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Engaging new book explores how vital mathematics is to map-making

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 2:00pm
Paulina Rowińska's Mapmatics: How we navigate the world through numbers is an intelligent exploration of a fascinating subject
Categories: Astronomy

Could we merge biologically with the fungal network and live forever?

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 2:00pm
In this week's Future Chronicles column, which explores an imagined history of future inventions, we visit a cult in 2080s Japan that engineered a way of becoming chimeric with fungal biology. Rowan Hooper reveals their history
Categories: Astronomy

Is it a severed foot? No, it's a sea slug

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 2:00pm
A foot-shaped piece of flotsam has caused confusion among forensic scientists – but Feedback is relieved that the matter was cleared up thanks to that old stalwart, "examination"
Categories: Astronomy

New book explores how games shape the world – for better or for worse

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 2:00pm
From chess to nuclear war planning, Kelly Clancy takes a wide-ranging look at how games and gaming have changed society in Playing With Reality
Categories: Astronomy

Phased introductions to smartphones will help kids more than bans

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 2:00pm
Creating "walled gardens", much like TV channels do, would provide children better tools to navigate a lifetime of social media than banning smartphones altogether
Categories: Astronomy

We finally know why some people seem immune to catching covid-19

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 12:00pm
Unique cell responses mean some people may be immune to catching the coronavirus, even if they are unvaccinated
Categories: Astronomy

Glassy gel is hard as plastic and stretches 7 times its length

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 12:00pm
A material made of liquid salt mixed with polymers is extremely stretchy but still as strong as the plastics used to make water bottles
Categories: Astronomy

Is an old NASA probe about to redraw the frontier of the solar system?

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 12:00pm
The New Horizons mission to Pluto, now zooming out of the Kuiper belt, has made a discovery that could upend what we know about where the solar system ends
Categories: Astronomy

Rare corpse flower that stinks of rotting flesh blooms at Kew Gardens

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 11:09am
A giant flower, one of the smelliest in the world, is currently blooming at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Categories: Astronomy

Farmland near Chernobyl nuclear reactor is finally safe to use again

Wed, 06/19/2024 - 8:00am
Radiation surveys suggest that it is now safe to grow food on farmland that has been unused since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but changing its status would face local opposition in Ukraine
Categories: Astronomy

Why herbs evolved to smell and taste so delicious

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 5:18pm
Humans may have shaped the development of aromatic herbs like lavender and mint, but did herbs also shape our own evolution?
Categories: Astronomy

Pluto and the largest moon of Neptune might be siblings

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 2:00pm
The chemical composition of Pluto and Triton suggests they originated in the same region of the outer solar system before the latter was pulled into Neptune’s orbit
Categories: Astronomy

Driverless cars are mostly safer than humans – but worse at turns

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 12:00pm
Driverless cars seem to have fewer accidents than human drivers under routine conditions, but higher crash risks when turning or in dim light – although researchers say more accident data is necessary
Categories: Astronomy

The truth about social media and screen time's impact on young people

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 12:00pm
There are many scary claims about excess time on digital devices for children and teenagers. Here’s a guide to the real risks - and what to do about them
Categories: Astronomy

Chemists invoke bizarre Maxwell's demon on the largest scale yet

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 10:29am
A 19th-century thought experiment that was once thought to defy the laws of thermodynamics has now been realised to make molecules accumulate on one side of a U-bend
Categories: Astronomy

Ukraine is using AI to manage the removal of Russian landmines

Tue, 06/18/2024 - 5:54am
There are so many Russian landmines across Ukraine that removing them could take 700 years. To prioritise areas for de-mining, the Ukrainian government has turned to an artificial intelligence model that can identify the most important regions
Categories: Astronomy

Shipping companies are testing biofuel made from cashew nut shells

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 4:31pm
Cashew nut shells are a source of low-emissions biofuel, which is being tested in several ships, but it is unlikely there will be enough to make much of a dent in the industry’s emissions
Categories: Astronomy

Time crystals may make quantum computers more reliable

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 3:39pm
Extremely cold atoms that perpetually move in repeating patterns could be a promising building block for quantum computers
Categories: Astronomy

Mathematicians find odd shapes that roll like a wheel in any dimension

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 1:00pm
Not content with shapes in two or three dimensions, mathematicians like to explore objects in any number of spatial dimensions. Now they have discovered shapes of constant width in any dimension, which roll like a wheel despite not being round
Categories: Astronomy

Why humanity’s survival may depend on us becoming a tribe of billions

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 12:00pm
Tribalism can be toxic, yet we need more of it if we are to meet today’s global challenges, argues one anthropologist. His research reveals how to create a “teratribe”
Categories: Astronomy