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Drone swarm that 3D prints cement structures could construct buildings

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 14:46
Bit by bit, drones can print structures made of foam and cement. The technique could transform future construction sites and post-disaster reconstruction

Bananas threatened by devastating fungus given temporary resistance

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 14:00
A way to make Cavendish banana plants temporarily resistant to Fusarium fungus could lead to new ways to protect them from Panama disease

Mosquitoes are being genetically modified so they can't spread malaria

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 14:00
Gene editing mosquitoes so they die before malaria parasites can develop inside them could stop the spread of the deadly parasite entirely, according to lab studies and computer models

JWST has captured an astonishing view of Neptune and its rings

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows eight of Neptune’s moons and four of its rings – two of which haven’t been seen in more than 30 years

Luck may influence us more than nurture, so let's give parents a break

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
Emerging research suggests that, alongside genes and environment, much of who we become is down to chance occurrences in the developing brain. Does that mean parents are off the hook?

Show children how to make a simple electric motor with a magnet

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
Using just a magnet, a battery, a nail and a piece of copper wire, this is the simplest electric motor you can make, says Alom Shaha, but it is utterly delightful and children will love it

Two provocative new novels inject some fantasy into the sci-fi outlook

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
Ling Ma's Bliss Montage and Christopher Priest's Expect Me Tomorrow use fantasy to address real issues. Will this perspective energise people to do something about the future, asks Sally Adee

Don't Miss: Galwad, a multimedia climate-responsibility experience

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
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Vesper review: Exquisite dystopian sci-fi has a Brothers Grimm edge

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
Set on an Earth where the ecosystem has collapsed, this ravishing sci-fi film is centred on Vesper, a young girl struggling to find a cure for her paralysed father

Defining what constitutes a 'new' species isn't straightforward

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
Even at this time of rapid extinction, there are many species to be discovered, but we need to take care over what we mean when referring to "new species", says Penny Sarchet

To encourage sustainability, we must remember we are apes, not angels

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 13:00
If we want to change our consumerist society, we need greener status signals that appeal to our animal instincts, says Solitaire Townsend

Earth's algae and moss could survive under the light of another star

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 11:28
Experiments on Earth mimicking the rays from a red dwarf star show that cyanobacteria, algae and moss can grow under these light conditions, backing the idea that some exoplanets could host life

DNA records reveal mass migration from Europe into Anglo-Saxon Britain

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 11:00
People in the east of England in early mediaeval times could trace three-quarters of their ancestry to recent migrants from continental Europe.

Nature, nurture, luck: Why you are more than just genes and upbringing

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 11:00
Your genes and environment play a big part in forming you, but there is an unexplored third element at play too: luck. The chance events that shape your brain in the womb may influence who you become as much as your genetics, and perhaps even more than the effect of parenting

Enceladus shown to have all six of the essential elements for life

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 09:18
Reanalysis of icy rock grains from a ring of Saturn – fed by ice plumes from its moon Enceladus – has revealed the presence of phosphorus, the only key essential element for life that hadn’t already been spotted

Cheetahs are back in India but conservationists have doubts over plan

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 07:23
India plans to introduce up to 36 cheetahs in Kuno National Park, but conservationists warn the habitat isn't big enough to support a stable population

Your gut microbes may influence how ill you get with malaria

Mié, 21/09/2022 - 03:00
After being bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitoes, people with a certain mix of gut bacteria had much higher levels of the parasite in their blood than those with different microbes

Engine based on Maxwell’s demon concept may help us understand entropy

Mar, 20/09/2022 - 16:46
Researchers have built an engine based on a famous thought experiment called Maxwell’s demon, and it may help us understand how entropy is produced

Woodpecker brains process their own tree-drumming as if it's birdsong

Mar, 20/09/2022 - 14:00
The brain circuitry that lets birds learn songs is active when woodpeckers drum on trees, suggesting the abilities may have emerged from similar evolutionary processes

Woodpecker brains process tree-drumming sounds as if they're birdsong

Mar, 20/09/2022 - 14:00
The brain circuitry that lets birds learn songs is active when woodpeckers hear drumming on trees, suggesting the abilities may have emerged from similar evolutionary processes