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Mars looks more vivid than ever in new photos from Perseverance rover

Me, 15/06/2022 - 13:41
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is sending back stunning images as it explores an ancient river delta in Jezero crater for signs of life

Emissions from rocket launches could affect Earth's weather systems

Me, 15/06/2022 - 12:58
Increasing numbers of space launches will put more black carbon high in the atmosphere, where it can trap heat from the sun

Why has a court decided not to grant Happy the elephant personhood?

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 21:14
An animal rights group says that an elephant in the Bronx Zoo in New York is so intelligent she should be granted legal personhood, but a court has now issued a ruling saying otherwise

Google wants to challenge AI with 200 tasks to replace the Turing test

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 20:00
Alan Turing first proposed a test for machine intelligence in 1950, but now researchers at Google and their partners have created a suite of 204 tests to replace it, covering subjects such as mathematics, linguistics and chess

When cats chew catnip it releases mosquito-repelling chemicals

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 18:26
When cats lick and chew catnip or silver vine plants, higher levels of insect-repelling iridoid chemicals are released

Severe covid-19 symptoms linked to more than 1300 genetic variants

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 18:00
Hundreds of genetic variants may influence your risk of becoming severely ill with covid-19, a discovery that could lead to more targeted treatments or even tests that assess a person's likelihood of complications

Moon rocks collected by the Chang’e 5 mission have water in them

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 18:00
China’s Chang’e 5 mission landed on the moon in 2020 and sent back samples of dust and rocks, which have been found to contain water – but not very much of it

Lizard unfurls its face like a flower as a way to scare off predators

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 16:00
The toad-headed agama can unfold colourful skin flaps at the corners of its mouth to produce a vibrant display, but a study suggests this behaviour hasn’t evolved to impress mates – it may actually help to startle predators

UK may go it alone in orbit after Brexit shutout from EU space plans

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 15:26
The UK may invest in its own space plans if Brexit-related issues continue to prevent full involvement in the European Union’s programmes

Bacteria bred for 2000 generations settle long-term evolution mystery

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 14:00
A 2000-generation experiment with bacteria suggests existing variation makes a smaller contribution to evolution than we had thought

More than 1 in 7 people worldwide have had Lyme disease

Ma, 14/06/2022 - 01:30
Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common across the world, with warming temperatures one possible culprit for ticks spreading to new regions

AI finds hidden evidence of ancient human fires 1 million years ago

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 22:00
An AI tool has spotted subtle evidence of changes in flint tools that indicate ancient humans had cooking fires at a 1-million-year-old archaeological site in Israel

Robot can find keys in a bag just by listening as it rummages around

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 18:33
A robotic arm with an attached microphone learned to locate objects in a bag based on the sound they make, including a ring of keys and a bag of crisps

Parts of the brain form a circuit that may fuel smoking addiction

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 18:00
Some smokers lose their cravings after experiencing damage to specific parts of the brain, suggesting these areas form a network that somehow fuels the habit

England food strategy ducks big questions on health and environment

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 16:44
A major policy paper fails to address big health and environmental issues it was supposed to tackle, such as how to enable the diet changes needed to reach net zero

Has Google's LaMDA artificial intelligence really achieved sentience?

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 16:26
Blake Lemoine, an engineer at Google, has claimed that the firm's LaMDA artificial intelligence is sentient, but the expert consensus is that this is not the case

Gaia telescope’s new map of the Milky Way will let us rewind time

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 11:35
The European Space Agency has released a new tranche of data from its Gaia space observatory, and it could help us rewind the path of stars to see the history of the Milky Way

One epigenome-editing injection could cut cholesterol level for years

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 10:00
Tests in mice show that it is possible to switch off a gene in liver cells for at least 220 days, which should lower cholesterol and cut the risk of heart disease

Brains can be hotter than the rest of our bodies, especially in women

Lu, 13/06/2022 - 02:01
Our grey matter can be over 2°C warmer than the rest of our body, with the highest temperatures reached by women’s brains in the second half of the menstrual cycle

Physicists have made a quantum boomerang for the first time

Sa, 11/06/2022 - 14:00
Hundreds of thousands of lithium atoms cooled to near absolute zero exhibit a strange quantum effect a bit like a boomerang