"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

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Global satellite map will help hunt down illegal fishing vessels

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 6:00am
Using computer-vision algorithms to crunch through satellite image and shipping location data has revealed areas where ships may be catching seafood illegally
Categories: Astronomy

Working in virtual reality for a week made people less productive

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 4:00am
Volunteers who spent a working week in a virtual-reality environment have reported more anxiety, lower productivity and migraines – which could have big implications for the future of work
Categories: Astronomy

Watch a robot cat chase a robot mouse

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 3:30pm
A robotic game of cat and mouse shows how neuromorphic chips inspired by the brain could allow small robots to make decisions without using too much power
Categories: Astronomy

Tiny pumpkin toadlet frogs are very clumsy jumpers and now we know why

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 3:20pm
Pumpkin toadlets are only 1 centimetre long – and the minuscule size of their balance organs might explain why they jump so haphazardly
Categories: Astronomy

Deepwater Horizon oil spill did no harm to BP's long-term share value

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 3:10pm
But BP suffered reputational damage from the 2010 oil spill in the long run, compared to a simulated version of the firm where the disaster never happened
Categories: Astronomy

Exercising before or after a flu vaccine may make it work better

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 3:00pm
People who are usually physically active had increased antibody levels if they exercised around the time they received their flu shot
Categories: Astronomy

Contemplating the mysteries of the fourth dimension is time well spent

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
From what it is and why it only goes one way to how we perceive its passage and whether we could live without it, a journey exploring the many outstanding questions about time is always worth taking
Categories: Astronomy

How to catch a glimpse of a five-planet alignment this June

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
If you are up early this month, you might see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up in the morning sky, says Abigail Beall
Categories: Astronomy

Crimes of the Future review: Is Cronenberg sci-fi compelling or chaos?

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
David Cronenberg’s latest outing is a fascinating sci-fi tale that sets out to be a transgressive exploration of human evolution, but ends up sunk by flaws in its internal logic
Categories: Astronomy

Don't Miss: Oddball heroes return in The Umbrella Academy season three

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss
Categories: Astronomy

Fascinating shots of extinct and endangered animals and plants

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
Taken from Marc Schlossman's new photography book, Extinction, these images document specimens from the Field Museum's private collections, from the critically endangered kakapo bird to the hawksbill sea turtle
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Jellyfish Age Backwards review: Exploring nature's secrets to ageing

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
Why do some jellyfish age backwards? Does intermittent fasting really make us live longer? Find out how much science knows about ageing in this whistle-stop tour
Categories: Astronomy

The Biggest Number in the World review: A brilliant guide to googology

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
The largest numbers are so huge you need special notation to write them down. David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee's new book on big numbers will take you to the edge of mathematics
Categories: Astronomy

Eating green means considering biodiversity as well as climate change

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
I thought my Mediterranean-style diet was helping the planet, but while it has reduced my carbon footprint, it is harming Earth's biodiversity, finds Graham Lawton
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Is Uttoxeter’s World Parts Centre the answer to the world’s problems?

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
Feedback hits the road to investigate a promising-sounding recent arrival, also considering the unearthing of a silver Roman penis pendant and the quixotic efforts of the Academie Française
Categories: Astronomy

Time to drop the outdated and unfair anonymity rule in organ donation

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
The rise of social media means decades-old rules requiring that the identities of deceased organ donors and organ recipients remain secret are fast becoming obsolete
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Beyond Measure review: How measuring the world betrays its human side

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 2:00pm
Our neat ways of measuring tend to seem like they have always existed. A romp through history shows it is much messier and more human than that
Categories: Astronomy

How big a covid-19 wave could omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause?

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 1:08pm
Yet another covid-19 wave is beginning in Australia, the US and parts of Europe, with some evidence suggesting the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants are more severe and transmissible than their predecessors
Categories: Astronomy

How big a covid wave could omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause?

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 1:08pm
Yet another covid-19 wave is beginning in Australia, the US and parts of Europe, with some evidence suggesting the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants are more severe and transmissible than their predecessors
Categories: Astronomy

US military wants to build fake reefs to protect bases from storms

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 12:33pm
The US military is funding research to develop "Reefense" structures that rapidly recruit oysters and coral for defence against storm surges
Categories: Astronomy