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A network in the brain is involved in a range of mental health issues

Dom, 15/09/2019 - 08:00
Depression, schizophrenia and some other mental health conditions have a variety of symptoms but they all seem to be connected by similar differences in the brain

Microplastics may stop hermit crabs from choosing the best home

Dom, 15/09/2019 - 08:00
Life in plastic is not fantastic. Microplastics disrupt the ability of hermit crabs to choose the best shells.

50-year old maths problem about an infinite lottery finally solved

Sab, 14/09/2019 - 08:00
A 50-year-old maths problem has finally been solved, and it shows that even an infinitely large lottery ticket could not contain every winning solution

Boosting circadian rhythms can help relieve perinatal depression

Sab, 14/09/2019 - 08:00
The activity of circadian genes appears to be altered in women with perinatal depression. Using light to reset the body clock may improve symptoms

Tall twisting tower is made from wood that shapes itself as it dries

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 20:00
A method that uses wood’s tendency to swell and shrink in response to moisture has been used to make a large twisting tower in Germany

Hans Christian Gram: The biologist who helped investigate bacteria

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 16:30
Biologist Hans Christian Gram devised one of the most important staining techniques used in microbiology to identify bacteria under a microscope

Largest ever polar expedition will soon be frozen in drifting sea ice

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 15:57
An icebreaker ship is about to deliberately let itself be frozen into the drifting Arctic ice as part of the largest ever scientific Arctic expedition

Early whales swam doggy paddle across the ocean from India to Africa

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 15:34
Rare fossils of early whales show they may have swam doggy paddle style. It may not have been elegant, but they still managed to spread across vast oceans

Do you have a male or female brain? Gina Rippon at New Scientist Live

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 15:20
Is there such thing as a “male” or “female” brain? At New Scientist Live next month, Gina Rippon will reveal how living in a gendered world shapes our brains

We may have a basic form of sign language in common with chimpanzees

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 11:40
People seem to be able to understand gestures made by chimpanzees, suggesting the signals may be remnants of a basic sign language used by our last common ancestors

Decline of migrating birds could be partly due to pesticides

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 20:00
It’s not just bees that are harmed by neonicotinoids, it’s birds too. A study found the pesticides can cause birds to lose weight and delay their migration (edited) 

Generator that runs on heat escaping to the sky can charge phones

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 17:00
A thermoelectric generator that produces off-grid electricity at night from heat radiating from the ground can power lights and phones in remote areas

Bones release a hormone that helps us deal with sudden danger

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 17:00
Bones secrete a hormone when we are under threat that activates the fight-or-flight response, suggesting our skeletons are more active that we thought

Report reveals no-deal Brexit impact – here's what you need to know

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 15:11
Shortages of fresh foods, medicines and petrol predicted in Operation Yellowhammer Brexit planning report, as well as problems sharing data between the UK and EU

Why are countries failing on their promise to stop deforestation?

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 15:00
Despite a pledge in 2014 to halve deforestation by 2020, the area of forest destroyed annually has increased by more than 40 per cent globally in the past five years

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees to call for international tech guidelines

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 13:35
At New Scientist Live next month, the Martin Rees will be exploring how to reap the benefits of new technologies while minimising their catastrophic risks

Baffling maths riddle that looks like a pile of worms almost solved

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 12:47
The Collatz conjecture is simple to state but has baffled mathematicians for 80 years. But a man dubbed the 'Mozart of maths' has now almost proved it

US to ban flavoured e-cigarettes after hundreds get strange illness

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 12:27
The US is planning to ban flavoured e-cigarettes after people have become ill from a mysterious illness, but it is not known if e-cigarettes really are to blame

Giant ice age kangaroos had massive cheekbones for crushing bites

Mer, 11/09/2019 - 20:00
Giant ice age kangaroos had "absurdly huge cheekbones" which helped them deliver powerful bites for munching tough materials, like branches and stems

Robot can launch out of the water and glide like a flying fish

Mer, 11/09/2019 - 20:00
A robot that can propel itself out of water into flight could be used to take water samples while leapfrogging aquatic obstacles