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Bacterial probiotics could help protect corals from ocean warming

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 21:00
Coral reefs around the world are threatened by warming temperatures which cause them to bleach – but they might get some relief through probiotics

US wildfire pollution linked to more covid-19 cases and deaths

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 21:00
Polluted air caused by smoke released from record-breaking wildfires in the US last year has been linked to a strong increase in covid-19 cases and deaths

Covid-19: Why we can't count on herd immunity for protection

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 20:34
The threshold for eliminating covid-19 in the UK through herd immunity is out of reach, so it’s time to think about how to live with covid-19 as a seasonal disease

Covid-19: Why the UK needs to forget about herd immunity

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 20:34
The threshold for eliminating covid-19 in the UK through herd immunity is out of reach, so it’s time to think about how to live with covid-19 as a seasonal disease

Using microwave beams could let quantum computers be small but mighty

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 20:00
A decades-old theory to simplify silicon quantum processors has been shown to work, potentially paving the way for vastly more powerful quantum devices

NASA’s Perseverance rover took its first Mars sample – but it’s empty

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 18:06
The Perseverance Mars rover made its first sampling attempt on 6 August but the sample tube came up empty, so NASA scientists are figuring out how to make sure the next try works

Do you phub? Ignoring friends for your phone is linked to personality

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 16:37
You are more likely to regularly participate in "phubbing", or looking at your phone while in the company of others, if you have anxious or neurotic personality traits

Ancient dog faeces show how our canine friends became omnivores

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 10:00
Gut microbes helped ancient dogs eat starch-rich food when farming led to a change in diet for people and their animals, an analysis of 3500-year-old dog faeces reveals

Snake-like robot could explore Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 10:00
A snake-like robot made of giant screws and flexible joints that can travel across hard or loose surfaces and worm into tiny spaces such as tubes and tunnels may be key to exploring the interior of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

Howler monkeys navigate using adaptable mental maps, just like humans

Ven, 13/08/2021 - 01:00
Black howler monkeys move through their environment using mental maps that the primates modify and adapt as the landscape changes – a skill previously seen only in humans

Most cancers of the oesophagus are caused by escaped stomach cells

Gio, 12/08/2021 - 21:00
Most tumours of the oesophagus start as escaped stomach cells that turned cancerous, and a novel screening method of swallowing a sponge on a string could identify more cases

Google can take two months to remove malware apps from app store

Gio, 12/08/2021 - 19:49
An analysis of malicious apps discovered on the Google Play Store found that after being detected they remain available to users for 77 days on average before being removed

Handheld railgun as powerful as an air rifle to go on sale in the US

Gio, 12/08/2021 - 18:34
An electromagnetic rifle, a device that uses electromagnetic coils to push a steel projectile down its barrel, is now being offered for pre-order in the US

Mercury has almost no boulders on its surface and we're not sure why

Gio, 12/08/2021 - 17:35
Researchers examined about 3000 of the best images we have of the planet Mercury, and only 14 of them contained boulders – far fewer big rocks than expected

Sicily hits 48.8°C, the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe

Gio, 12/08/2021 - 15:17
The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was reported on 11 August. The town of Syracuse on the Italian island of Sicily reached 48.8°C, 0.8°C higher than the previous European record

Here's how to spot invasive plants before they take over

Mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:00
Could the next Japanese knotweed be growing in your garden? Help find potential invasive species by grassing up the plant bullies in your flower beds, says Clare Wilson

Journey to Infinity review: M. C. Escher's art of the impossible

Mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:00
M. C. Escher thought the passion for tiling, symmetry and infinity reflected in his woodcuts meant he wasn't a "real" artist. Luckily, as Robin Lutz's playful doc makes clear, the future knew better, says Simon Ings

Real milk, no cows needed: Lab-made dairy products are now a reality

Mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:00
Milk, egg and other animal products can now be brewed in the lab using familiar fermentation processes, requiring regulators to reconsider what truly makes something "milk" or "cheese"

Sea snot swirls in Turkey's Sea of Marmara reach record size

Mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:00
The striking swirls, shot by Muhammed Enes Yildirim, show deadly "sea snot" in Turkey's Sea of Marmara. Made from mucus and microorganisms, they harm tourism and suffocate marine life

I'm Your Man review: How to fall in love with a robot – maybe

Mer, 11/08/2021 - 20:00
Maria Schrader's I'm Your Man is a curious sci-fi love story featuring Dan Stevens as a humanoid robot and Maren Eggert as an icy academic