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Eating to Extinction review: Are our bland diets bad for the world?

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 13:00
In Eating to Extinction, Dan Saladino argues that our health, our culture and the environment will suffer unless we broaden our dietary horizons

A maize meme shows why you shouldn't trust social media

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 13:00
There is an image circulating on social media looking at genetically modified corn, but its origins are extremely dubious, writes James Wong

Repressed memories: The dangerous idea we can’t seem to forget

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 13:00
The idea that recollections of traumatic experiences can be locked away only to suddenly re-emerge years later has once again become a hotly debated issue, with serious implications for investigations of historical abuse

Why some people find it so hard to find food in the fridge

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 13:00
The frequency of felines in our dreams, plus problems with fridge foraging and more nominative determinism in Feedback's weird weekly round-up

The Apollo Murders review: Chris Hadfield's novel is a space thriller

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 13:00
No one is better qualified to write a space thriller than Chris Hadfield, who has been there and lived to tell the tale. His debut novel, The Apollo Murders, is an accomplished story

EU votes to restrict AI use in law enforcement while UK rolls it out

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 12:00
Legislation working its way through the European Parliament could see a complete ban on the use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement

Drug treatment for Lyme disease could lead to its eradication

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 11:00
Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that is becoming more common in many countries, could be eradicated using a drug that kills the disease-causing bacterium

Microscopic tardigrade fossil found in 16-million-year-old amber

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 10:54
Tardigrades, tough microscopic animals that can survive the vacuum of space, don’t fossilise well – a new specimen from ancient amber is just the third ever found

UK could halve energy demand by 2050 without reducing quality of life

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 10:00
The UK needs to cut its energy use to meet climate change goals, but the government is focused on increasing efficiency rather than measures to cut demand

Ivermectin 'buyers clubs' want to use the drug to treat covid-19

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 08:50
Ivermectin has gained notoriety as an unproven drug for preventing or treating covid-19. Now people in the UK are trying to find ways to use it

UAE will send spacecraft to visit Venus and land on an asteroid

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 07:24
The United Arab Emirates is planning to land on an asteroid in 2033, after a quick visit to Venus

Chemistry Nobel awarded for technique to produce mirror molecules

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 07:10
The 2021 Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to Benjamin List and David MacMillan for developing catalysts that produce molecules of a desired left or right "handedness"

How will the UK’s Universal Credit cut affect the health of children?

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 07:08
The scientific evidence is clear that poverty has wide-reaching harmful effects on children, but we’re only just beginning to understand the mechanisms of how this happens.

Supersized AIs: Are truly intelligent machines just a matter of scale?

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 07:00
Gigantic neural networks that write with remarkable fluency have led some experts to suggest that scaling up current technology will lead to human-level language abilities – and ultimately true machine intelligence

Climate change drove the expansion of the Tupi people in South America

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 06:01
The Tupi people, who originated in what is now Brazil, probably spread out from this ancestral location following a regional shift to a humid, forest-friendly climate

Waggle dances show city bees have shorter commutes than country bees

Mié, 06/10/2021 - 00:01
A study of waggle dances shows honeybees in London fly shorter distances to reach flowers than the honeybees living in the UK countryside

Gifted dogs can learn 12 words in a week and remember them for months

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 19:01
A global search identified six Border Collies that can learn the names for new toys in a few days and remember them even if they don’t see the toys for two months

Chicken-sized dinosaur found in Wales is UK's earliest known theropod

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 19:01
Dinosaur fossils found during the 1950s but then lost in London’s Natural History Museum for decades belong to the UK’s earliest known theropod, now named Pendraig milnerae

Chameleon diamonds change colour when chilled in liquid nitrogen

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 11:23
Diamonds that change colour when heated or kept in the dark have been known since 1866, but now there is a third kind of chameleon gem

Biological computer made from single-celled organisms can crunch data

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 09:00
Micro-organisms can now be used to construct a biological computing device that than study patterns in data to predict future events