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How Cuba and Uruguay are quashing coronavirus as neighbours struggle

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:42am
The Americas have become the biggest covid-19 hotspot with almost half of all the world's cases, but some countries in the region have found strategies to buck the trend
Categories: Astronomy

A sugary diet changes gut bacteria and worsens brain function in rats

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 9:48am
Rats fed a sugar syrup early in life develop an unusual gut microbiome that seems to worsen the rodents’ memories by changing the way their brains work
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Blackbeard crashed his pirate ship on purpose because it leaked

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 9:30am
Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard, ran aground in 1718 and was abandoned by its crew. A new analysis says this may have been done on purpose
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Circles in space made of radio waves are like nothing we've ever seen

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 7:37am
Astronomers have discovered four circles of radio waves in space, but have no explanation for their origin. We don't even know how big or far away they are
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Eating seaweed can genetically modify the bacteria in our guts

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 6:00am
The gut bacteria in some people have acquired genes for digesting seaweed fibres in a transfer from marine bacteria. We don't know what effect this has on health, but it could be harmful
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Medics who changed history wouldn't get into modern medical schools

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 4:00am
Many of the people behind world-changing medical discoveries wouldn't have got into medical school by today’s standards, thanks to poor grades or misbehaving
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Climate change will make world too hot for 60 per cent of fish species

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:00pm
Fish are at a far greater risk from climate change than previously thought, after researchers showed embryos and spawning adults are more susceptible to warming oceans
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Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tune

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:00pm
White-throated sparrows normally end their song with repeated triplets, but a new song ending in repeated double notes has been sweeping a population in Canada
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Horror movie fans are better at coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 8:43am
Good news for fans of zombie movies and people with an interest in the dark side of life: they may be more psychologically resilient to the covid-19 pandemic
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Water-filled windows could keep your home cool and save energy

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 7:00am
Windows filled with water rather than argon gas could save energy in most of the world, partly because they can provide a cheap source of hot water
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Newly discovered form of carbon is more resilient than diamond

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 5:53am
A computer simulation found a pentagon-shaped carbon molecule that would be as hard as diamond and could tolerate temperatures of almost 4000°C without breaking down
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The Sirens of Mars review: Inside the hunt for life on the Red Planet

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 2:00pm
We once thought Mars had canals built by an advanced society. We've come a long way since then, but there is still much to discover, finds Leah Crane
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We can fix the climate as we reboot the economy – here's how

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 2:00pm
The drop in carbon emissions due to coronavirus lockdowns won’t last. But as we rebuild, we have a unique opportunity to make the structural changes required to hit net-zero targets, says Corinne Le Quéré
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How Korean pop fans took on white supremacists – and won

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 2:00pm
Unusual methods of online protest have sprung up recently, and it’s become harder to tell what’s real and what’s not, says Annalee Newitz
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The detector with a billion sensors that may finally snare dark matter

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 2:00pm
Dark matter must exist, but has evaded all attempts to find it. Now comes our boldest plan yet – sensing its minuscule gravitational force as it brushes past us
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Covid-19 news: Almost 20,000 care home deaths in England and Wales

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:00pm
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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Covid-19 news: App identified Leicester as a virus hotspot weeks ago

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:00pm
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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Covid-19 news: UK’s local coronavirus hotspots revealed

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:00pm
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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Satellites reveal a 49 per cent increase in tree felling in Europe

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00pm
Between 2016 and 2018, there was a sharp rise in the area of forest felled in countries across Europe, perhaps to feed demand for wood-based products
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Soap bubbles can split light into otherworldly branching streams

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00pm
When a laser beam shines through a membrane made of simple household soap, it branches in a strange and unexpected way that could help us understand the cosmos
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