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We knew how to prevent a pandemic like covid-19, so what went wrong?

Me, 17/06/2020 - 08:00
Some nations weren't prepared, others ignored best-laid plans. Why getting ready for next time has to start now

The pandemic playbook: A step-by-step guide to containing an outbreak

Me, 17/06/2020 - 08:00
We've stopped deadly outbreaks in the past. And we can do it again, says epidemiologist Adam Kucharski

Covid-19 news: Dexamethasone drug saves lives of coronavirus patients

Ma, 16/06/2020 - 19:30
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

#ShutDownSTEM strike was a start, but real action on racism is needed

Ma, 16/06/2020 - 14:54
After various scientific institutions pledged support during the strike against racism in science, many Black academics want to see real action

Rising sea levels may have helped dinosaurs dominate the planet

Ma, 16/06/2020 - 13:42
A vast floodplain was drowned by rising seas 227 million years ago and this could have created the ecological conditions for dinosaurs to become more common

The cosmic web that connects galaxies together may be spinning

Ma, 16/06/2020 - 12:01
Galaxies across the universe are connected by bridge-like filaments of matter that are the largest structures in the cosmos, and they seem to be spinning

Genetically modified goats can produce cancer drugs in their milk

Ma, 16/06/2020 - 10:00
Genetically modified goats can make the bowel cancer drug cetuximab in their milk, which could cut its high cost and allow more people to use it

Birds and other animals may see colours that we cannot even imagine

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 22:00
Experiments with wild hummingbirds suggest that they perceive four so-called non-spectral colours that the cells in our eyes make it impossible for us to see

An AI can generate photographs of people’s faces from line drawings

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 19:44
An algorithm that can turn line sketches of people’s faces into realistic photographs could rapidly generate images of suspects in criminal investigations

Covid-19 news: New coronavirus outbreak linked to market in Beijing

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 19:30
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

We can make robots from gelatine and other edible ingredients

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 18:00
Soft, edible and biodegradable robots made from gelatine could be used to deliver drugs to animals or make safer children's toys

China's quantum satellite helps send secure messages over 1200km

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 18:00
Quantum communication using entangled particles is essentially unhackable, and now it has been extended to the longest distance ever, about 1200 kilometres

There is no perfect diet that works for every metabolism or body type

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 15:00
Everyone’s metabolism responds differently to the same foods, even among identical twins, which suggests personalised eating plans are more effective than a single diet

Democratic Republic of the Congo gears up to fight 11th Ebola outbreak

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 14:37
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is using vaccinations, contact tracing and mobile handwashing stations to combat its latest Ebola outbreak, the 11th since the virus was first discovered in 1976

Global total of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 8 million

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 13:31
The global total of confirmed covid-19 cases has passed 8 million, but we are still only in the beginning stages of the pandemic

World to hit 8 million confirmed coronavirus cases in next 24 hours

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 13:31
The global total of confirmed covid-19 cases is expected to pass 8 million in the next 24 hours, but we are still only in the beginning stages of the pandemic

The Lancet’s Richard Horton calls for international pandemic inquiry

Lu, 15/06/2020 - 08:00
The UK, China and World Health Organization all made serious coronavirus mistakes, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, tells New Scientist

How can international travel resume during the coronavirus pandemic?

Sa, 13/06/2020 - 09:00
Much of the world is starting to open up again but would-be travellers in many countries are face a confusing, uncertain and fast-changing situation

Coronavirus second waves emerge in several US states as they reopen

Sa, 13/06/2020 - 00:14
As they reopen, several US states are seeing rises in coronavirus cases and hospitalisations – but this may also be driven by poor health care and lags in contact tracing

Anti-poverty scheme linked to lower deforestation rates in Indonesia

Ve, 12/06/2020 - 21:00
A poverty alleviation programme has been linked with a 30 per cent reduction in forest loss in villages in Indonesia, which has the world’s highest deforestation rate