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Make a shape-shifting tablet with touchscreens that click together

Lu, 13/05/2019 - 17:18
Smartphones could one day have screens that can break apart and be put together in different shapes, forming physical passwords or game controllers

Georgios Papanikolaou: inventor of the Pap smear cervical cancer test

Lu, 13/05/2019 - 14:36
The Pap smear cervical cancer test, which Georgios Papanikolaou developed by studying smears from his wife, was the first widely used screening test for cancer

Titan’s seas may be coated in organic goop that stops waves forming

Lu, 13/05/2019 - 10:00
Saturn’s moon Titan has liquid methane seas that are remarkably calm, which may be because a layer of organic “snow” fallen from the atmosphere kills any waves

A simple experiment could help find alien life on Europa

Do, 12/05/2019 - 10:00
If we found amino acids on icy moons like Europa, it could be a sign of recent biological processes

Artificial sponges could pull uranium from seawater for nuclear power

Sa, 11/05/2019 - 10:00
Seawater is full of far more uranium than we can mine from the ground, and specialised sponges could let us harvest it to use in nuclear power plants

AI recommends 'fashionable' outfits to millions of people in China

Sa, 11/05/2019 - 10:00
E-commerce giant Alibaba has built an algorithm for suggesting outfits to shoppers in China. It has made over 5 million recommendations so far

The universe is 2.5 billion times less magnetic than a fridge magnet

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 18:13
Astronomers have calculated the magnetism of the entire universe by studying the space between galaxies, and it turns out to be very weak indeed

Directors are using virtual reality on set to find the perfect shot

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 17:00
Virtual reality headsets are letting film directors walk around computer generated scenes to find the perfect angle for a shot before recording

How Lucy Wills discovered a medical marvel in Marmite

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 15:01
The discovery that folic acid is important to the health of pregnant women is a classic story of serendipity in science

Instagram is attempting to crack down on misinformation about vaccines

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 14:28
Instagram is trying to prevent misinformation about vaccinations spreading on the app by blocking hashtags that include "verifiably false" information

Every country worldwide is now using the most effective polio vaccine

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 13:31
We may be on the brink of eradicating polio at last, now that Mongolia and Zimbabwe have added the inactivated polio vaccine to routine immunisations

Jeff Bezos announces plans for delivery service to the moon by 2024

Ve, 10/05/2019 - 01:11
Space flight company Blue Origin unveiled a new lunar lander that the firm says will deliver scientific instruments, rovers and astronauts to the moon

A quarter of people who meditate experience negative mental states

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 21:00
More than a quarter of people who regularly meditate say they have experienced negative mental states, including anxiety, fear and disturbed emotions

Some deep-sea fish have evolved souped-up colour night vision

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 21:00
Several species of fish living in the deep ocean have evolved extra copies of genes that enable them to see a range of colour hues in the near-darkness

My liver, your kidney: The world's first non-identical organ swap

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 18:22
To get her mother a new kidney, Aliana Deveza instigated the world’s first swap of different organs between living donors, donating half her liver to a stranger

I gave away half my liver in exchange for a new kidney for my mother

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 18:22
To get her mother a new kidney, Aliana Deveza instigated the world’s first swap of different organs between living donors, donating half her liver to a stranger

It may become impossible to tell if Iran starts making a nuclear bomb

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 18:04
US hostility to arms control treaties has put Iran back on a path to building nuclear weapons, and inspectors could be left blind if the deal collapses

Penguin and seal dung nourishes organisms that are kilometres away

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 18:00
Nitrogen from penguin and seal faeces in Antarctica can spread to an area up to 240 times the original colony, which serves as a vital nutrient for other plants and animals

Chimpanzees observed ganging up on a leopard and stealing its food

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 16:14
A group of chimpanzees took a dead antelope from a leopard that had apparently killed it, then ate parts of it in full sight of the big cat

Voice assistants seem to be worse at understanding commands from women

Gi, 09/05/2019 - 14:00
More women report being misunderstood by voice assistants than men, adding to growing evidence that speech recognition is better with some groups over others