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10 mysteries of the universe: Is Earth in a special place?

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:00am
From Copernicus on, we’ve resisted the idea that Earth has a special place in the cosmos. Whisper it, but recent discoveries suggest that’s not the whole truth
Categories: Astronomy

Infinity war: The ongoing battle over the world’s hardest maths proof

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00am
The new claims are a blow for the theory – but the ongoing saga of a fiendish 500-page proof could expose fundamental flaws in the way mathematicians work
Categories: Astronomy

Stupid AI: How humans can stop machines from falling for visual tricks

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 8:00am
Adversarial images that trick computers into seeing what isn’t there are a big problem for AI – but mimicking human perception might provide a fix
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Why your brain is hardwired to be bad at economics – and how to fix it

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 7:00am
We have evolved intuitions about the economy and globalisation that aren’t just wrong, they are damaging our futures. Fortunately, some clear thinking can protect you
Categories: Astronomy

Video: Meet the low carbon pioneers — Kathrina Mannion

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:00am
The world needs more energy but delivered with fewer carbon emissions. Embracing that dual challenge is the way BP thinks about every aspect of its business, says Kathrina Mannion
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A tiny robotic capsule could roam your intestines and suck up mucus

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:00am
A small robot could travel through your gut and collect mucus in a vacuum bag to help make diagnosing stomach diseases safer and less painful
Categories: Astronomy

Famed mathematician claims proof of 160-year-old Riemann hypothesis

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:15am
Michael Atiyah, a famed UK mathematician, claims that he has a "simple proof" of the Riemann hypothesis, a key unsolved question about the nature of prime numbers
Categories: Astronomy

Zapping your guts with electricity can help relieve constipation

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 2:00am
Passing a gentle electric current through the abdomen encourages bowel movements in people with chronic constipation, a clinical trial has found
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Subliminal messages can make you forget memories without realising

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 2:00am
Being told not to remember something makes you less likely to remember it in future – and now a study has found this can happen without you even realising it
Categories: Astronomy

Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:00pm
The weird ‘Ediacaran’ fossils have stumped scientists for decades - now fat molecules found inside some of them confirm they are the most ancient animals we know
Categories: Astronomy

Divers are attempting to regrow Great Barrier Reef with electricity

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:00pm
It may be possible to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef by electrically stimulating coral fragments grown on underwater metal frames
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The mystery of the dinosaur with crocodile jaws, bear claws and a sail

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:00am
No one knows why dinosaurs never conquered the seas. But giant semi-aquatic predator Spinosaurus is revealing some teasing hints
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Octopuses taking MDMA get all huggy and loved-up with each other

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:00am
Octopuses respond to ecstasy in the same way as we do, suggesting the basis for social behaviour evolved more than 500 million years ago
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Animals can count, but can’t read numbers – and now we know why

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:00am
Humans but not animals learn that symbols like ‘2’ and ‘4’ represent numbers by recruiting a unique set of neurons to identify them
Categories: Astronomy

NASA’s new exoplanet-hunter has spotted its first alien worlds

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 8:25am
NASA’s recently launched exoplanet-hunting satellite has uncovered a new world twice the size of Earth orbiting a star 60 light years away
Categories: Astronomy

A pair of tiny hopping rovers are about to land on an asteroid

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 7:13am
Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has arrived at the asteroid Ryugu, and now it is dropping off two tiny landers that will hop around the surface and take pictures
Categories: Astronomy

10 mysteries of the universe: How will it all end?

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:00am
Supernovae are violent stellar explosions that pepper the cosmos. Studying them revealed the enigma of dark energy – a force that will determine the universe's fate
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Watch now: Follow the action at New Scientist Live

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:30am
Follow the action live from the world's biggest festival of ideas and discovery – New Scientist Live, at the ExCeL Centre in London from 20-23 September
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10 mysteries of the universe: What came before the big bang?

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00am
Searing bursts of radio waves first spotted a decade ago could come from bouncing black holes – and that suggests a universe might have existed before ours
Categories: Astronomy

Field notes: Polluted polar bears await the great Arctic land grab

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:00am
As global warming melts the Arctic, all eyes are turning to the riches under the ice. But will polar bears survive the pollutants trickling into the food chain?
Categories: Astronomy