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12:42, 2019-06-16

High-tech vertical farming is on the rise – but is it any greener? Online supermarket Ocado is investing £17 million in vertical farming in the UK. The approach uses no pesticides, but it can still have a hefty carbo...
00:17, 2019-06-16

How to make the perfect crêpe according to fluid dynamics It’s hard to make crêpe batter spread evenly before it cooks, but an analysis of the physics involved says a tilt and swirl of the pan gives the perf...
00:17, 2019-06-16

Steffanie Strathdee: ‘Phages have evolved to become perfect predators of bacteria’ In 2015, the scientist’s husband was almost killed by an antibiotic-resistant superbug, until she found a cure that is now saving othersInfectious di...
20:34, 2019-06-15

Poop transplant claims one life, prompts FDA warning In a bulletin that will make many people do a double-take, the Food and Drug Administration just issued a very serious warning for individuals consid...
08:01, 2019-06-15

We must transform our lives and values to save this burning planet | Susanna Rustin In decades to come we must rethink our agriculture, our love of consumption and our short-termist priorities. It won’t be easyThe case for action to ...
07:51, 2019-06-15

Apollo 11: Smithsonian showcases stunning Moon landing artifacts On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped from the Eagle Lunar Module and made his “one giant leap for mankind.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ...
05:51, 2019-06-15

Study finds that a GPS outage would cost $1 billion per day Enlarge / The first of the Air Force's new GPS 3 satellites launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December, 2018. (credit: SpaceX) Since becoming...
03:00, 2019-06-15

One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns Enlarge / The Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak, Md. (credit: Getty | Congressional Quarterly) One patient has died and anothe...
03:00, 2019-06-15

Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight Enlarge / Actress Jessica Biel supporting prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in an effort to protect non-medical vaccine exemptions. (credi...
03:00, 2019-06-15

NASA’s Mars orbiter spotted the ‘Star Trek’ logo on Mars and fans are freaking out NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an incredibly useful tool that allows scientists to image areas of the planet’s surface with ultra-...
01:17, 2019-06-15

Hubble spots tiny galaxy working overtime to build new stars Like everything else in the universe, galaxies are born, live, and ultimately die, and thanks to incredibly powerful tools like the Hubble Space Tele...
01:17, 2019-06-15

NASA reminds everyone it still needs another $30 billion for Trump’s Moon mission So, NASA wants to go back to the Moon. It’s wanted to do it for a while now and has been slowly piecing together how such a trip might happen, ...
01:17, 2019-06-15

Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider th...
00:34, 2019-06-15

White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heatingA member of the Trump...
22:00, 2019-06-14

Moonwalk and 9/11 photographs part of 'global visual memory' Results of 12-nation survey show that some ‘iconic’ images are better known than othersFrom the spacesuit-clad form of Buzz Aldrin on the moon to the...
22:00, 2019-06-14

For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency Even with more than 1,400 dead, the W.H.O. says the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region remains low and declaring an emergency could hav...
21:34, 2019-06-14

Harry Reid wants hearings on what the military knows about UFOs: 'They would be surprised how the American public would accept it' Nearly two years after it was reported that the Pentagon set up a secret program to investigate UFOs at the request of former Sen. Majority Leader Ha...
21:00, 2019-06-14

Possible mountain lion sighting in Minnesota yard prompts warning from officials: ​'Stay aware, everyone!' Officials in Elk River, Minn., issued a warning this week after one resident's home security camera captured an image of what is believed to be a cou...
21:00, 2019-06-14

Breaks in the perfect symmetry of the universe could be a window into completely new physics The bible of particle physics is dying for an upgrade. And physicists may have just the thing: Some particles and forces might look in the mirror and...
21:00, 2019-06-14

New ‘window into the planet’ installed in Mount Everest’s ‘death zone’ Scientists can now access data from within Mount Everest's so-called death zone — the highest part of the mountain that sits over 26,000 feet above s...
21:00, 2019-06-14

Arctic permafrost is going through a rapid meltdown — 70 years early In the Canadian Arctic, layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 years have already begun thawing. The once-fro...
21:00, 2019-06-14

Plans to ‘hack Earth’s weather’ could start World War 3, scientists warn Climate change may end up causing World War 3 if individual countries start to try and save themselves by hacking the weather with a process called g...
16:34, 2019-06-14

50 years after Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong's sons describe the day their dad walked on the Moon On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick were at the family home in Houston watching on TV as their father stepped off the Eagle lunar m...
16:34, 2019-06-14

UK could use hydrogen instead of natural gas – if it can make enough The UK can safely switch to using hydrogen for heating, power and manufacturing, but doing so will require a ten-fold production increase, says a new...
13:17, 2019-06-14

We may be witnessing the birth of an exomoon around a distant world A planet 369 light years away appears to be surrounded by a disc of dust the like of which we’ve never seen before. It may eventually turn into rings...
13:17, 2019-06-14

