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Stone Age people were cremating their dead about 9000 years ago

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 21:00
A 9000-year-old cremation in Israel may help identify when in prehistory people began changing their burial practices and perhaps their religious beliefs too

Blue whirl that consumes all fuel it encounters is three flames in one

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 21:00
A mysterious blue whirl that burns fuel efficiently is composed of three separate flames – a discovery that could help us generate the whirl for real-world applications

Male Brazilian frog stays loyal to two females during breeding season

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 21:00
The males of a Brazilian frog species is the first amphibian known to stay faithful to two females throughout its breeding season, replicating a style of mating seen in mammals

Everything you need to know about Russia's coronavirus vaccine claims

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 20:10
Russia has given regulatory approval to a covid-19 vaccine, amid concerns about the level of testing it has undergone. Here's what you need to know about the Sputnik V vaccine

David Spiegelhalter: How to be a coronavirus statistics sleuth

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 20:00
During the covid-19 pandemic we've been bombarded with stats – making it more important than ever to understand what the numbers can and can't tell us

Nations buying up covid-19 vaccine doses endanger pandemic efforts

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 20:00
A vaccine against the coronavirus needs to reach vulnerable people in all countries if we want to stop the virus, but some countries are buying up future stocks to protect their nationals

Covid-19 news: Germany joins Spain in worrying surge of infections

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 19:02
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

A chemical that encourages locusts to swarm could also help stop them

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 18:00
A pheromone released by migratory locusts seems to encourage them to swarm, so placing it on sticky traps that attract the insects could stop them from devastating crops

Ancient serene galaxy suggests the early universe was eerily calm

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 18:00
A strange "coffee stain" galaxy in the early universe is much calmer than it ought to be, which may mean our ideas about a chaotic young universe could be wrong

If we ever make a covid-19 vaccine who should be first to get it?

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 16:15
It will take at least a year to make the billions of vaccine doses needed to protect everyone, so tough decisions will have to be made about who is top priority

Fire and melting ice: The Arctic is having a terrifyingly bad year

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 15:48
As records tumble, 2020 has been an extraordinary year for the Arctic – and there is more to come unless we take action on climate change

Covid-19 lockdown means 115 million Indian children risk malnutrition

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 12:00
India operates the world's largest free school lunch programme in an effort to combat childhood malnutrition, but the lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus has left many without a meal

The surprising ways little social interactions affect your health

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 08:00
Greeting neighbours or gossiping with a colleague can boost your health and well-being, but coronavirus lockdowns are putting that in jeopardy. Here’s how to stay connected

Grey reef sharks hang out with the same friends year after year

Mer, 12/08/2020 - 02:01
A four-year study at a Pacific atoll revealed that grey reef sharks keep company with the same individuals, but how they recognise other group members is a mystery

Covid-19 news: New Zealand reimposes Auckland lockdown after new cases

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 19:02
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

AI mimics the way doctors think to make better medical diagnoses

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 18:00
Most medical AI systems make treatment recommendations based on correlations between symptoms and illnesses – a new AI system uses causation instead, like doctors do

Ordinary bricks laced with conductive fibres can store energy

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 18:00
Regular bricks can be turned into energy storage devices through a process that uses their red pigment to create a network of conductive fibres inside the bricks

Baby-mounted cameras teach AI to ‘see’ through a child’s eyes

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 16:35
An AI has learned to recognise objects using video captured by a head-mounted camera worn by young children for a few hours per week over their first 3 years of life

Is police use of face recognition now illegal in the UK?

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 15:31
The UK Court of Appeal has determined that the use of a face-recognition system by South Wales Police was “unlawful”, which could have ramifications for the widespread use of such technology across the UK

We don't know how accurate the UK's new rapid coronavirus tests are

Mar, 11/08/2020 - 14:33
Two new tests that diagnose covid-19 within 90 minutes are being rolled out by the UK government – and while both are promising, neither is supported by publicly available, independent evidence