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Huge underground lasers measure Earth’s spin with extreme precision

Ve, 17/07/2020 - 10:00
Understanding Earth’s rotation in space is crucial for GPS navigation and now we have an extremely precise way to measure it with lasers and supermirrors

Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope delayed again due to covid-19

Ve, 17/07/2020 - 00:37
The launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been delayed from March 2021 to October 2021, partially due to measures to limit the spread of covid-19

Fifth of Brazilian beef exports to EU linked to illegal deforestation

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 21:00
Around 20 per cent of the beef and soya the Euopean Union imports from Brazil has been linked to illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna

Mental health toll of the coronavirus pandemic is now becoming clear

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 20:25
People are struggling with uncertainty, isolation, fear and concerns about money or education – leading to elevated levels of anxiety and depression during the pandemic

Covid-19 news: Plans announced to further ease restrictions in England

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 19:25
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

Covid-19 news: Scientists suggest young volunteers could test vaccines

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 19:25
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

Sea turtles sometimes get really lost in the ocean on the way home

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 18:00
Sea turtles’ ability to navigate across open oceans is legendary, but GPS tracking shows they can miss their targets, sometimes swimming far further than needed

Closest images ever taken of the sun show 'campfires' near its surface

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 15:43
The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter spacecraft has captured the closest ever images of the sun, revealing miniature solar flares on its surface dubbed "campfires"

The United Arab Emirates is launching its first mission to Mars

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 13:07
A summer of many Mars missions is about to began as the United Arab Emirates prepares to launch its first Mars mission, the Hope orbiter

Siberian heatwave was 'impossible' without human-made climate change

Gi, 16/07/2020 - 00:00
The record-breaking heatwave that baked Siberia recently was made at least 600 times more likely by climate change, meaning it probably wouldn't have occurred otherwise

Artificial spider webs shake to stay clean, just like the real thing

Me, 15/07/2020 - 21:00
Artificial spider silk made from gel and silicone could be used to create sensitive robotic parts that are able to clean themselves

Beetles carrying tiny backpack cameras stream footage to a smartphone

Me, 15/07/2020 - 21:00
Ultralight cameras fixed to the backs of beetles can wirelessly live-stream to a smartphone, which can also direct the camera to rotate and get footage from different directions

Ghostly clouds are appearing more often due to climate change

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
Noctilucent clouds, silvery blue wisps that float high in our atmosphere, are a rare phenomenon – but rising greenhouse gas emissions mean we are seeing more and more of them

We must regulate AI now to improve our lives and avoid its risks

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
The potential rewards – and threats – of artificial intelligence are unprecedented, but it is urgent that we regulate it if we want AI to be a tool for good, not evil

Don't miss: Netflix updates classic sci-fi novel Japan Sinks

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn’t miss

Alice Ball pioneered leprosy treatment and then had her work stolen

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
Short film The Ball Method tells the story of Alice Ball. She helped develop an effective treatment for leprosy, then a senior colleague claimed her work as his own giving her no credit

The secret power of the tequila plant that could help feed the world

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
Agave uses a turbocharged version of photosynthesis that works in even the driest spots. As climate change threatens our food supply, the race is on to harness its power in more resilient crops

Elements from the universe’s earliest stars gave birth to our sun

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
It is easy to regard the sun as humdrum, yet it contains elements blasted from the universe’s first stars as they died and is halfway through its 9-billion-year lifespan

Max Tegmark interview: "AI can be the best thing ever for humanity"

Me, 15/07/2020 - 20:00
Physicist Max Tegmark wants to make artificial intelligence work for everyone. Here he waxes lyrical about cosmology, consciousness and why AI is like fire

Covid-19 news: US vaccine candidate set to enter final trials

Me, 15/07/2020 - 19:30
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