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Mars’s moon Phobos may someday turn back into a ring around the planet

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 22:00
Mars’s moon Phobos may go through cycles where it is smashed up and becomes a ring around the planet, only to coalesce into a solid moon again

Oldest known parasite is a worm-like animal from 512 million years ago

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 18:00
Hundreds of fossil animals that lived more than 500 million years ago had worm-like objects attached to them – the oldest hard evidence of parasitism

DNA analysis sheds new light on ancient biblical Dead Sea Scrolls

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 18:00
Analysis of DNA traces found on fragments of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls is helping to piece them together, providing new insights into the history of Judaism and Christianity

Genetically altered human cells can vary their transparency like squid

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 18:00
Humans cells can be genetically engineered to produce a squid protein that changes how transparent they are, which could lead to see-through patches of tissue

The entire universe may once have been spinning all over the place

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 14:19
A strange asymmetry in the rotation of galaxies we see today hints that the early universe may have spun in a complicated dance

US voting data from millions of people is being traded on the dark web

Ma, 02/06/2020 - 14:01
High-profile breaches of voting data in the US and other countries have found their way on to the dark web, where they are being traded for as little as $9.99

Covid-19 news: Health experts say UK contact tracing not robust enough

Lu, 01/06/2020 - 19:40
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

UK contact tracing plans criticised as lockdown begins to lift

Lu, 01/06/2020 - 18:34
As coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England, critics say the UK government is moving too quickly and that contact tracing systems designed to slow the spread of the virus aren't yet ready

People who work in offices with more daylight sleep better at night

Lu, 01/06/2020 - 16:32
When employees work in an office with more natural light they perform better in strategic thinking tests and sleep 37 minutes more per night on average

Parkinson’s disease may spread from brain to gut and vice versa

Lu, 01/06/2020 - 09:00
Research in baboons suggests that misfolded proteins linked to Parkinson’s disease can travel from the brain to gut and vice versa – with both routes causing equal amounts of brain cell death

NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts into new era of private spaceflight

Sa, 30/05/2020 - 23:21
On 30 May, SpaceX and NASA pulled off a historic launch – the first private spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit, and the first crewed launch from US soil in 9 years

Simulating dead bodies could help calculate an accurate time of death

Ve, 29/05/2020 - 21:00
Forensic scientists currently use basic temperature measurements to determine time of death, but a 3D simulation of the entire body could give much more accurate estimates

Grey hairs sometimes regain their colour when we feel less stressed

Ve, 29/05/2020 - 13:08
Grey hairs sometimes naturally regain their old colour, typically when people experience reductions in stress. The finding hints that it may be possible to develop drugs to reverse greying

The Milky Way may have been shrunk down by ancient magnetic fields

Ve, 29/05/2020 - 10:00
Magnetic fields from the early universe may have compressed the Milky Way and other galaxies like it, which could have helped feed black holes at their centres

Ventilators may not be the best treatment for severe covid-19

Ve, 29/05/2020 - 09:00
Ventilators may not be the best treatment for covid-19 patients with severe breathing difficulties, as they can worsen lung damage in some cases