The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

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3D-printed robotic hand powered by water can play Super Mario Bros

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 2:07pm
A 3D-printed robotic hand controlled by pressurised water can complete the first level of classic computer game Super Mario Bros in less than 90 seconds
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Covid-19 news: 203 long covid symptoms found in international study

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 1:54pm
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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Microbes burping methane on Mars may be right next to NASA rover

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 9:00am
Something just a few dozen kilometres from NASA’s Curiosity rover seems to be generating methane – a finding with potential implications in the continuing search for life on Mars
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World's first 3D-printed steel bridge opens in Amsterdam

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 7:00am
The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam. It was created by robotic arms using welding torches to deposit the structure of the bridge layer-by-layer using 4500 kilograms of stainless steel
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The Tomorrow War review: Chris Pratt time travels to save our future

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 6:17am
After being recruited by soldiers 30 years in the future, a former US army officer has to take on an alien invasion. The film's real message isn't far below the surface
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Don't Miss: Everyone Needs Beauty examines nature's impact on health

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:25pm
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss
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Fantastic fungi images capture the magic of mushrooms

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
These magical images, photographed by Guy Edwardes, capture fungi's enchanting quality and their diversity, from the purple amethyst deceiver to the hallucinogenic but deadly fly agaric
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Easing England's covid-19 lockdown puts children in the firing line

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
Taking a "natural herd immunity" approach to the coronavirus that sees people put at risk of infection to gain immunity is unethical – and the same logic applies to easing lockdown restrictions while most under-18s are unvaccinated
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How we can all help grow trees in towns and cities

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
There are many ways to help improve tree cover in towns and cities – even without a garden. Clare Wilson explains how
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Frogs are battling their own terrible pandemic – can we stop it?

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
The deadly chytrid fungus has wiped out 90 species of amphibians, and is threatening ecosystems. Now there's hope that several new treatments could help us fight the plague
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The mysterious case of declining nutrition in food

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
I've debunked the claim that food is getting less nutritious before, but when a new study turned up I had to investigate further, writes James Wong
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Chris Mason interview: Let's tweak human DNA for life on other planets

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
To become an interplanetary species, we may have to genetically engineer ourselves to be more resilient, says geneticist Chris Mason. He has a 500-year plan for life away from Earth
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The fight against coronavirus needs to embrace evolutionary theory

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
We're not taking evolution into account properly in our pandemic strategy – here's why we must change tack, says Jonathan Goodman
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Wild Crimes review: Shocking illegal wildlife trade exposed in podcast

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 2:00pm
From pangolins to elephant tusks, trafficking in animals and animal parts nets $23 billion a year as it pushes species to the brink of extinction. This big-money, murky world is the subject of a new podcast series
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Covid-19 news: Infections surge across US as delta variant takes hold

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 1:48pm
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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Google demonstrates vital step towards large-scale quantum computers

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 12:00pm
Google has shown that its Sycamore quantum computer can detect and fix computational errors, an essential step for large-scale quantum computing, but its current system generates more errors than it solves
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EU's carbon border tax will test appetite for global climate action

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 11:05am
A controversial carbon tax will be applied to goods imported to the European Union from 2026, as part of a plan to meet the bloc's climate targets by reshaping its economy
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How medical tests have built-in discrimination against Black people

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 8:45am
Doctors all over the world are still using race and ethnicity to interpret medical results despite a lack of evidence for doing so and the harm it can cause. Now pressure is growing to scrap the practice
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Is it time for the UK to vaccinate children against covid-19?

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 8:35am
With lockdowns set to ease and coronavirus cases surging in the UK, children are being left vulnerable to covid-19. Here's the evidence on the pros and cons of vaccinating under-18s
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The lowdown on stretching: How flexible do you actually need to be?

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 8:00am
Many people strive to touch their toes or do the splits, but it is perfectly possible to get all the benefits of stretching without pushing your body to its limits
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