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Why I'm choosing dark matter over dark energy - for now at least

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Dark matter is my focus these days, but the intractable problems of dark energy and cosmic acceleration are still on my mind, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

How interior design choices can boost your mental and physical health

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Neuroscientists have figured out what interior design choices, from flooring to lighting, can help create homes that improve our mental health, decrease stress and fatigue, and even spark creativity

Crucial research update on ‘exopets’ unveiled

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
As astronomers further their investigations into the floofiest transits on Zoom, Feedback also welcomes the return to Cambridge University Library of two priceless Darwin manuscripts in a pink gift bag

There are things we will never know about dinosaurs – here's why

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
Despite two centuries of incredible discoveries, an inability to locate fossils means that many secrets about these species will never be found, says David Hone

Wired for Love review: A neuroscientist investigates her marriage

Me, 13/04/2022 - 20:00
This moving book sees neuroscientist Stephanie Cacioppo explore the effect on her cognitive functioning when she fell in love with a fellow scientist

Rediscovered orchid was presumed extinct for almost a century

Me, 13/04/2022 - 14:26
The mignonette leek orchid, which was last documented in 1933, has been rediscovered in Australia during surveys conducted after the Black Summer wildfires in 2019-20

Covid-19 news: Half a billion cases recorded since pandemic began

Me, 13/04/2022 - 14:26
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Infinity has long baffled mathematicians – have we now figured it out?

Me, 13/04/2022 - 14:00
Mathematicians have long known infinity comes in many sizes, but how do they relate to one another? The key lies in a 150-year-old mystery known as the continuum hypothesis

Common swifts enter hibernation-like torpor on cold nights

Me, 13/04/2022 - 02:01
When the common swift is nesting, it sometimes enters an energy-saving “torpor” state that is a bit like hibernation

Meningitis vaccine may be a new weapon against 'super-gonorrhoea'

Me, 13/04/2022 - 01:30
Two studies have found that young people who received a vaccine for meningitis have a lower rate of infection with gonorrhoea, which is caused by a related bacterium

Scientists simulated a supernova blast with a foam ball and a laser

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 18:00
Supernovae can create shock waves that may stimulate the formation of new stars, a process that researchers have now recreated using tiny balls of foam and laser beams

Stress-testing sausages may give vegan products a meat-like mouthfeel

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 18:00
Plant-based alternatives to sausages can sometimes lack the textures of meat products, and testing the mechanical properties of the foods explains why

Earth’s magnetosphere replicated in miniature using lasers and magnets

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 18:00
The first 3D model of Earth’s magnetosphere could help us better understand how satellites cope with space weather

A single mutation could make Zika virus a lot more dangerous

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 18:00
Lab experiments have identified a mutation that would make the mosquito-borne Zika virus more infectious and virulent, a finding that will inform genomic surveillance

Group that wants to contact aliens will transmit to TRAPPIST-1 system

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 17:00
METI, an organisation aiming to make contact with other civilisations, will send out its second message from Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station in Cornwall, UK

Covid-19 news: Heart inflammation from covid vaccines is rare

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 15:09
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Early warning system for Amazon forest losses seen in climate models

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 11:00
As plants in the Amazon rainforest die off, huge amounts of carbon are released – a key signal that these losses may happen is temperature swings between seasons

Carbon removal project in Iceland suffers setback due to harsh winter

Ma, 12/04/2022 - 10:00
Climeworks is aiming to remove 4000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air per year with its Orca plant, but Arctic conditions have put the project behind schedule

Shoulder growth may slow during human development to make birth easier

Lu, 11/04/2022 - 22:00
CT scans of humans, chimpanzees and macaques reveal that human collarbones slow their growth rate in the final months of pregnancy, perhaps to make it easier for babies to squeeze through the pelvis

Interoception: Monkeys can sense their own heartbeat just like us

Lu, 11/04/2022 - 22:00
The ability to sense the internal state of the body, known as interoception, may be linked to our mental health, and macaques appear to have similar capabilities to us