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First coronavirus R numbers for regions within England released

Ve, 12/06/2020 - 18:50
The South West has the highest rate of coronavirus spread in the UK, with an R number estimated to be in the range of 0.8 to 1.1

Three people with inherited diseases successfully treated with CRISPR

Ve, 12/06/2020 - 18:20
Two people with beta thalassaemia and one with sickle cell disease no longer need blood transfusions after their blood stem cells were gene edited and put back in their bodies

Indian military tests eye-tracking tech to help pilots control planes

Ve, 12/06/2020 - 12:00
Pilots are testing eye-tracking devices that let them flick through a plane’s computer displays without taking their hands off the throttle

Seismic waves reveal giant structures deep beneath Earth’s surface

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 21:00
Seismic waves travelling through Earth have revealed a giant structure between Earth's molten core and solid mantle under the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific

Covid-19 death rates twice as high in England's most deprived areas

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 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

Covid-19 news: NHS England reveals extent of disruption to services

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 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

Ancient footprints could be from a crocodile that walked on two legs

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 18:00
Ancient footprints once thought to belong to a pterosaur may in fact have been made by an ancient relative of crocodiles that walked on two feet

England's covid-19 contact tracers failed to reach thousands of people

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 16:32
In its first week of operation, England’s coronavirus contact tracing scheme was unable to reach a third of the people who tested positive for the virus

Brain switch lets us control a kind of suspended animation in mice

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 12:00
Stimulating or inhibiting specific neurons in mice can put them in a hibernation-like state called torpor. The same trick works in rats that don't experience torpor naturally, suggesting it may also be possible in people

Exotic fifth state of matter made on the International Space Station

Gi, 11/06/2020 - 12:00
An instrument on board the International Space Station contains one of the coldest places in the universe, and researchers have used it to create a cloud of frozen atoms

An artist carved this tiny bird sculpture 13,000 years ago in China

Me, 10/06/2020 - 21:00
A carving of a bird less than 2 centimetres long was probably shaped 13,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest known sculptures discovered in China

Turning the spleen into a liver saves mice from fatal organ damage

Me, 10/06/2020 - 21:00
The spleens of live mice can be transformed into liver-like organs as a treatment for severe liver damage that could one day replace transplants in humans

Aerial images highlighting fight to protect the Amazon win photo award

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
Pablo Albarenga’s series documenting threatened Amazonian environments and the people defending them has won the top prize at the Sony World Photography Award 2020

Taming nuclear fusion is hard, but there are new reasons for optimism

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
Technological advances, greater investment and growing political interest in addressing climate change mean the dream of harnessing nuclear fusion for energy may finally become a reality

Upload review: An odd afterlife where your brain is kept in the cloud

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
Greg Daniels's new show Upload is fizzing with interesting ideas, but the characters may not be strong enough to keep you interested, writes Emily Wilson

Humankind review: A compelling case for believing people are good

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
Rutger Bregman’s new book Humankind argues that people are innately good, and that if we assume this to be true, the whole world could benefit

How brain scanners can help us revolutionise psychiatric drugs

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
Most psychiatric drugs were developed before brain scans existed. Now neuroscientist Mitul Mehta is using scans of people under the influence of drugs or hypnosis to help develop better treatments

The biggest dinosaur ever may have been twice the size we thought

Me, 10/06/2020 - 20:00
A near-mythical titanosaur could have been twice as heavy as Patagotitan, the dinosaur previously thought to be the largest animal ever to walk the Earth

Covid-19 news: UK infections mostly came from Spain, France and Italy

Me, 10/06/2020 - 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

Human eggs release chemicals that attract some sperm more than others

Me, 10/06/2020 - 15:15
A person’s eggs release chemicals after sex that preferentially attract sperm from certain people, which might help explain why some people have fertility problems