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The Large Hadron Collider blips that could herald a new era of physics

Me, 12/01/2022 - 16:40
Hints of a new particle carrying a fifth force of nature have been multiplying at the LHC – and many physicists are convinced this could finally be the big one

UK’s most powerful supercomputer has booted up and is doing science

Me, 12/01/2022 - 16:32
ARCHER2, a £79 million machine funded by the UK government, is still in a testing period, but already working on real science such as modelling volcanic plumes

How bacteria-killing viruses are being used to keep food safe

Me, 12/01/2022 - 16:15
Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages are increasingly being sprayed on food to keep them free of pathogens, and they could soon be put to work in healthcare

Covid-19 news: Pandemic rapidly moving towards endemicity, says EMA

Me, 12/01/2022 - 13:00
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

These are the games to look out for in 2022

Me, 12/01/2022 - 12:34
This year sees no shortage of post-apocalyptic games, but light relief is available courtesy of Star Trek and a robot-loving cat, says Jacob Aron

Unusual anglerfish glows with bioluminescent and fluorescent light

Me, 12/01/2022 - 12:30
We already knew that anglerfish have light-generating bacteria in their tissues – now it turns out that one species, the Pacific footballfish, can also glow by fluorescing green

Ancient Andean leaders may have mixed hallucinogen with their beer

Me, 12/01/2022 - 01:01
A concoction of vilca seeds and fermented alcohol may have provided a mild hallucinogenic experience, enabling Wari leaders in South America to bond with their people

Watch the best ever simulation of stars being born in a cosmic cloud

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 18:00
A computer simulation tracks 9 million years of evolution within a stellar nursery - also known as a giant molecular cloud – in which stars are born

Overloaded memory chips generate truly random numbers for encryption

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 17:08
Random numbers – a vital part of encryption – are hard for computers to generate, but a new trick turns memory chips into a source of random noise

How a pig heart was transplanted into a human for the first time

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 16:48
The first transplant of a pig heart genetically modified for acceptance into human bodies raises hopes for a new solution to donor organ shortages

Saturn’s small moon Mimas may be hiding an impossible ocean

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 15:00
Mimas doesn’t show any hints of liquid water, and it seems impossible that it could have an ocean under its surface, but that’s exactly what a new set of simulations suggest

Covid-19 news: Majority of people in Europe will soon catch omicron

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 13:48
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

A West African writing system shows how letters evolve to get simpler

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 12:46
The characters used to write the Vai script, which was invented in Liberia in 1833, have become visually simpler over time, reflecting the evolutionary pressures acting on writing

Ancient humans may have started hunting 2 million years ago

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 12:24
Cut marks on animal bones suggest ancient hominins butchered them for their meat, and that they were first on the scene instead of having to scavenge from carnivores like big cats

Two black holes merged to form a huge one moving at incredible speeds

Ma, 11/01/2022 - 11:25
Astronomers have long suspected that merging black holes can give the resulting larger black hole a massive boost of speed, and have finally spotted this happening

Fungi that live on eucalyptus roots can control trees' gene activity

Lu, 10/01/2022 - 21:00
Eucalyptus trees rely on root fungi to source nutrients and water – but the fungi actually control the genetic development of the tree roots by releasing tiny chunks of RNA

Corkscrew-shaped robot swims through blood vessels to clear blockages

Lu, 10/01/2022 - 17:01
Laboratory tests show a tiny robot with a helical propeller inspired by bacteria can swim through veins and deliver clot-busting drugs

What dolphins reveal about the evolution of the clitoris

Lu, 10/01/2022 - 17:00
Patricia Brennan's latest research suggests that bottlenose dolphins have clitorises that evolved for pleasure. She tells New Scientist why it's important to study animal genitalia

Ancient Egyptian mummy of a young girl is first with a bandaged wound

Lu, 10/01/2022 - 16:16
The ancient Egyptians were adept at bandaging dead bodies during the mummification process, but we have had no evidence of the way they dressed flesh wounds until now  

Outsider wins DARPA challenge to predict where floats drift at sea

Lu, 10/01/2022 - 14:15
A competition to forecast the locations of 90 floats drifting in the Atlantic could lead to better methods for tracking oil slicks and locating shipwreck survivors