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Strange illusion makes people forget where their teeth are

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An illusion can trick people into thinking their teeth are closer to their neck than in reality, showing that our bodily perceptions are easily influenced

Thousands of pornography sites leak data to Google and Facebook

Ve, 19/07/2019 - 16:17
More than 90 per cent of pornography sites leak data on people browsing them to third party companies including Google and Facebook

Man on the moon? Why we said Apollo 11 was an empty, obsessional quest

Ve, 19/07/2019 - 13:31
New Scientist was opposed to the Apollo missions from the start, and complained for decades that the money to send people into space was being wasted. Why were we so grumpy and pessimistic about putting a man on the moon?

Does the drop in US drug deaths mean the opioid crisis is ending?

Ve, 19/07/2019 - 12:40
Overdose deaths in the US have dropped for the first time in two decades, but many people are still dependent on painkillers and struggling to get them legally

Hawaii declares state of emergency amid protests over huge telescope

Ve, 19/07/2019 - 11:47
The planned construction of an enormous telescope atop Mauna Kea is being blocked by Hawaiian protesters for whom the mountain is sacred land

AI passes theory of mind test by imagining itself in another's shoes

Ve, 19/07/2019 - 09:00
AI has passed a test used to assess theory of mind in dominant and subordinate chimpanzees, paving the way towards machines that are more effective at communicating with humans

Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to fall from space

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 21:26
The Chinese space agency is getting ready to bring its small space station, Tiangong-2, down from orbit to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on 19 July

Weird new type of magnetic liquid could be used to control soft robots

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 20:00
A strange liquid magnet full of iron nanoparticles can change its shape in a magnetic field, and it may eventually be used to make wireless, moving soft robots

Adding more bioethanol to petrol is no way to go green

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 18:18
Making “greener” fuels by adding bioethanol to petrol will wreck the environment, not save it. We need to focus on making electric cars work, says Michael Le Page

London gender clinic reports rising number of non-binary attendees

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 16:07
A gender identity clinic for under-18s says the rise in young people seeking help may be levelling off, and that an increasing proportion identify as non-binary

How to be a maker series 2: The complete list of everything you need

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 14:57
Our second 10-part electronics series is for making devices to connect with the great outdoors. Here’s the stuff you will need to communicate with plants, pests and BBQs  

Oldest Denisovan art discovered on 100,000-year-old bone fragments

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 14:19
Etchings on pieces of ancient bone found in China could be the clearest evidence yet found that the mysterious Denisovans were capable of advanced cognition

We're pushing 28,000 species closer to extinction

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 12:58
More than 28,000 species are threatened with extinction due to humans over-exploiting wildlife, according to the IUCN red list

WHO declares international emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 12:57
The World Health Organization is calling for international support to help stop the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from spreading

Birds and insect species are heading north in the UK as climate warms

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 06:01
More than 50 of the UK’s estimated 39,000 animal species, mostly insects and birds, extended their range northwards within the UK between 2008 and 2018

Half of all harm caused by medical care is preventable

Gi, 18/07/2019 - 00:30
About half of all the harm caused by medical care is preventable, according to a review of 70 studies involving more than 330,000 patients around the world

A type of antibiotics can cause hearing loss - and now we know why

Me, 17/07/2019 - 20:00
Aminoglycoside antibiotics can save lives, but the drugs can also cause hearing loss because of the toxic effect they have on sensory cells in the ear

Artificial skin can sense 1000 times faster than human nerves

Me, 17/07/2019 - 20:00
An artificial skin inspired by the human nervous system can sense pressure and temperature. It has been tested on a robotic hand and improved its ability to grasp a cup of coffee

A drastic plan might prevent catastrophic Antarctic ice sheet collapse

Me, 17/07/2019 - 20:00
Pumping huge volumes of ocean water onto the West Antarctic ice sheet may stop it collapsing and causing a dramatic sea level rise that would threaten New York

Life’s winners think success was earned even if it was down to luck

Me, 17/07/2019 - 20:00
People who win in a card game that involves almost no skill and was rigged in their favour tend to think the game was fair and that success was down to talent