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Llamas may have been buried alive in ritual sacrifice by the Incas

18 ore 46 min ago
The remains of llamas killed in mass sacrifices by the Incas have been found, and there is no sign of injury – suggesting the animals were buried alive

Robot trained in a game-like simulation performs better in real life

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 21:00
A robot controlled by a neural network algorithm that was trained in a video game-like simulation is better able to navigate difficult terrain in real life

Covid-19 news: Sheffield and Doncaster set for tier 3 restrictions

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 19:59
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

More doubts cast on potential signs of life on Venus

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 19:20
A new analysis of the recent observations that seemed to show phosphine gas on Venus - a potential sign of life - suggests that the original claimed detection might be a statistical error

Superwhite paint can cool buildings even in hot sunlight

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 18:00
A new superwhite paint is so reflective that it can cool a surface to below the surrounding air temperature, even under sunlight. It could help reduce the use of energy-intensive air conditioning in hot countries

Near-uncrushable beetle's exoskeleton could inspire tough structures

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 18:00
The diabolical ironclad beetle is almost uncrushable thanks to two newly discovered features of its exoskeleton. Mimicking these could help us build tougher structures

You can manage your covid-19 risk by setting your own ‘contact budget’

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 17:00
When it comes to covid-19, we all have different levels of risk we're comfortable with. Setting a weekly "contact budget" can make it easier to decide which risks are worth taking

US election 2020: Trump's impact on the environment, health and space

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 17:00
Whatever the outcome of the US presidential election, Donald Trump is likely to have a lasting impact on the nation's health, environmental regulations and space exploration

Is the coronavirus evolving and will it become more or less deadly?

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 16:15
So far, we haven't seen much change in the coronavirus, but as we develop more therapies and potentially a vaccine it could mutate

Your covid-19 risk: How to navigate this new world of uncertainty

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 14:00
Baffling statistics and their impact on our emotions can make it hard to evaluate risk in this pandemic. But there are simple steps you can take to put risk in context and feel more confident in your decisions

Some male fish use their tails to fan rivals’ sperm away from eggs

Mer, 21/10/2020 - 02:01
To boost their chances of fertilising a nest-load of eggs, male dusky frillgoby fish use their tailfin to fan away the sperm deposited by rivals

Covid-19 news: UK government imposes tier three rules in Manchester

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 19:55
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

UK's vital covid-19 infection tracking survey deluged by complaints

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 18:53
The UK’s flagship covid-19 infection tracking survey has been deluged by complaints, with volunteers calling it an “absolute shambles” and “disappointing and frustrating”

Venus might not have signs of life after all, say astronomers

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 16:57
Measurements of phosphine in Venus’s clouds have sparked speculation that it could have come from life, but a new analysis of infrared measurements from 2015 has failed to find the gas

UK trial plans to infect volunteers with the coronavirus in January

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 14:59
A UK trial that involves intentionally infecting healthy volunteers with the coronavirus will start in January if approved by health authorities. The aim is to establish the minimum infectious dose before testing potential vaccines

NASA is about to grab a chunk of rock from asteroid Bennu

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 13:20
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is about to extend its robotic arm and bounce off the asteroid Bennu, collecting a sample of dust and rocks to bring back to Earth in 2023

India's coronavirus pandemic is leading to many more deaths from TB

Mar, 20/10/2020 - 13:00
The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for people in India to access healthcare for tuberculosis and almost 88,000 additional deaths due to TB are expected this year

Covid-19 news: Wales to enter a 17-day national lockdown from Friday

Lun, 19/10/2020 - 19:30
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

Plastic baby bottles shed millions of microplastics when shaken

Lun, 19/10/2020 - 18:00
The plastic bottles used to feed babies shed an average of 4 million microplastic particles per litre into infant formula, but the impact on child health is unclear

Facebook AI can translate directly between any of 100 languages

Lun, 19/10/2020 - 18:00
Facebook has developed an AI that can translate directly between any pair of 100 languages without having to go through an English translation first, as many existing systems do