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Newly hatched gloomy octopuses may seek out light to catch tiny prey

Jue, 16/12/2021 - 03:00
Two-millimetre-long gloomy octopus hatchlings move towards a source of light, possibly because it makes it easier to hunt prey

What is Web3 and how will it change the way we use the internet?

Jue, 16/12/2021 - 02:00
A new online buzzword has got some people excited, but will Web3 actually change the way we do things online?

Neanderthals may have cleared a European forest with fire or tools

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 13:00
When Neanderthals lived at a site called Neumark-Nord in Germany, the region had far fewer trees than surrounding areas, suggesting they may have cleared the forest on purpose

Sticky robot hand inspired by geckos combines delicacy and strength

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 13:00
Robotic hands often trade strength for adaptability, but a sticky coating inspired by gecko feet has given this artificial hand a delicate touch

How the shimmering secrets of iridescence could keep us cool

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Instead of absorbing light, iridescent surfaces scatter it away. Many animals take advantage of this to stay cool – and we could copy the trick to make paints that keep our buildings cool

When geckos play ball and spiders spar: The strange evolution of fun

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
The ability to play is being spotted in some unexpected creatures, from swans to Komodo dragons. Are they really fooling around? And if so, why do they do it?

Can you solve our festive feast of four logic puzzles?

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Have a crack at our holiday brain teasers: “Shaken, not stirred”, “Up the sprout”, “Meg’s pegs” and “Lebkuchen race”

The real reasons we laugh and what different types of laughter mean

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
What the three varieties of laughter say about your relationships, how giggling helps babies develop their sense of self, and why so many animals like a chuckle

Occam’s razor: The medieval monk who saw the power of simplicity

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
William of Ockham was tried for heresy before the Pope, only to make a daring escape. His big idea, known as Occam’s razor, remains the keenest tool for honing our understanding of the world

2021 in review: Weather records aren’t just broken, they’re smashed

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Record-shattering fires, freezes and rainfall around the world made it all too clear that extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal

In this pivotal year, rich nations failed woefully on climate justice

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Rich nations largely created the climate crisis, but poorer nations are feeling the brunt of it. The lack of action on this injustice at COP26 was a historic failure, writes Graham Lawton

2021 in review: COP26 lays the groundwork for a decade of action

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Within days of the dramatic closing of November’s COP26 climate summit, the Glasgow Climate Pact was already having an impact

The world’s hardest word search: Life, the universe and everything

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
How well do you know your chemical elements, fundamental particles and amino acids? They’re all here in our fiendishly difficult word search – you just have to find them

2021 in review: World’s first malaria vaccine is approved

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
October saw the RTS,S malaria vaccine given the go-ahead for use outside trials for the first time – a momentous decision, decades in the making

Snowflake spotters needed to give climate science a boost

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
The secrets of climate change are hidden in the shapes of snowflakes, but scientists at the Snowflake ID project need your help to classify them, says Layal Liverpool

2021 in review: Learning the pros and cons of working from home

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
The covid-19 pandemic has forced millions to participate in one of the biggest social experiments of our time. Nearly two years in, it’s time to take stock: what happens when workers abandon offices?

Strange but true? Test yourself in our barely believable science quiz

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Science throws up all manner of bizarre and outlandish discoveries. Test your knowledge of the world’s weird side by picking out the strange-but-true from the stuff we made up

2021 in review: A helicopter flies on Mars for the first time

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
In April, the Ingenuity helicopter became the first vehicle ever to attempt powered flight on another planet. Theodore Tzanetos tells New Scientist of the exhilaration he felt leading the team

My encounter with a different and deeply mysterious kind of corona

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
While teaching solar physics this year, I was once again drawn in by the mystery of why the sun's corona is so inexplicably hot, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

2021 in review: Three different missions land on Mars

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 12:00
Over the course of just 10 days in February, three missions arrived at Mars. Together, they are creating a clearer picture of our closest planetary neighbour