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Can electric fields help plants grow? New claims met with caution

Gi, 13/01/2022 - 17:00
Yields of peas grown exposed to an electric field generated by wind and rain were up 17.9 per cent, but is still remains unclear whether 'electroculture' really works

Largest 3D map of the universe contains 8 million galaxies

Gi, 13/01/2022 - 17:00
Astrophysicists hope a map created by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will help answer questions about the expansion of the universe

Astronomers may have found a huge moon around a Jupiter-like exoplanet

Gi, 13/01/2022 - 17:00
A confident detection of a moon orbiting a planet beyond our solar system – called an exomoon – has eluded astronomers so far, but they have found a new candidate

Covid-19 news: Self-isolation period cut to 5 days in England

Gi, 13/01/2022 - 15:16
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

Fix the Planet newsletter: The race to replace meat

Gi, 13/01/2022 - 15:10
Meat is responsible for roughly twice the greenhouse gas emissions of plant-based food. Can we afford not to seek alternative sources of protein for our food?

Electric knee implants could help treat pain of osteoarthritis

Me, 12/01/2022 - 20:00
A device that delivers electric current to the knees could help combat osteoarthritis, a painful condition caused by worn cartilage, after successful tests in rabbits

Help discover the origins of meteor showers by spotting shooting stars

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Meteor showers leave clues to their origin in their wake and you can help astronomers unravel the mystery by taking part in the Radio Meteor Zoo project, says Layal Liverpool

Advances in physics may seem abstract at first but tech often follows

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Hints of a fifth force of nature may only interest researchers and science lovers for now, but physics breakthroughs have a habit of delivering technological leaps

Goliath review: Tourism to a ruined Earth explores the idea of home

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Space colonies offer rich people a way off a broken Earth in Tochi Onyebuchi's latest sci-fi novel, but the pull of home is a powerful force, says Sally Adee

How to alter your personality: why your character isn't fixed in stone

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Traits like conscientiousness or extroversion might seem to define your character, but these aren't set in stone and new research reveals how anyone can change their personality - if they really want to

Don't Miss: The Anomaly, a mind-bending French bestseller

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

Why everyone should learn some sign language

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Sign languages are flourishing in many parts of the world. This could bring cognitive benefits for all who learn them, says Bencie Woll

This gleaming experiment may solve the cosmic mystery of antimatter

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
The universe is filled with so much more matter than antimatter. The LEGEND experiment, photographed by Enrico Sacchetti, will soon start trying to unravel this conundrum

Emotional review: A new take on the importance of feelings

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Leonard Mlodinow's book Emotional argues that our feelings are a key tool in our intellectual arsenal, rather than the Achilles' heel of rational thought that they are often made out to be

How to use little rituals to boost your mental performance

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Keen to gain an edge for the day ahead? A secular ritual really can bring greater success even for rational thinkers, writes David Robson

Why cat-like creatures vanished from North America for 6 million years

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
Around 23 million years ago, North America's sabre-toothed cat-like animals disappeared, leaving the continent without felines for several million years. Now palaeontologists are solving the mystery of this "Cat Gap"

Not so lightweight: Hamsters handle their drink better than elephants

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
The little rodents can drink without falling off their wheels, while the large beasts go on a rampage. Plus more nominative determinism and some elementary names, in Feedback’s weekly instalment

The Power of Fun review: A user guide to getting more fun in your life

Me, 12/01/2022 - 19:00
It’s time to strip back your schedule and make time for more fun, according to a new book by Catherine Price

AI makes it possible to simulate 25 billion water molecules at once

Me, 12/01/2022 - 17:59
Computer simulations of clouds of atoms and molecules must always trade scale for accuracy, but a new technique shows that both are possible at once using AI and clever coding

Huge gas bubble that contains the solar system mapped for first time

Me, 12/01/2022 - 17:00
The solar system lies inside a structure called the Local Bubble that is some 1000 light years across – and a map of its surface shows it is the site of star formation