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Research stations and tourists are hastening snow melt in Antarctica

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 18:00
Vehicles and power generators in Antarctica produce black carbon pollution that settles on the snow, causing more of it to melt in the summer

Can a tech billionaire squash Australia’s coal industry by buying it?

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 14:38
Frustrated with the Australian government’s inaction on climate change, software king Mike Cannon-Brookes is trying to buy several big coal plants so he can shut them down in favour of renewables

Pterosaur fossil from Scotland is largest Jurassic flier ever found

Ma, 22/02/2022 - 12:00
A 170-million-year-old pterosaur found on the Isle of Skye off the north-west coast of Scotland had a wingspan of about 2.5 metres, making it the largest known winged reptile from the Jurassic

Rats can track the passage of time and judge their accuracy

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 22:00
Rats trained to leave 3.2 seconds between presses of a lever or to hold it down for this length of time seem able to judge whether they were accurate enough to have earned a reward

Base of the Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than we thought

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 22:00
As meltwater trickles down through the Greenland ice sheet, it heats up – which means that some areas at the base of the ice sheet are melting 100 times faster than we thought

Boris Johnson announces 'living with covid' plan for England

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 19:17
The legal requirement for people in England with covid-19 to self-isolate will end this Thursday but will remain part of country's guidance. Widespread free PCR and lateral flow testing will stop in April

Engineered bacteria produce chemicals with negative carbon emissions

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 18:26
Bacteria have been modified to produce chemicals found in paint remover and hand sanitiser from carbon dioxide in the air, meaning they have negative emissions compared with traditional industrial methods

People are bad at spotting fake LinkedIn profiles generated by AI

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 16:33
Social media profiles with deepfake photos and AI-generated text fooled most participants in a study, even when there were obvious errors

Covid-19 news: Australia opens borders to vaccinated travellers

Lu, 21/02/2022 - 14:45
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

People opposed to abortion in the US would still help a friend get one

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 21:00
A survey of more than 1500 people in the US found that people who are morally opposed to abortion would help a close friend or family member seeking the procedure

Covering crops in red plastic can boost yields up to 37 per cent

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 18:10
A simple, cheap technology could help to boost food production and possibly allow crops to be grown in different places in order to cut down on food miles

Most schemes to capture and reuse carbon actually increase emissions

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 18:00
Carbon capture and utilisation technologies, which aim to pull carbon dioxide from the air and use it for emissions-lowering processes, emit more carbon than they remove

Most carbon capture technologies create more emissions than they save

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 18:00
Carbon capture and utilisation technologies, which aim to pull carbon dioxide from the air and use it for emissions-lowering processes, emit more carbon than they remove

Cryptocurrency crimes have got too big for the US government to ignore

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 16:13
As more money pours into cryptocurrency crimes and scams, government agencies are increasingly cracking down, as the launch of dedicated Department of Justice and FBI enforcement teams demonstrates

106-million-year-old virus found ‘fossilised’ in the human genome

Ve, 18/02/2022 - 12:30
The remnants of a virus that plagued our mammal ancestors during the age of the dinosaurs have been found lurking in our genomes

We have lost 90 per cent of the original copies of Medieval literature

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 21:00
A statistical tool borrowed from ecology suggests that there were originally 40,600 copies of stories about King Arthur and other western European heroes – but only 3648 survive

Mosquitoes learn to avoid pesticides after just one non-lethal dose

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 18:00
Experiments show that two species of mosquitoes change their behaviour after exposure to five common pesticides, which could make the chemicals less effective

Your brain doesn't slow down until your 60s – later than we thought

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 18:00
Although people take longer to make decisions from age 20 onwards, this may not be due to a decline in the speed of information processing, a large study has found

DNA computer could tell you if your drinking water is contaminated

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 18:00
A simple test for water pollution involving engineered strands of DNA can report levels of contamination, and this biological system can carry out logical operations like those done by computers

Covid-19 news: 5-to-11-year-olds in England to get vaccines from April

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 14:45
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