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What is consciousness like for other animals and when did it evolve?

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 9:10am
The conscious experiences of non-human animals, from whales and birds to octopuses and bees, are revealing fresh clues about when consciousness evolved and what it’s for
Categories: Astronomy

Lubricant found in a beetle's leg is more slippery than Teflon

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 9:04am
A lubricant harvested from beetle legs reduces friction more effectively than Teflon. The wax-like material could be used in microrobotics and small prosthetics
Categories: Astronomy

YouTube’s algorithm recommends videos that violate its own policies

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 5:00am
A study of user-reported YouTube videos found that the platform recommends videos that have misinformation, show violent or graphic content or contain hate speech
Categories: Astronomy

Female vampire bats groom each other and share their food

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
Female vampire bats tend to hang out in groups – but unlike many group-living primates or birds, the colony members groom and share food equally
Categories: Astronomy

Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico hunt in shifts to avoid each other

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
The shark species of the Gulf of Mexico work to a 24-hour hunting schedule to share resources, with different species active in the morning, afternoon, evening and night
Categories: Astronomy

Vampire bats live in female-only groups and share their food

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
Female vampire bats tend to hang out in groups – but unlike many group-living primates or birds, the colony members groom and share food equally
Categories: Astronomy

Cattle vaccine to be trialled in England in fight against bovine TB

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:01pm
A vaccine and new test to tackle bovine tuberculosis in cattle are being deployed in field trials in England, as the UK government shifts away from culling badgers to curb the disease
Categories: Astronomy

Fish are becoming addicted to methamphetamines seeping into rivers

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 7:00pm
Methamphetamines and other drugs can enter freshwater rivers through wastewater, and lab tests show trout can become addicted, changing their behaviour by reducing their activity levels
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: UK cases could hit 100,000 a day, says health minister

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:55pm
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

AI-generated tongue could make game characters look more realistic

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 8:00am
Without a realistic tongue, characters in computer games look strange when they talk – but there is now an AI-generated solution
Categories: Astronomy

Common colds predate farming and may be older than our species

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 6:00am
A virus that causes cold-like symptoms was infecting people 31,000 years ago and may have existed 700,000 years ago – in which case it also plagued other hominins like Neanderthals
Categories: Astronomy

Radio waves from black holes in some young galaxies change rapidly

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 4:00am
Some young galaxies with black holes in their centre change their emissions of radio waves far faster than astronomers thought possible
Categories: Astronomy

Male dragonflies may become less colourful as the climate warms

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 4:00pm
Male dragonflies may lose the colour from their wings with climate change to avoid absorbing sunlight and overheating – but females may remain colourful because they spend more time in the shade
Categories: Astronomy

Richard Lewontin: Pioneering evolutionary biologist dies aged 92

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 1:31pm
Richard Lewontin was an evolutionary biologist who showed that most genetic variation is within populations rather than between “racial” groups
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: Growing concern over planned easing of rules in England

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 1:03pm
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

Zero-covid countries need to adapt as delta variant surges

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 11:54am
Countries that have successfully kept covid-19 at bay through elimination strategies are losing control through a combination of new variants, a lapse in vigilance and low vaccine uptake
Categories: Astronomy

China beats Google to claim the world's most powerful quantum computer

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 11:02am
A team in China has demonstrated that it has the world's most powerful quantum computer, leapfrogging the previous record holder, Google
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Male seahorses can get pregnant because they lack key immunity genes

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 7:00am
Seahorses and their relatives are the only animals in which males get pregnant – they do so because these species lack genes we thought were vital for a functioning immune system
Categories: Astronomy

First farmers in the Atacama desert had a history of brutal violence

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 5:00am
People who began farming in Chile’s Atacama desert around 3000 years ago were more lethally violent than their hunter-gatherer predecessors
Categories: Astronomy

Planets in close orbit around stars may be safe from dangerous flares

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 4:00am
Common M-dwarf stars seem to generate flares on their surface at latitudes above 55 degrees – so planets, which typically orbit near a star’s equatorial plane, might be safe from them
Categories: Astronomy