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Dolphins who are hand-fed by tourists are less social than their peers

Me, 20/04/2022 - 11:00
Tourists can hand-feed some dolphins around the coast of Australia, but dolphins fed this way are less likely to form strong social bonds with their peers

UK prime minister's office smartphones targeted by Pegasus spyware

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 19:28
Researchers claim to have uncovered cyberattacks using Pegasus software against 10 Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Man born blind has synaesthesia that makes numbers feel textured

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 19:27
A man born without sight has a rare form of synaesthesia in which he feels numbers, days of the week and months as different textures

Is covid-19 causing a global surge of diabetes cases?

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:10
Many clinics are reporting people diagnosed with diabetes during or soon after an infection with the coronavirus - but the picture is more complicated than it appears

We now know how the mysterious ridges covering Europa’s surface formed

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:00
Jupiter’s moon Europa is covered in weird pairs of ridges, and they may come from the refreezing of shallow pockets of liquid water hiding all over its icy shell

NASA should explore Uranus and Enceladus, say planetary scientists

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 18:00
A major report on priorities for the next decade of US planetary science calls for the first dedicated Uranus probe and an orbiter-lander combo for Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus

Covid-19 news: Shanghai reports first deaths in its omicron wave

Ma, 19/04/2022 - 15:39
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Quantum experiments add weight to a fringe theory of consciousness

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 23:00
Experiments on how anaesthetics alter the behaviour of tiny structures found in brain cells bolster the controversial idea that quantum effects in the brain might explain consciousness

DNA-based detector could precisely track subatomic particles

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 10:00
A proposed particle detector contains strands of hanging DNA that are severed when high-energy particles pass through – and it could allow us to track particle paths with nanoscale precision

Harmful chips hidden on circuit boards revealed by their power use

Lu, 18/04/2022 - 10:00
Careful observation of the power consumption of a circuit board can reveal telltale signs that an attacker has tampered with it and installed a malicious device designed to steal sensitive information or cause crashes, say researchers

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough review

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 20:30
David Attenborough joins palaeontologist Robert DePalma at the Tanis site in North Dakota as he unearths the story of the dinosaurs’ death in this thrilling documentary

Drones with high-tech sensors track disease in Italy's olive trees

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 12:00
A new high-tech strategy will help monitor crops for infection with Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that has devastated the olive industry in southern Italy

Gravitational waves could let us find tiny black holes devouring stars

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 10:00
A primordial black hole falling into a neutron star would sink to its centre and devour it in seconds, and we might be able to detect this process using gravitational waves

Releasing sterile male fruit flies in fields cuts crop damage by 90%

Ve, 15/04/2022 - 10:00
Sterile male flies released in fields mate with females that then lay far fewer eggs, drastically reducing the damage the larvae of spotted wing drosophila do to fruit crops

Tardigrades can hitch-hike on snails to travel longer distances

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 18:00
Although they are incredibly resilient, tardigrades are also too small to travel very far – unless they hitch a ride on a larger animal

Driverless cars can be tricked into seeing red traffic lights as green

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 16:58
Aiming lasers at the cameras used in driverless cars caused them to incorrectly interpret red traffic lights as green 30 per cent of the time

Covid-19 news: UK is first in Europe to approve Valneva vaccine

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 15:26
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

People tend to believe populations are more diverse than they are

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 15:00
In 12 psychological experiments with a total of 942 participants, 82 per cent overestimated the presence of individuals from minority ethnic groups

Antibiotic-resistant acne could be treated by phage therapy

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 10:00
The bacterium that causes acne is becoming resistant to antibiotics, but a study in mice suggests that adding viruses to acne treatments can restore their effectiveness

Blind Mexican cave fish are developing cave-specific accents

Gi, 14/04/2022 - 10:00
The Mexican tetra has evolved to live in a number of dark caves – and now we know that the fish in each cave use clicks to communicate in distinct ways