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Afghan people face an impossible choice over their digital footprint

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 16:58
The Taliban's rise to power has left many people in Afghanistan looking to delete their digital footprint, but there are few resources available and keeping it intact may be key to fleeing the country, writes Nighat Dad

The other cradle of humanity: How Arabia shaped human evolution

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 16:05
New evidence reveals that Arabia was not a mere stopover for ancestral humans leaving Africa, but a lush homeland where they flourished and evolved

Covid-19 news: New Zealand begins nationwide lockdown

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 14:05
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

Solar panels in space could help power the UK by 2039, claims report

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 10:00
Solar power beamed from satellites could provide the UK with a continuous supply of green energy as soon as 2039, according to a report commissioned by the government

Birds get angry when their favourite snacks are swapped in magic trick

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 02:01
Eurasian jays squawk and fly away when shown a cups-and-balls-style magic trick in which their favourite snacks are swapped out for other foods

Male woodpeckers that share mates with brothers live longer lives

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 02:01
Male acorn woodpeckers that share mates with their brothers live longer lives, have better quality homes and father more baby woodpeckers than those that choose a monogamous lifestyle

Land-dwelling turtles from the Cretaceous period had extra-tough eggs

Mer, 18/08/2021 - 02:01
The first known example of an ancient fossilised turtle embryo preserved inside an egg shows that land-dwelling turtles from the Late Cretaceous period had exceptionally tough eggshells

Huge lasers make conditions at the cusp of ignition for nuclear fusion

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 20:42
The immense lasers at the US National Ignition Facility have created the highest-pressure conditions ever made in a laboratory, bringing us a step closer to clean nuclear power

Enormous lasers have created the highest-pressure conditions on Earth

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 20:42
The immense lasers at the US National Ignition Facility have created the highest-pressure conditions ever made in a laboratory, bringing us a step closer to clean nuclear power

Tiny human brain grown in lab has eye-like structures that 'see' light

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 18:00
Small blobs of human brain grown in a dish have been coaxed into forming rudimentary eyes that respond to light. They could help understand eye disease or grow artificial retinas

Male chimps with more friends are more likely to have offspring

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 18:00
Male chimpanzees with stronger social bonds have higher reproductive success, probably because their friendships help them climb the ranks and protect them against domineering peers

VPNs could be vulnerable to attacks that send you to fake websites

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 15:33
Virtual private networks (VPNs), which have seen a rise in use as more people work from home, are vulnerable to an attack that removes the anonymity they grant users, researchers have found

Covid-19: Lockdown not enough to stop Australia’s delta variant crisis

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 13:11
After being relatively untouched by the pandemic, Sydney, Australia, is now in the midst of its worst covid-19 outbreak, which is being driven by the delta variant

Artificially stripped-back cell is still able to rapidly evolve

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 12:51
An artificial “minimal cell” that has had all but the most essential genes stripped out can evolve and adapt to its surroundings just as fast as a normal cell

UK plan to boost hydrogen production relies on fossil fuels

Mar, 17/08/2021 - 02:01
Production of hydrogen from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage has been given the UK government’s backing, despite concerns that the technology doesn't capture all CO2 emissions, remains unproven commercially and perpetuates natural gas extraction

Will the IPCC report help focus politicians' minds on climate change?

Lun, 16/08/2021 - 18:36
The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlined the significant carbon cuts needed to avoid the worst of global warming, but government action is lagging behind

Astronomers may have spotted a new spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy

Lun, 16/08/2021 - 18:08
Researchers have found a colossal filament of gas called Cattail at the edge of the galaxy – it could be a new spiral arm of the Milky Way, but we have no clue how it formed

Colombia's peace treaty accidentally sparks increase in deforestation

Lun, 16/08/2021 - 17:49
The end of Colombia's civil war in 2016 unwittingly caused an increase in deforestation across the country as Marxist guerrillas no longer protect the land

Humanitarian aid guided by satellite data may harm marginalised groups

Lun, 16/08/2021 - 16:24
Policy-makers can use satellite data to quickly identify areas of the world in need of humanitarian aid, but it might contain bias against marginalised groups that compromises policy goals

Ancient comb jelly had more complex nerves than its modern relatives

Sab, 14/08/2021 - 10:00
A 500-million-year-old comb jelly is so well-preserved that it’s possible to see it had a nervous system more complex than that of modern comb jellies