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Damaged human lungs revived for transplant by connecting them to a pig

Lu, 13/07/2020 - 18:00
Donated human lungs that are too damaged to use for transplant can be returned to a usable state by connecting them to a pig’s blood supply for 24 hours

Teaching an AI to be less biased doesn’t have to make it less accurate

Lu, 13/07/2020 - 17:35
The datasets we used to train artificial intelligence often ingrain real-world prejudice. Cleaning up this biased data so that an AI makes fairer decisions doesn’t have to make it less accurate

Sperm swim up to 70 per cent faster when they have a lazy tail

Ve, 10/07/2020 - 17:54
Some sperm don't use the final few micrometres of their tail to move, but simulations show they may actually swim faster than others that do, which could help pave the way for improved fertility tests

The moon may have stopped the early Earth from being a frozen snowball

Ve, 10/07/2020 - 16:45
Astronomers have long been puzzled by the faint young sun paradox, which says the sun would not have been bright enough in the past to keep Earth warm. Now it seems the moon may have helped

Alien civilisations could move their star to avoid a cosmic disaster

Ve, 10/07/2020 - 12:00
A researcher has come up with an idea for a huge machine that advanced civilisations could use to move their star system around the galaxy – and we might be able to spot one in action

European bison to be introduced in the UK for first time outside zoos

Ve, 10/07/2020 - 02:01
In early 2022, four European bison are to be released in a controlled area of a nature reserve outside Canterbury – a move conservationists hope will regenerate ecosystems

Covid-19 news: UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 19:00
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Covid-19 news: UK government missed coronavirus testing target

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 19:00
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

Noise-cancelling windows halve traffic sounds even when they're open

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 18:00
A grid of speakers fixed to a window can cut the noisiness of urban traffic in half, reducing the sound coming through an open window by up to 10 decibels

Dolphins and whales separately evolved the same speedy swimming bones

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 18:00
A fossil of an ancient giant tusked dolphin lacks the extra vertebrae and short pectoral bones that make fast swimmers of dolphins and baleen whales, which later independently evolved these traits

Almost all lemur species are now officially endangered

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 15:00
Verreaux’s sifaka was once a common lemur species across the south of Madagascar, but is now listed as critically endangered, the last classification before extinction

Ancient mammoth tusk found in Siberia is engraved with fighting camels

Gi, 09/07/2020 - 10:00
A 13,000-year-old mammoth tusk has engravings of camels fighting and being hunted, plus an image of a human with a camel’s hump on their body

Rats will help others in distress, but they can be influenced not to

Me, 08/07/2020 - 21:00
The “bystander effect” can influence humans – and now it seems rats as well – not to step in to help another, but only if the bystanders are emotionally uninterested in what is happening

Terrie Moffitt interview: Can a young person's genes really set them up for a life of crime?

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
Most adolescents dabble in delinquency, but few become lifetime offenders. Long-running studies can help tell us why and improve policing, says psychologist Terrie Moffitt

Hundreds of thousands of slime moulds can merge together to find food

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
These strange, mushroom-like structures are the reproductive phase of a type of slime mould, complex amoebae that feed on bacteria on forest floors

Snowpiercer review: Step aboard a post-apocalyptic train mystery

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
A train called Snowpiercer loops the planet after a global disaster, as an onboard mystery keeps the plot of this TV show rolling, says Emily Wilson

Odd space circles show we are far from running out of cosmic puzzles

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
The discovery of Odd Radio Circles is just the latest thrilling reminder of how much more there is left to find out there – and of how much there is to look forward to

Is there another planet in the universe just like Earth?

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
Audible podcast Exoplanets explores the hunt to find planets like our own outside our solar system. There are potentially millions of them out there, and more are found every day

Don't miss: Charlize Theron tries to avoid CCTV in The Old Guard

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
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What happens when a researcher tries to resurrect a loved one?

Me, 08/07/2020 - 20:00
In the film Archive, George Almore attempts to put his late wife's memories into a machine. The project is far from a roaring success, finds Jon O'Brien