The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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The ozone hole over the South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 3:00pm
Each year between August and October, the ozone over the South Pole is depleted – this year the hole is larger than 75 per cent of the holes that had formed by this point in the season since 1979
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Cheap covid-19 antibody test shows if you have immunity in 5 minutes

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 3:00pm
A cheap and accurate test that can tell if people have covid-19 antibodies could be used to monitor population immunity from past infections as well as vaccines
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See the unique skeletal features of moray eels in exquisite detail

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
From long, flexible spines to highly specialised double jaws that let them swallow large prey whole, moray eels have a fascinating biology
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Covid-19 has laid bare social inequities – now is the time to fix them

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
The pandemic has shone a light on the gap in life chances between and within generations, but as we build back, the chance is ripe to address this
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Help create a global map of light pollution by gazing at the night sky

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Scientists are tracking light pollution and its effects globally by gazing at the night sky – and now the Globe at Night project needs your help
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Karmalink review: An intriguing mix of Buddhism and nanotech

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
A young boy uses nanotechnology to decipher the clues in his dreams in Karmalink, an original sci-fi drama set in a near-future version of Cambodia
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We’ve mastered acoustic levitation – and it is surprisingly useful

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Sonic tractor beams lift and manipulate objects with sound waves. They could be used to precisely deliver drugs inside our bodies or assemble delicate computer chips in mid air
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Don't miss: The Climate Coup looks at the finance of climate change

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
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Index, a history of the: Exploring the rivalries in how we search

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Index, A history of the by Dennis Duncan will take you from 13th-century cloisters to Silicon Valley in its exploration of how we search for information
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