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Covid-19 news: Pfizer vaccine 90% effective against hospitalisation

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 07:45
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

Physics Nobel awarded for work on chaotic systems such as the climate

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 07:09
This year's winners of the Nobel prize for physics are Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi

Marble of ancient Greek statue traced to its likely origin

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 07:00
The marble Colossus of the Naxians on the Greek island of Delos once stood about 9 metres tall, but is now in pieces in the British Museum and Greece

Why is New Zealand seemingly giving up on its zero-covid strategy?

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 06:57
New Zealand is being forced to abandon its zero-covid strategy as the delta variant overcomes lockdown measures it used to stamp out past coronavirus outbreaks

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram back online after global outage

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 05:21
Facebook and its other services, including WhatsApp and Instagram, were offline on Monday evening after a "faulty configuration change"

Sexual desire may be triggered by gentle touch sensors in your skin

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 03:00
Nerve endings in your skin that detect gentle touch may also be responsible for triggering sexual desire

Weird white dwarf that is colder than it should be defies explanation

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 03:00
A white dwarf about 90 light years from Earth is so cool and dim it should be about 10 billion years old – but the area it lies in is thought to contain only much younger stars

People in cities have faced huge increase in heat exposure since 1983

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 15:00
The world’s city dwellers collectively experienced 119 billion days above 30°C in 2016 – an almost 200 per cent increase on the equivalent 1983 figure of 40 billion days

People reached remote Atlantic islands 700 years earlier than thought

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 15:00
The Azores, some 1400 kilometres off the west coast of Europe, were settled by the Portuguese in the 1400s, but now there’s evidence people had lived there 700 years earlier

Blue Origin is taking Star Trek’s William Shatner to space for real

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 11:46
The actor William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, will fly aboard a Blue Origin rocket on 12 October

Woman’s depression treated by an implant responding to brain patterns

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 11:00
A treatment for depression that involves putting electrodes into the brain to respond to unique neural patterns has seen success for a woman

Lubricating arthritic knees with synthetic fluid may help tissue heal

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 11:00
Painful knee arthritis may occur when cartilage breaks down and increases friction in joints, but tests in rats suggest a synthetic lubricating fluid helps cartilage regenerate

Quantum computers can now fix their own mistakes without making more

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 11:00
The first demonstration of error correction on a quantum computer that doesn't lead to more mistakes is a step towards genuinely useful computation

Medicine Nobel awarded for explaining how we sense heat and touch

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 06:53
The 2021 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine has been won by two researchers who discovered how our nerves detect temperature and touch

Marie Antoinette's censored love letters have been read using X-rays

Vie, 01/10/2021 - 14:00
Love letters that Marie Antoinette wrote to a Swedish count have been impossible to read because he added extra handwriting on top of hers – but now the original words have been deciphered with X-rays

Covid-19 news: Flu and covid vaccines can be given at the same time

Vie, 01/10/2021 - 06:46
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

Other planets in our solar system can masquerade as Earth from afar

Vie, 01/10/2021 - 02:00
If aliens took a picture of our solar system from afar, they might find that 6 of the other 7 planets in our solar system sometimes appear exactly the same as Earth in a phenomenon called planet confusion

Norwegian reservoirs power homes in Great Britain via 724km cable

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 19:01
A subsea electricity cable in the North Sea will allow renewable electricity from Norwegian reservoirs to power 1.4 million homes in Great Britain

Some female butterflies can see an extra ultraviolet colour

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 19:01
The females of a Central American butterfly species can see UV colours that males can't, which hints the species divides labour by sex in a way that's similar to some monkeys

First map of proteins in tumour cells pinpoints cancer therapy targets

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 14:00
Treating cancer may one day be easier using a map that reveals how hundreds of proteins interact with one another in cancer cells