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No evidence 'Madagascar cure' for covid-19 works, says WHO

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:47am
There is no evidence a herbal drink promoted by the president of Madagascar as a cure for covid-19 is effective, according to the head of the World Health Organization in Africa
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Two tiny outcrops in Hawaii are the top of the world’s largest volcano

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 8:02am
An extinct Hawaiian volcano called Pūhāhonu is the largest on Earth, with a volume twice that of Mauna Loa, the next largest contender
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Covid-19 news: 36 million US citizens have filed for unemployment

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:15pm
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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Planes and offices must improve ventilation to reduce coronavirus risk

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:09pm
Ventilation must be improved in buildings and aeroplanes to reduce the risk of covid-19 spreading via the air, according to scientists and safety experts
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People ‘see’ letters traced on their brain’s surface by an implant

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 12:00pm
Tracing the shape of letters on the surface of the brain using an implant that electrically stimulates neurons enabled people who have lost their sight to “see” the letters
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Virtual reality game lets you play with hypercubes in four dimensions

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 7:41am
Imagining how four-dimensional objects would behave in our 3D world is hard, but an interactive simulation of how those objects move and interact could help
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Shock therapy temporarily improves woman’s colour blindness

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 6:00am
A woman who is colour-blind says she could see red berries in a green bush for the first time after receiving electroconvulsive therapy for depression
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Mouse embryos that are 4 per cent human are step towards spare organs

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:00pm
Mouse embryos injected with human stem cells grew for 17 days, creating chimeras with up to 4 per cent human cells, a step towards growing human organs for transplant
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Algae transplant could protect coral reefs threatened by warming seas

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:00pm
Heat-resistant algae made in a lab seem to protect coral from bleaching. They could help to save reefs if we fail to tackle global warming fast enough
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Mega solar plant uses 170,000 mirrors to generate heat for electricity

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00pm
The Ivanpah Solar Energy Facility is one of the largest solar thermal energy plants in the world. It is spread out over 14 square kilometres and can power 140,000 homes every year
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The focus on coronavirus is essential, but we can’t forget the climate

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00pm
The coronavirus pandemic may be the biggest crisis most of us have faced, but we can’t afford to tackle our crises one at a time and let politicians off the hook on climate change
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Kelp is coming: How seaweed could prevent catastrophic climate change

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00pm
From providing a green alternative to plastics to reducing methane emissions and sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, seaweed could be the secret ingredient we need to clean up our planet
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Can higher CO2 levels boost plant life enough to dent global warming?

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00pm
Increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere may be boosting vegetation for now, but climate change is set to more than wipe out any gains, says James Wong
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Millions of us take drugs for high blood pressure – is it worth it?

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00pm
Hypertension affects one in four adults and is usually treated with medication, even though lifestyle changes can reduce blood pressure. Here's what you need to know
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Covid-19 news: UK economy shrank at fastest pace since 2008

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 1:15pm
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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ESA spacecraft might accidentally fly through the tail of a comet

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:44pm
The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter spacecraft was launched earlier this year to study the sun, but it could soon be flying through the tail of comet ATLAS and may be able to study the icy object
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What the latest research suggests about the coronavirus in pregnancy

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:45am
A growing number of case studies suggest that covid-19 is linked to a higher rate of preterm births, and the virus may be able to cross the placenta to a fetus
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Cheap and easy $1 coronavirus test to undergo trials in Senegal

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:45am
Trials of a $1 covid-19 testing kit that produces results in under 10 minutes are under way in Senegal. If it works, it could be a vital tool in the surrounding region
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How accurate are the results from self-testing for covid-19 at home?

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:20am
Countries are increasingly sending out home coronavirus self-testing kits. But can the results from swabbing your own nose and throat be trusted?
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How to solve the New Scientist cryptic crossword

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 7:56am
Anyone can learn to solve cryptic crosswords. For beginners, we've put together a handy guide to how cryptic clues work and the types of wordplay that might be involved
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