

Is GPT-4 already showing signs of artificial general intelligence?

Ve, 24/03/2023 - 17:01
Microsoft has created a series of tests for OpenAI's GPT-4 that it claims show the artificial intelligence model is already displaying "sparks" of general intelligence

We may finally know why people tend to regain weight after losing it

Ve, 24/03/2023 - 17:00
When mice lose weight, brain signals that trigger hunger are dialed up, making the animals eat more until they return to their starting weight