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Scotland set to delay end of lockdown to buy time for vaccinations

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:41pm
The Scottish government is likely to postpone the planned move to the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions on 28 June for three weeks, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced
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Covid-19 news: All adults in England likely to be offered jabs in days

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:34pm
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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World's most powerful magnet being shipped to ITER fusion reactor

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:30pm
The world’s most powerful magnet, 280,000 times stronger than Earth's own magnetic field, is being shipped to France for installation in the core of the ITER fusion reactor
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How serious is the nuclear power plant radiation leak in China?

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:52am
One of the companies behind a new, French-designed nuclear reactor at Taishan in Guangdong, China, has written to the US government warning of an “imminent radiological threat” at the plant, but there doesn't appear to be any danger
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Science with Sam: What is awe?

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:36am
Being awestruck can bring a host of benefits from lowering stress to boosting creativity. But what exactly is awe, and how do we get more of it in our lives?
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Dogs that detect seizures may be sniffing out the scent of human fear

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 6:41am
Dogs trained to alert owners when a seizure is imminent confused sweat from people with epilepsy with sweat from people who had been watching Stephen King's It
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How the next generation of mRNA vaccines could help tackle cancer

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 2:23pm
Exciting developments in mRNA vaccines, treatments for long covid and the safe use of artificial intelligence are just some of the topics you can learn about at New Scientist’s one-day event exploring the future of healthcare.
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Delta variant doubles risk of covid-19 hospitalisations, study shows

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 2:23pm
Models predicting a possible huge third wave of covid-19 cases and evidence that the delta variant of coronavirus increases hospitalisation risk are behind the decision to delay easing of lockdown in England
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Fox-breeding experiment suggests domestication can boost brain size

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 2:00pm
Our understanding of how domestication changes the neurobiology of a species may be wrong, results from a 60-year experiment to breed tame foxes suggest. The findings could also have implications for human evolution, claim researchers
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Female seahorses cheat on their mate when they can no longer smell him

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 1:19pm
Seahorses usually pair up into monogamous couples, but when females are kept apart from their male partners with a barrier that blocks odour they will mate with another male
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Enormous strands of galaxies in the cosmic web appear to be spinning

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:00pm
Clusters of galaxies in the universe are connected by colossal filaments that stretch across hundreds of millions of light years – and they seem to be spinning
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Ethereum cryptocurrency creator voices concern over carbon footprint

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 8:11am
A fundamental change to the second largest cryptocurrency to slash its carbon footprint by 99 per cent is just six to nine months away, says its creator
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Zero-covid countries have done best and it's not too late to switch

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 6:39am
Countries that opted to eliminate covid-19 rather than reduce spread ended up wealthier and with less infringement on liberties - and it's not too late to adopt the strategy
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Dark matter is slowing down the slab of stars at our galaxy’s centre

Sun, 06/13/2021 - 9:01pm
At the centre of the Milky Way is an enormous bar of stars from which the spiral arms of the galaxy emanate, and its slowing rotation may help us understand dark matter
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Merging galaxies throw shade on alternative dark matter theory

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 2:58pm
The rate of galaxies merging 2 billion years after the big bang is 5 to 10 times more than predicted by theories of modified Newtonian dynamics, and more in line with dark matter theories
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Covid-19 news: Health experts say G7 vaccine donation plan not enough

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 1:25pm
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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Awake review: What would happen if nobody could sleep?

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 7:18am
Netflix’s Awake tackles the nightmare world where no one can sleep. But how close is it to reality?
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China's Zhurong Mars rover took a group selfie with its lander

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 6:20am
China has released the first batch of science images from its Zhurong Mars rover, following its successful landing on the Red Planet on 14 May
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Many female animals are evolving to look more attractive to mates

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:00am
Sexual selection, a mechanism of evolution that can drive the appearance of bright feathers and elaborate horns, is more widespread among females than many researchers expected
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Uttarakhand flood was caused by rare rock and glacier avalanche

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 3:00pm
The 2021 flood in Uttarakhand, India, that resulted in over 200 dead and missing was the result of an avalanche that dropped about 27 million square metres of rock and glacier ice from the nearby Ronti mountain
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