Jupiter’s Europa is seriously salty Of all the places in our solar system (besides Earth, of course), Jupiter’s moon Europa might have the best chance of hosting life. Scientists ...
09:17, 2019-06-14

The fight against HIV: then and now – Science Weekly podcast Earlier this year, the UK government announced it wanted to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030. Hannah Devlin looks at the history of the e...
08:51, 2019-06-14

Spacewatch: Nasa tries to get Martian 'mole' working again Heat probe was supposed to dig down five metres but it came to standstill just 30cm below surfaceScientists and engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion La...
05:34, 2019-06-14

Watch a SpaceX rocket cut through fog to deliver trio of Canadian satellites into orbit Bad weather can be a death sentence for a scheduled rocket launch, but SpaceX didn’t mind a bit of fog getting in the way on Wednesday as it la...
04:01, 2019-06-14

Switch up your protein sources to live longer, study says Studies focusing on potential links between consumption of red meat and overall life expectancy have long suggested that eating a lot of red meat &md...
04:01, 2019-06-14

NASA’s Spitzer telescope refuses to die NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finally nearing the end of an absolutely incredible journey. The spacecraft has been peering deep into space ...
04:01, 2019-06-14

NASA’s Cassini reveals more detail in Saturn’s rings NASA’s Cassini mission officially ended way back in 2017. It was then that the spacecraft plunged into Saturn, destroying itself in a blaze of ...
04:01, 2019-06-14

Mysterious, gaping holes in Antarctic ice explained Enormous holes in the Antarctic winter ice pack have popped up sporadically since the 1970s, but the reason for their formation has been largely myst...
02:00, 2019-06-14

People smoked pot to get high 2,500 years ago, study says Getting high on marijuana may not be a modern pastime, as archaeologists have found the earliest clear evidence to date that people were smoking cann...
02:00, 2019-06-14

New York town learned to live with rattlesnakes A sparse, rattlesnake rich landscape in northeastern New York state where property owners have encountered the large population of snakes in the most...
02:00, 2019-06-14

Medical marijuana vs. opioid abuse: New study questions the connection Enlarge / Legal cannabis for sale in a tobacco shop in Italy. (credit: Stefano Guidi | Getty Images) In the US, federal law has severely restrict...
21:00, 2019-06-13

Light-based computer may parallelize 10-megabit computations Enlarge / If everything's set up properly, you know you have a solution when the input light results in a single point of light as the output. (credi...
21:00, 2019-06-13

Ebola spreads in Uganda—2 deaths, 27 in contact—as WHO calls emergency meeting Enlarge / A health worker puts on protective gears as he prepares to screen travelers at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda's border...
21:00, 2019-06-13

Revealed: UK government failing to tackle rise of serious air pollutant Investigation reveals no plan is in place to tackle increase in levels of agricultural ammonia, a gas contributing to thousands of deaths in UK alone...
19:00, 2019-06-13

Groundbreaking astronomer Kepler 'may have practised alchemy' Analysis of Kepler’s manuscripts finds high levels of metals used in a pseudoscience still practised in the 16th and 17th centuriesThe pioneering ast...
19:00, 2019-06-13

India plans to launch own space station: space agency India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country's first manned mission into space in 2022, its space agency c...
18:17, 2019-06-13

Ethnic minority children are exposed to more noise pollution at school Schoolchildren in the US who are from poorer or ethnic minority backgrounds are much more likely to be exposed to noise pollution from cars and plane...
17:34, 2019-06-13

Contraceptive injections do not increase chance of contracting HIV, study finds Research also finds scale of crisis among African women higher than expectedA landmark study has ended 30 years of anxiety that hormonal contraceptiv...
16:17, 2019-06-13

At least 60 ice seals reported dead in Alaska, officials say The discovery of at least 60 dead ice seals that have been found along Alaska's west coast in recent months is baffling federal biologists, who said ...
16:17, 2019-06-13

Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools Opposition to vaccines on the left is increasingly worrying the authorities. At one progressive school, 60 percent of the 300 students were not vacci...
13:51, 2019-06-13

NASA says now is a great time to leave Earth When you’re planning on taking a trip it pays to plan ahead, and one of the first things you should do is check the weather forecast. The same ...
07:34, 2019-06-13

Theresa May’s net-zero emissions target is a lot less impressive than it looks | Caroline Lucas The government’s pledges on climate change are too little, too late. What really matters is actionTheresa May is doing her best to grab some good hea...
06:34, 2019-06-13

Hungary eyes science research as latest target for state control Academy will be managed by nationalist government in unprecedented moveThe Hungarian government is moving to bring the country’s umbrella scientific ...
06:34, 2019-06-13

