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Stars sped up by black holes may outshine supernovae when they collide

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 7:39am
Some stars orbiting supermassive black holes are expected to move close to the speed of light, and when they collide they may release more energy than the brightest supernovae
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Termite gut microbes can help turn toxic wood into biofuels

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 4:57pm
Microbes isolated from the stomachs of termites can decontaminate timber that has been treated with toxic preservatives, enabling it to be converted into biofuels more easily
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We thought our eyes turned off when moving quickly, but that's wrong

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 3:00pm
It’s sometimes been assumed that we experience brief periods without vision every time we shift our focus from one point to another – but now it turns out the assumption is wrong
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Covid-19 news: Longer gap between Pfizer shots may boost antibodies

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 1:32pm
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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Vacuuming DNA from air can reveal which animals are present in an area

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:56pm
Detecting  DNA in air samples could make it much easier to monitor biodiversity around the world and also help in other fields such as atmospheric science
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Stopwatch errors could make race times wrong by a tenth of a second

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:40am
Digital stopwatches can make rounding errors of up to 0.11 seconds, which could be enough to change the winner of close races. Although the devices record time extremely accurately internally, they often make errors when converting that raw data to human-readable values
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Essential oils help to stop invasive beetles from eating palm trees

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:17am
Red palm weevils are invasive insects known for damaging palm trees – affecting the date, coconut and palm oil industries – but a bit of clove or thyme oil reduced the amount of palm stems they ate by 35 per cent
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How fast does Earth spin?

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 9:11am
We can calculate how fast Earth spins but that speed changes as you move towards the north or south pole
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Who counts as an astronaut? Not Jeff Bezos, say new US rules

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 5:45pm
The US Federal Aviation Administration has updated its rules on who counts as a commercial astronaut, making it tougher for space tourists to earn official astronaut wings
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Cockatoos are figuring out how to open bins by copying each other

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 3:00pm
A few curious cockatoos learned how to open residential waste bins in Australia, and now other birds have started copying them, with incidences of bin-looting spreading across eastern Australia
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Covid-19 news: Weekly cases in England hit highest level since January

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:47pm
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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Kelp surveys on England's south coast monitor a key climate defence

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:09pm
Take a trip aboard a research vessel surveying kelp along England's south coast to see if these plants, crucial for locking up carbon and increasing biodiversity, can recover after a trawler fishing ban went into effect in the area
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Ancient Roman road discovered at the bottom of the Venice lagoon

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:00pm
An ancient and now submerged road has been discovered in the Venice lagoon in an area that would have been accessible by land during the Roman era, about 2000 years ago
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Baby pterosaurs could fly within minutes of hatching from their eggs

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:00pm
The wings of hatchling pterosaurs were ideally suited to powered flight, suggesting they took to the air almost immediately after emerging – unlike most modern birds
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DeepMind's AI uncovers structure of 98.5 per cent of human proteins

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:00pm
Deepmind's AlphaFold can predict the shapes of nearly all proteins in the human body, paving the way for the development of new drugs, and the company aims to use this AI to publish the structures of more than 100 million known proteins
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Astronomers may have spotted a distant alien moon being born

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 9:00am
Astronomers have spotted a disc of debris around a distant planet called PDS 70 c, and it is massive enough that the young exoplanet might be in the process of forming exomoons
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World’s first commercial deep-space communications antenna opens in UK

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 7:52am
The world’s first commercial deep-space communications antenna – at the Goonhilly Earth Station in the UK - has begun work by receiving images from ESA’s Mars Express mission
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Virtual roller coaster rides may help unravel causes of migraine

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 5:00pm
Brain scans show that a virtual ride on a roller coaster sets off altered brain cell activity related to dizziness and motion sickness in people who experience migraines
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Human innovation caused the chemicals emergency – and it can solve it

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 2:00pm
Over the past century, tens of thousands of chemicals have been released into the environment, causing massive problems. It is time to develop cleaner, more sustainable products
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How opium, caffeine and mescaline shaped the world – and got us hooked

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 2:00pm
Michael Pollan's This is Your Mind on Plants explains how the psychoactive plants that produce opium, caffeine and mescaline fuelled innovation, sedatives and even the expansion of the transatlantic slave trade
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