The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

— Peter De Vries

New Scientist Space - Cosmology

Syndicate content New Scientist - Home
New Scientist - Home
Updated: 7 hours 44 min ago

Exceeding weekly alcohol recommendations linked to short chromosomes

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:20am
Regions of repetitive DNA sequence called telomeres cap our chromosomes, with shorter telomeres being linked to Alzheimer's disease, cancer and heart disease
Categories: Astronomy

10 finance firms effectively own half of all future carbon emissions

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 3:00am
An analysis of the 200 largest fossil fuel companies suggests that just 10 shareholders could influence the fate of nearly half of the world's remaining fossil fuels
Categories: Astronomy

Artificial finger can identify what common material things are made of

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:00pm
Smart finger uses sensors to detect substances such as glass, silicon and wood with more than 90 per cent accuracy, which could be useful for robotic manufacturing tasks
Categories: Astronomy

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for US carbon emissions?

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 2:57pm
The US senate just passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the largest climate spending package in US history. How big of an effect will it have?
Categories: Astronomy

What will the Inflation Reduction Act mean for US carbon emissions?

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 2:57pm
The US senate is set to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would include the largest climate spending package in US history. How big of an effect could it have?
Categories: Astronomy

If cryptocurrencies are unhackable, how do they keep getting stolen?

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 12:50pm
News of a $190 million cryptocurrency theft emerged this week, despite cryptocurrencies being designed to be unhackable. Here's the low-down on what is going on and how safe bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies are
Categories: Astronomy

Hummingbird that was feared extinct is spotted in Colombian mountains

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 8:56am
The Santa Marta sabrewing, an emerald green hummingbird, has been officially documented for only the second time since it was discovered in 1946
Categories: Astronomy

Early humans may have wiped out many turtles millions of years ago

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 7:41am
Our hominin ancestors wiped out many land-living turtle and tortoise species starting around 5 million years ago, an analysis of the fossil record suggests
Categories: Astronomy

Transfusing blood from an old mouse to a younger mouse causes ageing

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 7:30am
The transfusion led an increased number of senescent cells – which accumulate as we get older - in the young mice, suggesting that cellular ageing isn't just a case of wear and tear
Categories: Astronomy

How weevils have become weapons in UK's fight against invasive plants

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 5:00am
A weevil designed to kill a problem aquatic weed is the fourth of a new wave of biological agents selected by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International to tackle the economic and biodiversity scourge of invasive species
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum computers would be better at Wordle than classical ones

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:00am
A player using a quantum algorithm will win the codebreaking game Mastermind, which has the same underlying principles as Wordle, more often and in fewer moves than someone using a classical algorithm
Categories: Astronomy

Can we build a quantum clock that is entirely quantum?

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:00am
Quantum clocks are normally controlled by a classical control system, but to build things like tiny quantum drones that fly around delivering molecules we'll need a fully quantum approach
Categories: Astronomy

One in 8 people got long covid after infection early in the pandemic

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 7:30pm
Researchers estimated the prevalence of long covid using survey data from the Netherlands in the early stages of the pandemic
Categories: Astronomy

Vaccinating less than half of high-risk men may stop monkeypox spread

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 1:10pm
A modelling study suggests that between 5 and 47 per cent of high-risk men who have sex with men would need to be vaccinated to stop the ongoing monkeypox outbreak
Categories: Astronomy

European wildfires have released a record amount of carbon

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 12:05pm
The climate-warming pollution from wildfires in the first half of 2022 in the EU and UK has been on a par with the annual emissions of Cyprus
Categories: Astronomy

Mice produce rat sperm with technique that could help conservation

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 12:00pm
Mice containing rat cells have produced rat sperm thanks to a modification technique that could be useful for conserving endangered species or creating hybrids
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum computer can simulate infinitely many chaotic particles

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 12:00pm
Using just a handful of quantum bits, researchers have used a quantum computer to simulate an infinite line of electron-like particles. The technique could be used to better understand the behaviour of molecules in materials
Categories: Astronomy

Home screening test for oral or throat cancer has 90 per cent accuracy

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 10:30am
To identify oral and throat cancer, lesions have to be big enough for doctors to see. A saliva test available in the US could enable much earlier diagnosis
Categories: Astronomy

Start-up plans 2500 artificial coral reefs to fight climate change

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 8:00am
The Reef Company, backed by IBM and Microsoft, hopes to offset carbon emissions and support coastal economies by restoring coral reef ecosystems
Categories: Astronomy

E. coli that is recoded to be virus resistant may aid drug production

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 7:35am
Changing Escherichia coli's genetic code may enable the recoded bacterium to be grown in large vats for drug production, without the risk of a viral infection upending the process
Categories: Astronomy