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No, koalas are not 'functionally extinct', but they are in trouble

Ve, 17/05/2019 - 16:29
A conservation group has claimed that koalas are "functionally extinct". That isn't true, but many populations are falling sharply due to habitat loss and global warming

Cannabis plant evolved super high (on the Tibetan Plateau)

Ve, 17/05/2019 - 14:47
An analysis of pollen suggests cannabis evolved on the Tibetan Plateau, not far from a cave that was frequented by our ancient Denisovan cousins

Digital camera sees around corners by guessing what's lurking behind

Ve, 17/05/2019 - 14:00
An algorithm allows digital cameras to photograph objects hidden around a wall by interpreting subtle patterns of light that reflect on the floor or walls

Sea otters are bouncing back - and into the jaws of great white sharks

Ve, 17/05/2019 - 13:23
Decades of conservation work have boosted sea otter populations in many parts of the North Pacific, but the animals are now being killed by great white sharks

Compulsory vaccines are needed to keep measles under control in the UK

Ve, 17/05/2019 - 03:00
The UK should make measles vaccinations compulsory before children start school, according to an analysis of international measles data

Squished faces aren’t the only cause of bulldog breathing difficulties

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 21:00
A gene mutation present in English and French bulldogs may be partly responsible for their breathing problems

Peasants in medieval England ate a diet of meat stew and cheese

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 19:02
Medieval peasants mainly ate stews of meat and vegetables, along with dairy products such as cheese, according to a study of old cooking pots

Our pick of Venice Biennale 2019's most scientific artworks

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 18:49
Venice’s Biennale is colourful, brash, and full of experiments. But in the end, it’s about the trickiness of learning to live with our digital creations

Alabama’s extreme new law could lead to an end of US abortion rights

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 18:34
A wave of extreme abortion laws in the US has started a fight that could end with federal courts overturning abortion protections in place for nearly 50 years

Could geoengineering really help us solve the climate crisis?

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 16:44
With increasing public concern over climate change, interest is turning to geoengineering again. Is it time to take a serious look at engineering our climate?

China wants to make the fastest planes ever with a new material

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 14:00
Researchers in China may have created an ultra heat-resistant material for making hypersonic planes — aircraft that fly at over five times the speed of sound

Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to focus on anti-evolution treatments

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 02:01
Most people who die of cancer are killed by drug-resistant tumours. Can a new research centre focusing on developing anti-evolution treatments change that?

The quest for better snakebite treatments gets a funding boost

Gi, 16/05/2019 - 02:01
A multimillion-pound programme has been launched to improve treatment for snakebites, which are thought to kill up to 138,000 people each year

Hearing device picks out right voice from a crowd by reading your mind

Me, 15/05/2019 - 21:00
An experimental hearing aid can detect which voice someone wants to listen to in a crowded room by reading their mind

Smartphone app that chirps in your ear could diagnose ear infections

Me, 15/05/2019 - 21:00
Parents could use an app to check if their children have an ear infection. It works by making a soft chirping sound and analysing the echoes

Did we split from Neanderthals 400,000 years earlier than we thought?

Me, 15/05/2019 - 21:00
An analysis of fossil teeth suggests that the shared ancestor of modern humans and our Neanderthal cousins may have lived more than 800,000 years ago

China's rover peeks under the crust of the far side of the moon

Me, 15/05/2019 - 20:00
China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon has found material from deep under the satellite's crust, which we have never been able to study before

The story behind immunotherapy’s innovative cellular voyage

Me, 15/05/2019 - 20:00
When a patient’s cells are modified to attack cancer, they undergo a complex journey

Physicist Kate Shaw on Higgs bosons and how reality is an illusion

Me, 15/05/2019 - 20:00
Kate Shaw uncovers cosmic secrets at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. She reveals what particles tell us about the world – and how Stephen Hawking inspired her

Becoming a maker: How switches can bring you piping hot toast

Me, 15/05/2019 - 20:00
In part 3 of our maker series, Hannah Joshua shows how switches and buttons give you a lot more options for cool devices, like a toast notifier