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Spider webs may act as most sensitive ‘ears’ in known natural world

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 18:30
The bridge spider (Larinioides sclopetarius) uses its web to detect the sounds made by insects flying nearby and prepare itself for a potential meal

James Webb Space Telescope just sent back its first image - of itself

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 18:09
NASA engineers working to align the 18 hexagonal mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope have released its first pictures. One shows the same star appearing 18 times, while a camera also took a 'selfie' of the mirrors

Cold blob in Atlantic may be slowing ice loss from Iceland’s glaciers

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 17:31
Iceland’s glaciers are melting as a consequence of climate change, but the rate of loss has fallen in the past decade, perhaps because a blob of cold water in the Atlantic is cooling the island

Meet the amateur drone pilots defending Ukraine’s border with Russia

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 16:01
As tensions rise in Ukraine with Russian troops arriving at the border in increasing numbers, a small army of amateur engineers is monitoring events using homemade drones equipped with sensors and old Soviet missiles

Huge nuclear explosion in space is so rare we may never see one again

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 14:22
Astronomers say a "hyperburst" nuclear explosion within a neutron star could explain its strange behaviour - but the conditions required to create the explosion are so rare that we will probably never see one again

Australian raspy cricket has the strongest bite of 650 insect species

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 09:00
Researchers have tested the bite force of hundreds of insects and found that the raspy cricket chomps down with 1200 times more force than the wasp with the weakest bite

First hints of a planet orbiting in a white dwarf’s habitable zone

Ve, 11/02/2022 - 08:00
Astronomers have found 65 evenly spaced rocks orbiting a white dwarf star in its habitable zone, hinting that a planet’s gravity may be holding them there

Robofish powered by human cardiac cells gives fresh insight into heart

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 21:00
Insights from a synthetic fish built from plastic and gelatine and powered by human cardiac cells might one day be useful for treating heart disease

Cell studies suggest a way sleep loss may be linked to Alzheimer’s

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 21:00
Protein plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease may build up in the brain if sleep is disrupted because this affects cells that normally destroy them, according to a study involving mouse immune cells

First evidence that dinosaurs caught potentially fatal coughs

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 18:00
The first evidence of a respiratory infection in a dinosaur suggests that a 15-year-old diplodocid suffered from coughing, sneezing and fever before dying

Over 190 African heritage sites threatened by rising seas this century

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 18:00
As sea levels rise due to climate change, heritage sites all around the African coast will come under increasing risk of flood damage – including Carthage and sites linked to the Ancient Egyptian civilisation

Health Check newsletter: What do leukaemia cure claims really mean?

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 15:46
The success of gene therapy in treating a fatal form of leukaemia is cause for celebration, but we don't yet know how common such results will be

Covid-19 news: England may scrap all restrictions in two weeks

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 15:06
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

Tiny exoplanet Proxima d is third spotted in nearest star system to us

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 15:00
A star system just 4.2 light years away called Proxima Centauri is already known to contain two exoplanets, and now astronomers have spotted a third

Fix the Planet newsletter: When net zero means not zero

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 14:08
Is it possible for corporations to draw up better net-zero targets? Or should we be looking to scrap the term entirely?

AI efficiently fixes mistakes in error-prone quantum computers

Gi, 10/02/2022 - 10:00
Current quantum computers are highly prone to errors, making them unlikely to be of practical use, but an artificial intelligence that spots and fixes mistakes could help

Modern humans moved into cave one year after Neanderthals abandoned it

Me, 09/02/2022 - 21:00
About 10,000 years before modern humans colonised Europe, a small group of them moved into a cave in southern France that had just been abandoned by Neanderthals – but they only stayed there for about 40 years

Rare earth elements for smartphones can be extracted from coal waste

Me, 09/02/2022 - 21:00
Recycling rare earth elements from the ash left over from coal burning is cheaper, easier and more environmentally friendly than digging them out of mines

Team in China aims to start trial of pig organs in humans this year

Me, 09/02/2022 - 20:20
After completing a human trial of modified pig skin grafts last year, a team in China hopes to start the first pig organ transplant trial later this year

It is possible to remake our economy so we use less and waste less

Me, 09/02/2022 - 20:00
It is time to do away with buying new products and binning them at the end of their lives and instead create a circular economy in which old goods can be reused, recycled, or can restore the environment