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Three Identical Strangers: Was the twin separation study ethical?

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 17:00
The story of triplets who were unwitting subjects in a research study incites outrage, but the researchers were constrained by regulations we now see as wrong

Climate change made Europe's heatwave at least five times more likely

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 14:05
Climate change attribution researchers have shown that record-breaking heat in France was made at least five times more likely by global warming

The weirdest stars we've ever seen have astronomers utterly baffled

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 12:20
The light from a pair of stars about 360 light years away dimmed and brightened again 28 times in three months and astronomers have no explanation

Teaching AIs to make mistakes like kids would help them learn faster

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 11:54
AIs don't think like children, but if they made a common assumption that children use whilst learning a language they would become better faster

Antarctic sea ice is declining dramatically and we don’t know why

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 21:00
Satellite data shows that between 2014 and 2017 sea ice extent in the southern hemisphere suffered unprecedented annual decreases, outpacing Arctic losses

Was Mexico’s freak summer hail storm due to global warming?

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 19:33
The Mexican city of Guadalajara was hit by an unusual storm that left cars buried beneath 2 metres of hail – but we can’t say that climate change is responsible

We need to shut power plants early to stay under 1.5°C warming

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 17:00
Despite all the talk and target setting, emissions from existing and planned fossil fuel energy infrastructure will take the world well past the 1.5°C mark, unless we shut them down

Interstellar object 'Oumuamua almost definitely not aliens, we think

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 17:00
After the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua flew through our solar system in 2017, some researchers speculated it might be an alien ship - it’s very likely not

YouTube anti-vax videos are on the decline but are yet to be wiped out

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 13:52
Anti-vaccination views are often spread on YouTube, but new research suggests the site has begun to get a handle on its vaccine disinformation problem

We are much less security savvy with our smartphones than we think

Lu, 01/07/2019 - 09:00
Many people who say they would never compromise their security, such as by giving personal details to a pop-up ad, still fall into traps

We could kill cancer cells by hijacking their odd electrical current

Do, 30/06/2019 - 09:00
A recently discovered bioelectrical current could be turned against itself to switch off and kill cancer cells

Deadly drug-resistant fungal disease has ‘infested' New York City

Sa, 29/06/2019 - 09:00
An infectious and potentially lethal fungal disease has affected more than 600 people in New York city – the biggest outbreak in the US so far

European heatwave: France hits highest recorded temperature of 45.1°C

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 15:43
A heatwave has hit Europe. France has recorded its highest ever temperature at 45.1°C and a wildfire is raging in Spain after a pile of chicken dung caught fire

Planet in triple-star system may be our best chance to find alien life

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 15:12
An exoplanet 22.5 light years away that orbits in a system with three stars has the perfect conditions for us to search its atmosphere for signs of alien life

When US pulls overseas abortion funding, abortion rates go up not down

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 13:32
Withholding aid from clinics that offer abortion services leads to a rise in terminations – perhaps because the clinics often provide contraception services too

Remains of Genoa bridge demolished one year after deadly disaster

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 13:17
The two remaining towers of Italy’s Morandi bridge have been destroyed with explosives, but the lethal collapse in 2018 still has not been fully explained

Gettysburg Address stored in DNA using a binary code made of holes

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 13:07
Previous attempts at DNA storage have encoded data in the genetic code, but an alternative approach just uses a series of tiny holes

Impossible Foods boss says we should tax meat to boost veg-based diets

Ve, 28/06/2019 - 13:00
Impossible Foods' plant-based burgers will soon be cheaper than beef ones, steaks are coming, and the company will never sell out, says CEO Patrick Brown

NASA is sending a drone to fly around Titan looking for signs of life

Gi, 27/06/2019 - 22:33
The Dragonfly mission, a quadcopter that will flit around Saturn’s hazy moon Titan to look for evidence of life, has been selected by NASA to launch in 2026

Mystery radio waves from space tracked to a surprising home galaxy

Gi, 27/06/2019 - 20:00
For the second time, astronomers have tracked a strange blast of radio waves from space to its host galaxy – and it is strangely different from the first one