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Is life the result of the laws of entropy?

Sa, 11/06/2022 - 10:16
Nearly 80 years ago, Erwin Schrödinger used the physics of the day to try to understand the origins of life. Now, Stephon Alexander and Salvador Almagro-Moreno try to do the same with modern science

A third of the world’s largest companies now have net-zero targets

Sa, 11/06/2022 - 01:00
Since this time last year, many more countries and large companies have now pledged to reduce their net emissions to zero, but the details on how they plan to achieve it are still lacking

Mysterious cold blobs may be hiding inside a distant star

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 22:30
A small star called AU Microscopii seems to contain strange pockets of hydrogen that are more than 1500°C cooler than the rest of the star, and astronomers aren’t sure why

Some dinosaurs may have had the reptile version of a belly button

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 20:00
A parrot-beaked psittacosaurus dinosaur that lived in what is now China 130 million years ago had an abdominal scar that may have been equivalent to a mammalian belly button

Conservationists warn spread of bird flu is wiping out UK seabirds

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 19:15
Seabirds in Scotland are suffering amid a fast-spreading bird flu that has already killed nearly 400,000 birds globally since last October

UK government admits its net-zero climate strategy doesn't add up

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 18:56
During a court case about its policy to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, lawyers for the UK government admitted that its strategy would only achieve 95 per cent of a legally mandated target

UK military investigating quantum computers for battlefield tanks

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 15:00
The UK's Ministry of Defence has bought a quantum computer that doesn't require bulky cooling equipment, meaning it could one day be installed on military hardware such as tanks

Genetic errors cause most miscarriages, confirms largest study yet

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 14:55
After analysing the tissue of nearly 25,000 miscarriages, researchers found more than half were caused by randomly occurring chromosomal abnormalities, with many of the remaining losses probably being due to undetectable genetic errors

Plastic litter on Australian beaches cut by 29 per cent over six years

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 13:40
Australia has substantially reduced plastic pollution on its beaches through local initiatives like installing more bins and community clean-up events

China is putting nature at risk with its biodiversity summit delays

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 13:25
It's time for China to put national pride aside and let another country host the UN COP15 biodiversity conference, for the sake of wildlife, plants and habitats worldwide, says Adam Vaughan

Monarch butterflies are doing surprisingly well in North America

Ve, 10/06/2022 - 12:00
Twenty-five years of data suggest that the population of monarch butterflies is stable in their summer range across North America, upending the widely held notion that they are headed for extinction

Polystyrene-eating beetle larvae could help us recycle plastics

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 22:00
Enzymes made by gut bacteria in larvae of the beetle Zophobas morio can degrade polystyrene used in packaging, and could help recycle plastics

Thousands of previously undescribed viruses found by huge ocean survey

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 21:54
A massive survey of the world's oceans has uncovered 5000 viruses that are new to science, some of which are involved in carbon capture on the sea floor

A new kind of time crystal has been created and lasts 10 milliseconds

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 21:00
A time crystal has been created by firing lasers at rubidium atoms. It only lasts for 10 milliseconds, but it could reveal the precise scale at which quantum effects take hold

Quantum computers proved to have ‘quantum advantage’ on some tasks

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 21:00
Not only do quantum computers have the edge over classical computers on some tasks, but they are also exponentially faster, according to a new mathematical proof

Experimental umbilical cord stem cell therapy treats rare disease

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 19:53
A girl with a rare disorder can now breathe more easily after receiving transfusions of a liquid that her sister's umbilical cord stem cells were grown in

Dogs have two gene mutations that explain why they are friendly

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 18:50
A genetic and behavioural study has identified two mutations in a gene called melanocortin 2 that help explain why dogs are so social to humans

Galapagos tortoise thought extinct for 100 years has been found alive

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 18:40
A single female of the Fernandina Island tortoise species that was thought to be extinct for a century has been found in the Galapagos Islands

Scientists covered a robot finger in living human skin

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 18:40
Wrapping robots in human skin that has been grown in a lab may help us to feel more at ease when we interact with them

Covid-19 in pregnancy linked to delays in babies reaching milestones

Gi, 09/06/2022 - 18:00
In a small study, babies born to women who caught covid-19 while pregnant had a 6 per cent chance of a developmental delay diagnosis by 1 year of age, compared with a 3 per cent chance among babies whose mothers weren't infected