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Termite gut microbes can help turn toxic wood into biofuels

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 22:57
Microbes isolated from the stomachs of termites can decontaminate timber that's been treated with toxic preservatives, enabling it to be converted into biofuels more easily

We thought our eyes turned off when moving quickly, but that's wrong

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 21:00
It’s sometimes been assumed that we experience brief periods without vision every time we shift our focus from one point to another – but now it turns out the assumption is wrong

Covid-19 news: Longer gap between Pfizer shots may boost antibodies

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 19:32
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

Vacuuming DNA from air can reveal which animals are present in an area

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 18:56
Detecting  DNA in air samples could make it much easier to monitor biodiversity around the world and also help in other fields such as atmospheric science

Stopwatch errors could make race times wrong by a tenth of a second

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 17:40
Digital stopwatches can make rounding errors of up to 0.11 seconds, which could be enough to change the winner of close races. Although the devices record time extremely accurately internally, they often make errors when converting that raw data to human-readable values

Essential oils help to stop invasive beetles from eating palm trees

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 17:17
Red palm weevils are invasive insects known for damaging palm trees – affecting the date, coconut and palm oil industries – but a bit of clove or thyme oil reduced the amount of palm stems they ate by 35 per cent

How fast does Earth spin?

Ven, 23/07/2021 - 15:11
We can calculate how fast Earth spins but that speed changes as you move towards the north or south pole

Who counts as an astronaut? Not Jeff Bezos, say new US rules

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 23:45
The US Federal Aviation Administration has updated its rules on who counts as a commercial astronaut, making it tougher for space tourists to earn official astronaut wings

Cockatoos are figuring out how to open bins by copying each other

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 21:00
A few curious cockatoos learned how to open residential waste bins in Australia, and now other birds have started copying them, with incidences of bin-looting spreading across eastern Australia

Covid-19 news: Weekly cases in England hit highest level since January

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 18:47
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

Kelp surveys on England's south coast monitor a key climate defence

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 18:09
Take a trip aboard a research vessel surveying kelp along England's south coast to see if these plants, crucial for locking up carbon and increasing biodiversity, can recover after a trawler fishing ban went into effect in the area

Ancient Roman road discovered at the bottom of the Venice lagoon

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 18:00
An ancient and now submerged road has been discovered in the Venice lagoon in an area that would have been accessible by land during the Roman era, about 2000 years ago

Baby pterosaurs could fly within minutes of hatching from their eggs

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 18:00
The wings of hatchling pterosaurs were ideally suited to powered flight, suggesting they took to the air almost immediately after emerging – unlike most modern birds

DeepMind's AI uncovers structure of 98.5 per cent of human proteins

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 18:00
Deepmind's AlphaFold can predict the shapes of nearly all proteins in the human body, paving the way for the development of new drugs, and the company aims to use this AI to publish the structures of more than 100 million known proteins

Astronomers may have spotted a distant alien moon being born

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 15:00
Astronomers have spotted a disc of debris around a distant planet called PDS 70 c, and it is massive enough that the young exoplanet might be in the process of forming exomoons

World’s first commercial deep-space communications antenna opens in UK

Gio, 22/07/2021 - 13:52
The world’s first commercial deep-space communications antenna – at the Goonhilly Earth Station in the UK - has begun work by receiving images from ESA’s Mars Express mission

Virtual roller coaster rides may help unravel causes of migraine

Mer, 21/07/2021 - 23:00
Brain scans show that a virtual ride on a roller coaster sets off altered brain cell activity related to dizziness and motion sickness in people who experience migraines

What would become of dogs without humans? Here’s how they’d evolve

Mer, 21/07/2021 - 20:00
Dogs have lived with humans for tens of thousands of years. Imagining what would happen to them in a post-human world offers insights into how we can improve dogs’ lives right now

Amazing image taken with a camera obscura shows photography's origins

Mer, 21/07/2021 - 20:00
These flowers were captured by photographer Richard Learoyd using an ancient technique called camera obscura. The image comes from an exhibition called Unearthed: Photography's Roots at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London

The eternal debate about the eternal inflation of the universe

Mer, 21/07/2021 - 20:00
The idea that the universe is continually inflating isn’t confirmed – but there are still some misconceptions about it, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein