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A new weight loss drug could be used to prevent obesity. Will it work?

Me, 04/05/2022 - 20:00
A drug called semaglutide has seen incredible results in trials to help people lose weight and might herald a new approach to treating chronic obesity - if it can overcome the challenges

How to date in the metaverse

Me, 04/05/2022 - 20:00
As details emerge about what online dating will involve for the next generation, Feedback also ponders how a solar eclipse can be unplanned, and a new ‘woke’ version of the T. rex

It worked with cigarettes. Let's ban ads for climate-wrecking products

Me, 04/05/2022 - 20:00
Outlawing adverts that push high-carbon products such as SUVs would be a simple win for regulators looking to take climate action, says Andrew Simms

The Premonitions Bureau review: A 1960s hunt for paranormal powers

Me, 04/05/2022 - 20:00
A terrific book by Sam Knight about a bizarre, real-life attempt to collect people's premonitions is beautifully written, but goes too easy on the pseudoscience

How to make sure your houseplants are sustainable

Me, 04/05/2022 - 20:00
The rise in demand for exotic houseplants is damaging the environment. We need to make sure our gardening is green, writes Beronda L. Montgomery

Swapping fifth of meat for microbial protein could halve deforestation

Me, 04/05/2022 - 18:00
Even a modest shift from ruminant meat to microbial proteins could cut deforestation and carbon emissions 56 per cent by 2050

Swapping fifth of meat for alternative foods could halve deforestation

Me, 04/05/2022 - 18:00
Even a modest shift from ruminant meat to microbial proteins could cut deforestation and carbon emissions 56 per cent by 2050

How repealing Roe v Wade in the US will lead to more women’s deaths

Me, 04/05/2022 - 16:01
A large body of evidence shows that restricting access to abortion doesn’t reduce the number of abortions, only increases the risk of death for those who need them

Send thousands of people to orbit, says space tourist Jared Isaacman

Me, 04/05/2022 - 15:05
Billionaire who recently flew to orbit says that we should have big ambitions for the near future of space travel

What are the mysterious continent-sized lumps deep inside Earth?

Me, 04/05/2022 - 14:00
For decades, planetary scientists have been trying to understand the origins of two colossal geological anomalies inside our planet. New insights suggest they could be leftovers from a cosmic collision

Obesity drug achieves average weight loss of 24 kg in clinical trial

Me, 04/05/2022 - 13:16
People who had weekly injections of a drug that mimics natural appetite-suppressing hormones lost 22.5 per cent of their body weight on average

Male manakin birds with acrobatic mating dances evolved smaller bodies

Me, 04/05/2022 - 02:01
Some manakin males court females with elaborate aerial routines – and in these species, males have evolved to be more lightweight for extra agility

A single genetic mutation made humans more susceptible to cancer

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 18:00
Since we split from chimpanzees, a single letter change in our DNA appears to have made us more likely to get cancer, possibly as a trade-off for extra fertility

AIs could be hacked with undetectable backdoors to make bad decisions

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 16:41
The AI algorithms used in business are often built by third-party companies, which means it is theoretically possible for rogue workers at the firms to insert undetectable backdoors into the AI

Covid-19 news: Cognitive impairment equivalent to 20 years of ageing

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 15:04
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

VR could use a muscle-stimulating device that forces your head to turn

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 09:00
A device that uses electrodes to stimulate points on the neck can force a wearer to turn their head – which could be used to direct attention in virtual reality environments

Huge flightless swan roamed the ancient seas with a cradle on its back

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 00:05
A fossilised leg bone found in Japan belonged to a prehistoric swan species with adaptations similar to several other water birds, including a duck-like bill and the feet of a loon

Planet-sized telescopes could be possible using quantum technique

Ma, 03/05/2022 - 00:00
Huge networks of interconnected telescopes may run into image-sharpening problems that classical physics can't handle. Accounting for the quantum properties of starlight could allow astronomers to get past these constraints

Corals further from pollution were more resistant to Hawaiian heatwave

Lu, 02/05/2022 - 22:00
A study of more than 200 square kilometres of reefs in the Hawaiian islands found that those further from pollution and coastal developments held up better after a 2019 marine heatwave

Raspberries are a battleground between flies, yeast and fungi

Lu, 02/05/2022 - 12:00
A species of fly works together with a yeast to combat a raspberry-bound fungus that threatens the insects' larvae