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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 20:00:52 +0100
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Prehistoric mammal bones found at a construction site in Argentina appear to have been cut with stone tools, suggesting that humans lived in the region much earlier than previously thought
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 20:00:35 +0100
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Researchers combined hydrogel with magnetic ferrofluid to make small jellyfish robots that can complete an obstacle course when directed with light
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 20:00:21 +0100
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Giving mice the blood-thinning drug heparin after they were injected with venom from two cobra species reduced their risk of tissue death, which can lead to amputations
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Governments must step up if we are to make good on Thermal Energy Storage's promise as a cheap and easy way to help tackle wind and solar power's intermittency problem
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:00:41 +0100
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Mixing protein-based drugs with hydrogels can keep the atomic bonds in the medication safe from high temperatures or shaking
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:00:32 +0100
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A drug that inhibits inflammation helped mice live longer and reduced the animals’ incidence of cancer and age-related health problems
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:00:17 +0100
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An aerial robot weighing 4 grams is powered by tiny solar panels that produce extremely high voltages – an approach that could enable drones to fly indefinitely
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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The lifestyle choices you make in middle age play a particularly important role in how your brain ages
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:30:58 +0100
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Hunting in packs seems like a complex social behaviour, but it isn't limited to large carnivores like wolves. A simple sea slug species teams up to swarm its venomous anemone prey as a group
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 22:00:52 +0100
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The hidden semiconductor abilities of diamonds could help power grids and electric vehicles manage far greater amounts of electricity more efficiently
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 20:02:42 +0100
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Scientists have made major strides in predicting rapidly intensifying storms over the past decade, but even the best tech can't keep up as climate change fuels rapidly intensifying storms
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 17:00:15 +0100
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The liquid hydrocarbon seas, lakes and rivers on Titan have varying compositions and signs of active tides or currents
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 19:38:19 +0100
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The Perseid meteor shower lasts from mid-July until the end of August, and it is one of the most impressive displays of shooting stars there is – here is your guide to spotting it
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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To even out the intermittent power supply from wind and solar, we need to build vast energy storage facilities. It turns out the best solution might be cheap, simple ideas like heating bricks and lifting weights
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 15:41:51 +0100
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The official definition of a planet, which famously saw Pluto demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, doesn't really work for worlds outside of our solar system. Now there is a fix – but Pluto is still left out
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 13:00:25 +0100
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A pacemaker-like implant detected opioid overdoses in pigs within 1 minute and successfully administered a treatment
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 17:00:26 +0100
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We may have finally found an entry point to the caves hidden beneath the moon’s surface, which could shield future astronauts from dangerous radiation
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 23:15:09 +0100
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Ten people in the US have been infected with a strain of bird flu called H5N1, but patchy surveillance means that some cases may be slipping through the cracks
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 20:00:10 +0100
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A device that generates a small electrical current from falling raindrops is able to power lights and fans
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 18:00:50 +0100
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GPS jamming and spoofing has begun to affect transatlantic flights. Now the race is on to develop alternative ways of navigating
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 11:00:11 +0100
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Two studies suggest the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation could collapse by the middle of the century and wreak havoc with the climate, but such predictions are controversial
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 17:01:01 +0100
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An AI can identify the sex of a 9 to 10-year-old child based on their brain scans, but may be less accurate when it comes to gauging their gender
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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Alex Lupsasca plans to extend Earth's largest telescope network beyond the atmosphere with a space-based dish. It could spot part of a black hole we've never seen before – and perhaps discover new physics
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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Recent fossil finds suggest that big brains weren't an evolutionary asset to our ancestors but evolved by accident – and are likely to shrink again in the near future
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Social media assures us that we can grow a rose cutting in a raw potato. But you're better off sticking with tried and tested methods of rose propagation, says James Wong
