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Covid-19 brain fog: What we know about lingering neurological effects

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 20:00
Growing evidence suggests neurological symptoms of long covid, such as brain fog, are caused by an immune reaction – and should be reversible

Babies can tell who's closely related from whether they share saliva

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 20:00
Infants and toddlers seem to expect people who exchange saliva, for example by taking bites of the same food, to be close enough to comfort each other if one gets upset

Elephant’s trunk may be one of most sensitive body parts of any animal

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 17:00
The bundle of nerves that controls the elephant’s trunk contains 400,000 neurons – a lot more than we expected – suggesting the trunk is incredibly sensitive

It’s official – we don’t know how fast the universe is expanding

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 16:48
The Hubble constant describes how fast the universe is expanding, but our measurements won’t line up, which may mean our standard model of the universe is wrong

Fix the Planet newsletter: The weird and wonderful rivals to batteries

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 14:11
As Scotland announces the building of 17 enormous wind farms off its coast, we look at the novel solutions for storing the electricity they will produce

Genetically modified pig kidneys transplanted into a brain-dead person

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 14:05
In an experiment paving the way for clinical trials, two pig kidneys produced urine for 77 hours after transplantation into the body of a man who was brain dead

Pristine coral reef discovered in deep water off the coast of Tahiti

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 05:01
A spectacular coral reef has been found between 35 and 70 metres below sea level near Tahiti, and it seems to be in good health despite the global biodiversity crisis

Antibiotic resistance killed more people than malaria or AIDS in 2019

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 01:01
About 1.3 million deaths were directly caused by drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, a global study estimates

Gene-edited food is 5 years away in England, says government scientist

Gi, 20/01/2022 - 01:01
The UK parliament passed a law to help researchers do trials of gene-edited crops in England, and the chief scientist at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it would take at least five years for a product to go from research trials to market

Artificial pancreas is 'life-changing' for children with diabetes

Me, 19/01/2022 - 23:00
An app that wirelessly links to an implanted glucose sensor and insulin pump can automatically regulate blood sugar levels in children better than the current standard therapy

Antibody imaging technique could make it faster to develop vaccines

Me, 19/01/2022 - 20:00
A new imaging approach monitors antibody responses to vaccines more quickly than current techniques, which could accelerate vaccine design

Yutu-2 lunar rover finds sticky soil on the far side of the moon

Me, 19/01/2022 - 20:00
We haven’t been able to take a close-up look at the far side of the moon until now, and the discoveries being made by the Yutu-2 rover might prove important for future missions

Science is increasingly revealing how we can boost our happiness

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
We now have a good idea what can make individuals and society happier – countries should use this information to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and build back not just better, but happier

How to perfectly pickle your cucumbers

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
Pickling is a delicious way to beat the microbes that would otherwise spoil your food, says Sam Wong

Hard to Be a God: An 80s classic shows modern sci-fi how it’s done

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
An upbeat yet moving tale shows how hardship shapes us for the better, and how even utopia has its drawbacks, says Simon Ings

Leigh Fletcher interview: Why we urgently need a mission to Neptune

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
To understand the secrets of the most common type of planet in our galaxy, we need to explore ice giants Neptune and Uranus. But we must act now or wait decades for another launch window, says planetary scientist Leigh Fletcher

Don't miss: Sci-fi The Orbital Children on Netflix

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
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Fascinating objects illuminate the European Space Agency's history

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
From synthetic bone to quick-change spacesuits, the diverse fruits of ESA's space exploration make for a fabulous online photographic collection, ESA ESTEC in 99 Objects

Otherlands review: A fascinating journey through Earth's history

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
In Otherlands, palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday uses a mix of science and imagination to show us the weird and wonderful landscapes and life forms of the early Earth

How does the sun shine? Here's why we are still a little in the dark

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
The basics of how fusion works inside stars like the sun is more complicated than it is sometimes portrayed. We shouldn't be surprised that the details are imperfectly understood, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein