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Could nuclear material stolen from Chernobyl be used in a dirty bomb?

Ma, 29/03/2022 - 18:04
Scientists at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant say that radioactive material was stolen by looters during the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Pluto has a huge field of bumpy ice created by massive volcanoes

Ma, 29/03/2022 - 18:00
A unique lumpy landscape on Pluto was probably built up via ice seeping up from its surprisingly warm interior that has created volcanoes as large as those on Earth – and that cryovolcanism could continue to this day

Ancient Britons rapidly evolved to cope with lack of sunlight

Ma, 29/03/2022 - 17:30
The DNA of people who lived in Great Britain thousands of years ago has markers of natural selection at work – and the driving force seems to have been a shortage of vitamin D

Energy price cap means now might be the best time to green your home

Ma, 29/03/2022 - 17:00
The cost of heating UK homes using traditional technology is rising this week – making green options like solar panels and heat pumps a more affordable alternative

UK energy crisis means greening your home will pay off much faster

Ma, 29/03/2022 - 17:00
The cost of heating UK homes using traditional technology is rising this week – making green options like solar panels and heat pumps a more affordable alternative

Chronic pain in Black people in US may be linked to gene expression

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 20:30
Stress-linked changes in the activity of genes may be why Black people in the US often have worse chronic pain than white people

US biofirm plans to make hypoallergenic cats using CRISPR gene editing

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 18:40
A US company has deleted the genes for the allergy-causing protein in cat cells as a first step towards creating cats that don't trigger allergies

A computer made from DNA-coated beads could detect viruses in saliva

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 18:31
A device made from glass microbeads could offer 100 times more processing power than other DNA computers

Packaging inspired by squid skin could keep your takeaway coffee warm

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 18:26
Squids' stretchy skin changes colour in response to varying light levels, inspiring scientists to create a plastic that changes its heat absorption when stretched

Armless fossil sheds light on how animals like snakes lost their limbs

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 18:00
A tiny snake-like animal that lived about 308 million years ago had evolved to lose its forelimbs

First ever gene therapy gel corrects rare genetic skin condition

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 18:00
People with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic condition that causes widespread skin blistering, have been successfully treated by inserting new collagen genes into their skin

Covid-19 news: UK infections approaching a record high

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 15:00
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Some of the earliest complex animals were fossilised in a river delta

Lu, 28/03/2022 - 12:00
The Cambrian animals preserved at the Chengjiang fossil site in China lived in a shallow sea close to a river delta – a changeable environment that might have driven rapid evolution

Vampire bats adapted to drinking blood by shedding several genes

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 20:00
Genes lost during vampire bats’ evolution may have helped them to adapt to their exclusive blood diet which is high in iron and fluid and low in calories

Proposed EU law could force WhatsApp and iMessage to work together

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 15:02
The European Union is close to agreeing the Digital Markets Act, which would require big tech firms to open up their services to wider competition

Covid-19 news: China still aiming for zero-covid despite record cases

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 14:49
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Great Barrier Reef suffers first mass bleaching under cooling La Niña

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 14:30
Coral have turned white across all four of the reef’s main areas, with the north and centre of the world heritage site worst hit in the natural wonder's 6th mass bleaching event

Astronomers still can't agree on what counts as a planet

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 14:04
In 2006, the International Astronomical Union came up with a new way to classify planets that famously saw Pluto downgraded. Now a new row has started as astronomers try to define exoplanets

Burst of ultrasound waves can break up kidney stones in 10 minutes

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 13:12
Delivering low-amplitude, high-frequency ultrasound waves could fragment a kidney stone more quickly than existing high-amplitude, low-frequency treatments

Ostrich necks act as a radiator to control their head temperature

Ve, 25/03/2022 - 11:00
Infrared images of ostrich necks show that they help the birds keep their heads cool in warm temperatures, lowering their heat stress and helping them reproduce more successfully