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Sneaky US Navy feedback device could stop people being able to speak

Mar, 24/08/2021 - 17:53
A non-lethal device developed by the US Navy aims to surreptitiously render people unable to speak by beaming their own voice back at them with a tiny delay

Thieving honeybees offer a glimpse of flowers’ evolutionary origins

Mar, 24/08/2021 - 16:25
Honeybees sometimes steal pollen without helping the plant that makes it. Now, a study of pollen theft from a type of non-flowering plant is shedding light on why the first flowers evolved

It really is difficult to get fit after giving birth, study reveals

Mar, 24/08/2021 - 13:22
One year after giving birth, only 30 per cent of soldiers were able to obtain the same level of fitness as they had pre-pregnancy

Endangered bettong reintroduced in Australia after more than a century

Mar, 24/08/2021 - 12:21
Forty near-extinct brush-tailed bettongs have been reintroduced to mainland South Australia after predators like cats and foxes drove them out more than 100 years ago

Investigation of Nazi uranium could help stop modern nuclear smuggling

Mar, 24/08/2021 - 12:00
Cubes of uranium salvaged from Nazi Germany's atomic bomb programme during the second world war are being analysed to confirm their origin, and the method could help law enforcement investigate illegal trafficking of nuclear material

Ants use soil physics to excavate metre-long tunnels that last decades

Lun, 23/08/2021 - 22:00
3D X-ray imaging and computer simulations suggest ants have developed a behavioural algorithm that allows them to excavate tunnels by using soil physics – the technique could eventually be harnessed to develop robotic mining machines

No councils in England introduced incentives for green number plates

Lun, 23/08/2021 - 14:21
Freedom of information requests by New Scientist reveal that nine months on from the arrival of green number plates, not one of England’s 343 local authorities has offered a single incentive as a result of their introduction

Covid-19 news: UK to offer antibody testing to those who test positive

Lun, 23/08/2021 - 14:18
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

Apple's child abuse detection software may be vulnerable to attack

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 19:06
Apple's soon-to-be-launched algorithm to detect images of child sexual abuse on iPhones and iPads may incorrectly flag people as being in possession of illegal images, warn researchers

Astronomers have just found more than half a million new asteroids

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 18:59
A pair of astronomers have sifted through old data to find more than half a million new asteroids, which may reveal how planets moved in the early solar system

Tesla is building an AI humanoid robot called Optimus, says Elon Musk

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 16:32
Tesla will branch out from building electric, self-driving cars to produce humanoid robots designed to “eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks”, says the company's founder Elon Musk

2021's extraordinary wildfires have released a record amount of CO2

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 14:42
Huge blazes from the north-east of Russia to North America have made global carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires this year the highest in nearly two decades of modern satellite records

Covid-19 news: UK approves first-of-its-kind antibody treatment

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 13:40
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

Modern humans evolved not to swing our hips as much as chimpanzees

Ven, 20/08/2021 - 01:00
Chimpanzees rotate their pelvises as they walk to give themselves longer strides, but humans largely stopped doing it at some point in our evolution

Delivering mRNA inside a human protein could help treat many diseases

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 21:00
It is difficult to get mRNA delivered into any cells other than liver cells, but a way of packaging them with an existing human protein might help treat several diseases or conditions

Bat pups babble like human babies do in order to practice vocalising

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 21:00
A detailed analysis of the sounds made by young greater sac-winged bats confirms that the sounds they make are similar to the babbling of human babies

Rattlesnakes use auditory illusion to make us think they are nearby

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 21:00
Western diamondback rattlesnakes use their rattles to produce an auditory illusion, creating the sensation that they are far closer than they really are

US-built biometrics equipment is falling into the hands of the Taliban

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 19:32
There are growing concerns about how the Taliban might use the data from a huge biometrics programme started by the US in Afghanistan

Amazing 3D images show the coronavirus infecting human airway cells

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 19:00
Researchers have captured 3D images of human airway cells infected by SARS-CoV-2, revealing structures within the cells that grow abnormally large and how new viruses bud off the cells

Giant coral is the widest ever found in the Great Barrier Reef

Gio, 19/08/2021 - 18:00
A 10-metre-wide coral found by citizen scientists in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the widest ever found on the reef, and it is more than four centuries old