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Spider fossil sheds light on Australia’s ancient rainforest ecosystem

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 20:00
A suite of plant and animal fossils from a site in New South Wales date back about 16 million years to a time when the region was blanketed in lush rainforests

Beth Singler interview: The dangers of treating AI like a god

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 19:31
Artificial intelligence’s lack of transparency is leading many to fear the technology and others to elevate it to a mysterious god-like figure, but we should be more critical of those making decisions about how AI is used, says anthropologist Beth Singler

Record levels of greenhouse gas methane are a ‘fire alarm moment’

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 17:57
The rate at which methane concentrations are rising is concerning researchers, with 2020 marking the biggest annual jump since 1983. 

World's smallest land snail could fit inside a grain of sand

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 16:34
The newly discovered Angustopila psammion is the smallest snail ever seen on land, though there are smaller snails in the sea

Energy crisis: What can the UK government do to help cut fuel bills?

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 16:23
The UK government is talking to the energy industry to find ways to mitigate a huge rise in energy bills that is set to hit consumers in April

Kazakhstan unrest takes down a fifth of global bitcoin mining network

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 13:35
The second largest bitcoin mining nation in the world has cut off internet access, slashing the amount of computing power dedicated to the cryptocurrency

Covid-19 news: India’s death toll may be six times higher than thought

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 13:06
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

Fix the Planet newsletter: 11 climate solutions to watch in 2022

Ve, 07/01/2022 - 11:37
From heat pumps to electric cars, satellite launches to floating wind turbines, we focus our attention on 11 climate solutions to watch in 2022

Plumes of rock that feed volcanic hotspots are surprisingly cold

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 20:00
Geologists may need to come up with a new explanation for the sources of volcanic activity in places like Iceland and Hawaii

mRNA vaccine technology has helped repair broken hearts in mice

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 20:00
The mRNA technology used in some coronavirus vaccines is expected to have many other uses, including temporarily reprogramming heart cells to remove scarring

Why is omicron more infectious but less severe? What we know so far

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 17:47
The omicron variant infects cells in a different way, is present in higher levels in saliva and seems more likely to cause asymptomatic infections - all findings that could help explain why omicron is spreading so rapidly but resulting in a lower proportion of hospitalisations and deaths

Bacteria form complex structures like those seen in animals

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 17:00
Bacterial biofilms, slimy collections of microbes, can develop concentric rings containing cells with different biological features

Newly identified tree species named in honour of Leonardo DiCaprio

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 12:00
An evergreen tree native to Cameroon’s tropical Ebo forest has been given the scientific name Uvariopsis dicaprio and is the first new plant species to be described in 2022

Strength, balance and mobility are the best predictors of a long life

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 06:01
A US study of older women finds that those who perform well on physical tests have the best chances of living longer, while weight loss may not be beneficial

One in 12 new cases of asthma in children linked to NO2 air pollution

Gi, 06/01/2022 - 00:30
A US and Canadian team have estimated 1.85 million new childhood asthma cases were linked with exposure to nitrogen dioxide in 2019, 8.5 per cent of all new cases that year.

Fairywren birds can nest out of breeding season to boost numbers

Me, 05/01/2022 - 22:00
Purple-crowned fairywrens are more flexible in their breeding behaviour than we thought, which has helped the bird population to grow in one wildlife sanctuary in Western Australia

Extreme air pollution from US wildfires now affects millions of people

Me, 05/01/2022 - 20:00
The simultaneous occurence of extreme levels of ozone and particulate matter have increased significantly in the past decade due to wildfires in the western US

Winter is purple sprouting broccoli's time to shine

Me, 05/01/2022 - 19:00
The brassica family boasts a dizzying variety of forms, but purple sprouting broccoli may be the best of them all, says Clare Wilson

Winter is purple spouting broccoli's time to shine

Me, 05/01/2022 - 19:00
The brassica family boasts a dizzying variety of forms, but purple sprouting broccoli may be the best of them all, says Clare Wilson

Jurassic World Evolution 2 review: Let the dinosaurs unleash chaos

Me, 05/01/2022 - 19:00
Raising dinosaur clones in Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a thrill, but it's more fun to let dinosaurs loose than run a good park, says Jacob Aron