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Female vampire bats groom each other and share their food

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
Female vampire bats tend to hang out in groups – but unlike many group-living primates or birds, the colony members groom and share food equally
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Cattle vaccine to be trialled in England in fight against bovine TB

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
A vaccine and new test to tackle bovine tuberculosis in cattle are being deployed in field trials in England, as the UK government shifts away from culling badgers to curb the disease
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Fish are becoming addicted to methamphetamines seeping into rivers

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 7:00pm
Methamphetamines and other drugs can enter freshwater rivers through wastewater, and lab tests show trout can become addicted, changing their behaviour by reducing their activity levels
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Covid-19 news: UK cases could hit 100,000 a day, says health minister

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:55pm
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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AI-generated tongue could make game characters look more realistic

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:00am
Without a realistic tongue, characters in computer games look strange when they talk – but there is now an AI-generated solution
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Common colds predate farming and may be older than our species

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 6:00am
A virus that causes cold-like symptoms was infecting people 31,000 years ago and may have existed 700,000 years ago – in which case it also plagued other hominins like Neanderthals
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Radio waves from black holes in some young galaxies change rapidly

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 4:00am
Some young galaxies with black holes in their centre change their emissions of radio waves far faster than astronomers thought possible
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Male dragonflies may become less colourful as the climate warms

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 4:00pm
Male dragonflies may lose the colour from their wings with climate change to avoid absorbing sunlight and overheating – but females may remain colourful because they spend more time in the shade
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Richard Lewontin: Pioneering evolutionary biologist dies aged 92

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 1:31pm
Richard Lewontin was an evolutionary biologist who showed that most genetic variation is within populations rather than between “racial” groups
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Covid-19 news: Growing concern over planned easing of rules in England

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 1:03pm
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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Zero-covid countries need to adapt as delta variant surges

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 11:54am
Countries that have successfully kept covid-19 at bay through elimination strategies are losing control through a combination of new variants, a lapse in vigilance and low vaccine uptake
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China beats Google to claim the world's most powerful quantum computer

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 11:02am
A team in China has demonstrated that it has the world's most powerful quantum computer, leapfrogging the previous record holder, Google
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Male seahorses can get pregnant because they lack key immunity genes

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 7:00am
Seahorses and their relatives are the only animals in which males get pregnant – they do so because these species lack genes we thought were vital for a functioning immune system
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First farmers in the Atacama desert had a history of brutal violence

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 5:00am
People who began farming in Chile’s Atacama desert around 3000 years ago were more lethally violent than their hunter-gatherer predecessors
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Planets in close orbit around stars may be safe from dangerous flares

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 4:00am
Common M-dwarf stars seem to generate flares on their surface at latitudes above 55 degrees – so planets, which typically orbit near a star’s equatorial plane, might be safe from them
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Interview: The women behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 8:00pm
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has saved 27,000 deaths in England since the beginning of the year. Clare Wilson speaks to some of its creators - Sarah Gilbert, Catherine Green and Theresa Lambe - about the rollercoaster of events that led to this historic achievement
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Covid-19 news: UK shares vaccine data to help EU approve travellers

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 1:42pm
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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Streamlined JPEG XL images could cut global data use by 30 per cent

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 1:03pm
An updated version of the ubiquitous JPEG image format used across the internet could bring global bandwidth savings of 30 per cent, say the creators of JPEG XL, who have made the technology royalty-free
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Are we seeing an end to 'surveillance capitalism' on the internet?

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:26am
Some of the world's largest technology companies are starting to offer a new type of privacy on their platforms. It will appease some customers' concerns around online advertising, but shouldn't be to the detriment of the companies
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Solar sail spacecraft could be used to intercept interstellar objects

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 10:39am
We rarely get more than a fleeting look at interstellar objects that enter our solar system, but a new spacecraft design could be quick enough to intercept them before they leave
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