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Discrimination and divorce make you more likely to die early

Lu, 22/06/2020 - 22:00
A history of bad relationships, discrimination or financial insecurity can increase someone's risk of dying early, according to a study of people in the US

Covid-19 news: WHO says poor global leadership making pandemic worse

Lu, 22/06/2020 - 19:00
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

Siberia's record-breaking heat is a loud alarm bell on climate change

Lu, 22/06/2020 - 18:12
The record-breaking heat that has baked Siberia for several months should serve as a “loud alarm bell” of the need to adapt to climate change, researchers say

Should you pay for a coronavirus test? Here's what you need to know

Ve, 19/06/2020 - 19:15
Antibody tests can reveal if you have had and recovered from the coronavirus. But how accurate are these tests and how useful are their results?

Covid-19 news: UK coronavirus alert level lowered from four to three

Ve, 19/06/2020 - 19:00
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

Electric dust could be erasing signs of life from the surface of Mars

Ve, 19/06/2020 - 16:08
Dust grains rubbing together on Mars can generate electric charges and kick-start chemical reactions that could destroy possible signs of life on the surface

Some hot giant planets get larger as they are heated by their stars

Ve, 19/06/2020 - 10:00
Hot Jupiters, a class of large gas giant exoplanets, appear to get bigger as they are heated over billions of years by their stars

Rise of measles linked with emergence of large cities 2500 years ago

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 21:00
A 110-year-old measles genome has helped date the origin of the disease to about 500 BC, which is roughly when humans began living in cities with large populations

Coronavirus poses grave threat to Amazon's indigenous communities

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 20:02
Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have contracted covid-19, and the disease could reach uncontacted tribes, which are particularly vulnerable

Covid-19 news: NHS Test and Trace still not reaching enough contacts

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 19:15
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

Uber and Lyft pricing algorithms charge more in non-white areas

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 18:43
The algorithms that ride-hailing companies such as Uber use to determine fare prices appear to set higher prices for non-white neighbourhoods

The Milky Way is about to completely obliterate a neighbouring galaxy

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 10:00
One of the Milky Way’s neighbour galaxies has been disrupting our galaxy’s disc for billions of years, but now it is on the brink of being shredded into pieces

Extinct gophers evolved horns on their noses for fighting predators

Gi, 18/06/2020 - 02:05
More than 5 million years ago, North America was home to the only rodents to ever have horns on their noses – and they may have evolved them to defend against predators

Flamingos fly over the alien-like landscape of Kenya’s Lake Magadi

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
Flamingos fly across a lake of multicoloured swirls in the Great Rift valley in this shot by US photographer Phillip Chang

Why icy moons like Europa are our best bet for finding alien life

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
Vast oceans within the moons of Jupiter and Saturn could be hidden hotspots for life. NASA astrobiologist Kevin Hand reveals his plans to find it

There will be another pandemic. Thankfully, we already know what to do

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
A battle plan for dealing with the inevitable next pandemic already exists – but it will take money and staying power to use it effectively when it is needed

Why it's more fun to be a mischievous goose than a blood-thirsty shark

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
Playing as a murderous shark on a rampage isn't nearly as fun as being a horrible goose terrorising a village, finds Jacob Aron

Don't miss: Brain-warping series Dark is back for its final season

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
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There's a bird that tricks other animals into dropping their lunch

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman explores how small monitoring devices are helping researchers get closer to birds than ever before to uncover hidden aspects of their lives

Why neutrinos are the strangest particles in the Standard Model

Me, 17/06/2020 - 20:00
We still don’t know what the mass of a neutrino is, which means there is still lots of exciting work to do, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein