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Should you get a covid vaccine booster shot if you're offered one?

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 08:00
As the UK and US embark on large-scale coronavirus vaccine booster programmes, the evidence so far suggests it is a good idea to get a booster shot if you are offered one

No Time To Die review: A kinder Bond takes on biochemical warfare

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 07:53
Daniel Craig's final Bond film sees his character faced with a missing scientist, a man with an apocalyptic vision of the world and the return of nifty gadgets

Covid-19 news: Long covid symptoms reported in over a third of cases

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 07:09
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

Secrets of a long and healthy life reside in your gut microbiome

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 07:05
How long you live and how well you age rests on many factors beyond your control, but the discovery that gut microbes play a key role means what you eat can make a difference

'Hell heron' dinosaur is new species found on Isle of Wight

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 05:00
Two new species of dinosaur have been identified from fossils found on the Isle of Wight

Drones are 'sniffing' ship exhaust for illegal fuel in European waters

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 03:00
Maritime authorities in the EU are now using drones to “sniff” the exhaust fumes from ships and catch operators using illegal, sulphur-rich fuel

It’s now easier to run trials testing CRISPR-edited crops in England

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 19:01
The UK government has lifted licensing hurdles that laboratories face when starting a field trial of gene-edited crops in England

57 per cent of elephants at Thai tourist facilities have nervous tics

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 16:19
An investigation of elephants at 20 Thai tourist facilities show that more than half of the captive animals show repetitive behaviour like swaying or head bobbing, which may be signs of anxiety or boredom

Life on Venus may have only been possible for its first billion years

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 13:06
Previous research suggested Venus may have been habitable for 2 to 3 billion years, but that didn’t take into account the lack of plate tectonics, which affects CO2 levels and narrows the window for life on Venus

Exoplanet in a triple star system may orbit all three at once

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 12:27
Astronomers have spotted hints of a planet that orbits a distant system of three stars – if confirmed, it will be the first time such a world has been found

DNA markers reveal if you shared a womb with twin that didn't survive

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 11:00
Studies suggest that 1 in 8 people shared the womb with a twin who did not survive to term and a cheek swab test could reveal if that is the case for you

Some hot exoplanets may develop strange sets of four colossal storms

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 10:55
The hottest worlds in the universe may develop enormous, fast-moving storms in strange sets of four that violently stir up their planets’ atmospheres

Spacecraft could detect signs of life on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 06:11
Plumes of water shot into space by Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn, may contain molecular signs of alien life, and a spacecraft could collect them from orbit

AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 05:00
The US Air Force has used an AI as part of its "kill chain" - the process of gathering intelligence and directing weapons to destroy a target - though details of the incident are limited

Antarctic seal numbers rose and fell with climate over 50,000 years

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 03:00
DNA suggests the Antarctic fur seal population has grown and shrunk as the climate has warmed and cooled, and this might help predict where the mammal will move in future

Mystery of ancient burrows older than earliest animals has been solved

Lun, 27/09/2021 - 15:00
Ancient animal burrows in rocks once thought to be 1.2 billion years old have been re-examined, and were likely made 40 to 50 million years ago by crustaceans

Oxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocks

Lun, 27/09/2021 - 13:07
A device that bakes moon rocks to temperatures above 1000°C can efficiently extract water and oxygen from the dirt, which could be helpful for future lunar explorers

Weird hybrid meteorite may be evidence of a chaotic early solar system

Lun, 27/09/2021 - 13:00
Jupiter’s early orbit had a wobble that may have flung asteroids from the inner and outer solar system into each other, creating hybrid rocks such as the Nedagolla meteorite that fell in India in 1870

Germany’s new coalition government may boost climate change action

Lun, 27/09/2021 - 12:20
Against a backdrop of climate change protests across German cities, the centre-left Social Democratic Party narrowly won the election and now plans to create a coalition to tackle the issue

Parasite evolution is making it harder to detect and treat malaria

Lun, 27/09/2021 - 11:00
In parts of Africa up to 80 per cent of malaria parasites have evolved to evade detection by the rapid tests used to determine if people need treatment