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Robots can use their own whirring to echolocate and avoid collisions

Gi, 18/11/2021 - 18:00
Instead of using sophisticated sensors to detect their surroundings and navigate safely, drones and robots could listen for reflections of their own mechanical noises

Over three-quarters of the world’s vital carbon stores are unprotected

Gi, 18/11/2021 - 17:00
Ecosystems such as forests and peatlands are vital stores for carbon, but less than a quarter of these areas worldwide have protected status

Covid-19 news: Mask wearing cuts infections by 53 per cent

Gi, 18/11/2021 - 13:12
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

13 of the most profound questions about the cosmos and ourselves

Gi, 18/11/2021 - 11:45
Questions that are just as enigmatic now as when we first asked them

World's largest mass extinction may have begun with volcanic winter

Me, 17/11/2021 - 20:00
The end-Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago might have begun when eruptions triggered a volcanic winter

mRNA vaccine against tick bites could help prevent Lyme disease

Me, 17/11/2021 - 20:00
An mRNA vaccine that causes a red, itchy skin rash in response to bites by ticks may allow them to be removed before they transmit Lyme disease-causing bacteria

Anonymised genomes cannot be linked to faces as previously claimed

Me, 17/11/2021 - 20:00
In theory, genomes shared anonymously could be linked to people on social media because the DNA can be used to predict facial features, but the risk is vanishingly small

New Scientist is 65 years old and our mission remains the same as ever

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
The desire to make exciting scientific news easy to understand spurred the foundation of New Scientist. That motivation is as strong today as it ever was

Why does evolution happen? The rules on Earth may well be universal

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Dig down, and evolution by natural selection is just about spontaneous, sustained accumulation of complexity – if life elsewhere exists, it’s likely to develop in the same way

An inside look at oysters – and how to enjoy them safely

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
The humble oyster inspires passion in many, fear in some. Sam Wong explores their biology, weighs up their risks and offers a scientifically sensational combo meal

Why is the universe intelligible? Things aren’t as clear as we think

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
We have made huge progress in understanding some bits of the cosmos, but we’ve hit a brick wall with things like quantum theory and our own minds. Is there a way round?

Why is there a cosmic speed limit? It could even be why we're here

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Nothing in the cosmos can travel faster than light speed. By distinguishing cause and effect and stopping everything happening in a jumbled mess, our existence depends on it

Why are we irrational? How a logical flaw stops us solving problems

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Myths and stories trump rational reasoning when it comes to analysing distant threats like climate change. But we have tools to combat that – and it’s a myth irrationality is on the rise

The Riftbreaker review: Interplanetary mining with an alien twist

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
A combination of base-building, strategy and hoards of reptilian beasties makes The Riftbreaker a whole lot of fun, says Jacob Aron

Why haven't we heard from aliens? There is a reason for the silence

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been going on for 60 years without success. Given the hurdles to interstellar communication, that's just a blink of an eye

Don’t miss: Star trek returns with the Discovery crew

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
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A beautiful reminder of where Earth's two worlds meet

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Dazzling photos of the world above and below the ocean waterline, showcased in David Doubilet's book Two Worlds: Above and below the sea, reveal Earth’s rich duality

Finch review: Even Tom Hanks can’t save this tame dystopian sci-fi

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Combining a Hollywood favourite with a comedy robot and a dog isn’t enough to make the film Finch more than the sum of its parts, says Gregory Wakeman

Why is the universe just right for life? Blame the multiverse

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
Physicists have long speculated why our universe seems “just right” for life. The most complex answer might be the simplest – that every other universe also exists

Why do we grieve? The surprising origin of the feeling of loss

Me, 17/11/2021 - 19:00
The debilitating pain we sometimes feel at the loss of those we love is an evolutionary mystery. It could all come down to what happens in our childhoods