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Methane is much worse than CO2 – here’s what we should do about it

Me, 01/12/2021 - 16:30
Methane is an underappreciated but potent greenhouse gas. How we deal with it will have a massive impact on averting the worst consequences of climate change

Algorithms

Me, 01/12/2021 - 14:19
Originally a way of solving complicated equations with moving variables, the modern definition of an algorithm is morphing

Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī

Me, 01/12/2021 - 14:09
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī was a Persian polymath, sometimes known as the father of algebra, who produced ground-breaking works in mathematics, astronomy and geography

How to hack your stress and turn it into a positive force in your life

Me, 01/12/2021 - 13:00
Too much stress hurts mind and body, but the stress response exists for good evolutionary reasons. Recognising that is the first step to turning its negative effects around

Stones smashed by horses can be mistaken for ancient human tools

Me, 01/12/2021 - 11:57
Horses kick and stamp on rocks to keep their hooves in good shape, and archaeologists have now realised this can result in a collection of sharp stones that look like the work of an ancient human toolmaker

UK refuses to release document showing Net Zero Strategy CO2 savings

Me, 01/12/2021 - 08:00
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has refused a freedom of information request that would allow independent scrutiny of the measures in its flagship green plan.

Lakes freezing later in winter leads to less algae in the spring

Me, 01/12/2021 - 07:00
A unique experiment in a Canadian lake has found that the timing of when ice forms can have a big impact on the organisms that live in it the following year

Risso’s dolphins have invented rapid spin-dive technique for hunting

Me, 01/12/2021 - 01:01
A species of dolphin that hunts prey living 600 metres below the surface spins its body as it dives so it can drill down through the water rapidly

Extinct New Zealand bird hunted like an eagle and ate like a vulture

Me, 01/12/2021 - 01:01
The Haast’s eagle had a beak and talons suited for capturing live prey, but its skull was adapted for ripping out organs

UK gene-edited food plans must not harm animal welfare, say ethicists

Me, 01/12/2021 - 01:01
Gene-edited foods may one day be sold in UK shops, but ethicists warn that using the technology in livestock may exacerbate animal welfare issues if, for example, it leads to the creation of disease-resistant animals that can be housed together more densely

Can omicron-specific vaccines arrive fast enough to make a difference?

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 18:38
Vaccine-makers are already adapting vaccines to fight the omicron coronavirus variant, but it will probably already have swept the world by the time these arrive

Covid booster shots are pushing protection to unexpected heights

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 17:20
Evidence suggests that vaccine booster programmes can take people’s covid-19 protection to unexpectedly high levels, but we don’t yet know how effective existing vaccines will be against the omicron variant

Arctic may switch from snow to rain-dominated as early as 2060

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 17:00
A rain-dominated Arctic is expected to arrive up to two decades earlier than expected, and in many parts of the region it will happen even at 1.5°C of global warming rather than 2°C as previously thought

Covid-19 news: All UK adults to be offered boosters to tackle omicron

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 14:00
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

A pair of nearby supermassive black holes are heading for a collision

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 14:00
Two supermassive black holes have been discovered just 1600 light years apart, and they are likely to collide in about 250 million years

An ultra-hot gas giant exoplanet orbits its star once every 16 hours

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 09:00
The second hottest planet ever found is being pulled into its star faster than any planet we have seen before

Living robots made from frog cells can replicate themselves in a dish

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 21:00
Swarms of tiny "xenobots" can self-replicate in the lab by pushing loose cells together – the first time this form of reproduction has been seen in multicellular organisms

Canine teeth shrank in human ancestors at least 4.5 million years ago

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 21:00
The extra-large, dagger-like canine teeth seen in male great apes have been missing from human ancestors for at least 4.5 million years – possibly because females opted for less aggressive partners

Mysterious origin of Earth's water may be explained by solar wind

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 17:22
Evidence from asteroids shows that charged particles from the sun can turn dust grains into water – a process that could be useful for space exploration too

Material inspired by blood vessels can extract uranium from seawater

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 17:00
The oceans are a huge untapped store of uranium, which is vital for nuclear energy, and new technology could ensure a long-lasting supply