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Scientists are slathering reefs with antibiotics to stop coral disease

Ve, 23/09/2022 - 22:37
Researchers have resorted to applying antibiotics on corals to save Caribbean reefs from deadly disease, but there are concerns this could create antibiotic resistance in other marine animals

Robot navigates indoors by tracking anomalies in magnetic fields

Ve, 23/09/2022 - 17:05
Metal pipes beneath the floor provide enough local disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field for an autonomous robot to work out where it is and navigate around a lab

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to almost 200 genetic variants

Ve, 23/09/2022 - 16:37
In a study of more than 2300 people with chronic fatigue syndrome, 91 per cent had these genetic variants, in a discovery that could improve diagnosis and treatment

Bowhead whales live longer thanks to mutation that also shrinks testes

Ve, 23/09/2022 - 15:59
We may have discovered one of the key reasons for the extraordinary lifespans of bowhead whales, which can live for more than 200 years

Physicists found the shortest measurement to collapse a quantum state

Ve, 23/09/2022 - 00:14
Measuring a quantum object makes it lose its odd quantum properties, and it only takes between 0.1 billionth and 0.1 sextillionth of a second

Decarbonising the shipping industry will cost more than $1 trillion

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 23:30
Powering all shipping vessels with zero-emission fuels by 2050 would slash the industry's emissions, but it would require between $1 trillion and $1.4 trillion of investment

Web of blood vessels helps protect whales’ brains while swimming

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 21:00
When a whale pumps its tail up and down to swim, a wave of increased blood pressure moves from the tail to the head – but a network of vessels redirects the animal’s blood to protect the brain

These male hummingbirds evolved to be tiny so they can do cool dives

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 20:09
Male bee hummingbirds evolved to be much smaller than females, possibly because their diminutive size allows them to make faster and more elaborate courtship flights

Too many electric cars charging at night may overload electrical grid

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 18:00
As electric car ownership rises, we will need new infrastructure to avoid overwhelming electricity grids – including public charging stations and more daytime charging

Scientists who discovered cause of narcolepsy win Breakthrough Prize

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 16:00
Emmanuel Mignot and Masashi Yanagisawa won the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in life sciences for their discovery of the molecular mechanisms in the brain that cause the sleep disorder narcolepsy  

Bubble of hot electrons seen hurtling around our galaxy’s black hole

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 15:00
For about two hours, a bubble of extremely hot electrons whirled around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole at 30 per cent of the speed of light, and then it was destroyed

Astronomers trace fireball in Earth's skies to space rock that made it

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 14:28
In an effort to learn more about near-Earth asteroids, astronomers have used telescopic surveys to find an image of a space rock that produced a 0.4-kiloton fireball over the Pacific Ocean

Lemurs hug tree trunks to cool down when temperatures top 30°C

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 13:02
A type of lemur called a white sifaka embraces the base of some trees to release heat, with the bottom of the trunk being up to 5°C cooler than the surrounding air

What’s the best recipe for bubble mixture? Scientists have the answer

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 10:00
Physicists have found that adding guar gum and glycerol to a detergent solution helped to create large, long-lasting soap bubbles

Sperm move in packs like cyclists to push through thick vaginal fluid

Gi, 22/09/2022 - 07:15
In mock-ups of the female reproductive tract, bull sperm cluster in groups of two to four, which seems to help them swim upstream

Married women who work during middle age are happier later in life

Me, 21/09/2022 - 23:00
In heterosexual married couples, women are happier later in life when both partners work in middle age, researchers find

Drone swarm that 3D prints cement structures could construct buildings

Me, 21/09/2022 - 21:46
Bit by bit, drones can print structures made of foam and cement. The technique could transform future construction sites and post-disaster reconstruction

Bananas threatened by devastating fungus given temporary resistance

Me, 21/09/2022 - 21:00
A way to make Cavendish banana plants temporarily resistant to Fusarium fungus could lead to new ways to protect them from Panama disease

Mosquitoes are being genetically modified so they can't spread malaria

Me, 21/09/2022 - 21:00
Gene editing mosquitoes so they die before malaria parasites can develop inside them could stop the spread of the deadly parasite entirely, according to lab studies and computer models

JWST has captured an astonishing view of Neptune and its rings

Me, 21/09/2022 - 20:00
A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows eight of Neptune’s moons and four of its rings – two of which haven’t been seen in more than 30 years