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Town in UK takes steps to test entire population for coronavirus

Me, 24/06/2020 - 14:00
Southampton in the UK plans to test thousands of people each week using cheap saliva tests. If the trial goes well, researchers want to test everyone in the town once a week

Concerns raised about pubs collecting data for coronavirus tracing

Me, 24/06/2020 - 13:26
People going to pubs in England will have to provide personal details to help coronavirus contact tracing, but there are concerns about how the data will be handled

Our shower drains are a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria

Me, 24/06/2020 - 10:00
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in over 80 per cent of private homes in Germany, mostly in shower drains, but also in dishwashers and washing machines

Consciousness isn't just the brain: The body shapes your sense of self

Me, 24/06/2020 - 08:00
Electrical signals coming from your heart and other organs influence how you perceive the world, the decisions you take, your sense of who you are and consciousness itself.

Minority scientists still face many forms of institutional racism

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 19:45
People from minority backgrounds are underrepresented in science, and face funding disparities and outright racism. Tying funding to institutions being more inclusive could help

Covid-19 news: England to relax restrictions amid scientists' warnings

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 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

Why New Zealand decided to go for full elimination of the coronavirus

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 18:26
Michael Baker, the doctor who devised New Zealand’s aggressive coronavirus response, explains what inspired his successful strategy.

Australia’s wildfires killed 90 per cent of small ground-based animals

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 17:18
One of the first wildlife surveys conducted after Australia’s recent extreme wildfires found almost no small ground-dwelling animals left in fire-ravaged areas

An injured fin whale with no tail has been found in the Mediterranean

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 16:36
A fin whale in the Mediterranean has been left with no tail, probably after multiple collisions with ships, highlighting the threat shipping poses to the marine mammals

UK citizens' assembly shows big support for green covid-19 recovery

Ma, 23/06/2020 - 02:01
A UK citizens’ assembly chosen to be representative of UK demographics wants the UK government’s coronavirus economic recovery plans to help the country meet climate goals

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