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Arctic and Antarctic see extreme heat and historically low sea ice

Ma, 22/03/2022 - 13:03
The heat comes as Arctic sea ice has settled at its 10th lowest winter maximum on record, at just under 15 million square kilometres

Bone-boosting lettuce could help Mars astronauts stay healthy

Ma, 22/03/2022 - 11:00
Eating lettuce containing a hormone that boosts bone formation might help astronauts from losing bone mass in space – and might even help treat osteoporosis on Earth too

Goo made from okra can filter microplastics out of water

Ma, 22/03/2022 - 11:00
A plant-based extract could be a non-toxic and sustainable alternative to polyacrylamide for removing microplastic pollution from water

Tiny magnetic waves have been discovered in Earth’s core

Lu, 21/03/2022 - 21:00
Fluctuations in Earth’s magnetic field that repeat every seven years can be used to probe the inner workings of our planet

Stephen Hawking's black hole paradox may finally have a solution

Lu, 21/03/2022 - 16:58
Black holes may not destroy all information about what they were originally made of, according to a new set of quantum calculations, which would solve a major physics paradox first described by Stephen Hawking

Covid-19 news: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine treats covid for first time

Lu, 21/03/2022 - 14:40
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

Microscopic worms on a chip could be trained to sniff out cancer

Do, 20/03/2022 - 11:00
Nematode worms can distinguish between the molecules released by healthy and cancerous cells, and could one day be used in a cancer-detection system

Nearly all websites may breach GDPR legislation around data usage

Ve, 18/03/2022 - 16:14
In an analysis of nearly 30,000 websites, 94.7 per cent had at least one potential violation of European laws requiring users' consent to store their data

Why are flamingos pink?

Ve, 18/03/2022 - 11:00
Known for their long legs and striking bright pink feathers, a flamingo's diet has a big impact on their colour.

The ozone layer was damaged by Australia’s Black Summer megafires

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 20:00
Ozone levels above the mid-southern hemisphere dropped 13 per cent after Australia’s worst fires on record due to chemical reactions triggered by the smoke

Bionic eye that mimics how pupils respond to light may improve vision

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 18:09
A thin material sent nerve-like signals to an alloy fibre in an artificial eye model, causing the eye's pupil to dilate and contract in response to varying light levels, which could one day help treat certain visual impairments

Octopus brains may have become complex the same way human brains did

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 17:56
The relatively high intelligence of octopuses may be due in part to high numbers of microRNAs that could let them generate more types of neurons

UK government backs plan to harvest solar power from space

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 16:02
Science minister George Freeman says he will not write a cheque for pioneering plans to beam energy down from a solar array in orbit but the UK government will offer its support

Online Safety Bill: Will UK’s new law protect people from harm online?

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 14:54
The final draft of legislation designed to protect people from "harmful content" online goes before Parliament today, but critics warn it is likely to have unintended negative consequences

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Gi, 17/03/2022 - 11:55
NASA’s planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope

People who are blind may use the brain’s visual cortex for movement

Me, 16/03/2022 - 20:06
The brain’s visual cortex may be reorganised to control movement in people who cannot see

Watch emu-inspired robot legs that use less energy to run

Me, 16/03/2022 - 20:00
Robotic legs that mimic flightless running birds like emus and use just two motors per leg can run more efficiently than more complex devices

The James Webb Space Telescope has sent back its clearest image yet

Me, 16/03/2022 - 20:00
A crucial phase of mirror alignment has been completed for the James Webb Space Telescope, and the process resulted in the highest resolution infrared image ever taken from space

AI analyses drug users’ trip reports to better understand psychedelics

Me, 16/03/2022 - 20:00
A pattern recognition algorithm scoured 6850 accounts of people’s experiences with 27 drugs to learn more about how they alter consciousness

The internet is a key battleground for truth about the Ukraine war

Me, 16/03/2022 - 20:00
The threats of cyberwarfare and online disinformation loom over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but even in this online age, war is still life or death for those in the firing line