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Wild Wild Life newsletter: When species steal each other’s genes

Gi, 17/02/2022 - 11:10
Recent discoveries of horizontal gene transfer reveal that animals and plants are swapping genes across different species - but how do they do it and what might it mean for evolution?

Lung with switched blood type is step towards universal donor organs

Me, 16/02/2022 - 21:00
Using two enzymes, researchers changed a donated lung from type A to type O, which can be accepted by any recipient

Map of pain neurons may lead to more effective drugs for chronic pain

Me, 16/02/2022 - 21:00
An analysis of gene activity in pain neurons could help identify the most promising drug targets and reveal how pain pathways differ between men and women

Orangutans can learn how to use stone tools as hammers and knives

Me, 16/02/2022 - 21:00
Captive orangutans that had never seen stone tools could work out how to use them to hit or cut things – but they couldn’t get the hang of making them

Newly identified dinosaur had teeth that were constantly replaced

Me, 16/02/2022 - 21:00
Iberospinus natarioi, a new species of spinosaur dinosaur found in Portugal, constantly grew new teeth to replace those it broke while hunting fish and other aquatic animals

Oil giants accused of greenwashing for failure over energy transition

Me, 16/02/2022 - 21:00
Analysis of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell finds a mismatch between their rhetroic on low carbon energy and their actions and spending

How to create a delicious deep-fried ice cream dessert

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
To create crowd-pleasing puds like chocolate fondants or hot balls of cornflake-covered ice cream, bring some fundamental physics to the table, says Sam Wong

Petrov’s flu review: A surreal journey through one man’s delirium

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
Kirill Serebrennikov’s mischievous film about a fever-stricken comic book artist is an ode to Russian sci-fi and absurdist literature, finds Simon Ings

Why everything you thought you knew about posture is wrong

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
If you're worried that slouching is causing your back pain, think again. New evidence is overturning many common assumptions about posture, and rewriting the rules of how to sit and stand

Don’t Miss: A fresh look at the enduring mysteries of the big bang

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn’t miss

Bearbnb: Polar bears make themselves at home in abandoned village

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
When photographer Dmitry Kokh's boat took shelter in a storm off the coast of Russia, he happened upon a derelict settlement full of polar bears

Could ancient viruses from melting permafrost cause the next pandemic?

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
Bacteria and viruses can survive for millions of years frozen in glaciers, ice sheets and permafrost and as global warming increases they are emerging. Here's what we know about the threat

Snooze it to lose it: Does sleeping more make you eat less?

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
Dieting tips for those who love a lie-in, a hack to make water taste of something and cheese addictions, in Feedback’s weekly weird round-up

It is only human to treat the metaverse with scepticism – here’s why

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
Meta and Microsoft's new virtual reality projects have been met with suspicion by many, but history has shown that people are often right to be wary of technological change, says James Ball

A Blue New Deal review: A radical look at who owns the sea

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
In his new book, Chris Armstrong argues that to protect the oceans from devastating pollution and over-exploitation, rich nations need to finally learn how to share

Let’s hear it for the space Cinderellas – Earth-observing satellites

Me, 16/02/2022 - 20:00
We celebrate probes that look out at the universe, but rarely give a thought to the army of craft that peer down at our planet and make our lives better, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Most precise atomic clock shows Einstein’s general relativity is right

Me, 16/02/2022 - 18:58
Physicists have measured time dilation on the smallest scale ever using an atomic clock made of thousands of ultracold atoms formed into a stack of pancake-shaped blobs

The race is on to tackle climate change by pulling carbon from the air

Me, 16/02/2022 - 18:45
Carbon removal technologies have long been seen as an important solution to climate change, but it is only now that these ideas are becoming a reality

DeepMind uses AI to control plasma inside tokamak fusion reactor

Me, 16/02/2022 - 18:00
For the first time, artificial intelligence has been used to control the super-hot plasma inside a fusion reactor, offering a new way to increase stability and efficiency

Invasive poisonous toads are killing Madagascar's native snakes

Me, 16/02/2022 - 15:11
There is evidence of a significant death rate among Malagasy snakes that attempt to eat the poisonous Asian common toad