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Dust devils' subtle trails across Mars revealed in bold blue

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
The Martian surface is criss-crossed by little whirlwinds that swirl through its thin atmosphere. Their tracks are revealed in this striking infrared image taken by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

Dual review: The dark side of cloning played straight for laughs

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
Riley Stearns's dark comedy about a death match between clones has an appealing premise, but it doesn't quite hit the mark

Meet the robots that can reproduce, learn and evolve all by themselves

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
Machines that can mate and produce offspring can help us clean up nuclear sites, explore asteroids and terraform distant planets – but could they prove a threat, asks Emma Hart, who is helping develop them

Are we on the verge of a global initiative to clean up ocean plastics?

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
A global summit on clearing up the oceans has produced big promises – is it just blah, blah, blah, or can we make the future of plastic fantastic, asks Graham Lawton

The neoliberal think tank that wants to sell the moon

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
Space invaders, puzzling Olympic scoring systems and carbon footprints measured out in worms in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up

Science needs to address its imagination problem - lives depend on it

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
Almost 200 people died in the German floods of 2021 because experts couldn’t convince them of impending danger. We must rethink how to get through to the public, says hydrologist Hannah Cloke

The Man Who Tasted Words review: Inside the odd world of human senses

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
A new book by neurologist Guy Leschziner looks at the astonishing ways some people’s brains interpret the world, offering insight into how we all experience reality

After deadly floods, can Germany adapt to its climate future?

Me, 23/02/2022 - 20:00
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares to release a major report on adapting to climate change, Adam Vaughan visits the site of 2021's deadly floods in Ahr, Germany, to discover how locals are rebuilding

Purple 'superfood' tomato could finally go on sale in the US

Me, 23/02/2022 - 19:25
A small company has applied for approval in the US to sell a genetically modified tomato that is rich in the beneficial pigments found in blueberries

We don’t know whose rocket is about to hit the moon – that’s a problem

Me, 23/02/2022 - 17:46
An old rocket will slam into the far side of the moon on 4 March and no one is accepting ownership of the space junk – similar objects could pose a safety risk for future crewed lunar missions

Baby boomers are the unhappiest generation in the UK

Me, 23/02/2022 - 17:29
People born between 1946 and 1964 reported lower happiness than other cohorts in surveys spanning 16 years – probably because the size of the group means more competition

Will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine trigger a massive cyberwar?

Me, 23/02/2022 - 15:52
Russia, Ukraine and many of the latter's Western allies have the ability to launch cyberattacks on other nations, and both sides seem ready for digital skirmishes

Antibiotic used on crops might make it harder for bumblebees to forage

Me, 23/02/2022 - 15:08
Streptomycin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial diseases in apple orchards, might have a negative impact on bee foraging behaviour

We're closing in on the causes of long covid and possible treatments

Me, 23/02/2022 - 14:00
Tens of millions of people have long covid. We are finally beginning to understand the mechanisms behind the disease - and medicines are probably less than a year away

Covid-19 news: Rush for covid tests before England starts charging

Me, 23/02/2022 - 13:45
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

Mountain gorilla inbreeding has distorted their facial features

Me, 23/02/2022 - 02:01
The mountain gorilla population is small and inbreeding levels are high – and now there’s evidence this inbreeding may explain why some gorillas have distorted facial features

Guppy fish can see optical illusions - but not in the same way we do

Me, 23/02/2022 - 02:01
The way guppy fish behave suggests they can be tricked into believing holes are larger or smaller than they really are – but they don’t always interpret the optical illusions in the same way humans do

Germany halts Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia – what's next?

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 19:28
After Russia’s recognition of separatist regions in Ukraine, Germany paused the certification of a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea. What does that mean for gas prices and climate targets?

Scientists want to restore the oceans with artificial whale poo

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 18:20
Experiments will soon explore ways to emulate the fertilising effect of whale waste, which fuels blooms of algae that feed fish and lock away carbon

There are neurons in the brain that only seem to respond to singing

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 18:00
Electrical recordings from the auditory cortex of 15 people identified brain cells that specifically respond when we listen to singing