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Babies are more likely to be conceived in autumn but we don’t know why

Ve, 14/02/2020 - 18:23
In the northern hemisphere, babies are most likely to be conceived in winter and least likely to be conceived in spring, according to an analysis of 14,000 women

Astronomy group finds Starlink satellites will have 'negative impact'

Ve, 14/02/2020 - 13:57
The International Astronomical Union has concluded a review of satellite mega constellations such as SpaceX's Starlink satellites and found they will have a major impact on large telescopes, but not naked eye astronomy

Weather by Jenny Offill: How to cope with climate anxiety in a crisis

Ve, 14/02/2020 - 13:10
Jenny Offill’s sharp new novel Weather examines individual anxieties about the climate emergency and one person's journey to becoming a doomsday prepper

Psychologists rank reasons why newly-wed heterosexual couples argue

Ve, 14/02/2020 - 12:17
An analysis of the topics that cause arguments between newly-wed heterosexual couples puts a lack of affection at the top of the list, with little concern about who sleeps on which side of the bed

Antarctic ice melt could push sea levels to rise 1.5 metres by 2100

Ve, 14/02/2020 - 01:05
If carbon emissions go largely unchecked until 2100, Antarctic ice melt could result in three times as much sea level rise as we saw from all sources in the 20th century

NASA missions may go to Venus or our solar system’s strangest moons

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 23:55
NASA has selected four potential future missions – to Jupiter’s fiery moon Io, Neptune’s icy moon Triton, and two that would explore the atmosphere and map the surface of Venus

Ancient people tried to stop rising seas with spears or fiery boulders

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 21:36
When natural global warming raised seas by 120 metres starting around 18,000 years ago, people tried to protect themselves by building walls or rolling fiery boulders into the sea

This is how jellyfish can sting you without even touching you

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 18:00
Upside-down jellyfish release tiny balls of stinging cells that can move through water on their own and survive for days – leaving a network of mucus that can sting you

This is how jellyfish can sting you without even touching you

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 18:00
Upside-down jellyfish release tiny balls of stinging cells that can move through water on their own and survive for days – leaving a network of mucus that can sting you

Tom Gauld on working as a theoretical scientist

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 14:24
Tom Gauld's weekly cartoon

Millions of hairy tarantula skins could be used to mop up oil spills

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 13:41
The dense, bristly hairs on the skins shed by tarantulas when they moult are naturally efficient sponges and could be used to soak up ocean oil spills

Millions of hairy tarantula skins could be used to mop up oil spills

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 13:41
The dense, bristly hairs on the skins shed by tarantulas when they moult are naturally efficient sponges and could be used to soak up ocean oil spills

Coronavirus infections spike to 15,000 new Chinese cases in a day

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 13:19
China has reported a massive increase in the number of its citizens infected by the new coronavirus, after Chinese officials changed how cases were defined to include people who are less seriously ill

Coronavirus infections spike to 15,000 new Chinese cases in a day

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 13:19
China has reported a massive increase in the number of its citizens infected by the new coronavirus, after Chinese officials changed how cases were defined to include people who are less seriously ill

Coronavirus: How maths is helping to answer crucial covid-19 questions

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 13:10
Getting a full picture of the coronavirus outbreak is extremely difficult. Maths can help fill in some of the gaps, says Adam Kucharski

We'll soon know if covid-19 can be treated with HIV and Ebola drugs

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 11:34
The results of clinical trials testing HIV and Ebola drugs in Chinese patients with covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, should be known in the next few weeks

We'll soon know if covid-19 can be treated with HIV and Ebola drugs

Gi, 13/02/2020 - 11:34
The results of clinical trials testing HIV and Ebola drugs in Chinese patients with covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, should be known in the next few weeks

Deepwater Horizon spill may have been a third bigger than estimated

Me, 12/02/2020 - 21:00
An analysis suggests that the extent of the US's worst ever oil spill may have been 30 per cent greater than satellite images previously suggested

Deepwater Horizon spill may have been a third bigger than estimated

Me, 12/02/2020 - 21:00
An analysis suggests that the extent of the US's worst ever oil spill may have been 30 per cent greater than satellite images previously suggested

The huge problem of food waste could be twice as big as we thought

Me, 12/02/2020 - 21:00
A widely cited estimate of food waste appears to be wrong because it fails to account for how much more food rich people waste than poorer people