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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Your body is home to trillions of beneficial viruses crucial for a healthy microbiome. We may one day be able to tweak this "virome" to treat obesity and anxiety
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 17:50:00 +0100
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Could the universe's missing matter be hiding in a "dark" extra dimension? We now have simple ways to test this outlandish idea - and the existence of extra dimensions more generally
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 18:00:33 +0100
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Working with a tiny cantilever, physicists managed to violate the second law of thermodynamics, using less energy than expected to change the cantilever’s motion
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 16:00:35 +0100
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Our pupils shrink and expand as we breathe in and out, but whether this affects vision is unclear
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:00:03 +0100
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All life on Earth can trace its origin to LUCA, the last universal common ancestor – and now it seems this organism may have lived a few hundred million years after the planet formed
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 13:00:37 +0100
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Highland and lowland populations in Papua New Guinea have different gene variants derived from Denisovan archaic humans, indicating possible adaptations for lower oxygen levels and higher malaria risk
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:00:26 +0100
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Hoverboards, or self-balancing scooters, are already used by hobbyists as a basis for robots, but now a group in Russia is putting them to use on the battlefields of Ukraine
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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See some of the dazzling pictures that were shortlisted for the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Some technologies never quite make it. But a new book, The Long History of the Future, shows how certain problems are just bigger and thornier than we thought
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 06:00:38 +0100
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When astronauts go on a spacewalk, their urine is collected by what is essentially a large diaper before being thrown away, and they have less than a litre of drinking water available - but a new kind of spacesuit could solve both issues
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 23:00:00 +0100
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A set of mathematical equations can help turn apparently random observations into a clock – and then measure its accuracy
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 20:00:19 +0100
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Researchers have reshaped single electrons into spiralling matter waves with distinct handedness that could be used to study and control materials
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 17:00:21 +0100
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DNA evidence from tombs in Sweden and Denmark suggests major plague outbreaks were responsible for the Neolithic decline in northern Europe
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 17:00:48 +0100
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Thick sea ice is flowing into the Northwest Passage, complicating predictions that melting ice due to climate change will open a shorter route between oceans
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 17:00:21 +0100
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A complete genome has been extracted from a 52,000-year-old woolly mammoth, which might bring us closer to resurrecting the species
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Exhausted by today's political and environmental instability, Annalee Newitz investigated what a future Earth might look like. Get ready for green mining, soft cities and robo-taxis
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:51:20 +0100
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Adding a polymer-alcohol mixture to menstrual pads causes blood to solidify, rather than being absorbed, which could ward off leaks
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:00:44 +0100
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Horse therapy helps people with Alzheimer's disease socialise and improves their mood to a greater extent than music therapy, which is more established for supporting people with dementia
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Feedback wonders if a little engineering knowhow might have come in handy in Glorit, New Zealand, where procedures were seemingly ignored during maintenance of an electrical power pylon
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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When we lose a loved one, it has a profound effect on our bodies. Taking our grief outside offers us better healing in the long term than shutting it away, says Ruth Allen
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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An eye-opening new book by psychologist Lucy Foulkes lifts the lid on the surprisingly rational strategies behind the risky behaviours of adolescence, finds Catherine de Lange
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 23:00:51 +0100
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Within a group of decision-makers, the longer it takes someone to make a choice, the less likely they are to be influenced by their inherent biases according to a mathematical model
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Several nations around the world have placed arbitrary limits on the export of quantum computers, despite today's devices having little practical use. The restrictions are counterproductive and at odds with the scientific method
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 17:00:29 +0100
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Researchers have discovered a hormone in mice that prevents bone loss during lactation and could one day be used to treat osteoporosis
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 21:00:18 +0100
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Two lions, one missing a leg, made a 1.5-kilometre swim through crocodile-infested waters in Uganda, probably in order to mate with females
