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UK government faces legal challenges over net-zero climate plan

Me, 01/06/2022 - 18:30
The High Court will hear judicial reviews brought by Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project challenging the lawfulness of the flagship plan

Advanced quantum computer made available to the public for first time

Me, 01/06/2022 - 18:00
A computer capable of achieving quantum advantage – a demonstration of supremacy over conventional machines – is the first that anyone can use over the internet

Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy cut by sharing doctors’ positive views

Me, 01/06/2022 - 18:00
When people in the Czech Republic learned that a high number of doctors intended to take a covid-19 vaccine, they were slightly more likely to get the vaccine themselves

Covid-19 news: Record 2 million people in UK have long covid

Me, 01/06/2022 - 15:33
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Ants trained to smell cancer chemicals in the urine of diseased mice

Me, 01/06/2022 - 15:19
The Formica fusca ant species was trained to move towards urine samples produced by mice with human breast tumours

UK visa for top scientists was given to just one person in first year

Me, 01/06/2022 - 14:00
A visa scheme intended to encourage Nobel prize laureates and other scientific award winners to work in the UK has attracted just one successful applicant since its launch a year ago

Fast fashion is ruining the planet – here’s how to make it sustainable

Me, 01/06/2022 - 14:00
The fashion industry, which has become one of the most damaging to the planet, is having a moment of reckoning. But which changes make a difference, and which ones just come out in the wash?

Sustainable fashion: How to cut the environmental cost of your clothes

Me, 01/06/2022 - 14:00
From renting clothes to ditching the tumble drier, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the environmental price tag of your wardrobe

Termites spread globally by crossing the oceans on driftwood rafts

Me, 01/06/2022 - 12:00
An analysis of drywood termite DNA shows the wood-dwelling insects have crossed the oceans at least 40 times in their history, probably rafting inside driftwood

Lizard can switch from female to male before birth, but not vice versa

Me, 01/06/2022 - 02:01
Some offspring of the spotted snow skink, a lizard found in Tasmania, are born anatomically male but are genetically female

Australian seagrass has cloned itself to cover 180 kilometres of coast

Me, 01/06/2022 - 02:01
A seagrass off the west coast of Australia has grown to be the biggest clonal organism in the world by repeatedly cloning itself to make more and more genetically identical shoots

Watch this cockroach robot squirm through a tricky obstacle course

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 21:48
The Omni-Roach robot moves like a cockroach to scale bumps, dodge pillars and wobble through bendy bars, and may become a Mars explorer in the future

The rise of SpinLaunch, the company planning to hurl things into space

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 19:07
In the desert of New Mexico, a centrifuge taller than the Statue of Liberty is being tested as an energy-efficient way to send satellites to space

Megalodon vs great white: New clues to demise of world’s largest shark

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 18:10
An analysis of zinc isotopes in ancient shark teeth suggests megalodon and great whites ate the same foods, potentially contributing to megalodon’s mysterious extinction

Megalodon sharks may have been forced into extinction by great whites

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 18:10
An analysis of zinc isotopes in ancient shark teeth suggests megalodon and great whites ate the same foods, potentially contributing to megalodon’s mysterious extinction

Damaged liver repaired inside machine for three days before transplant

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 18:00
A damaged liver that was kept alive and repaired in a machine for three days outside the body before transplantation is functioning normally in the recipient a year later

Type 2 diabetes linked to cognitive decline in older age

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 13:51
People with type 2 diabetes aged 50 to 80 performed worse on cognitive tests and experienced a faster rate of brain shrinkage than those without the condition

World's first exascale supercomputer Frontier smashes speed records

Ma, 31/05/2022 - 12:52
Frontier, a supercomputer built by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the first capable of an exaflop - a billion billion operations per second

Mini nuclear power stations may produce more waste than large ones

Lu, 30/05/2022 - 22:00
Small modular reactors produce higher volumes and greater complexity of radioactive waste because they are naturally less efficient, researchers find

Synthetic membrane could lead to self-replicating artificial cells

Lu, 30/05/2022 - 19:00
A synthetic membrane that contains key proteins used in cell division could one day help artificial cells replicate themselves