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AI can quickly identify structure of drugs designed for ‘legal highs’

Lu, 15/11/2021 - 17:00
An artificial intelligence can identify designer drugs that have similar effects to substances such as cocaine and heroin, but which can’t be detected by current tests

Covid-19 news: UK panel advises booster vaccine for 40 to 49-year-olds

Lu, 15/11/2021 - 13:34
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

Enigmatic Planet Nine may have been seen by telescope in the 1980s

Lu, 15/11/2021 - 13:00
There is an ongoing debate about whether a huge "super-Earth" lurks in the far reaches of our solar system – but we may actually have observed it almost 40 years ago

Trees are dying at increasing rates in forests across Europe

Lu, 15/11/2021 - 09:00
Annual mortality rates are rising for all major tree species in Europe, which means forests will soak up less carbon and wildfire risks will increase

Having impostor syndrome may actually make you better at your job

Do, 14/11/2021 - 09:00
People who are less confident at work were rated as having better interpersonal skills, suggesting there may be upsides to impostor syndrome

COP26: World agrees to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and reduce coal

Sa, 13/11/2021 - 20:54
Nearly 200 countries at UN climate summit in Glasgow also commit to revisit and strengthen their 2030 emissions reductions plans next year, keeping the door open to crucial 1.5°C temperature goal

What it’s like negotiating at COP26 as a small island state

Sa, 13/11/2021 - 12:56
After a tough two weeks at the Glasgow summit, climate negotiators from small island nations reflect on their experiences

The Amazon's pink river dolphin population is in free fall

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 23:18
The population of botos, river dolphins found in the Brazilian Amazon, is declining due to fishing with gill nets and is predicted to fall by at least 95 per cent in less than 50 years

The Amazon's pink river dolphin population is in freefall

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 23:18
The population of botos, river dolphins found in the Brazilian Amazon, is declining due to fishing with gill nets and is predicted to fall by at least 95 per cent in less than 50 years

COP26: People from climate-ravaged regions say we need action now

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 23:00
Severe flooding and droughts are displacing people from their homes, and attendees at the COP26 climate summit pushed for action on adaptation to climate change

Birds in the Amazon are adapting to climate change by getting smaller

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 20:00
An analysis of 77 tropical bird species in the Amazon shows that all of them have shrunk and a third developed longer wings over the past 40 years

COP26 news: Real progress made but more emissions cuts are needed

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 19:38
Before COP26, the world was on course for 2.7°C of warming – now it’s at 2.4°C, which is a significant improvement. Future summits will need to push further on cutting emissions and funding climate adaptation

New COP26 draft text adds caveats to fossil fuel subsidies phase-out

Ve, 12/11/2021 - 11:48
Nearly 200 countries are on the verge of agreeing to submit more ambitious 2030 emissions plans next year to put world on track for its 1.5C climate goal, however some of the language in the draft agreement has been watered down

The People’s Summit: An alternative to COP26 led by activists

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 22:21
In Glasgow, much attention has been paid to the COP26 climate summit, but an alternative meeting called the People’s Summit brings together environmental activists and campaigners

How worried should we be about covid-19 spreading among wild animals?

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 20:58
Studies in the US have revealed a "silent epidemic" of human coronavirus in wild white-tailed deer and it could be circulating in other wild animals in other parts of the world

Using tools helps you understand language and vice versa

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 20:00
Language and tool use seem to be governed by the same brain region, suggests a study involving an fMRI scanner

Deep-sea rockfish that live to be 200 hint at genes for longevity

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 20:00
Longevity research often focuses on short-lived lab animals like mice – but a study of long-lived rockfish might offer new genetic clues for extending lifespans

Paralysed mice walk again after gel is injected into spinal cord

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 20:00
A self-assembling gel that stimulates nerve regeneration has shown promise as a treatment for paralysis in mice

New mineral davemaoite discovered inside a diamond from Earth's mantle

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 20:00
Trapped inside a tiny diamond, there are tinier crystals of a never-before-seen mineral that makes up 5 per cent of the lower mantle

COP26 news: US-China climate pact is important but largely symbolic

Gi, 11/11/2021 - 19:21
Two huge emitters agreed to work together to limit global warming, but the agreement is largely symbolic, as is an alliance to stop extracting oil and gas which hasn't been signed by the biggest oil and gas producers