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Freshwater fish can recover from mercury pollution in just a few years

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 10:00
Mercury pollution is a major global environmental problem, with small-scale gold mining and coal burning the two biggest sources, but fish can recover quickly when the pollution stops

Photons could be ‘split’ in two to create a weird new form of light

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 08:06
Physicists have shown that "splitting" particles of light into so-called Majorana bosons, a feat long thought to be mathematically impossible, may be achievable

Ethereum cryptocurrency delays emissions-slashing upgrade again

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
Ethereum is using almost as much electricity as Ecuador, according to a new analysis, and a long-awaited upgrade to slash its energy use has been delayed once again

Covid-19 news: Myocarditis more common after infection than vaccines

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 07:00
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

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is the first spacecraft to 'touch' the sun

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 03:55
A spacecraft designed to study the sun up close has entered its upper atmosphere for the first time in history

AI writes better stories when it works backwards from an ending

Mié, 15/12/2021 - 02:00
AI can write a story where each sentence flows from the next in a grammatically correct, statistically likely way, but often the plot will quickly descend into incoherence. Starting with a good ending and working backwards results in better stories

Football matches in top European leagues are becoming more predictable

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 18:01
Computer predictions for the outcome of European football matches over a 26-year period become more accurate in recent years

Robotic hand can crush beer cans and hold eggs without breaking them

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 10:00
A robot hand that has the lightness of touch to hold delicate objects and the strength to crush cans could one day be used as a prosthetic

Apollo 17 rock sample hints the moon cooled faster than we thought

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 10:00
A rock sample collected from the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 has been re-examined, and the results suggest the lunar surface might have cooled in just 20 million years

We’ve seen our galaxy’s huge black hole more clearly than ever before

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 09:00
Astronomers have observed Sagittarius A* – the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy – closer than ever before, and Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity still holds up

Covid-19 news: Two vaccine doses not enough to stop omicron infection

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 07:00
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

Pet dogs respond to an average of 89 distinct words or phrases

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 05:28
A survey of dog owners has concluded that the average pet can respond to 89 words or phrases, with some dogs responding to 215

The usual way to spray medicine up your nose may not be the best

Mar, 14/12/2021 - 02:00
Nasal sprays come with instructions to insert vertically into your nose, but a computer simulation suggests there may be a better way

Thousands of lives being saved as US moves to less-polluting vehicles

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 14:00
Almost 8000 fewer lives are being lost to air pollution from vehicle emissions in the US per year, thanks to cleaner engines that produce fewer tiny particles  

Collapse of doomsday glacier in Antarctica could begin within a decade

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 13:33
Antarctica's Thwaites glacier could break free of the continent within 10 years, which could lead to catastrophic sea level rise and potentially set off a domino effect in surrounding ice

A pair of pulsars in a tight embrace have proved Einstein right again

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 12:00
After monitoring a pair of pulsars in tight orbit around one another for 16 years, astronomers conclude that their behaviour is consistent with Einstein’s predictions

The world faces an omicron Christmas but isn’t doing much about it yet

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 11:01
The festive season will be dominated by a large wave of covid-19 infections caused by the omicron variant, but few countries appear to have substantially changed their plans

Baffling 'space cow' explosion was probably a failed supernova

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 10:00
A mysterious space explosion dubbed “the Cow” was far brighter and faster than a typical supernova, and new observations suggest it may have been a failed supernova that left behind a black hole

Log4j software bug is 'severe risk' to the entire internet

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 06:09
A flaw in a commonly used piece of software has left millions of web servers vulnerable to exploitation by hackers

Don’t Look Up review: the funniest climate change movie so far

Lun, 13/12/2021 - 06:06
Netflix disaster-satire film Don’t Look Up is a cathartic and hilarious allegory of humanity's hapless efforts to deal with climate change.