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We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life

Ven, 22/03/2019 - 15:37
The chemical reactions that give rise to life need enough liquid water and not too much ultraviolet light, which seems to be a rare combination in the galaxy

AI can mistakenly see cancer in medical scans after tiny image tweaks

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 19:00
Medical artificial intelligence is brittle. Although it promises to quickly analyse medical scans, it can trip up on seemingly innocuous issues

Child abuse may change brain structure and make depression worse

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 16:54
Brain scans suggest that mistreatment during childhood is linked to changes in brain structure that may make depression more severe in later life

Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 16:06
A speedy pulsar moving 1100 kilometres per second is racing away from the supernova explosion that created it in this image taken by the Very Large Array radio telescope

Jet fuel made from waste plants could be one of the most efficient yet

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 16:00
A way of turning cellulose from plants into a superior jet fuel might help limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from flying

Genetics studies are too white – that’s failing people and science

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 16:00
Three-quarters of people in studies linking genetics and health are of white European descent, leading us to miss vital clues, says researcher Scott Williams

Sun bears copy each other's facial expressions to communicate

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 15:48
The world's smallest bears, sun bears, copy one another's facial expressions as a means of communication. Few other animals are known to do this

Elizabeth Holmes: The hypnotic tale of the rise and fall of Theranos

Gio, 21/03/2019 - 14:56
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes built a $10 billion company on the promise of a miracle blood test. But it didn’t work. A new film, The Inventor, follows the fallout

Robot swarm inspired by cells can keep moving even if its parts fail

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
A swarm of bots inspired by the way living cells move can slither through gaps and keep moving if many of its parts fail

Anaesthesia drug may make it easier to forget upsetting memories

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
A drug used for anaesthesia can make upsetting memories less vivid and may one day be used to help some people with post-traumatic stress disorder

Electric cars won't shrink emissions enough - we must cut travel too

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
Until now, the focus has been on moving to greener means of transport, but some people are proposing that we need to cut back on travelling and stay in one place

Is religion good or bad for humanity? Epic analysis delivers an answer

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
A scientific review of 10,000 years of history is finally revealing the unexpected truth behind religion's role in human civilisation

Strange rise of mukbang parents who feed their kids fast food for cash

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
Videos in which people film themselves eating food and post it on YouTube have become hugely popular. Now this weird trend is spreading to kids, should we be worried?

Gaia rebooted: New version of idea explains how Earth evolved for life

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
The controversial Gaia hypothesis sees Earth as a superorganism adapted to be perfect for life. A weird type of evolution may finally show how that actually happens

Deforestation in the Amazon could raise local temperatures by 1.5C

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
Deforestation in the Amazon could have a similar local warming effect to decades of climate change-driven temperature rises

We have to find a way to stop drones disrupting airports

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 19:00
Drones near airports are grounding flights and leaving people miserable, but can we actually find a way to stop them?

I got caught in the middle of a bitter row over humans' violent past

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 18:12
A simmering feud between geneticists and archaeologists has finally exploded. This turf war is unwise and unscientific, says Michael Marshall

Most powerful thunderstorm ever measured produced 1.3 billion volts

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 16:00
A record-breaking 1.3 billion volts of electric potential were created in a thunderstorm, a voltage that may explain how high-energy gamma rays are made during storms

One in four scientists have experienced harassment or discrimination

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 13:00
A survey of nearly 3700 scientists across Europe and North America suggests that harassment, bullying and discrimination are widespread

Why I believe humans were in Australia much earlier than we thought

Mer, 20/03/2019 - 12:30
Newly discovered shells and blackened stones are compelling evidence that humans lived in Australia 60,000 years earlier than we thought, says James Bowler