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Should we ban space weapons to stop the huge space junk problem?

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 20:15
A group of experts are calling for a ban on anti-satellite weapons tests because the debris they could create may threaten other satellites or even make parts of Earth’s orbit unusable

GitHub's AI programming assistant can introduce security flaws

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 19:16
AI that automatically generates source code to help human programmers complete projects has been found to include bugs or security flaws in up to 40 per cent of the code it outputs

Stingrays’ bulging eyes and mouths make them much faster swimmers

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 18:33
Stingrays have protruding eyes and mouths, which seem like they would make swimming less efficient, but they actually create vortices that let the rays swim faster

Rapidly evolving bits of DNA helped develop the human brain

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 18:00
Some sections of the human genome have changed quickly during our evolution, and hundreds of them seem to be involved in the development of our brains

Mu variant of covid-19 (B.1.621)

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 17:31
The coronavirus variant B.1.621, or 'mu', was first identified in Colombia in January 2021

Covid-19 news: UK to offer third jab to immunosuppressed people

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 13:33
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

Large Hadron Collider sticks with reels of tape for vast storage needs

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 12:00
The physicists at CERN still rely on tape for the long-term storage of data from the LHC, because it is more reliable and cheaper than hard discs or flash storage

Amazing images make New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 shortlist

Gio, 02/09/2021 - 01:59
An incredible slime mould, a touching depiction of lockdown life and a kestrel family portrait win top prizes at the New Scientist Photography Awards 2021. Now you can help decide the overall winner in the public vote

Illegal cannabis farms on the US west coast are poisoning wildlife

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 21:00
Cannabis crops grown illegally on public lands along the west coast of the US are clashing with the habitats of native predators, putting wildlife at risk of poisoning from dangerous pesticides

Cartilage from the nose used to treat two people's knee osteoarthritis

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 21:00
Two people with severe knee osteoarthritis have been successfully treated by inserting cartilage harvested from their noses into their damaged joints

We finally have the tools to build a net-zero world

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
Today, many of the technologies required to decarbonise society are ready to be put in place – and the costs of shifting to net zero must be weighed against the price of inaction

Now is the perfect time to spot Neptune and Uranus

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
It will soon be a good time to spot Neptune and Uranus, thanks to opportune positions in their orbits, says Abigail Beall

The Actual Star review: A masterpiece of imaginative world building

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
Monica Byrne's fantastic second novel follows three storylines in the past, present and future, all of which are linked by historical threads and religious ideas, says Michael Marshall

The surprising upsides of spite and how to harness them

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
In an era of social media cancelling, our nasty side has never been more prominent. But the latest research suggests that, when wielded right, petty ill will can be a force for good

Wonderworks review: How stories affect our brains

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher tells the fascinating tale of the neuroscience of storytelling. It traces the narrative tools that trigger our brains’ responses to some of history’s greatest literature

The hard problem of consciousness is already beginning to dissolve

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
Science can solve the great mystery of consciousness – how physical matter gives rise to conscious experience – we just have to use the right approach, says neuroscientist Anil Seth

The truth about a truth study that was untruthful

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
Researching honesty, plus a handy device for forecasting the weather and Unusual Alternative Measurement Units, in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up

Why the UK doesn't need a new coal mine

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
The UK is considering opening a new coal mine – here's why it doesn't need one, says Mark Peplow

The Wonderful review: The people who came together to make the ISS

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
The International Space Station is a marvel to behold and a new documentary, The Wonderful: Stories from the space station, speaks to those who have lived on board

What ancient money tells us about the future of computers

Mer, 01/09/2021 - 20:00
The way that some of the first coins were viewed 2500 years ago is similar to how we regard computers today, writes Annalee Newitz