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Fire at vital tech factory could worsen global computer chip shortage

Ma, 04/01/2022 - 14:27
ASML Holding, which supplies a vital technology used in computer chips, has reported a fire at a manufacturing plant, but the extent of the damage isn't yet known

James Webb Space Telescope is carrying out its most critical manoeuvre

Ma, 04/01/2022 - 14:12
The massive space telescope, which launched on Christmas Day, is in the process of deploying its sunshield. If anything goes wrong, it could endanger the entire mission

Covid-19 news: Hospitals in England declare critical incidents

Ma, 04/01/2022 - 12:59
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

GPS software boost lets smartphones pinpoint location to within 20 cm

Ma, 04/01/2022 - 12:00
The software that allows smartphones to locate themselves is generally accurate only to within a few metres, but UK start-up Naurt claims its software can locate a device to within 20 centimetres

2022 preview: Will the global computer chip shortage ever end?

Ve, 31/12/2021 - 11:00
The growing demand for computer chips, used in everything from cars to fridges, has collided with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a global shortage that is likely to continue through 2022

2021 in review: 'Right to Repair' campaigners claim iPhone victory

Ve, 31/12/2021 - 11:00
Groups campaigning for electronics manufacturers to make it easier for people to repair their own devices scored a surprise victory when Apple promised to sell parts and tools for fixing iPhones

Two years of covid-19: What we’ve learned during the pandemic so far

Ve, 31/12/2021 - 08:00
It's now been two years since Chinese authorities first informed the World Health Organization about an unknown virus in Wuhan. How has our understanding of the virus changed since then and where does that leave us?

Swimming in a school may help fish hear dolphins’ ultrasound clicks

Gi, 30/12/2021 - 07:00
Models suggest the arrangement of American shad in a shoal amplifies the ultrasonic clicks that dolphins use to hunt, helping the fish detect and evade these predators

Can Elon Musk and Tesla really build a humanoid robot in 2022?

Gi, 30/12/2021 - 07:00
The car company’s expertise in AI could help it design a working prototype, but delivering a reliable product on schedule will be challenging

New Scientist's predictions for the big science stories of 2022

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
From a crucial biodiversity meeting to dozens of missions aiming for the moon, coronavirus evolution to progress on quantum computers, these are the stories we think will shape 2022

2022 preview: mRNA tech behind covid-19 vaccines could get new uses

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
Once seen as experimental, the mRNA tech that has enabled us to quickly develop covid-19 vaccines could also be used to tackle other stubborn diseases

Find the most distant galaxy visible to the naked eye

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
New year, new moon, dark skies – the perfect chance to see Triangulum, the furthest celestial object you could ever see unaided, says Abigail Beall

2022 preview: Quantum computers may finally become useful tools

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
"Google and other research teams have proved that quantum computers can operate faster than a regu-lar machine, but in 2022 we might actually see them tackle useful problems

2022 preview: High-voltage supergrids could power the world

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
Countries and even entire continents will start joining up their electrical grids in an effort to share renewable power and tackle climate change

The best sci-fi TV shows and movies to look forward to in 2022

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
Star Trek, Star Wars and Avatar are all back in what will be a great year on screen for fans of space and other frontiers

What the thermodynamics of clocks tell us about the mysteries of time

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
Surprising new insights about the strange physics underlying how clocks work could transform our understanding of time's arrow – and hint at how time works at the quantum scale

2022 preview: Expect a row over controversial Alzheimer's drug

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
In 2021, the US approved the first drug designed to treat the cause of Alzheimer's, but the European Union rejected it. Whether the drug can actually treat the chief symptoms of the disease will be a point of contention in 2022

Mesmerising photos reveal the microscopic beauty of plankton

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
Plankton are a vital food source and create most of the world's oxygen. They are also glorious to look at, as photographer Jan van IJken demonstrates in Planktonium

Our pick of the best sci-fi and speculative fiction books for 2022

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
The This by Adam Roberts, Mickey7 by Edward Ashton and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders are just some of the treats we are looking forward to this year

China must lead by example to make the 2022 biodiversity talks succeed

Me, 29/12/2021 - 19:00
To inspire other countries at the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference, China will need to be seen as part of the solution rather than part of the problem, but has a surprising good news story to tell, says Graham Lawton