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How large is a cubic metre of water?

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
Some strange units of measure, plus the first statue for the creator of bitcoin and the (lack of) connection between bluetooth and covid-19, in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum Life review: One man's journey from the streets to the stars

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:00pm
How did Hakeem Oluseyi move from selling drugs to teaching astrophysics at MIT? His vivid memoir sets out his journey and what he's doing to help other Black physicists
Categories: Astronomy

Thousands of mysterious radio signals blast through the universe daily

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 1:15pm
Astronomers have discovered many more fast radio bursts in space, almost quadruple the amount known previously. They estimate that around 9000 should be visible in the sky every day
Categories: Astronomy

AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine may hinder blood clotting in rare cases

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:43pm
Research suggests the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is associated with a slightly increased risk of some bleeding disorders, but its benefits continue to outweigh the risks
Categories: Astronomy

Google is using AI to design processors that run AI more efficiently

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:00pm
Google creates custom processors to run its various artificial intelligence algorithms, and now it has tasked an AI with speeding up the process of designing more efficient chips
Categories: Astronomy

Wind from supermassive black holes may help small galaxies thrive

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:00pm
Some supermassive black holes blast out powerful winds that astrophysicists suspected could kill small neighbouring galaxies – but it turns out they actually clear a spot for those small galaxies to settle into
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum microscope can examine cells in unprecedented detail

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 12:00pm
The most powerful microscopes have limited detail when they observe living cells, but a quantum trick with laser light has allowed researchers to overcome those limits
Categories: Astronomy

Slump in electronics sales due to pandemic could help tackle e-waste

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 9:00am
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a slump in the sale of electronic devices and may give governments breathing room to tackle e-waste recycling, suggest UN researchers. Currently, only 17 per cent of e-waste is properly recycled
Categories: Astronomy

What really makes junk food bad for us? Here’s what the science says

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 8:00am
We are finally getting to grips with why processed foods are unhealthy. What we’re learning has already triggered some governments to act – and suggests how to make healthier “junk food”
Categories: Astronomy

The building blocks for life might exist at the edge of the galaxy

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 7:27am
Astronomers have found molecules that could be the building blocks of life in the far reaches of our galaxy, which may broaden the horizons of the search for extraterrestrial life
Categories: Astronomy

Should we start testing drugs and vaccines in people who are pregnant?

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 6:10am
New drugs are rarely tested in pregnant people, leaving harmful gaps in our medical knowledge, but the tide of opinion on including them in trials is starting to change
Categories: Astronomy

US Army scientists create a formula for the perfect walking robot

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 4:00am
The current generation of walking robots are not particularly energy efficient, according to an analysis which also shows how much more efficient they could be
Categories: Astronomy

Cattle that spend more time around humans have smaller brains

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 8:01pm
Cattle have brains around 26 per cent smaller than the extinct aurochs, which may be their wild ancestor – and they are even smaller among dairy cows that spend more time with humans
Categories: Astronomy

Whale that travelled halfway around the world sets migration record

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 8:01pm
In 2013, a grey whale was spotted off the coast of Namibia, far from the species' traditional habitat. Now DNA analysis has revealed it must have travelled 20,000 kilometres to get there, a record mammal migration
Categories: Astronomy

A single honeybee has cloned itself hundreds of millions of times

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 8:01pm
A type of South African honeybee can perfectly clone itself – and one line of clones began with an individual that has now been copied hundreds of millions of times
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: England lockdown easing could be delayed by two weeks

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 2:11pm
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

Celebrities call on G7 leaders to donate covid-19 vaccines immediately

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 1:34pm
Ahead of the G7 summit in the UK this week, celebrities including Billie Eilish and Claudia Schiffer are urging rich nations not to wait until they have vaccinated their populations before donating vaccines elsewhere
Categories: Astronomy

Devi Sridhar interview: Don't blame the scientists for lockdown

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:47pm
Devi Sridhar has been a constant voice in the ear of governments throughout the pandemic. She tells Adam Vaughan why scientists aren’t to blame for lockdowns and why we must not become complacent about the virus's toll
Categories: Astronomy

Impossibly huge black holes may have come from weird ancient stars

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:44pm
Gravitational wave observatories have spotted black holes that were too massive to be explained by our best models, and they may have formed from weird stars in the early universe
Categories: Astronomy

Science with Sam: What would happen if there was no moon?

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 11:36am
The moon may seem little more than a boring piece of rock, barely worth keeping. But it may be the reason for our existence. Join Sam as he explores Earth's shiny sidekick
Categories: Astronomy