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Awake review: What would happen if nobody could sleep?

Ve, 11/06/2021 - 13:18
Netflix’s Awake tackles the nightmare world where no one can sleep. But how close is it to reality?

China's Zhurong Mars rover took a group selfie with its lander

Ve, 11/06/2021 - 12:20
China has released the first batch of science images from its Zhurong Mars rover, following its successful landing on the Red Planet on 14 May

Many female animals are evolving to look more attractive to mates

Ve, 11/06/2021 - 10:00
Sexual selection, a mechanism of evolution that can drive the appearance of bright feathers and elaborate horns, is more widespread among females than many researchers expected

Uttarakhand flood was caused by rare rock and glacier avalanche

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 21:00
The 2021 flood in Uttarakhand, India, that resulted in over 200 dead and missing was the result of an avalanche that dropped about 27 million square metres of rock and glacier ice from the nearby Ronti mountain

The European Space Agency is sending another spacecraft to Venus

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 18:03
NASA’s two planned missions to Venus are getting a companion – the European Space Agency has announced plans to send the EnVision orbiter to Venus around 2031

Coral reefs may start dissolving faster than they can grow by 2054

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 18:00
Stress caused by climate change is making it harder for coral reefs to build their calcium carbonate skeletons, and may lead to their demise by mid-century

Your ears give off alcohol and a test can reveal how much you've drunk

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 18:00
Ear defenders that have been modified to collect alcohol given off by the skin of the ears could be an alternative to a breathalyser

Climate change and nature loss must be tackled together, says report

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 16:00
The two planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss must be tackled together or neither will be successfully solved, according to a major report by two international bodies

DARPA drone interceptor seems to be armed with a form of Silly String

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 14:46
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed a drone interceptor that fires what appears to be a form of Silly String into their rotors, bringing them down with minimal risk of accidental damage

The New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 are now open for entries

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 12:00
Are you a budding photographer? Our New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 are now open and will celebrate images that illustrate how science and technology impact our lives and the world around us

European airlines have been lobbying against EU climate plans

Gi, 10/06/2021 - 02:01
Several European airlines have been lobbying to challenge European Union climate policies, a UK-based think tank has found

Laughing gas has shown potential as a treatment for depression

Me, 09/06/2021 - 21:00
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used as a pain reliever and recreationally. Now a study has found that it reduces symptoms of depression for two weeks when inhaled for one hour

Some early land-dwelling amphibians evolved back into aquatic species

Me, 09/06/2021 - 21:00
By 340 million years ago, our ancient fish-like ancestors had evolved to walk on land – but within about 10 million years, some of them had adapted to an aquatic life again

When time runs backwards: What thermodynamics can tell us about life

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
The second law of thermodynamics, which gives us an arrow of time, is routinely violated at the smallest scales - an insight that is already yielding fresh clues to some of biology's great mysteries

Don't Miss: Data art with David Spiegelhalter and Stefanie Posavec

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

What does the climate crisis mean for buildings – great and small?

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
Buildings take a great deal of energy and use potentially polluting materials to create. How can we make them differently in an age of climate change, asks Barnabas Calder's book Architecture: From prehistory to climate emergency

Amazon buying MGM is just continuing a 40,000-year-old media tradition

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
Amazon has acquired the movie studio MGM. The move by the streaming giant is just following an ancient pattern, writes Annalee Newitz

Anu Ramaswami interview: How to shape the cities of the future

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
Urban populations are exploding. If we want future cities to be more sustainable, we need to think of them as complex, dynamic systems with their own metabolism, says Anu Ramaswami

How large is a cubic metre of water?

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
Some strange units of measure, plus the first statue for the creator of bitcoin and the (lack of) connection between bluetooth and covid-19, in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up

Quantum Life review: One man's journey from the streets to the stars

Me, 09/06/2021 - 20:00
How did Hakeem Oluseyi move from selling drugs to teaching astrophysics at MIT? His vivid memoir sets out his journey and what he's doing to help other Black physicists