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Covid-19: Social 'bubbles' unlikely to be allowed soon in the UK

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 19:25
Social “bubbles” that would allow small groups of family or friends to have close contact indoors during the covid-19 crisis look unlikely to begin any time soon in the UK, judging from new minutes of government meetings and modelling by researchers

Electric current helps dampen tics in people with Tourette's syndrome

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 18:00
Applying an electric current to the wrist can lessen the frequency of tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome, because it stimulates brainwaves that keep us motionless

CO2 levels hit record high despite emissions dip from coronavirus

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 17:00
Global lockdown has done little to slow the rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, meaning that the coronavirus pandemic will have no impact on climate change

GPS mystery is making ships appear to teleport and move in circles

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 16:21
Ships from around the world are mysteriously sending false reports of their locations. It could be due to a new kind of GPS spoofing device, which is making the vessels appear to circle a point near San Francisco

This robot can tell when sewers need repairing by scratching the walls

Gi, 04/06/2020 - 12:00
A four-legged robot that wades through water and climbs over obstacles can detect when the concrete in underground sewerage tunnels needs repair

Photographer documents the fight to save pangolins from extinction

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammal. This image from a new photographic series features the efforts by conservationists to halt their decline before the creatures go extinct

Bored in lockdown? Try a guide to the science of this familiar state

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Many people are experiencing boredom during lockdown. Book Out of My Skull brings together decades of research on this familiar yet elusive feeling, writes Elle Hunt

A strange mix of people keep sneaking into Chernobyl

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Documentary Stalking Chernobyl meets the eclectic mix of people who keep visiting the site of world’s worst nuclear disaster. The film is a triumph, says Simon Ings

We can learn from ingenuity of space travel to solve problems on Earth

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Endeavours such as space travel show what humanity can do when we pull together to achieve something big – an approach we must emulate if we want to fix the more worldly problems we face

There is so much we don't yet know about fungi

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Fungi are perhaps the most enigmatic organisms on the planet. Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake says we are only just beginning to discover how they work

Even nature has a price tag - and it's key to a more sustainable world

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Ideas about natural capital and ecosystems services have altered how some governments value biodiversity – they could also help us build back better after lockdown

Why #oddlysatisfying videos are so oddly satisfying

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
Watching videos of different tasks being completed is oddly satisfying and reminds us of pre-lockdown life, says Annalee Newitz

Chronic Lyme disease: How one tick bite can ruin your health for ever

Me, 03/06/2020 - 20:00
For some people, the symptoms of Lyme disease never go away after treatment. Now we have clues about why this happens, supporting the idea that "chronic Lyme" really does exist

First life on Earth may actually have been built from both RNA and DNA

Me, 03/06/2020 - 18:00
Many biologists suspect that the first life on Earth was based on RNA, but a new study suggests DNA could have been in the mix right from the start

We've just found the largest and oldest Mayan monument yet

Me, 03/06/2020 - 18:00
The 3000-year-old site of Aguada Fénix is the oldest and largest Mayan monument to be discovered and dates from a time before the society had a powerful ruling class

Two-sided solar panels that track the sun produce a third more energy

Me, 03/06/2020 - 18:00
Double-sided solar panels that track the sun as it moves in the sky would produce 35 per cent more energy and reduce the average cost of electricity by 16 per cent

Why have there been so many coronavirus deaths in the UK?

Me, 03/06/2020 - 15:50
How the UK’s handling of testing, contact tracing, protective equipment and lockdown led to one of the highest covid-19 death tolls in the world

124 coronavirus vaccines are in development – but will any work?

Me, 03/06/2020 - 15:15
Ten experimental vaccines for covid-19 are already being trialled in people but we don’t know yet if it’s possible to induce long-lasting immunity with a vaccine

Huge amounts of carbon from forest fires ends up in the ocean

Me, 03/06/2020 - 12:00
About a third of the black carbon created when plants are partially burned ends up in oceans via rivers, a finding that helps us model carbon storage and climate change

Why the universe I invented is right – but still not the final answer

Me, 03/06/2020 - 08:00
Nobel prizewinner Jim Peebles introduced dark matter and dark energy into our standard model of the cosmos – but that is only an approximation to a deeper truth, he says.