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How can countries know when it’s safe to ease coronavirus lockdowns?

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 7:02am
To safely lift lockdown restrictions, countries need to have a low number of daily new cases and the capacity to conduct extensive testing and contact tracing
Categories: Astronomy

Algae is now growing on melting Antarctic snow due to climate change

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 6:00am
The first study to look for algae growing in Antarctica has found there are blooms dotted across the continent that may spread as the climate warms
Categories: Astronomy

You have five appetites, not one, and they are the key to your health

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00am
Forget the idea of a single drive to eat – you have evolved distinct appetites for various foods. This makes it easier to eat exactly what you need, and helps explain the obesity epidemic
Categories: Astronomy

Cold war spy satellite images reveal long-term decline in biodiversity

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 8:01pm
Analysis of cold war spy satellite images has revealed a long-term decline in biodiversity in Kazakhstan due to the expansion of agriculture over the past 50 years
Categories: Astronomy

UK government advised to ‘urgently’ build up contact tracing capacity

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:30pm
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
Categories: Astronomy

Smoking probably puts you at greater risk of coronavirus, not less

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 1:05pm
Early data indicated that smokers may be less likely to be hospitalised with coronavirus, but broader analyses suggest smokers are actually at higher risk
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Coronavirus set to cause biggest emissions fall since second world war

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:00pm
The coronavirus lockdown will see global carbon emissions fall by a fifth compared with last year, but this dramatic drop won't slow climate change
Categories: Astronomy

13 lockdown cooking projects and the science of how they work

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 7:43am
While we're stuck indoors, it's a great time to get into cooking and baking. Our Science of Cooking series explains how to make foods such as sourdough bread, hand-pulled noodles and kimchi, and the theory behind the recipes
Categories: Astronomy

Tropical cyclones really are growing stronger as the world warms

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:00pm
Theory and models forecast stronger storms in a warmer world, and now this trend has been seen in the real world using satellite data stretching back 40 years
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Mixed progress on coronavirus vaccine as US stocks rise

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 1:30pm
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
Categories: Astronomy

Beach water quality testing stops in England due to coronavirus crisis

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:46pm
People swimming at beaches and lakes across England this summer will probably never know if the water was dirty because routine sampling to test quality has stopped
Categories: Astronomy

Fidget spinner device can diagnose UTIs in under an hour without a lab

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:00pm
A device inspired by fidget spinner toys can be used to diagnose urinary tract infections quickly and easily outside of the laboratory
Categories: Astronomy

Mars may be covered in mud volcanoes disguised as lava flows

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:00pm
Mud on the surface of Mars probably flows like lava does on Earth, which makes it difficult to tell whether Martian volcanoes are spewing lava or just mud
Categories: Astronomy

Seven new coronaviruses have been found lurking in bats in Africa

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:27am
By testing bats in Gabon, researchers found seven coronaviruses that are new to science, but we don’t yet know if they could jump to people and cause illness
Categories: Astronomy

Strange 'space cow' explosion may have been the birth of a black hole

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:00am
A mysterious space explosion nicknamed “the Cow” was probably caused by the explosion of a massive star which may have resulted in the birth of a small black hole
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 pandemic risks worst global food crisis in decades

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:00am
The covid-19 pandemic’s impact on hunger around the world could be worse than when food prices spiked calamitously in 2007 and 2008, a leading food security expert warns
Categories: Astronomy

Wound-healing patch of blue-green algae mends skin quickly

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 3:00pm
A skin patch made of living blue-green algae speeds up wound healing in mice, and may help to treat chronic wounds in people with diabetes
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We may have missed half the microplastics in the ocean

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:35pm
Collecting microplastics on the ocean’s surface with three kinds of net has revealed far more stringy fibres of plastic than previous studies found
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: UK infection rate has risen in past week

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:30pm
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
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'Zombie' fires are burning the Arctic after smouldering under snow

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:34am
Unprecedented Arctic fires from last summer appear to have smouldered in the underground peat of the tundra through winter and reignited this month as snow melted
Categories: Astronomy