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How to sniff out the good coronavirus studies from the bad

Me, 06/05/2020 - 17:35
With social media, newspapers and politicians all espousing unverified covid-19 findings, use these seven signs to tell if a study should be treated with caution

How the covid-19 pandemic has led to a flood of misleading science

Me, 06/05/2020 - 16:25
Amid the global coronavirus outbreak, a second epidemic of preliminary, unverified and misinterpreted research has broken out. Can it be fixed?

Why countries should start weekly covid-19 testing for key workers

Me, 06/05/2020 - 15:50
Many countries are focusing coronavirus testing on people who have covid-19 symptoms. But regularly testing all essential workers would have more of an impact

You can 'see' the closest known black hole to Earth with the naked eye

Me, 06/05/2020 - 15:00
Astronomers found a star that appeared to be orbiting nothing at all – but it’s actually the closest black hole ever at just 1000 light years away

Covid-19 shows why an infodemic of bad science must never happen again

Me, 06/05/2020 - 14:00
Once the coronavirus pandemic is over, we must work out how to stop the spread of poor information that has helped make a bad situation that much worse

Telling Lies review: A twisting mystery for the age of video calls

Me, 06/05/2020 - 10:00
Telling Lies is a game where you sift through video calls to solve a mystery. Half the time you don't know what you should be doing, but that's part of the fun, says Jacob Aron

Why is coronavirus deadly for some, but harmless in others?

Me, 06/05/2020 - 08:00
To figure out what makes some people more vulnerable to severe cases of covid-19, we need to rethink what we know about infection

Covid-19 news: Europe's first case may have been in December

Ma, 05/05/2020 - 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

We really do relive experiences from waking life when we sleep

Ma, 05/05/2020 - 18:00
Brain implants have revealed that we replay conscious experiences while we sleep, with the same patterns of neurons firing during sleep as in waking life

An ancient river on Mars may have flowed for 100,000 years

Ma, 05/05/2020 - 18:00
We’ve found a 200-metre cliff in Mars's Hellas basin, the first evidence of a river that flowed on the planet for more than 100,000 years

China just tested a spacecraft that could fly to the moon and beyond

Ma, 05/05/2020 - 17:48
China just tested its biggest rocket yet, along with a new capsule designed to carry humans to its planned space station, the moon and beyond

Covid-19 latest: Scientists advising UK pandemic response revealed

Lu, 04/05/2020 - 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

We still don't know how effective the NHS contact-tracing app will be

Lu, 04/05/2020 - 19:00
The UK government will begin trials of its coronavirus contact-tracing app this week, but what impact it will have on slowing the spread of covid-19 is unclear

Red light could be used to precisely target rheumatoid arthritis drugs

Lu, 04/05/2020 - 16:57
People with rheumatoid arthritis often take medicines that can have damaging side-effects, but a system that uses red light to deliver drugs exactly where they are needed could help

Ancient Egyptians saw the sky as crumbling iron tub filled with water

Lu, 04/05/2020 - 12:00
A fresh look at the world’s oldest religious texts suggests ancient Egyptians saw the sky as a water-filled iron container from which chunks fell to Earth as meteorites

Scratching is contagious among strangers – if you are an orangutan

Sa, 02/05/2020 - 01:57
For orangutans, scratching is contagious – but unexpectedly, the behaviour is transmitted more between individuals that do not know each other well

SpaceX mission control to do social distancing for first crewed flight

Sa, 02/05/2020 - 01:09
SpaceX’s first crewed launch is planned for 27 May and will be run from a mission control with desks set six feet apart to comply with social distancing protocols

UK government hits 100,000 tests target by including unanalysed tests

Ve, 01/05/2020 - 20:00
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

Weird radio signals spotted in our galaxy could solve a space mystery

Ve, 01/05/2020 - 16:18
Weird blasts of radio waves from space called fast radio bursts have been baffling astronomers since they were discovered, but after finding one in our galaxy we may finally know what creates them

Fossil ‘monster’ looks alien but may be related to primitive fish

Ve, 01/05/2020 - 14:33
The Tully Monster is a famously odd 300-million-year-old fossil that looks like an alien, but a new analysis suggests it was a backboned animal like a hagfish or lamprey