All's not as it appears, this tale has many twists -
but if I wasn't here documenting the story
would that mean that the plot did not exist?

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The BepiColombo spacecraft is about to make its first Mercury flyby

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 2:29pm
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury will pass within about 200 kilometres of the surface of Mercury in October, where it will measure the planet’s magnetic field and exosphere
Categories: Astronomy

Woman who first gained sense of smell at age 24 finds it disturbing

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 12:43pm
A woman born without the brain regions needed to smell has puzzled doctors by gaining the ability to detect some smells in her twenties – an experience that has caused her anxiety
Categories: Astronomy

Mushballs inside Uranus and Neptune may solve an atmospheric mystery

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 12:13pm
Uranus and Neptune appear to have less ammonia than expected, but it might have been hidden by slushy balls of ammonia and water that hail down deep into the planets’ atmospheres
Categories: Astronomy

UN says global carbon emissions set to rise 16 per cent by 2030

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:30am
A UN analysis of countries' latest plans to cut carbon emissions shows they will actually rise 16 per cent on 2010 levels by 2030, leaving only a small window to limit global warming to 1.5°C
Categories: Astronomy

Watch cuttlefish migrate together in a defensive line with a lookout

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:11am
Cuttlefish are usually solitary creatures, but videos show them forming defensive groups to migrate together, suggesting they are more social than we thought
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City-wide quantum data network in China is the largest ever built

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 8:25am
A quantum network linking 40 computers in Hefei, China, is the largest demonstration to date of how a future quantum internet might work
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Covid-19 news: How common is long covid in people who get infected?

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 7:18am
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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Smart reporting tool could combat fake news on encrypted chat apps

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:00am
Messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp, make it hard to tackle disinformation, but a smart reporting tool could offer a solution while preserving privacy
Categories: Astronomy

Here are the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 4:00pm
These images of the sun, the moon and the planets of the solar system took some of the top prizes in this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
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Mystery microbes have been lurking unsuspected in most coral species

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 3:00pm
Corals are full of symbiotic organisms but biologists have found a new form of microbe that doesn't seem to benefit its hosts
Categories: Astronomy

Leaf-inspired material makes different liquids flow in opposite ways

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 3:00pm
Inspired by a type of spiky evergreen leaf, researchers have come up with a material that forces different fluids to flow in opposite directions – even uphill
Categories: Astronomy

Prehistoric elephant nursery probably made easy prey for Neanderthals

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 12:00pm
Fossil footprints reveal that the extinct straight-tusked elephant raised its young with groups of adult females and no adult males, just as modern elephants do – and that they were probably hunted by Neanderthals
Categories: Astronomy

UK night skies will be among worst hit by satellite megaconstellations

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 10:40am
From anywhere on Earth there may soon by hundreds of satellites visible in the night sky at any time of year because of satellite constellation projects such as SpaceX’s Starlink
Categories: Astronomy

Are UK energy supplies in trouble after fire at French power link?

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 10:23am
A fire at a facility that connects the electricity grids of the UK and mainland Europe has led to talk of a potential winter energy crisis, but supplies should stabilise in the coming months
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Call to investigate impact of vaccines on menstruation

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 8:10am
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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Having HPV while pregnant linked to increased risk of premature birth

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 7:13am
A study of 900 pregnant women has found that those infected with human papillomavirus were almost four times more likely to give birth prematurely
Categories: Astronomy

Ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets could be decoded by an AI

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 7:00am
The 4500-year-old written tablets that shine a light on life in ancient Mesopotamia are often damaged, but a predictive AI trained on 104 languages can help fill in the gaps
Categories: Astronomy

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been hit by 100 ‘dust devils’ on Mars

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 4:00am
The Perseverance rover on Mars was hit by 100 dust devils in its first 90 days – the Curiosity rover elsewhere on Mars is hit by the weather phenomena 5 to 10 times less often
Categories: Astronomy

Fake TikTok accounts could spread disinformation ahead of German vote

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 3:00am
Video-sharing app TikTok has implemented measures to prevent the spread of disinformation about the upcoming German election, but they don't seem to be fully working, say researchers
Categories: Astronomy

Cats refuse to snuggle with objects that smell like their owners

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 3:00am
Cats form strong bonds with their owners, but the scent of their human companions doesn’t comfort them when they’re left alone – and it could even make them howl more
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