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Gravitational waves could let us find tiny black holes devouring stars

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 10:00
A primordial black hole falling into a neutron star would sink to its centre and devour it in seconds, and we might be able to detect this process using gravitational waves

Releasing sterile male fruit flies in fields cuts crop damage by 90%

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 10:00
Sterile male flies released in fields mate with females that then lay far fewer eggs, drastically reducing the damage the larvae of spotted wing drosophila do to fruit crops

Tardigrades can hitch-hike on snails to travel longer distances

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 18:00
Although they are incredibly resilient, tardigrades are also too small to travel very far – unless they hitch a ride on a larger animal

Driverless cars can be tricked into seeing red traffic lights as green

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 16:58
Aiming lasers at the cameras used in driverless cars caused them to incorrectly interpret red traffic lights as green 30 per cent of the time

Covid-19 news: UK is first in Europe to approve Valneva vaccine

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 15:26
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

People tend to believe populations are more diverse than they are

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 15:00
In 12 psychological experiments with a total of 942 participants, 82 per cent overestimated the presence of individuals from minority ethnic groups

Antibiotic-resistant acne could be treated by phage therapy

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 10:00
The bacterium that causes acne is becoming resistant to antibiotics, but a study in mice suggests that adding viruses to acne treatments can restore their effectiveness

Blind Mexican cave fish are developing cave-specific accents

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 10:00
The Mexican tetra has evolved to live in a number of dark caves – and now we know that the fish in each cave use clicks to communicate in distinct ways

Brain regions linked to empathy bigger in monkeys with more friends

Me, 13/04/2022 - 21:00
A study of free-ranging rhesus macaques found that those with more social partners had bigger brain areas involved in social decision-making and empathy

AI strips out city noise to improve earthquake monitoring systems

Me, 13/04/2022 - 21:00
The sounds of cities can make it hard to discern the underground signals that indicate an earthquake is happening, but deep learning algorithms could filter out this noise

Earliest evidence for Maya calendar may have been found in Guatemala

Me, 13/04/2022 - 21:00
The earliest evidence of calendar use by the Maya may have been found in the remains of an ancient temple in Guatemala

Women in a 19th-century Dutch farming village didn't breastfeed

Me, 13/04/2022 - 21:00
An analysis of bones from about 500 individuals who died between 1830 and 1867 in Middenbeemster suggests women in the dairy farming community did not breastfeed

Tiny structures in rock may be fossils of earliest known life on Earth

Me, 13/04/2022 - 21:00
A centimetre-long branching structure found in a rock dated to at least 3.75 billion years ago may be the earliest evidence for life on Earth, although not everyone agrees

An explosive result in particle physics could change everything

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
A tiny discrepancy in the weight of a fundamental particle called the W boson could blow open one of our major theories for understanding everything – if the measurement stands up to scrutiny

Try cooking with ginger – a complex and versatile ingredient

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
The subtle chemical complexity of ginger makes it an astonishingly flexible addition to both sweet and savoury food, finds Sam Wong

Apollo 10½: A smart animation about growing up during the space age

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Richard Linklater's latest film follows a young boy's fantasies about travelling to space, using beautiful rotoscoped animation to tell his story, says Simon Ings

30 by 30: The conservation breakthrough we need to save biodiversity

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Negotiators are hammering out a bold plan to set aside 30 per cent of global land and sea area for nature by the end of the decade. But can they succeed – and will it work?

Don’t Miss: Russian Doll returns to Netflix for more time loop fun

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

Stunning photograph shows a flower as an insect might see it

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Debora Lombardi's image, shortlisted for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards, uses a photography technique to show the fluorescence of flowers under UV light, revealing them as insects might see them

Tremors in the Blood review: The intriguing origins of the polygraph

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Amit Katwala's thorough history of the lie detector test looks at its inventors and some of its earliest cases, placing it, warts and all, in its historical and scientific context