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Covid-19 news: Delta variant now causing 91 per cent of UK cases

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 1:19pm
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

The European Space Agency is sending another spacecraft to Venus

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:03pm
NASA’s two planned missions to Venus are getting a companion – the European Space Agency has announced plans to send the EnVision orbiter to Venus around 2031
Categories: Astronomy

Coral reefs may start dissolving faster than they can grow by 2054

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:00pm
Stress caused by climate change is making it harder for coral reefs to build their calcium carbonate skeletons, and may lead to their demise by mid-century
Categories: Astronomy

Your ears give off alcohol and a test can reveal how much you've drunk

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:00pm
Ear defenders that have been modified to collect alcohol given off by the skin of the ears could be an alternative to a breathalyser
Categories: Astronomy

Climate change and nature loss must be tackled together, says report

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:00am
The two planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss must be tackled together or neither will be successfully solved, according to a major report by two international bodies
Categories: Astronomy

DARPA drone interceptor seems to be armed with a form of Silly String

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 8:46am
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed a drone interceptor that fires what appears to be a form of Silly String into their rotors, bringing them down with minimal risk of accidental damage
Categories: Astronomy

The New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 are now open for entries

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 6:00am
Are you a budding photographer? Our New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 are now open and will celebrate images that illustrate how science and technology impact our lives and the world around us
Categories: Astronomy

European airlines have been lobbying against EU climate plans

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 8:01pm
Several European airlines have been lobbying to challenge European Union climate policies, a UK-based think tank has found
Categories: Astronomy

Laughing gas has shown potential as a treatment for depression

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:00pm
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used as a pain reliever and recreationally. Now a study has found that it reduces symptoms of depression for two weeks when inhaled for one hour
Categories: Astronomy

Some early land-dwelling amphibians evolved back into aquatic species

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:00pm
By 340 million years ago, our ancient fish-like ancestors had evolved to walk on land – but within about 10 million years, some of them had adapted to an aquatic life again
Categories: Astronomy

Removing junk food from our diets will be no easy task

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
We know highly processed foods are bad for us, yet they make up 60 per cent of people's diets in some Western countries – fortunately there are ways we can slash our dependence
Categories: Astronomy

The summer triangle is now visible in the sky – here's how to spot it

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
The summer triangle is a beautiful pattern of stars, and this year Saturn and Jupiter will be lurking nearby. Wherever you are, Abigail Beall has top tips for locating it
Categories: Astronomy

We Are Satellites review: What brain implants could do to family life

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
A brain implant boosts multi-tasking and attention span – what will it really mean for society? An unusual sci-fi novel asks the all right questions
Categories: Astronomy

When time runs backwards: What thermodynamics can tell us about life

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
The second law of thermodynamics, which gives us an arrow of time, is routinely violated at the smallest scales - an insight that is already yielding fresh clues to some of biology's great mysteries
Categories: Astronomy

Don't Miss: Data art with David Spiegelhalter and Stefanie Posavec

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss
Categories: Astronomy

What does the climate crisis mean for buildings – great and small?

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
Buildings take a great deal of energy and use potentially polluting materials to create. How can we make them differently in an age of climate change, asks Barnabas Calder's book Architecture: From prehistory to climate emergency
Categories: Astronomy

Amazon buying MGM is just continuing a 40,000-year-old media tradition

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
Amazon has acquired the movie studio MGM. The move by the streaming giant is just following an ancient pattern, writes Annalee Newitz
Categories: Astronomy

Anu Ramaswami interview: How to shape the cities of the future

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
Urban populations are exploding. If we want future cities to be more sustainable, we need to think of them as complex, dynamic systems with their own metabolism, says Anu Ramaswami
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How large is a cubic metre of water?

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
Some strange units of measure, plus the first statue for the creator of bitcoin and the (lack of) connection between bluetooth and covid-19, in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum Life review: One man's journey from the streets to the stars

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
How did Hakeem Oluseyi move from selling drugs to teaching astrophysics at MIT? His vivid memoir sets out his journey and what he's doing to help other Black physicists
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