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Most people would rather lose their job to a robot than another human

Lu, 05/08/2019 - 17:00
Most people would prefer a robot to take their job if they had to lose it, but they would prefer to see another human step in if a co-worker was going to lose theirs

Space agency chief fired after revealing recent Amazon deforestation

Lu, 05/08/2019 - 16:33
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has fired the director of the agency that monitors deforestation in the Amazon after it revealed a big increase in deforestation

Two planets orbiting a nearby star could have oceans and maybe life

Do, 04/08/2019 - 09:00
Teegarden’s star, 12.5 light years away, is orbited by two planets, and even if they have very thin atmospheres they may be able to maintain liquid oceans

James Lovelock at 100: Ecclectic conference considers Gaia's future

Sa, 03/08/2019 - 13:00
A conference celebrating James Lovelock, the scientist who formulated the Gaia hypothesis, saw researchers questioning the future of our living planet

Earth is a living system and humans will decide whether it thrives

Sa, 03/08/2019 - 13:00
A conference celebrating James Lovelock, the scientist who formulated the Gaia hypothesis, saw researchers questioning the future of our living planet

Bees' very hairy tongues help them mop up different types of nectar

Sa, 03/08/2019 - 09:00
Bumblebees mop up nectar as easily whether it’s thick or runny, because of the way hairs on their tongue can trap the liquid

A super-thin slice of wood can be used to turn saltwater drinkable

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 20:00
Most ways to purify saltwater take up a lot of energy, but simply running seawater through a thin, heated slice of porous wood can render it fresh and drinkable

The world's ageing dams are not built for ever more extreme weather

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 18:35
A town in the UK has been evacuated after extreme rains eroded a dam’s spillway. It is just one of many ageing dams worldwide not designed for increasingly extreme weather

Hottest day records set across Europe this year will soon be broken

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 13:19
Global warming caused the record-smashing heatwave in Europe during the hottest July ever globally – and climate models suggest there’s worse to come

We spotted a star moving so fast it will enter intergalactic space

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 12:37
We spotted a star zooming through the Milky Way at 1700 kilometres per second - so fast that it will soon leave our galaxy behind and enter intergalactic space

Best ever map of Milky Way shows our galaxy is warped in an S-shape

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 11:56
The most detailed ever map of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy is not flat. It turns out the disc is warped into an S-shape

Cell injections could train the body to accept a transplanted organ

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 11:00
Organ donations save lives but require the recipient to take drugs that prevent rejection – in future, cell injections may train the body to accept the new organ

Folic acid seems to be essential for fathers-to-be as well as mothers

Ve, 02/08/2019 - 09:00
With evidence building that folic acid is vital for healthy sperm, is it time to recommend that fathers-to-be supplement their diet with the vitamin?

New type of pipe for pumping blood is just liquid with no pipe

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 18:10
Fluids like blood can be damaged when they flow through tiny tubes like those in surgical pumps. But that doesn't happen in a new "anti-tube" made of liquid

Yellow glasses don’t help night drivers spot dangers any faster

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 17:00
Yellow spectacles are supposed to improve a driver's vision at night but in tests people wearing them couldn't actually spot pedestrians any faster

UK navy will use AI-guided robot submarines to find explosive mines

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 17:00
The UK’s Royal Navy wants to use artificial intelligence to guide a fleet of robot submarines, helping them seek and destroy underwater mines

Turtle embryos may control their sex by moving inside their eggs

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 17:00
Ambient temperature can influence the sex of reptile embryos, but turtle embryos may move to warm or cool spots inside the egg to counteract the effect

London’s public spaces are rife with multidrug-resistant bacteria

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 15:00
Antibiotic resistance genes have been found in high proportions of Staphylococcus bacteria isolated from commonly touched surfaces in shopping centres, train stations and hospitals in London

Wasps are shrinking in size and it may be because of climate change

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 13:07
Global warming has been linked to smaller body sizes in antelopes, sparrows – and now wasps. Oddly, their wings are shrinking faster than the rest of their body

LightSail 2 has used sunlight alone to steer around Earth

Gi, 01/08/2019 - 11:05
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has fulfilled its mission, demonstrating controlled solar sailing in orbit around Earth for the first time