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Climate change has already made parts of the world too hot for humans

Ve, 08/05/2020 - 21:00
Global warming has already made parts of the world – including cities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates – hotter than the human body can withstand

Stars in the Milky Way's centre often get dangerously close together

Ve, 08/05/2020 - 09:00
About 80 per cent of stars in the Milky Way’s central bulge have relatively close encounters with another star, which can fling off any planets orbiting them

New Zealand is close to wiping out covid-19 - can it return to normal?

Ve, 08/05/2020 - 08:00
New Zealand is on track to eliminate covid-19 altogether, but keeping the virus out for good will be a challenge, and the economic impacts are likely to hurt

Black people in England and Wales twice as likely to die with covid-19

Gi, 07/05/2020 - 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

Brain cells reach out to each other through miniature cages

Gi, 07/05/2020 - 16:17
Mouse neurons trapped inside cages grow long appendages to connect to each other. Trapping the cells allows us to precisely control their growth

Homemade cultured butter is more buttery than normal butter

Gi, 07/05/2020 - 12:00
Making butter at home the traditional way is easy and the result is far more flavourful than the shop-bought version, says Sam Wong

A large chunk of Mercury may have been blown away by the sun

Gi, 07/05/2020 - 12:00
Mercury is much denser than the other rocky planets in the solar system, and that may be because a collision vaporised its surface and the debris was blown away by the sun

Egyptian pyramids really were aligned with the compass points

Gi, 07/05/2020 - 08:00
Many ancient monuments are claimed to be aligned to celestial phenomena, but we now have the first statistical evidence this is the case for the Egyptian pyramids

Universal basic income seems to improve employment and well-being

Me, 06/05/2020 - 22:59
Finland’s two-year test of universal basic income has concluded that it doesn't seem to disincentivise working, and improves recipients’ mental and financial well-being

Universal basic income seems to improve employment and wellbeing

Me, 06/05/2020 - 22:59
Finland’s two-year test of universal basic income has concluded that it doesn't seem to disincentivise working, and benefits recipients’ mental and financial wellbeing

The moon is emitting carbon, raising questions about how it was formed

Me, 06/05/2020 - 21:00
The leading hypothesis for how the moon formed involves a collision between a Mars-sized object and Earth that would have boiled away elements like carbon, making its discovery on the moon a mystery

BCG vaccine helps fight infections by boosting immune cell production

Me, 06/05/2020 - 21:00
The BCG tuberculosis vaccine boosts the production of immune cells and this may explain how it protects newborns from dying of sepsis

A Japanese nuclear power plant created a habitat for tropical fish

Me, 06/05/2020 - 21:00
A small increase in water temperature near a Japanese nuclear power plant allowed tropical fish to colonise the area, suggesting global warming will drastically alter some marine ecosystems

Common herpes virus causes signs of Alzheimer's disease in brain cells

Me, 06/05/2020 - 21:00
A study of brain cells in a dish adds to growing evidence that Alzheimer’s disease can be caused by herpes viruses, but antiviral treatment may help stop it

Rare sighting of European hare wins German nature photography award

Me, 06/05/2020 - 20:00
A hare's dream came out on top in the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 competition, while images of a Bavarian forest, a flock of snow geese and a crocodile were also winners

Code 8 review: A crime and sci-fi mash-up that's actually pretty good

Me, 06/05/2020 - 20:00
Code 8, a film about people with special powers that have been shunned by the world, is both a cracking crime caper and a comment on society, says Simon Ings

MIDI 2.0: The code that will define the future of sound has arrived

Me, 06/05/2020 - 20:00
Four decades ago, we introduced a standard way of encoding digital sound. Its first ever upgrade could lead to new genres of music and ways of experiencing sound

It's time to retreat from the tyranny of lockdown tech

Me, 06/05/2020 - 20:00
People in lockdown are no longer trying to use technology to get their old lives back and that's a good thing, says Annalee Newitz

Can nudge theory really stop covid-19 by changing our behaviour?

Me, 06/05/2020 - 20:00
Human behaviour is key to the spread of coronavirus, so government scientists are trying to control our decisions. Does it work, and what happens when they get it wrong?

UK covid-19 official death toll passes 30,000 - world's second highest

Me, 06/05/2020 - 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