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Can omicron-specific vaccines arrive fast enough to make a difference?

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 18:38
Vaccine makers are already adapting vaccines to fight the omicron coronavirus variant, but it will probably already have swept the world by the time these arrive

Covid booster shots are pushing protection to unexpected heights

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 17:20
Evidence suggests that vaccine booster programmes can take people’s covid-19 protection to unexpectedly high levels, but we don’t yet know how effective existing vaccines will be against the omicron variant

Arctic may switch from snow to rain-dominated as early as 2060

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 17:00
A rain-dominated Arctic is expected to arrive up to two decades earlier than expected, and in many parts of the region it will happen even at 1.5°C of global warming rather than 2°C as previously thought

Covid-19 news: All UK adults to be offered boosters to tackle omicron

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 14:00
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

A pair of nearby supermassive black holes are heading for a collision

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 14:00
Two supermassive black holes have been discovered just 1600 light years apart, and they are likely to collide in about 250 million years

An ultra-hot gas giant exoplanet orbits its star once every 16 hours

Ma, 30/11/2021 - 09:00
The second hottest planet ever found is being pulled into its star faster than any planet we have seen before

Living robots made from frog cells can replicate themselves in a dish

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 21:00
Swarms of tiny "xenobots" can self-replicate in the lab by pushing loose cells together – the first time this form of reproduction has been seen in multicellular organisms

Canine teeth shrank in human ancestors at least 4.5 million years ago

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 21:00
The extra-large, dagger-like canine teeth seen in male great apes have been missing from human ancestors for at least 4.5 million years – possibly because females opted for less aggressive partners

Mysterious origin of Earth's water may be explained by solar wind

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 17:22
Evidence from asteroids shows that charged particles from the sun can turn dust grains into water – a process that could be useful for space exploration too

Material inspired by blood vessels can extract uranium from seawater

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 17:00
The oceans are a huge untapped store of uranium, which is vital for nuclear energy, and new technology could ensure a long-lasting supply

A single vaccine could protect against many mosquito-borne diseases

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 16:00
A vaccine that changes the way our body responds to mosquito bites could protect us from diseases the insects carry, and also seems to make mosquitoes lay fewer eggs

Heirloom tomatoes are less genetically diverse than standard varieties

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 14:00
A study of traditional ‘heirloom’ tomato varieties from Europe has revealed little genetic diversity despite their enormous variety in size, shape and colour

Covid-19 news: More cases of omicron found in the UK

Lu, 29/11/2021 - 12:45
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

NHS England to test Netflix-style subscriptions for antibiotics

Sa, 27/11/2021 - 09:00
Two drug firms will be paid up to £10 million a year for an antibiotic by NHS England, no matter how much or little of the medicines are used

Omicron: How dangerous is the new variant first found in South Africa?

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 17:41
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

B.1.1.529: How dangerous is the new variant found in South Africa?

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 17:41
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

Merging black holes may create bubbles that could swallow the universe

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 11:54
The area between a pair of large black holes on the verge of colliding could provide the conditions to create dangerous bubbles of "true vacuum"

Our global agreement on AI could reduce bias and surveillance

Ve, 26/11/2021 - 07:00
Nearly 200 countries have signed up to UNESCO's agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. This could help make the technology fairer for all, says Gabriela Ramos

Megafauna extinctions led to more grassland fires worldwide

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 20:00
Continents that lost the most large grazing herbivores over the past 50,000 years have seen the biggest increases in grassland and savannah fires

Fix the Planet newsletter: Can small nuclear power go big?

Gi, 25/11/2021 - 17:27
Small modular reactors are being pitched as an affordable and fast way to decarbonise power grids but questions about the technology abound