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How South America became the new centre of the coronavirus pandemic

Me, 10/06/2020 - 13:40
Coronavirus cases are rising sharply in South America, made worse by inequality, economic instability and the actions of Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro

Scientists around the world are striking against racism in academia

Me, 10/06/2020 - 13:39
Academics are gathering under the #ShutDownSTEM and #Strike4BlackLives hashtags to participate in a strike advocating for action against racism in science

Einstein was right about how extremely massive objects fall in space

Me, 10/06/2020 - 12:00
A crucial pillar of Einstein’s theory of general relativity has been tested with the motion of stars at the highest precision yet, and the theory has held up once again

Claims that some diets can protect you from coronavirus are unfounded

Me, 10/06/2020 - 08:00
Plenty of diets offer to boost your immune system to help protect you from covid-19, but there isn't any evidence they are true, says James Wong

Why cracking nuclear fusion will depend on artificial intelligence

Me, 10/06/2020 - 08:00
The promise of clean, green nuclear fusion has been touted for decades, but the rise of AI means the challenges could finally be overcome

Covid-19 news: Highest daily jump in worldwide coronavirus cases

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 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

Is it safe for coronavirus 'shielders' in the UK to go outside now?

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 19:22
The easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK has prompted growing concern from those taking extra precautions because they are particularly vulnerable to covid-19

IBM gives up on face-recognition business – will other firms follow?

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 19:13
IBM has said that it will withdraw certain face-recognition systems from the market, a move that acknowledges the well-documented racial biases in this kind of technology

10 of the best non-fiction science books to read right now

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 13:33
Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution, A Crack in Creation and Mind Fixers all make our list of fascinating non-fiction books to read at the moment

Forerunner to the Great Wall of China mapped in detail for first time

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 02:01
A medieval forerunner to the Great Wall of China runs across what is now Mongolia, but unlike the more famous wall it may not have been built to stop armies

56 per cent of pregnant women with covid-19 are from BAME backgrounds

Ma, 09/06/2020 - 01:30
A study of 427 pregnant women admitted to 194 UK obstetric units has found that 56 per cent of these women were from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds

Covid-19 news: Lockdowns prevented 3.1 million deaths in Europe

Lu, 08/06/2020 - 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

How the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling online trolls and scams

Lu, 08/06/2020 - 19:03
The pandemic has resulted in a surge in anti-Asian hate speech, a proliferation of covid-19 scams, and in the rapid spread of scientific misinformation

Lack of UK testing data is impeding our understanding of the outbreak

Lu, 08/06/2020 - 18:12
The UK government hasn't reported the daily numbers of how many people outside of hospitals and care homes have been tested for covid-19 in over two weeks

There might not be as many microplastic fibres in oceans as we feared

Ve, 05/06/2020 - 21:00
Most of the microfibres polluting oceans aren't plastic but cotton and wool, a study suggests, but these natural fibres could still be dangerous to sea life

Human-like ears 3D-printed inside mice as surgery-free spare parts

Ve, 05/06/2020 - 17:45
Human-like ears grown on the backs of mice by 3D printing under their skin show that it might one day be possible to replace body parts without the need for surgery

Longest known comet tail stretched for over a billion kilometres

Ve, 05/06/2020 - 12:00
NASA's Cassini spacecraft crossed paths with the elongated tail of a comet in 2002, picking up hydrogen ions from over a billion kilometres away

Only a fifth of ice-free land on Earth has very little human influence

Ve, 05/06/2020 - 11:00
Only 21 per cent of Earth’s ice-free land has very little human influence, a new map of the planet's unoccupied or sparsely populated areas shows

Crops sprayed with 'barcoded' spores could help trace food poisoning

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 21:00
Food poisoning outbreaks could be traced by spraying crops with microbial spores that have DNA "barcodes", which have been shown to persist for months

Covid-19 news: Estimated coronavirus infections have fallen in England

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 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