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Now is the perfect time to see dwarf planet Ceres for yourself

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
The only dwarf planet in the inner solar system, Ceres will be at its closest to Earth for a week from the end of November. Catch it while you can, says Abigail Beall

Even Greater Mistakes review: Short sci-fi stories without the sexism

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Charlie Jane Anders delivers the ultimate answer to the stale ways women have been portrayed in sci-fi in her new collection of short stories

Don't miss: The Robinson family's last stand in Lost in Space

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

Animal review: Netflix's immersive journey into nature is a must-see

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Breathtaking footage and celebrity narrators make Animal a rare treat, says Gregory Wakeman

Black lava from this bizarre volcano could reveal Earth's deep secrets

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Tanzania's Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only volcano known to spew out carbonatite lava, which could offer fresh clues about Earth's mysterious mantle – but getting hold of a sample is no simple matter

How to slash the shipping industry's enormous carbon emissions

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
The climate crisis means we must urgently cut the huge emissions from sea transport. Engineering tricks, cleaner fuels and a return to the age of sail could all help swab the decks clean

The visionary university solving problems that don’t exist yet

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
How PR-person logic is challenging the notion of time, plus motion-detecting toilets and “interactive sonification of sexual arousal”, in Feedback’s weekly round-up

Why maths should move on from the ancient Greeks

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Many people experience maths anxiety and some even mention feelings of "rage and despair". One way to improve the subject's perception is by playing down the Platonists, suggests Michael Brooks

Break the Internet review: How influencers will take over the world

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Don’t be too quick to write off influencers as vacuous kids, they are much more important than that, writes Olivia Yallop in her book Break the Internet: In pursuit of influence

Tech companies don’t get science fiction – and that's deeply troubling

Me, 24/11/2021 - 19:00
Facebook's parent company wants to build a 'metaverse'. The fact that it doesn't grasp the name's connotations is symptomatic of a wider problem, writes Annalee Newitz

Physicists have created a new type of diamond by crushing buckyballs

Me, 24/11/2021 - 17:00
A new form of diamond created in the lab is as strong as natural diamond and better able to withstand heat

North American monsoon triggered by air currents over Mexico mountains

Me, 24/11/2021 - 17:00
The monsoon that hits Mexico and the south-western US every year appears to be triggered by a jet stream over the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range

Survival of the friendliest? Why Homo sapiens outlived other humans

Me, 24/11/2021 - 16:45
We once shared the planet with at least seven other types of human. Ironically, our success may have been due to our deepest vulnerability: being dependent on others

What are the four main theories of consciousness?

Me, 24/11/2021 - 15:48
The idea of what constitutes consciousness is split between the functional and the experiential

Watch droplets bounce off each other as they levitate on a hot plate

Me, 24/11/2021 - 11:54
A twist on the classic Leidenfrost effect sees orbs of different liquids repel each other as they float on a hot plate

Red light therapy could improve eyesight that has declined due to age

Me, 24/11/2021 - 11:00
Exposure to deep red or near-infrared light can improve the function of the eye’s mitochondria, the powerhouses in cells, resulting in slight but lasting improvement to declining eyesight

Neanderthals may have grown their baby teeth faster than we do

Me, 24/11/2021 - 01:01
A tooth from a Neanderthal child who lived 120,000 years ago suggests that our cousin species began cutting their baby teeth at 4 months – earlier than for the average modern human

Hybrid salmon found in Canada may be a result of climate change

Ma, 23/11/2021 - 19:13
Salmon found near the mouth of the Cowichan river on Vancouver Island are a hybrid species of coho and Chinook, which may have arisen as the timing and location of their spawning grounds overlapped

Tropical trees grow less in warmer years so they take in less CO2

Ma, 23/11/2021 - 18:54
A 21-year study of a patch of tropical forest shows that the trees produce less wood in years when temperatures are higher, suggesting these forests will mop up less carbon dioxide in future

3D-printed 'living ink' is full of microbes and can release drugs

Ma, 23/11/2021 - 17:00
A living ink made entirely from bacterial cells can be 3D-printed to make structures that release anti-cancer drugs or mop up toxins from the environment