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What really makes people happy – and can you learn to be happier?

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
Our life satisfaction is shaped by many things including our genes and relative wealth, but there is now good evidence that you can boost your basic happiness with these key psychological strategies

Is Pluto a planet? The Spanish government's tax portal says it is

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
An online security test stumbles upon a fierce debate, plus loud and inebriated birds, in Feedback’s weekly round-up

Toxic chemicals are everywhere in our daily lives – can we avoid them?

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
Food and household goods are covered in jargon about the chemicals they do or don't contain, but seeing through the labelling is harder than you might think, says Anna Turns

Station Eleven review: An uplifting vision of a post-pandemic world

Me, 19/01/2022 - 19:00
A TV adaptation of the hit 2014 novel by Emily St John Mandel shows that culture and humanity can survive even the collapse of civilisation

Svalbard glacier ice loss projected to roughly double by 2100

Me, 19/01/2022 - 17:00
Unearthing archive photos of the Norwegian archipelago's glaciers enabled researchers to reconstruct past melting and project ice mass loss under future climate change

Weird black hole spewed star-forming jets 500 light years long

Me, 19/01/2022 - 17:00
Black holes located in dwarf galaxies usually stop star formation, but now one has been seen seeding new stars through a huge plume of ionised gas

UK companies could face fines for failing to patch Log4j vulnerability

Me, 19/01/2022 - 15:43
A security flaw discovered in December 2021 makes private data vulnerable to hackers – and the UK government could take action against firms that fail to fix it

Covid-19 news: Most short-term vaccine symptoms down to nocebo effect

Me, 19/01/2022 - 15:12
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

The happiness revolution: How to boost the well-being of society

Me, 19/01/2022 - 13:00
We now know that economic growth doesn’t necessarily translate into greater well-being. A closer look at Nordic countries such as Finland reveals surprising truths about what really makes a happy society and how other governments can emulate their success

Climate change made the past 7 years the warmest on record

Me, 19/01/2022 - 09:00
The World Meteorological Organization finds 2021 was the seventh hottest to date, at 1.11°C above pre-industrial levels  

Dinosaur ancestor of long-necked Diplodocus ran swiftly on two legs

Me, 19/01/2022 - 01:01
The gigantic and slow sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus had small two-legged ancestors – and one, Thecodontosaurus, was quick and nimble

Air pollution makes it harder for pollinators to find plants

Me, 19/01/2022 - 01:01
Levels of nitrogen oxides and ozone on a par with average concentrations next to major UK roads led to a reduction in the number of pollinators counted on the crops by up to 70 per cent

New-to-science tarantula that lives inside bamboo found by YouTuber

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 19:06
A species of tarantula seems to live exclusively inside hollow bamboo stems, which no other tarantula is known to do

Will 5G mobile networks in the US really interfere with aircraft?

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 17:52
US telecoms companies plan to turn on 5G networks across the US, but airline bosses warn that potential interference with planes could cause a "catastrophic" crisis

Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 17:00
Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations

Living with covid: How can the pandemic end and what will it be like?

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 16:55
For some, the phrase “living with covid” means removing all restrictions - and this could soon happen in England. But the actions countries take now will determine how many more people die of covid and whether we’re doomed to keep chasing new variants

First fully programmable quantum computer based on neutral atoms

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 16:15
Most quantum computers are based on superconductors or trapped ions, but an alternative approach using ordinary atoms may have advantages

Covid-19 news: Joint flu and covid-19 vaccine could be offered in 2023

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 13:35
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

AI learns to create images from text descriptions by destroying data

Ma, 18/01/2022 - 13:00
A fresh approach to generating images based on text descriptions with AI, called a diffusion model, effectively un-destroys new images into existence

Ancient Mars may have had a liquid ocean despite freezing temperatures

Lu, 17/01/2022 - 21:00
A model based on Earth’s oceans and atmosphere explains how Mars could have been cold and wet 3 billion years ago