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Ten years after the Higgs discovery, what now for particle physics?

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 11:00am
After the Higgs, the Large Hadron Collider was expected to find other theorised particles. It didn’t, but particle physicists are optimistic about a new era of experiment-led exploration
Categories: Astronomy

26 US states are likely to ban abortion to the fullest extent possible

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 7:53am
After the US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, abortion bans in states such as Louisiana and Tennessee won't include exceptions for cases of rape or incest
Categories: Astronomy

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be killed by pom-pom molecules

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:00am
Pom-pom-shaped molecules rip apart MRSA and other drug-resistant bacteria in minutes, are cheap and easy to make, and don’t seem to lead to bacterial resistance
Categories: Astronomy

Glycaemic index is a poor predictor of how foods raise blood sugar

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 3:00am
A study of people with prediabetes shows that the same foods affect blood sugar levels very differently. The findings add to a growing body of evidence undermining the idea of a standard glycaemic index
Categories: Astronomy

Chimpanzees hunt for fruit in video game to test navigation skills

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 3:00pm
Testing how chimpanzees navigate in virtual environments could help researchers understand why they prefer certain routes in the wild over others
Categories: Astronomy

Was warfare responsible for the origin of complex civilisation?

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 3:00pm
An effort to track global changes in human society over the past 10,000 years concludes that warfare drove an increase in social complexity – but others are unconvinced by the work
Categories: Astronomy

You're more likely to become friends with someone who smells like you

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 3:00pm
We subconsciously sniff people when we first meet them and are more likely to become friends with those who have similar body odours to our own
Categories: Astronomy

AI-powered robot learned to make letters out of Play-Doh on its own

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 1:54pm
A robot that learned to manipulate modelling clay to make letters of the alphabet without any human training could one day make dumplings for you
Categories: Astronomy

Antibubbles have been made to last a record-breaking 13 hours

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 12:36pm
Shaking antibubbles – droplets of liquid encased in a thin layer of air – prevents them from popping for several hours. These could be used in chemical engineering in the future
Categories: Astronomy

Hummingbirds may be the world’s most colourful birds

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 12:10pm
A study of 116 species of hummingbird suggests the group is collectively more colourful than any other type of bird
Categories: Astronomy

How can the global monkeypox outbreak be controlled?

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 12:03pm
With the number of confirmed cases exceeding 3500, the World Health Organization's emergency committee may declare it a public health emergency of international concern – its highest alert level – in the coming days
Categories: Astronomy

UK minister says EU is ‘weaponising science’ in Brexit deal row

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 11:07am
The UK is making plans to launch its own science funding programme in September, science minister George Freeman tells New Scientist, if the EU refuses access to the Horizon scheme
Categories: Astronomy

Amazon reviews saying candles are scentless may signal covid-19 cases

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 8:22am
A loss of smell is a key covid-19 symptom, with researchers finding a link between increasing coronavirus cases in the US and Amazon reviews complaining a scented candle is odourless
Categories: Astronomy

Reddit moderators do $3.4 million worth of unpaid work each year

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 5:00am
Volunteers who maintain the standard of content on Reddit’s forums do 466 hours of work every day – labour that would cost 2.8 per cent of the firm’s revenue
Categories: Astronomy

UK's largest carbon capture project will turn CO2 into baking soda

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 8:01pm
Tata Chemicals Europe plant at Northwich will eventually capture 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year for use in making sodium biocarbonate
Categories: Astronomy

75 per cent of the world's top websites allow bad passwords

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 4:00pm
An analysis of 120 of the world's top-ranked English-language websites has found that many of them allow weak passwords, including those that can be easily guessed, such as “abc123456” and “P@$$w0rd”
Categories: Astronomy

Largest known bacteria in the world are visible to the naked eye

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 3:00pm
Most bacteria are just 2 micrometres long, but Thiomargarita magnifica is thousands of times bigger, and is unusually complex
Categories: Astronomy

Some turtles that live longer have a lower chance of dying each year

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 3:00pm
In zoos and aquariums, some species of turtles and tortoises have a lower rate of ageing as they grow older
Categories: Astronomy

We must accept we won’t meet 1.5°C climate target, says report

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 3:00pm
Social, political and technology inertia mean the Paris Agreement’s temperature target is likely to be missed
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Polio: Should we be worried about virus found in London sewage?

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 1:33pm
Poliovirus has been detected in London sewage samples, but no human cases have been reported so far
Categories: Astronomy