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 12:21:17 +0100
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A dead whale was tagged with satellite tracking equipment and monitored for more than a week as part of an effort to help authorities better deal with giant carcasses that get washed ashore
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 12:00:40 +0100
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Trucks outfitted with weather sensors, lasers and balloons are mapping urban microclimates in the extreme heat of the US Southwest
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 10:00:58 +0100
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Adding crushed basalt rocks and special fertilisers to soils could cut nitrous oxide emissions without harming the ozone layer, but these strategies will cost billions
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 07:00:24 +0100
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Italian firm Energy Dome is building a "CO2 battery" in Sardinia that will store excess power from renewables and release it back to the grid when needed
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 20:00:17 +0100
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Anthropologists have been arguing for 20 years about whether Sahelanthropus, a hominin that lived about 7 million years ago, was one of the first bipedal apes
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 17:00:47 +0100
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Lab-grown meat can be shaped into steaks and meatballs, but it can be lacking in the flavour department. Aromatic chemicals that are released when heated could offer a solution
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 13:00:54 +0100
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US start-up Savor says its synthetic vegan fat, made without livestock or the crops needed for margarine, could cut carbon emissions and save rainforests
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 16:05:43 +0100
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In this episode of Dead Planets Society, our hosts place primordial black holes in a variety of objects with surprising results
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 15:14:42 +0100
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A digital "primordial soup" with no rules or direction can lead to the emergence of self-replicating artificial life forms, in an experiment that may hint at how biological life began on Earth
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 11:47:13 +0100
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The magnificent tree frog (Litoria splendida) is normally a vibrant green, but conservationists in Australia have spotted a blue-skinned individual
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 06:00:21 +0100
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An artificial sports pitch that stores water below the surface cools itself down on hot days by letting water evaporate, just like natural grass
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 21:25:53 +0100
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Particles generated by cosmic rays can penetrate indoor and underground environments with ease, and could provide a more secure alternative to GPS for synchronising financial transactions worldwide
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 17:00:53 +0100
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While ultra-processed food is the latest buzzword in nutrition, the scientific evidence for how it affects our health continues to point in different directions. Why can't researchers just tell us the perfect diet?
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 21:00:31 +0100
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Dingoes, the native wild dogs of Australia, arrived on the continent more than 3000 years ago and their gene pool has had little input from domestic dogs
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 13:00:07 +0100
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Tests on lab-grown “mini-brains” show a one-off gene therapy treatment can prevent the formation of the tau tangles associated with several neurodegenerative conditions
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 14:00:09 +0100
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Identical wording placing limits on the export of quantum computers has appeared in regulations across the globe. There doesn't seem to be any scientific reason for the controls, and all can be traced to secret international discussions
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 10:45:47 +0100
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Europe is set to regain its capacity to launch satellites into space when the Ariane 6 rocket finally flies after years of delays
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 09:00:05 +0100
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Cars carrying sensors and scanners have been touring UK cities collecting data to help property owners plan carbon-cutting retrofit projects
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Whether you are sharing a cake or a coastline, maths can help make sure everyone is happy with their cut, says Katie Steckles
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 20:00:58 +0100
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The technologies introduced by the Romans after they conquered Britain led to the kind of economic growth seen in the industrial age
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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It may soon be possible to vaccinate ourselves against the diseases of old age, keeping our body and brain healthier for longer
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0100
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An AI driver achieved faster lap times than the best humans in the video game Gran Turismo 7, and unlike previous versions, it only used information available to players
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 13:00:39 +0100
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Generations of scientists have compared the universe to a giant, complex game, raising questions about who is doing the playing – and what it would mean to win
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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From a quantum-bubble reality show from Peng Shepherd to a murderous valet bot from Adrian Tchaikovsky, enjoy this year's best science fiction so far if you're heading off on your travels, says Emily H. Wilson
