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Covid-19 news: 99% of UK cases thought to be due to delta variant

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 2:00pm
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

Little evidence linking depression and long working hours, says WHO

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 1:16pm
Working excessive hours has long been thought to increase the risk of depression – but after conducting the largest ever review of research into this area, researchers say there is a surprising lack of evidence supporting the link
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Extinct Sicilian elephant lost 8000 kilograms as it evolved and shrank

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 12:00pm
Elephants that lived on the island of Sicily lost more than 85 per cent of their body mass over a period of 350,000 years before going extinct around 19,000 years ago
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Meat Me Halfway review: A thoughtful case for the reducetarian diet

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 7:46am
Meat Me Halfway is a thoughtful, engaging documentary about our attachment to eating animals and how we might move on from it to help tackle climate change
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A 1000-year-old Indian temple had an early form of air conditioning

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 7:00am
A religious settlement in India located temples and dormitories near a natural reservoir and left gaps in the brick walls to let in cool winds, creating an early air conditioning system
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Autonomous walking excavator can build walls and dig trenches

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 4:00am
A construction vehicle designed to operate on difficult terrain and "walk" up steep slopes can operate on its own, building walls, moving heavy stones and trees, and even digging trenches where safety hazards make it difficult to allow human operators
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Europeans used to open their relatives’ graves to recover heirlooms

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 8:01pm
In the Early Middle Ages, many European people reopened their relatives’ graves to recover family heirlooms. The practice had previously been interpreted as grave robbing, but closer examination has revealed patterns in the objects that were taken
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LIGO mirrors cooled to near absolute zero could probe quantum gravity

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 3:00pm
A set of mirrors used to detect gravitational waves is the largest system ever to be brought close to a frigid quantum state at a temperature of just 77 nanokelvin
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Female inventors hold just a quarter of US biomedical patents

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 3:00pm
An analysis of 444,000 US biomedical patents shows that women-majority inventor teams are more likely to patent technology that can help women – but such teams are severely underrepresented
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Giant rhino unearthed in China was one of largest mammals ever to live

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:00pm
A 26.5-million-year-old mammal unearthed in China looked like a horse, fed like a giraffe but was actually a rhino – and it was one of the largest mammals ever to live
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Google and Facebook hit by faulty chips that can silently corrupt data

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:36am
Internet giants Google and Facebook have discovered they are experiencing computer chip failures that can corrupt data or make it difficult to unlock encrypted files
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Risk of covid-19 infection plummets 21 days after a vaccination

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:57am
The chance of getting covid-19 falls sharply three weeks after a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, UK statistics show
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Flaw in old mobile phone encryption code could be used for snooping

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:25am
An algorithm from the 1990s used to encrypt mobile phone data was deliberately weakened to allow eavesdropping, claims a team of cryptanalysts. It is possible the flaw could still allow access to some phones in use today
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Insight into early embryos could explain why some pregnancies fail

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 8:53am
Scientists have discovered key molecular events that shape embryonic development in the second week of gestation, a critical stage when many pregnancies are lost
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Rising BMI and diabetes have stalled the decline of heart disease

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 8:01pm
An analysis of Scottish health data shows that heart attacks and strokes have fallen dramatically since 1990, but further progress is being hindered by weight gain and the growing prevalence of diabetes
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Seagull eggs in the UK have been contaminated with plastic additives

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 8:01pm
Phthalates – a group of chemicals added to plastics to keep them flexible – have been found in newly laid herring gull eggs in Cornwall, UK
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Stealthy marine robot begins studying mysterious deep-water life

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 3:00pm
Every day, countless deep-dwelling ocean animals rise to the surface to feed, speeding the transfer of carbon to the deep ocean – a robot has now begun to study the creatures
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China has launched the first astronauts to its new space station

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 2:01pm
The first module of the Chinese Space Station launched in April, and on 17 June it will receive its first visitors: three astronauts who will stay there for three months
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China is launching the first astronauts to its new space station

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 2:01pm
The first module of the Chinese Space Station launched in April, and on 17 June it will have its first visitors: three astronauts who will stay there for three months
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3200-year-old shrine in Turkey may be an ancient view of the cosmos

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 2:00pm
The Hittite religious site of Yazılıkaya has many carved images of deities, and a new interpretation suggests that they symbolise Hittite ideas about the universe
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