Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people

— Carl Sagan

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Listen to an Australian duck say ‘you bloody fool’ like a human

Sun, 09/05/2021 - 8:01pm
When raised in captivity, musk ducks learn to copy the sounds of human life around them, which shows that they are what’s known as vocal language learners like parrots and humans
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Male bigfin reef squid may be the best fathers of all cephalopods

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 3:00pm
Squids aren’t known for good parenting, mostly because they usually die after mating, but male bigfin reef squid check nests for potential predators and warn other males to stay away
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Call centre workers can use AI to mimic your accent on the phone

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 1:55pm
AI software can detect the accent of a person on one end of an online or telephone conversation and modify the accent of a responding person to match it in real time, which could help with clarity in a range of interactions, including customer support, education and telemedicine
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Zebras rolling in pits help give life to the Namib desert in Africa

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:49am
Rolling on the ground seems to be essential to life – at least in Africa’s Namib desert, where zebras bathe in dust, creating pits in the landscape that promote biodiversity
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Mix-and-match antibiotic prescriptions may help lower resistance risk

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:08am
Antibiotic resistance might be reduced if doctors instruct people to alternate between three different antibiotic medicines daily, tests with cells in the lab suggest
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Covid-19 news: UK and Australia agree to share vaccine doses

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 7:20am
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We have spotted a new kind of supernova triggered by cosmic collisions

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
When a neutron star or a black hole ploughs through a massive star, it can force the star to explode in a type of supernova that has now been observed for the first time
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Texas cold crisis early this year linked to melting Arctic sea ice

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
The extreme cold snap that left millions without power in Texas early this year may have been made more likely due to melting Arctic sea ice, according to a scientific model
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Cavalier King Charles spaniels carry a high number of harmful genes

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
A genetic study of eight dog breeds including German shepherds and golden retrievers found that cavalier King Charles spaniels had the highest number of potentially harmful mutations
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Google is shutting down controversial data-sharing project with NHS

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 2:32pm
Google is shutting down its controversial Streams app, which used machine learning to analyse medical records and was found to have failed to comply with UK data protection laws
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Should we ban space weapons to stop the huge space junk problem?

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 2:15pm
A group of experts are calling for a ban on anti-satellite weapons tests because the debris they could create may threaten other satellites or even make parts of Earth’s orbit unusable
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GitHub's AI programming assistant can introduce security flaws

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 1:16pm
AI that automatically generates source code to help human programmers complete projects has been found to include bugs or security flaws in up to 40 per cent of the code it outputs
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Stingrays’ bulging eyes and mouths make them much faster swimmers

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:33pm
Stingrays have protruding eyes and mouths, which seem like they would make swimming less efficient, but they actually create vortices that let the rays swim faster
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Rapidly evolving bits of DNA helped develop the human brain

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:00pm
Some sections of the human genome have changed quickly during our evolution, and hundreds of them seem to be involved in the development of our brains
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Mu variant of covid-19 (B.1.621)

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 11:31am
The coronavirus variant B.1.621, or 'mu', was first identified in Colombia in January 2021
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Covid-19 news: UK to offer third jab to immunosuppressed people

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 7:33am
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Large Hadron Collider sticks with reels of tape for vast storage needs

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 6:00am
The physicists at CERN still rely on tape for the long-term storage of data from the LHC, because it is more reliable and cheaper than hard discs or flash storage
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Amazing images make New Scientist Photography Awards 2021 shortlist

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 7:59pm
An incredible slime mould, a touching depiction of lockdown life and a kestrel family portrait win top prizes at the New Scientist Photography Awards 2021. Now you can help decide the overall winner in the public vote
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Illegal cannabis farms on the US west coast are poisoning wildlife

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 3:00pm
Cannabis crops grown illegally on public lands along the west coast of the US are clashing with the habitats of native predators, putting wildlife at risk of poisoning from dangerous pesticides
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Cartilage from the nose used to treat two people's knee osteoarthritis

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 3:00pm
Two people with severe knee osteoarthritis have been successfully treated by inserting cartilage harvested from their noses into their damaged joints
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