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A single vaccine could protect against many mosquito-borne diseases

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 16:00
A vaccine that changes the way our body responds to mosquito bites could protect us from diseases the insects carry, and also seems to make mosquitoes lay fewer eggs

Heirloom tomatoes are less genetically diverse than standard varieties

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 14:00
A study of traditional ‘heirloom’ tomato varieties from Europe has revealed little genetic diversity despite their enormous variety in size, shape and colour

Covid-19 news: More cases of omicron found in the UK

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 12:45
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

NHS England to test Netflix-style subscriptions for antibiotics

Sa, 27/11/2021 - 09:00
Two drug firms will be paid up to £10 million a year for an antibiotic by NHS England, no matter how much or little of the medicines are used

Omicron: How dangerous is the new variant first found in South Africa?

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 17:41
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

B.1.1.529: How dangerous is the new variant found in South Africa?

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 17:41
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

Merging black holes may create bubbles that could swallow the universe

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 11:54
The area between a pair of large black holes on the verge of colliding could provide the conditions to create dangerous bubbles of "true vacuum"

Our global agreement on AI could reduce bias and surveillance

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 07:00
Nearly 200 countries have signed up to UNESCO's agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. This could help make the technology fairer for all, says Gabriela Ramos

Megafauna extinctions led to more grassland fires worldwide

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 20:00
Continents that lost the most large grazing herbivores over the past 50,000 years have seen the biggest increases in grassland and savannah fires

Fix the Planet newsletter: Can small nuclear power go big?

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 17:27
Small modular reactors are being pitched as an affordable and fast way to decarbonise power grids but questions about the technology abound

Mammoth ivory pendant is oldest decorated jewellery found in Eurasia

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 17:00
A pendant carved with mysterious dots and unearthed in a Polish cave is thought to be over 40,000 years old

Feeding pet dogs just once a day might keep them healthier as they age

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 17:00
Survey responses from more than 24,000 dog owners in the US suggest that dogs fed once a day are less likely to get age-related diseases, but you shouldn't change how you feed your dog just yet  

Soft yet strong gel keeps its shape after being run over by a car

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 17:00
A gel with similar properties to shatterproof glass could have applications in soft robots and prosthetics

Wild Wild Life newsletter: How you can 'do your bit' for wildlife

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 15:36
Greenwashing is rife and full of ineffectual suggestions for saving the planet. Here are four lifestyle changes that actually do make a difference for biodiversity

Most cryptocurrency trades may be people buying from themselves

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 15:03
An analysis has found that wash trading, a form of market manipulation, is rife on unregulated crypto exchanges

AI has learned to read the time on an analogue clock

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 09:00
Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of clocks taken from different angles has succeeded in learning to read the time

Probiotics may prevent bacterial infection of the blood in mice

Me, 24/11/2021 - 20:00
Feeding mice a probiotic of harmless bacteria helps prevent harmful microbes entering the blood where they could build up and potentially cause a condition called sepsis

Atlantic Ocean water began warming the Arctic as early as 1907

Me, 24/11/2021 - 20:00
A sediment core from Svalbard has revealed a sudden influx of warm water in the Arctic in 1907, which is evidence of a process that is spurring ice loss

Magnificent photos from the sharp end of historical adventure

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Epic expeditions ranging from the ceiling of the world to the frozen poles are captured in glorious photographs in Light and Shadows, an exhibition on now at the Royal Geographical Society

What can we can learn from being the last type of human left standing?

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Compassion and sociability helped Homo sapiens survive climatic changes that wiped out other types of humans. Will those skills be enough to survive another bout of climate change?