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Skeletons reveal wealth gap in Europe began to open 6600 years ago

Ma, 04/08/2020 - 02:01
Some early farmers at a site in Poland were buried with elaborate grave goods – now it seems these individuals also had access to more productive pastures

Beautiful shell carving was part of Incan offering to Lake Titicaca

Ma, 04/08/2020 - 02:01
A 500-year-old stone box found in Lake Titicaca contains a llama carved from mollusc shell and a miniature gold bracelet. They may have been part of a human sacrifice offering to the lake itself

Opening schools in UK without more testing risks covid-19 second wave

Ma, 04/08/2020 - 01:30
The UK faces a second wave of coronavirus infections this winter if the country’s testing and contact tracing system does not improve by the time schools reopen, researchers have warned

Economic benefits of vaccination programmes vastly outweigh costs

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 23:00
The costs of vaccination programmes are outweighed 20 times by the economic benefits of reducing illness, disability and premature death, a model suggests

Covid-19 news: New DNA and swab tests give results in 90 minutes

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 19:30
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

Chinese nature reserves focus so much on pandas that leopards suffer

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 18:00
China’s conservation efforts to save giant pandas have paid off for the bears, but miserably failed leopards and other carnivores that share their home

Ancient valleys on Mars may have been carved by glaciers

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 18:00
Some areas on Mars are covered in huge valleys that many think were carved by rivers in the planet's warmer past, but they may have actually been formed by glaciers, pointing to a chilly early Mars

The US may have the most to lose if Donald Trump bans TikTok

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 14:42
A US ban of the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok could see countries developing their own versions of popular US-owned services as the internet splinters across national borders

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule makes splashdown with NASA astronauts

Lu, 03/08/2020 - 12:35
The first astronauts to launch to the International Space Station on a commercial spacecraft have now returned, splashing down into the sea off the coast of Florida

Genetic privacy: We must learn from the story of Henrietta Lacks

Sa, 01/08/2020 - 07:00
Henrietta Lacks's cells are used in experiments in laboratories around the world but were cultivated without her consent. The lessons from her story are more important than ever, says Maninder Ahluwalia

Sperm have a weird way of swimming and we only noticed after 300 years

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 21:00
For 300 years we’ve assumed sperm swim by beating their tails symmetrically, but in reality sperm rotate like a corkscrew while beating their tails asymmetrically

Changing how we make solar panels could reduce their carbon emissions

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 21:00
Although solar panels are a source of renewable energy, making them has an environmental impact. A new type of panel has a lower carbon footprint than traditional silicon ones

Covid-19 news: Rising cases in England delay easing of restrictions

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 19:30
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

Australia will use robot boats to find asylum seekers at sea

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 16:00
Five-metre-long uncrewed vessels that look like miniature sailing boats will be able to operate at sea for extended periods of time, but plans to look for asylum seekers have human rights groups concerned

Single particles of light can be used for remote 3D surveillance

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 14:00
Researchers have taken 3D images by bouncing individual photons from a laser off a building 45 kilometres away, more than 4 times farther than ever before

Electronic is an epic trip through the history of music

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 13:00
Electronic, an exhibition at London's Design Museum, evokes some of the experiences of being in a club. It is a trip through electronic music in all its guises and offers hope that things will be alright in the future

Leonardo da Vinci saw a whale fossil that opened his mind to deep time

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 12:00
Renaissance-era polymath Leonardo da Vinci may have seen a whale fossil in his youth, prompting him to speculate that Earth was enormously old

Dark matter map hints at cracks in our understanding of the universe

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 10:00
A new survey suggests dark matter is more evenly spread through space than we had thought, which might mean we don’t fully understand how gravity works on large scales

UK temperatures broke records in 2019 as climate change took hold

Ve, 31/07/2020 - 02:01
Last year saw the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK at 38.7°C. All 10 of the warmest years in the UK since records began in 1884 occurred after 2002

Deep-sea anglerfish fuse bodies to mate thanks to an odd immune system

Gi, 30/07/2020 - 21:00
Some male anglerfish fuse to the much larger females to mate – they can do so because they don’t recognise their partner’s tissue as foreign material that should be attacked