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Planet caught in a gravitational 'tidal storm' is so hot that it glows

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 2:00pm
A strange world is being stretched out of shape by its neighbouring planets, heating it up so intensely that it probably has a molten surface
Categories: Astronomy

I went hunting for a zombie fungus worth more than its weight in gold

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 12:16pm
The fungus yartsa gunbu, which grows by turning caterpillars into zombies, is prized in traditional medicine, but its harvest is having an increased ecological impact on its native Himalayan home
Categories: Astronomy

Therapy that turns lymph nodes into livers gets first human trial

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00am
An experimental therapy that grows miniature livers inside a person’s lymph nodes has been used in a human for the first time, but it will be months before we know if it fully replaces their liver function
Categories: Astronomy

Five scientific ways to help reduce feelings of anxiety

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00am
There are several evidence-backed ways of calming an anxious mind – from eating specific foods to adding certain exercises to your routine
Categories: Astronomy

Why do some people experience anxiety more intensely than others?

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00am
A new understanding of how our genes, environment, brain and gut interact is helping to explain differences in our disposition to anxiety
Categories: Astronomy

The new evidence that explains what anxiety really is

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00am
What anxiety actually is has puzzled scientists for decades. Now we are starting to figure out how it may arise from miscommunication between the body and the brain
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers have found what may be the smallest galaxy ever

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 8:00am
A tiny clump of stars orbiting our galaxy should have been ripped apart by the Milky Way, but its continued existence hints it may be held together by a massive amount of dark matter
Categories: Astronomy

Bird flu confirmed in person who had contact with infected dairy cows

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 6:44pm
A person in Texas has been infected with bird flu after exposure to dairy cows who had the virus – it is the first time a human has contracted the disease from a mammal
Categories: Astronomy

How the infamous Pitcairn Island became a model of ocean conservation

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 12:00pm
Pitcairn Island, one of the remotest places on Earth, was once home to mutineers. Today it’s a trailblazer in biodiversity protection with lessons for us all
Categories: Astronomy

‘Yell at your robot’ technique teaches robots household chores

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 11:00am
AI allows robots to listen to verbal instructions while learning to correctly perform household tasks. That could enable more natural interactions between humans and robots
Categories: Astronomy

How solar eclipses have been revealing cosmic secrets for centuries

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 9:00am
Records of total solar eclipses go back thousands of years, and in all that time they have allowed scientists to uncover key information about not just the sun but the whole universe
Categories: Astronomy

Why vigorous exercise could inadvertently lead to weight gain

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 6:00am
Intense exercise may make the body compensate for energy used during this vigorous activity by reducing other forms of energy use, leading to weight gain, according to a study in mice
Categories: Astronomy

The best new science fiction books of April 2024

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 6:00am
There’s an abundance of exciting new science fiction out in April, by writers including The Three-Body Problem author Cixin Liu, Douglas Preston and Lionel Shriver
Categories: Astronomy

AI chatbots beat humans at persuading their opponents in debates

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 2:00am
When people were challenged to debate contentious topics with a human or GPT-4, they were more likely to be won over by the artificial intelligence
Categories: Astronomy

Physicists have worked out how to melt any material

Fri, 03/29/2024 - 4:00pm
A new equation shows a surprisingly simple relationship between pressure and the temperature needed to melt any solid substance into a liquid
Categories: Astronomy

Heatwaves now last much longer than they did in the 1980s

Fri, 03/29/2024 - 2:00pm
A global analysis of heatwaves over a span of 40 years shows that they are getting more frequent, moving slower and lasting longer
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Unprecedented GPS jamming attack affects 1600 aircraft over Europe

Fri, 03/29/2024 - 12:00pm
A 63-hour-long marathon of GPS jamming attacks disrupted global satellite navigation systems for hundreds of aircraft flying through the Baltic region – and Russia is thought to be responsible
Categories: Astronomy

Tooth loss linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Fri, 03/29/2024 - 10:00am
A brain region critical for memory is smaller in older adults with fewer than 10 teeth than in those who have most of their teeth, suggesting that tooth loss may precede the development of dementia
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DNA sequencing may give hope to critically ill adults in hospital

Fri, 03/29/2024 - 6:00am
Genome analysis as a way of helping people with baffling medical conditions has so far mainly been seen as a diagnostic tool for babies and children, but it also helps adults
Categories: Astronomy

The ambitious plans to study the sun during April's solar eclipse

Thu, 03/28/2024 - 4:00pm
Solar scientists have been preparing for years for a 4-minute window, during the total solar eclipse on 8 April, in which they will study the sun's corona
Categories: Astronomy