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This smart shift in pesticide use could let insect populations recover

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 2:00pm
The world's insects are in trouble – if we start using pesticides to protect plants rather than killing insects it could make a big difference, says Théotime Colin and Andrew B. Barron
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Drunk review: Could alcohol-induced creativity be key to civilisation?

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 2:00pm
Could social drinking have created our civilisation by fuelling creativity and innovation? Drunk, an engrossing new book by Edward Slingerland, roams far and wide to make the case
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Anthropomania review: Our love of animals and how we live with them

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 2:00pm
From hippos escaping from drug lord Pablo Escobar’s private zoo to plant intelligence, a new podcast, Anthropomania, explores how humans interact with other life
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Parasitic ants keep evolving to lose their smell and taste genes

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 1:20pm
When parasitic ants move into another species’ colony, they outsource foraging to the host ants – which may be why several species of parasitic ants have lost the genes for taste and smell
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Covid-19 news: Lowest England and Wales death figures since September

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 1:05pm
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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Quantum memory crystals are a step towards a futuristic internet

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:00pm
A secure quantum internet is one step closer thanks to a quantum memory made from a crystal that can store entangled photons
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First human case of H10N3 bird flu strain reported in China

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:24am
A man has been infected with the H10N3 strain of bird flu in China, but the risk of the virus spreading between people is thought to be low
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Can the UK recycle plastic without dumping it on other countries?

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:00am
After illegal dumps in Turkey, plastic waste imports were banned from the country, which takes most of the UK's recycling – which could spur the UK to find ways to recycle at home
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Why it's so important we believe people about their mental health

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:42am
The way mental health is being discussed in the public domain is becoming problematic. We need to start believing people when they ask for help and offering support, says Lucy Foulkes
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Breaking Boundaries review: Attenborough on climate change facts

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:22am
Netflix documentary Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is a deep-dive into the nine natural processes upon which all life on Earth depends, featuring David Attenborough and Johan Rockström
Categories: Astronomy

Colour-changing tampons could detect urinary tract infections

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 8:26am
Tampons and sanitary pads that have been modified to change colour in the presence of some urinary tract infections could help to quickly diagnose such conditions in countries where access to healthcare is limited
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Frank Kameny: Google doodle honours astronomer and gay rights activist

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 8:05am
When he was unjustly fired from his job as an astronomer in 1957, Frank Kameny took up a lifelong struggle for the civil rights of gay people
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The mindfulness revolution: A clear-headed look at the evidence

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 8:00am
Mindfulness is hailed as a treatment for a vast array of problems and the apps are now hugely popular. But do the claims about its benefits stack up? New Scientist investigates
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Iconic animals are under threat if we breach 1.5°C warming, warns WWF

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 8:01pm
Snow leopards, puffins, bumblebees and emperor penguins are among the species under threat from climate change, according to a report by conservation charity WWF
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Elephant trunks suck up water at speeds of 540 kilometres per hour

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 8:01pm
Elephants use extreme suction to hold water and food in their trunks, often inhaling at speeds that are nearly 30 times the speed we exhale air when we sneeze
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The world is struggling to contain the delta variant of coronavirus

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 1:30pm
The highly transmissible coronavirus variant formerly known as B.1.617.2 has already become the dominant one in the UK, France, Japan and elsewhere
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Scotland to ease covid-19 lockdown on 5 June, but not for all areas

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 12:21pm
Restrictions will be lifted this weekend for most areas of Scotland, but tougher rules will remain in places such as Edinburgh and Dundee
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This is the most detailed look at individual atoms ever captured

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 12:11pm
The highest-resolution image of atoms has been captured, doubling the resolution of an image made in 2018 by using an algorithm to reduce blurring
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Sweet Tooth Review: An eccentric mix of sci-fi and fantasy

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 11:24am
Netflix’s Sweet Tooth is a hopeful take on coping with the fall-out of a deadly pandemic, set in a world featuring human-animal hybrids
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Coronavirus: WHO announces Greek alphabet naming scheme for variants

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 8:00am
Remembering which coronavirus variant is which just became simpler – the World Health Organization has announced a scheme for naming variants based on the Greek alphabet
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