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Europe's second covid-19 wave is here but is it bigger than the first?

5 hours 56 min ago
Several countries are reporting more daily covid-19 cases than during the first wave in March, though the higher numbers may be due to more people being tested
Categories: Astronomy

The Social Dilemma review: How big tech companies use us for profit

6 hours 55 min ago
Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma examines the ways in which big tech companies manipulate human attention for profit
Categories: Astronomy

Let the coronavirus spread among young people? It’s not a good idea

7 hours 23 min ago
As a rise in cases of covid-19 is met with anti-lockdown protests, a small minority are arguing that we should let the virus rip through the young and healthy
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Travel abroad linked to positive test rate in England

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 1:50pm
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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Mars’s south pole may have an underground lake surrounded by ponds

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 12:00pm
The south pole of Mars may be hiding a cold lake of liquid water surrounded by ponds, all buried 1400 metres beneath the planet’s ice caps
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The paleo diet may make your biological age older than your real age

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 6:00am
A new way of calculating biological age based on the bacteria in our gut has thrown up some surprising results, including that people on the paleo diet are biologically almost two years older than their real age
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Tiny algae can photosynthesise and grow in the dark beneath Arctic ice

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:00pm
Microscopic marine algae can use even the smallest amount of reflected light to grow in near darkness during winter under the Arctic sea ice
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Magnetic microbots can hook up brain cells to make a neural network

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:00pm
Tiny robots that can transport individual neurons and connect them to form active neural circuits could help us study brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease
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Radiation exposure on the moon is nearly three times that on the ISS

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:00pm
Astronauts on the moon would face 2.6 times more radiation exposure than those aboard the International Space Station, which could make long-term missions riskier than thought
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Covid-19 news: Infection rate in England rises to one in 500 people

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 1:45pm
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
Categories: Astronomy

Rapid evolution due to extreme climate events could lead to extinction

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 6:00am
Extreme events can skew evolution in a way that helps drives small, vulnerable populations to extinction, and global warming is making such events more common
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Coronavirus lockdown changed how birds sing in San Francisco

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 3:00pm
The uniquely quiet circumstances of the covid-19 restrictions in San Francisco saw birds respond by lowering their pitch, singing sexier songs and making their songs clearer
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Carbon ribbons a few atoms wide could help make powerful computers

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 3:00pm
Researchers have developed tiny wires made entirely of carbon, a key advance on the path to developing carbon computers and smartphones
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Covid-19 news: Test and trace app goes live across England and Wales

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 1:51pm
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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New species of tiny ‘fairy shrimp’ found in the world’s hottest desert

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:12pm
Tiny shrimp have been found living in Iran’s Lut desert, which has reached temperatures above 80°C. These shrimp have eggs that lay dormant for years when water is scarce
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The longest whale dive ever recorded clocks in at almost 4 hours

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 7:00pm
A Cuvier's beaked whale did a dive lasting 3 hours and 42 minutes, breaking the previous record by an hour. How they manage to hold their breath for such long periods is not understood
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Astronomers may have found the first planet in another galaxy

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 6:21pm
The first planet found outside the Milky Way may be in the Whirlpool galaxy, 28 million light years away. If it is confirmed, it would be the most distant planet ever spotted
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When did the coronavirus really reach the US and Europe?

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:34pm
While there may have been a few cases outside Wuhan as early as December, it appears the virus did not become widespread until months later
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A robot called Curly beat top-ranked athletes at curling

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:00pm
Curly is a robot with a camera arm and wheels that uses AI to assess the best strategy for playing the game of curling – and it beat top-ranked players
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Blood test could reveal if you will experience the placebo effect

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:00pm
People who respond to the placebo effect have proteins in their blood that are linked to controlling inflammation, which may help to explain how a placebo makes us feel better
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