Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go upwards.

— Fred Hoyle

New Scientist Space - Cosmology

Syndicate content New Scientist - Home
New Scientist - Home
Updated: 1 day 11 hours ago

Floating googly eyes on a stick scare seabirds away from fishing nets

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:01pm
Buoys fitted with cartoon-like eyes act a little like scarecrows, keeping seabirds safely away from areas of the sea where they might get caught in fishing nets
Categories: Astronomy

King Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose carried crew from North Africa

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:01pm
The Mary Rose, a warship that sank off the south coast of England about 475 years ago, carried some crew members who may have come from North Africa
Categories: Astronomy

Your finger can feel the change of a single atom in a material

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:55pm
We mostly tell textures apart by their surface characteristics, but now we know that the human fingertip can sense molecular changes, even if it’s just a single swapped atom
Categories: Astronomy

Fossil shows a shark eating a proto-squid as it ate a crustacean

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:46pm
The preserved remains of an ancient squid-like animal suggest it was eating the moulted skin of a crustacean when it was itself partially eaten by a larger animal like a shark
Categories: Astronomy

A species of yeast produces near-identical clones when it has sex

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:22pm
Saccharomycodes ludwigii is a sexually reproducing species, but it doesn’t mix up its genes before it mates – which means offspring end up being almost identical to the parents
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: People in the UK may be able to holiday abroad in weeks

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:54pm
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

Science with Sam: Do aliens exist?

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:09pm
Do aliens exist?  If there is intelligent alien life out there, why haven’t we heard from them yet?  Or have we?
Categories: Astronomy

Did you know? The hydrogen in your body was formed in the Big Bang

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:43am
The hydrogen that accounts for around 10 per cent of our body mass was formed 13.8 billion years ago
Categories: Astronomy

Viking remains lost for more than a century rediscovered in a museum

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 8:01pm
The remains of a Viking have been rediscovered after being missing for over a century – and it turns out the Viking in question was buried wearing a pair of fancy long trousers
Categories: Astronomy

Bats don’t have to learn the speed of sound – they’re born knowing it

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 4:00pm
Bats have an internal sense of the speed of sound that they use to calculate the distance to perches or prey with echolocation, and it seems to be something they don’t have to learn
Categories: Astronomy

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made its fourth and furthest flight

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 6:50pm
The Ingenuity helicopter has made its fourth flight on Mars, the furthest and fastest it’s travelled so far – and its mission has been extended to allow more tests
Categories: Astronomy

Smart sensor measures how itchy you are by how much you scratch

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 3:00pm
Itching is associated with many diseases and in some cases can be debilitating, but diagnosing chronic itching is difficult because there is no objective way to measure the sensation - now a wearable sensor could help
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Prior infection boosts response to single Pfizer jab

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 2:06pm
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

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has gone faster than any spacecraft ever

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 11:24am
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has flown the closest to the sun of any spacecraft, at a remarkable speed that would allow it to circle Earth in under 5 minutes
Categories: Astronomy

Why billionaires are fighting over who gets to land humans on the moon

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 4:00am
After NASA selected SpaceX to land humans on the moon in 2024, its competitors Blue Origin and Dynetics filed complaints with the US government
Categories: Astronomy

Driftwood could be recycled into cleaner electric car batteries

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 4:00am
Driftwood can be transformed into a material called "hard carbon" and used in sodium-ion batteries to power electric cars
Categories: Astronomy

Arabian cult may have built 1000 monuments older than Stonehenge

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 8:01pm
A survey shows a region of Saudi Arabia is home to 1000 monuments that may all date back 7000 years, and that seem to have been used for ritual activities
Categories: Astronomy

Indigenous people may have left the Amazon before Europeans arrived

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 3:00pm
Fossil pollen records show a surge of regrowth in forests of the Amazon basin 300 to 600 years before Europeans arrived, suggesting Indigenous people may have left the region
Categories: Astronomy

Wild horses and donkeys dig desert wells that boost biodiversity

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 3:00pm
Feral horses and donkeys in the Sonoran desert in North America dig their own wells, inadvertently providing a water source for other animals and increasing biodiversity in the area
Categories: Astronomy

Mice on opposite North American coasts evolved the same way

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 3:00pm
In North America, mice in both New York and Alberta are larger than their southern cousins and make large nests that insulate against colder northern winters
Categories: Astronomy