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Stunning images of mollusc shells reveal their beauty and diversity

Me, 20/04/2022 - 20:00
These fascinating and colourful mollusc shells from a collection at the Natural History Museum in London are drawn from a new book, Interesting Shells by Andreia Salvador

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs review: A must-read reconstruction

Me, 20/04/2022 - 20:00
Palaeontologist Riley Black has written an inventive look at the days, years and centuries following the impact of the asteroid that triggered the extinction of about three-quarters of all the species on Earth

Small explosions called micronovae discovered on dead stars

Me, 20/04/2022 - 18:00
Micronovae are about 1 million times less bright than a classical nova and last just half a day, but they release as much energy as the sun would in a day

Climate change and farming may have halved some insect populations

Me, 20/04/2022 - 18:00
Warmer temperatures and intense agriculture may be responsible for a 49 per cent decline in insect numbers in some areas, with the tropics worst hit

Pterosaur fossil suggests feathers may have evolved long before flight

Me, 20/04/2022 - 18:00
Feathers of different colours have been found on a fossilised pterosaur skull, hinting that an ancestor of these winged reptiles had feathers far earlier than we thought

Laser-based 3D printer can produce complex objects in any order

Me, 20/04/2022 - 18:00
Existing 3D printers work by building up an object one layer at a time, making it difficult to produce some intricate shapes, but a new technique involving lasers could change that

Surveillance drone saves power by deliberately crashing into walls

Me, 20/04/2022 - 16:00
A prototype surveillance drone can save power and stay on task for longer by sticking to walls and powering down its rotors, but only by making a crash landing

How the ‘blue acceleration’ is supercharging ocean exploitation

Me, 20/04/2022 - 14:11
From deep-sea mining to industrial-scale fishing, human activities in the oceans are expanding massively in a realm where few rules apply. Only now are we grappling with how to regulate the rush to plunder the seas

Dolphins who are hand-fed by tourists are less social than their peers

Me, 20/04/2022 - 11:00
Tourists can hand-feed some dolphins around the coast of Australia, but dolphins fed this way are less likely to form strong social bonds with their peers

UK prime minister's office smartphones targeted by Pegasus spyware

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 19:28
Researchers claim to have uncovered cyberattacks using Pegasus software against 10 Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Man born blind has synaesthesia that makes numbers feel textured

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 19:27
A man born without sight has a rare form of synaesthesia in which he feels numbers, days of the week and months as different textures

Is covid-19 causing a global surge of diabetes cases?

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:10
Many clinics are reporting people diagnosed with diabetes during or soon after an infection with the coronavirus - but the picture is more complicated than it appears

We now know how the mysterious ridges covering Europa’s surface formed

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:00
Jupiter’s moon Europa is covered in weird pairs of ridges, and they may come from the refreezing of shallow pockets of liquid water hiding all over its icy shell

NASA should explore Uranus and Enceladus, say planetary scientists

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:00
A major report on priorities for the next decade of US planetary science calls for the first dedicated Uranus probe and an orbiter-lander combo for Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus

Covid-19 news: Shanghai reports first deaths in its omicron wave

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 15:39
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Quantum experiments add weight to a fringe theory of consciousness

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 23:00
Experiments on how anaesthetics alter the behaviour of tiny structures found in brain cells bolster the controversial idea that quantum effects in the brain might explain consciousness

DNA-based detector could precisely track subatomic particles

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 10:00
A proposed particle detector contains strands of hanging DNA that are severed when high-energy particles pass through – and it could allow us to track particle paths with nanoscale precision

Harmful chips hidden on circuit boards revealed by their power use

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 10:00
Careful observation of the power consumption of a circuit board can reveal telltale signs that an attacker has tampered with it and installed a malicious device designed to steal sensitive information or cause crashes, say researchers

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough review

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 20:30
David Attenborough joins palaeontologist Robert DePalma at the Tanis site in North Dakota as he unearths the story of the dinosaurs’ death in this thrilling documentary

Drones with high-tech sensors track disease in Italy's olive trees

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 12:00
A new high-tech strategy will help monitor crops for infection with Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that has devastated the olive industry in southern Italy