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Scientists made a bow tie-shaped molecule and it changes colour

Sab, 18/01/2020 - 11:00
A molecule shaped like a bow tie changes colour in the presence of toxic chemicals, which could make it useful for monitoring air

Watch the first ever video of a chemical bond breaking and forming

Ven, 17/01/2020 - 20:01
A chemical bond between two metal atoms has been filmed breaking and forming for the first time – something scientists say they only dreamed of seeing

A special kind of nose cell may trigger allergic reactions

Ven, 17/01/2020 - 20:00
Mice have thousands of allergen-sensing nose cells, a discovery which may offer clues as to why some people with allergies lose their sense of smell

Chinese Chang’e 4 engineer explains how to garden on the moon

Ven, 17/01/2020 - 13:43
The brains behind the first plant ever to germinate on the moon explains how the Chinese mission succeeded

The Goop Lab on Netflix shows how easy it is to fall for bad science

Ven, 17/01/2020 - 09:01
Instead of turning off Gwyneth Paltrow’s new alternative health Netflix series The Goop Lab, we should watch it for lessons in how to spot bad science, says Clare Wilson

Benzodiazepine prescriptions reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US

Ven, 17/01/2020 - 06:01
Addictive benzodiazepines are prescribed at 66 million doctor appointments a year in the US – often with opioids, making it easier to fatally overdose

Microsoft says it will cut emissions to be carbon negative by 2030

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 20:22
Microsoft says that by 2030 it will remove more carbon from the environment than it emits, and by 2050 it plans to offset all emissions the firm has made since 1975

A robot equipped with real pigeon feathers flies like a living bird

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 20:00
Pigeons feathers are remarkably complex and understanding how they work has led to the first robot that flies like a pigeon, dubbed PigeonBot

AI suggests Earth has had fewer mass extinctions than we thought

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 20:00
The late Devonian mass extinction around 375 million years ago may not have really happened, according to an analysis using machine learning

Ancient shark used its teeth like the blade of a power tool

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 17:36
The extinct shark Edestus used its teeth like saw blades, sliding them past each other like a power tool to slice through the soft flesh of its prey

We’ve seen wolf pups play fetch just like dogs for the first time

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 17:00
Wolf pups have been seen playing fetch with humans, a behaviour we thought was unique to domesticated dogs

Mysterious drone swarms flying at night are baffling US authorities

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 12:00
Swarms of drones have been seen flying over Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming in the past few weeks, but no one has claimed responsibility

Swapping breakfast for brunch on weekends may lead to weight gain

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 07:00
Eating later meals at the weekend may cause us to put on weight because our metabolisms are used to processing food at the same times each day.

Marine heatwave known as 'the blob' killed a million US seabirds

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 20:00
A million seabirds that died along the US west coast between 2015 and 2016 were likely the victims of an unprecedented marine heatwave in the Pacific called "the Blob"

DeepMind found an AI learning technique also works in human brains

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
Researchers at tech firm DeepMind have found that a learning technique used by AI is also used by dopamine neurons in the brain

Strange spider-shaped microorganisms could be our distant ancestors

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
Since the discovery of Asgard archaea in 2015, evidence has mounted that these peculiar single-celled organisms could be the source of all complex life – including us

A Scheme of Heaven reveals what scientists can learn from astrology

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
Astrology is bunk, but a new book exploring its ancient history argues that it has crucial lessons for today's data science with its seemingly opaque algorithms

Antarctica's doomsday glacier is melting. Can we save it in time?

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
A massive research effort is under way to understand Antarctica's Thwaites glacier before it is too late. If it collapses, it could trigger catastrophic sea level rise, putting London and New York at risk

Uploading your brain will leave you exposed to software glitches

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
Think a digital version of your mind will allow you to live forever? It might, but it will also open you up to software manipulation and server problems, says Annalee Newitz

Trypophobia: Why a fear of holes is real – and may be on the rise

Mer, 15/01/2020 - 19:00
Some people have a visceral fear-like reaction to the holes in sponges, Swiss cheese or seed pods. Known as trypophobia, this response is increasingly common but isn’t what it seems