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 11:00:39 +0100
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A type of ice that has only ever been seen in the lab has now been found in space by the James Webb Space Telescope, and understanding it could tell us more about the chemistry that led to life on Earth
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 11:00:22 +0100
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Tade Thompson, author of sci-fi novel Rosewater, the latest pick for the New Scientist Book Club, on subverting the expectations of invasion narratives and writing about people not tech
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 11:00:18 +0100
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In this tantalising extract from Tade Thompson’s debut Rosewater, we meet Kaaro and learn about the psychic powers he has had since an alien invasion
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 10:00:29 +0100
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Crushed chicken egg shells have been turned into a structure that supports bone growth in the laboratory
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Tonje Bøe Birkeland's photographs imagine the exploits of fictional female scientists and adventurers from the past
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 10:00:04 +0100
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Giving AI systems the ability to focus on particular brain regions can make them much better at reconstructing images of what a monkey is looking at from brain recordings
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 17:00:59 +0100
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A start-up in Albania co-founded by a mining industry mogul is farming plants to harvest carbon-neutral nickel from the soil while simultaneously removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 15:00:31 +0100
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So-called “cool roofs” would bring down the average air temperature in cities like London during a heatwave more than green roofs, trees or solar panels do
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Demand for air conditioning will only grow as temperatures rise, sending energy consumption soaring. But there are some interesting ways to deal with the issue, finds Graham Lawton
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 14:31:47 +0100
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A snorkelling tourist in East Timor has filmed a pygmy blue whale calf drinking its mother’s milk for the first time
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 14:00:14 +0100
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A simple experiment and mathematical model suggest that when you snack on pistachios, you may need a surprisingly large bowl to accommodate the discarded shells
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 13:00:44 +0100
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A quantum phenomenon that muddles the rules of cause and effect could make quantum computers better at performing certain operations
Thu, 04 Jul 2024 12:30:53 +0100
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A grass-green snake from Vietnam with yellow eyes, blue lips and a brick-red tail has been identified as a distinct species
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Feedback, as ever bringing you the most up-to-date news from the floors of the National Roman Museum, can reveal that an abandoned nest has not been removed from the mouth of a statue, according to a visitor
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Sci-fi depictions of extraterrestrial invasions can heighten anxiety about our efforts to make first contact, says METI president Douglas Vakoch
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 18:00:20 +0100
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Google's Sycamore quantum computer was the first to demonstrate quantum supremacy – solving calculations that would be unfeasible on a classical computer – but now ordinary machines have pulled ahead again
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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Want to save our seas? Make exotic cocktails? Ponder life's meaning? Whatever your plans this July, Simon Ings rounds up the year's best non-fiction so far
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 19:00:00 +0100
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We shouldn't fear life-extending medical advances based on unintended consequences. If we can make lives longer and healthier, potential problems are a price worth paying
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 17:00:37 +0100
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A fossil found in the Namib desert has been described as a 2.5-metre long predator that resembled a giant salamander
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 17:00:33 +0100
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A new radiometric dating technique reveals that cave paintings on Sulawesi, Indonesia, are even older than previously thought, pushing back the earliest evidence of storytelling
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 17:00:00 +0100
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Thousands of bones found in a Tibetan cave have been analysed to learn how mysterious ancient humans known as Denisovans lived
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 15:00:27 +0100
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The egg hatch rate of one shark species may plummet by up to 90 per cent by the end of the century, suggesting that other egg-laying sharks are at risk
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 12:33:48 +0100
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Large language models can be abused by malware to help them avoid detection and propagate by crafting realistic replies to emails
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 11:00:59 +0100
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Twenty people may have died 2000 years ago when an Iron Age bridge suddenly collapsed following a tsunami or flood, but scientists also cannot rule out that they were sacrificed
Tue, 02 Jul 2024 23:15:18 +0100
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Many dams in the US were designed decades ago using estimates of precipitation based on outdated science – and that makes them more vulnerable to warming-driven extreme weather
Tue, 02 Jul 2024 22:54:33 +0100
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A 1.8-millimetre-wide silicon chip with over 1000 components could help quantum devices communicate without the need for wires or specialised fridges