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Watch a one-legged robot hop about as researchers try to knock it over

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 20:00
A one-legged robot that can stand, hop and keep its balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces could offer a cheaper route to bipedal bots and self-balancing exoskeletons

Gene responsible for cat fur patterns could lead to designer pets

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 18:00
Researchers have discovered the genetic basis for the different patterns of fur seen in domestic cats, but caution against the idea of using this to create pets with specific coats

Some animals are evolving new body shapes as the climate changes

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 18:00
Some endotherms, commonly called warm-blooded animals, have grown larger wings, beaks or tails to increase their surface area, which helps them stay cool as the world warms

Covid-19 news: Antibodies are less effective against delta variant

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 13:47
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

High-res carbon emission maps reveal climate impact of commuting

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 12:50
High-resolution maps of carbon emissions have revealed how our day-to-day patterns of behaviour, such as commuting, affect the release of greenhouse gases, and could help governments quickly see the impact of green policies

First full survey of Peru and Chile’s threatened fog island ecosystems

Mar, 07/09/2021 - 02:01
So-called fog oases along the dry coast of Peru and Chile are home to medicinal plants – and a survey suggests they can grow in an area four times greater than previously thought

Men fart more when eating a plant-based diet due to good gut bacteria

Lun, 06/09/2021 - 18:00
Men fed a plant-based diet farted seven times more per day and had bigger stools than when they were on a Western diet because their “good” bacteria flourished

Will plans for new UK coal mine scupper net-zero ambitions at COP26?

Lun, 06/09/2021 - 17:23
The fate of plans for the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years will be fiercely debated at a public inquiry starting tomorrow, in what is expected to be a landmark test case of what new fossil fuel projects should be allowed as countries act to hit net-zero emissions

Will the Texas abortion ban spread across the US?

Lun, 06/09/2021 - 17:13
One of the most extreme abortion laws in the US went into effect on 1 September in Texas. What does it say, and could this type of law be passed in other US states?

Covid-19 news: Scientists condemn lack of protections in UK schools

Lun, 06/09/2021 - 15:00
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

Listen to an Australian duck say ‘you bloody fool’ like a human

Lun, 06/09/2021 - 02:01
When raised in captivity, musk ducks learn to copy the sounds of human life around them, which shows that they are what’s known as vocal language learners like parrots and humans

Male bigfin reef squid may be the best fathers of all cephalopods

Ven, 03/09/2021 - 21:00
Squids aren’t known for good parenting, mostly because they usually die after mating, but male bigfin reef squid check nests for potential predators and warn other males to stay away

Call centre workers can use AI to mimic your accent on the phone

Ven, 03/09/2021 - 19:55
AI software can detect the accent of a person on one end of an online or telephone conversation and modify the accent of a responding person to match it in real time, which could help with clarity in a range of interactions, including customer support, education and telemedicine

Zebras rolling in pits help give life to the Namib desert in Africa

Ven, 03/09/2021 - 17:49
Rolling on the ground seems to be essential to life – at least in Africa’s Namib desert, where zebras bathe in dust, creating pits in the landscape that promote biodiversity

Mix-and-match antibiotic prescriptions may help lower resistance risk

Ven, 03/09/2021 - 17:08
Antibiotic resistance might be reduced if doctors instruct people to alternate between three different antibiotic medicines daily, tests with cells in the lab suggest

Covid-19 news: UK and Australia agree to share vaccine doses

Ven, 03/09/2021 - 13:20
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

We have spotted a new kind of supernova triggered by cosmic collisions

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 21:00
When a neutron star or a black hole ploughs through a massive star, it can force the star to explode in a type of supernova that has now been observed for the first time

Texas cold crisis early this year linked to melting Arctic sea ice

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 21:00
The extreme cold snap that left millions without power in Texas early this year may have been made more likely due to melting Arctic sea ice, according to a scientific model

Cavalier King Charles spaniels carry a high number of harmful genes

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 21:00
A genetic study of eight dog breeds including German shepherds and golden retrievers found that cavalier King Charles spaniels had the highest number of potentially harmful mutations

Google is shutting down controversial data-sharing project with NHS

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 20:32
Google is shutting down its controversial Streams app, which used machine learning to analyse medical records and was found to have failed to comply with UK data protection laws