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In the wild, robot vacuum cleaners have no natural predators

Me, 02/02/2022 - 20:00
The daring escape of an automated sucker has us worried, plus how the big bang did for the dinosaurs and quantum parliament, in Feedback’s weekly round-up

Climate fiction has come of age – and these fabulous books show why

Me, 02/02/2022 - 20:00
As the climate crisis grows, "cli-fi" books are driving action by showing dark, all-too-possible futures, says climate researcher Bill McGuire. Here are some of his favourites

Do we create space-time? A new perspective on the fabric of reality

Me, 02/02/2022 - 19:55
For the first time, it is possible to see the quantum world from multiple points of view at once. This hints at something very strange – that reality only takes shape when we interact with each other

DeepMind has made software-writing AI that rivals average human coder

Me, 02/02/2022 - 18:00
AI company DeepMind has built a tool that can create working code to solve complex software challenges

Strongest ever magnetic field fails to make predicted exotic particles

Me, 02/02/2022 - 18:00
Researchers have used the strongest magnetic field ever measured to search for exotic particles called magnetic monopoles, but they came up empty

Pioneering leukaemia therapy still working well after 11 years

Me, 02/02/2022 - 18:00
Two people who were among the first to get CAR-T cells as blood cancer treatment still have descendants of the cells in their bodies that are working well more than a decade later

Quantum friction explains strange way water flows through nanotubes

Me, 02/02/2022 - 18:00
Water flows mysteriously well through narrow carbon nanotubes, but now there is an explanation: it may all be due to quantum friction

How a Cotswolds river may show the way to clean up England's waterways

Me, 02/02/2022 - 17:27
The Evenlode in Oxfordshire, UK, has been plagued by pollution, but farmers, the water industry and local volunteers are working together to clean it up

Health Check newsletter: The brain’s amazing adaptability

Me, 02/02/2022 - 15:18
Clare Wilson sheds light on the brain's power to constantly remodel itself, the latest covid variant and why vitamin D cuts the risk of autoimmune disease

Covid-19 news: Results from world’s first human challenge trial

Me, 02/02/2022 - 14:54
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

UK's spring flowers are blooming a month early due to climate change

Me, 02/02/2022 - 02:01
The shift to early flowering in the UK is greater for smaller plants than trees and shrubs, and is related to warming temperatures in winter and spring over the past 70 years

Learning styles in fruit flies may not be related to nature or nurture

Me, 02/02/2022 - 02:01
Fruit flies that are nearly genetically identical raised in the same environment still learn at different rates, suggesting that random differences in brain development may have evolved to produce variation in a species

Female baboons that had a tough infancy are less sociable as adults

Me, 02/02/2022 - 02:01
Baboons are sociable primates, but females that had a tough early life – because of the loss of their mother or a lack of food – find socialising harder

Safe havens for coral reefs will disappear with 2°C of global warming

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 21:00
Cooler regions of the sea that protect coral reefs will be virtually wiped out by the end of this century, even under optimistic climate change scenarios

Extreme marine heatwaves are now normal for the world's oceans

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 21:00
2014 marked the first time more than half of global ocean surface recorded temperatures considered extreme compared to a historical average

Cervical swabs could identify people at high risk of ovarian cancer

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 18:00
A DNA analysis of cervical cells taken from routine smear tests could identify people who might benefit from additional screening for ovarian cancer

Moons might not form around rocky planets much larger than Earth

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 18:00
Astronomers have found lots of exoplanets but not much evidence of exomoons, and a new model might explain why

Huge genetic database includes over 9000 species of flowering plants

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 14:00
Public library of DNA sequences will allow botanists to track the complex evolutionary history of flowering plants in unprecedented detail

Covid-19 news: Mandatory vaccines scrapped for NHS workers in England

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 13:10
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

Lightning flash measuring 768 kilometres is the longest ever recorded

Ma, 01/02/2022 - 02:01
Two record-breaking lightning flashes occurred in 2020: one with a length of 768 kilometres is the longest ever recorded, while another with a duration of 17 seconds is the longest-lasting flash ever detected