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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
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

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

Covid-19 news: UK begins using dexamethasone to treat patients

Me, 17/06/2020 - 19:29
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

Stone Age ruling elite in Ireland may have had incestuous marriages

Me, 17/06/2020 - 18:00
DNA analysis of the 5000-year-old bones of a man buried in the Newgrange passage tomb in Ireland suggest the ruling elite at the time married within their family like some ancient Egyptian rulers

Huge fossilised egg may have been laid by a massive marine reptile

Me, 17/06/2020 - 18:00
A huge egg, the second largest ever found, has been discovered in dinosaur-era rocks. It may have been laid by a giant marine reptile called a mosasaur

The first dinosaurs may have laid soft eggs without hard shells

Me, 17/06/2020 - 18:00
Palaeontologists have long assumed that all dinosaurs laid hard-shelled eggs, but fossils of soft-shelled dinosaur eggs discovered in Mongolia suggest otherwise

Soap bubbles covered in pollen could help fertilise flowers

Me, 17/06/2020 - 18:00
As bee populations continue to decline, researchers are looking for alternative ways to fertilise flowers. One suggestion is using soap bubbles to deliver pollen

Monitoring of ticks in the US is patchy and underfunded

Me, 17/06/2020 - 17:00
Tick-borne diseases like Lyme are on the rise in the US, but a survey has found that programmes to assess and control tick populations are lacking

How many of us are likely to have caught the coronavirus so far?

Me, 17/06/2020 - 16:45
Modelling and antibody tests are estimating what proportion of people have already caught the coronavirus – and it looks like herd immunity is a long way off

Fossil cells with 'tails' may have been moving 3.4 billion years ago

Me, 17/06/2020 - 14:35
Palaeontologists claim that early microorganisms may have moved under their own power using whip-like tails, but other researchers are sceptical

The four major public health threats we need to act on now

Me, 17/06/2020 - 08:00
Viral pandemics aren't the only worry: antibiotic resistance, a drop in vaccination and other issues could rapidly put the world's health in peril

This won't be the last pandemic. Where will the next one come from?

Me, 17/06/2020 - 08:00
Several types of viruses could pose a global threat, not just the coronavirus that causes covid-19