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Ancient faeces show Iron Age miners ate blue cheese and drank beer

Mié, 13/10/2021 - 11:00
Faeces samples from an Iron Age salt mine have been genetically sequenced, revealing traces of fungi found in blue cheese and beer

How mRNA is transforming the way we treat illnesses from flu to cancer

Mié, 13/10/2021 - 07:00
The mRNA technique used in covid-19 vaccines recruits our bodies to make their own medicines. That could revolutionise treatments for all manner of conditions – and make personalised therapies cheaper and easier

US becomes world's largest bitcoin miner after China crackdown

Mié, 13/10/2021 - 05:00
The US now has a 35 per cent global market share in bitcoin mining, the largest in the world – the electricity to produce the cryptocurrency may come mostly from coal

Energy watchdog says net zero can protect against future price shocks

Mié, 13/10/2021 - 00:00
The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based energy watchdog, finds that a strong switch to renewables, energy efficiency and electric cars would cushion households against fossil fuel price shocks

Penguins have rare ability to recognise each other's faces and voices

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 19:01
African penguins identify each other using unique features of their physical appearance and vocal calls – making them the second group of birds after crows known to do so

Spies may be storing data to decrypt with a future quantum computer

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 11:24
Quantum computers may one day break encryption, and security researchers say intelligence agencies may already be storing encrypted data with a plan to crack it in future

COP26: Which countries are doing best at tackling climate change?

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 11:00
Ahead of the COP26 climate summit, New Scientist has assessed which countries are ahead when it comes to cutting carbon emissions

Toxic oak moth threatens UK trees after failure to control its spread

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 09:00
The oak processionary moth, a native of southern Europe that damages oak trees, is invasive in the UK and is now spreading more rapidly there – despite efforts to control it

Something strange is sending radio waves from the centre of the galaxy

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 06:00
A source of radio waves, nicknamed "Andy's object", coming from the direction of the centre of the galaxy has left astronomers puzzled

Living sensors in our guts could provide early warnings of cancer

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 05:00
Gut bacteria engineered to produce a signal when they eat chunks of DNA from cancer cells could form an early warning test for the disease, tests in mice suggest

Breadfruit could be the food of the future as the climate warms

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 03:00
Breadfruit – which is a bit like a potato that grows on trees – is projected to grow well throughout this century, even as staples like rice are hit by rising temperatures

UK's slow response to covid-19 was a 'serious' error, say MPs

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 19:01
A report by the UK's Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee says the government made a "serious" error in not responding faster to the coronavirus pandemic

Sea cucumber has modified genes to help it live on hydrothermal vents

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 12:30
A sea cucumber called Chiridota heheva lives on deep-sea vents and cold seeps where there is little oxygen, and has evolved to survive in these toxic environments

Women are less likely to get pregnant for two years after a concussion

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 11:09
Women with concussion are less likely to conceive in the two years after their head injury than women who injured another part of their body

Decaying oil tanker near Yemen could trigger humanitarian disaster

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 11:00
Safer, an oil tanker in the Red Sea, has been abandoned and could unleash a catastrophic oil spill that would leave millions of people without food or clean water

Ancient seeds reveal we began using tobacco at least 12,300 years ago

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 11:00
Tobacco seeds discovered in the remains of an ancient fire suggest people have been using the plant for much longer than we thought

Football teams lost home advantage in lockdowns but it is coming back

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 08:04
Football fans cheering on their team can influence match results, as a lack of spectators during lockdowns saw a dip in home advantage

Lava-munching microbes were the earliest life on land

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 07:00
About 3.2 billion years ago, microbes began to colonise land for the first time, and geological evidence suggests they fed on energy-rich chemicals in volcanic lava

A lack of fish faeces is changing the flow of carbon in the ocean

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 06:45
Fish faeces plays an important role in the carbon cycle of the ocean, but industrial fishing has lead to a lack of defecation

Sydney comes out of 4-month lockdown after reaching vaccination target

Lun, 11/10/2021 - 06:15
After a gruelling 107-day lockdown to curb a delta covid-19 outbreak, Sydneysiders are being let out and about again after reaching 70 per cent vaccination rates