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Covid-19 dashboard: Cases, deaths and vaccinations

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 12:53pm
This interactive dashboard tracks the world’s recorded covid-19 cases and deaths, plus vaccines administered
Categories: Astronomy

Rare kakapo parrot is genetically healthy despite being very inbred

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 12:00pm
The kakapo, a critically endangered flightless parrot native to New Zealand, is in better genetic health than expected due to long isolation
Categories: Astronomy

58 per cent of oil must stay in the ground to meet 1.5°C climate goal

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 12:00pm
Energy companies and nations must leave nine tenths of Earth’s coal and almost two thirds of its known oil and gas in the ground if the world is to hold temperatures to a target beyond which climate change’s impacts are dangerously amplified, researchers have calculated.
Categories: Astronomy

What we know so far about booster shots and the covid-19 vaccines

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:20am
Some countries are already pushing ahead with covid-19 vaccine booster programmes, but rapidly rolling out third shots in wealthy countries isn’t necessarily the best plan
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Wildfire pollution linked to at least 33,000 deaths worldwide

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:00am
Wildfires akin to those that visibly devastated parts of Greece, Siberia and North America this year are also invisibly taking a deadly toll on human health
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Covid-19 news: 80 per cent of over 16s in UK are now fully vaccinated

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 9:20am
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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Wooden robot arm is powered by plastic muscles

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 9:00am
A new polymer that stores energy when it is stretched and deformed has been used as an artificial muscle to bend the elbow joint of a simple wooden robot
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A US military robot ship has fired a large missile for the first time

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 8:12am
The US Department of Defense has released footage of an uncrewed ship firing a large missile, in a demonstration of its Ghost Fleet Overlord programme, an initiative to develop robot vessels that can operate alongside crewed warships
Categories: Astronomy

Half-metre-long predator was giant of the seas 500 million years ago

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 4:05am
Most animals that lived in the Cambrian period were small enough to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand – but Titanokorys was much bigger
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Polar bears in Svalbard archipelago are inbreeding due to sea ice loss

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 8:01pm
As global warming causes Arctic ice to melt away, archipelago-based polar bears are having more difficulty reaching each other, resulting in inbreeding
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Foam from frogs' nests could help make bandages that release drugs

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 8:01pm
The foam that some frogs produce to make nests can keep its shape for more than a week and can slowly release drugs for days, which means it could find a use in medicine
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Watch a one-legged robot hop about as researchers try to knock it over

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 2:00pm
A one-legged robot that can stand, hop and keep its balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces could offer a cheaper route to bipedal bots and self-balancing exoskeletons
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Gene responsible for cat fur patterns could lead to designer pets

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:00pm
Researchers have discovered the genetic basis for the different patterns of fur seen in domestic cats, but caution against the idea of using this to create pets with specific coats
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Some animals are evolving new body shapes as the climate changes

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:00pm
Some endotherms, commonly called warm-blooded animals, have grown larger wings, beaks or tails to increase their surface area, which helps them stay cool as the world warms
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High-res carbon emission maps reveal climate impact of commuting

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 6:50am
High-resolution maps of carbon emissions have revealed how our day-to-day patterns of behaviour, such as commuting, affect the release of greenhouse gases, and could help governments quickly see the impact of green policies
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First full survey of Peru and Chile’s threatened fog island ecosystems

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 8:01pm
So-called fog oases along the dry coast of Peru and Chile are home to medicinal plants – and a survey suggests they can grow in an area four times greater than previously thought
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Men fart more when eating a plant-based diet due to good gut bacteria

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 12:00pm
Men fed a plant-based diet farted seven times more per day and had bigger stools than when they were on a Western diet because their “good” bacteria flourished
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Will plans for new UK coal mine scupper net-zero ambitions at COP26?

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:23am
The fate of plans for the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years will be fiercely debated at a public inquiry starting tomorrow, in what is expected to be a landmark test case of what new fossil fuel projects should be allowed as countries act to hit net-zero emissions
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Will the Texas abortion ban spread across the US?

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:13am
One of the most extreme abortion laws in the US went into effect on 1 September in Texas. What does it say, and could this type of law be passed in other US states?
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Covid-19 news: Scientists condemn lack of protections in UK schools

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 9:00am
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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