The long-awaited upgrade to the US weather forecast model is here Enlarge / Forecast output from the new version of the model, which goes into service today. (credit: NOAA) Weather forecasters need a ton of knowle...
02:17, 2019-06-13

Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery Enlarge / This is how the braziers were placed in the tomb alongside the deceased. (credit: Xinhua Wu) The broken wooden braziers, unearthed from 2...
02:17, 2019-06-13

Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US The first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry under construction. [credit: Golden Gate Zero Emission Marin...
02:17, 2019-06-13

Hungarian scientists mull legal action over government controls The head of Hungary's oldest scientific institute said it was considering taking legal action to challenge government moves to take more control over...
01:51, 2019-06-13

An entire New Jersey jail has been quarantined due to mumps outbreak If you end up in a county jail, chances are you’re not having the greatest of days to begin with. Inmates who found themselves behind the bars ...
01:51, 2019-06-13

How to Protect Your DNA Data Before and After Taking an at-Home Test Mail-in genetic tests offer a wealth of information about your ancestry and insight into medical risks — in exchange for a lot of data. Here’s where ...
00:51, 2019-06-13

New planet habitability study is bad news for alien hunters If you’re hoping to one day wake up to news that life has been found hiding out on some distant planet, researchers from the University of Cali...
00:00, 2019-06-13

Kraft wants to trick kids into eating veggies by calling salad dressing ‘frosting’ Keeping children on a course for healthy eating is a challenge, and convincing a crabby youngster to chomp on some broccoli is often an exercise in f...
23:00, 2019-06-12

Astronomers warn of solar ‘superflare’ that could hit Earth Like all life on Earth, we owe a lot to the Sun. Without it, we wouldn’t be here, but it also has the power to make things pretty rough on us i...
23:00, 2019-06-12

Large asteroid has a tiny chance of hitting Earth in September Space groups like NASA and the ESA track a huge number of near-Earth objects on a daily basis, and many of them have a chance to make life miserable ...
23:00, 2019-06-12

Great white shark off California coast delays sheriff’s office's water training Officials with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa, Calif., were forced to delay a water training in Bodega Bay due to the presence of a...
22:34, 2019-06-12

New gene-editing system precisely inserts large DNA sequences into cellular DNA The following press release was issued yesterday by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A team led by researchers from Broad Institute of MIT an...
20:51, 2019-06-12

How we tune out distractions Imagine trying to focus on a friend’s voice at a noisy party, or blocking out the phone conversation of the person sitting next to you on the bus whi...
20:51, 2019-06-12

An escape route for carbon As many of us may recall from grade school science class, the Earth’s carbon cycle goes something like this: As plants take up carbon dioxide and con...
20:51, 2019-06-12

Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism Using the genome-editing system CRISPR, researchers at MIT and in China have engineered macaque monkeys to express a gene mutation linked to autism a...
20:51, 2019-06-12

Prehistoric shocker: Baby pterosaurs could fly at birth, study finds A new study published on Wednesday reveals that pterosaurs — flying reptiles that lived during the age of dinosaurs — had the ability to fly right at...
20:34, 2019-06-12

How Star Trek’s warp drives touch on one of physics' biggest mysteries Star Trek’s light speed engines may not be possible in our universe, but we are learning more about the particles that fuel them, says Chanda Prescod...
20:17, 2019-06-12

End the scandalous male data bias that determines women's health We know that men and women respond differently to drugs, yet data bias is still affecting women's health, says Invisible Women book author Caroline C...
20:17, 2019-06-12

Another team has used 'jumping genes' to upgrade CRISPR gene editing Two research teams have developed new kinds of CRISPR based on jumping genes. The techniques could make it much easier to insert pieces of DNA into g...
20:17, 2019-06-12

Severed head of 30,000-year-old wolf found intact in Siberia A severed head of a wolf estimated to have died between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago was discovered by a local man near the Tirekhtyakh River in Easte...
19:34, 2019-06-12

Severed head of a giant 40,000-year-old wolf discovered in Russia Last summer, a Russian man was strolling along the shore of the local Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia when he came upon a grisly sight: the severed head...
19:34, 2019-06-12

God 'does not play dice with the universe,' Einstein writes in letter up for auction Letters from renowned physicist Albert Einstein have become hot properties for auction houses recently. Christie's has the latest batch, in which Ein...
19:34, 2019-06-12

India sets sights on Moon, unveils spacecraft for historic mission India plans to join an exclusive group of countries that have successfully landed on the Moon following the launch of its Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft ne...
19:34, 2019-06-12

Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles Enlarge / The earliest reliably dated photograph of people, taken by Louis Daguerre one spring morning in 1838. (credit: Public domain) Daguerreoty...
19:00, 2019-06-12

How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution They are passionate about their community, know what the issues are – and are sick to death of party politics. Meet the independent groups from Devon...
13:34, 2019-06-12

UK accused of 'silently eroding' EU pesticide rules in Brexit laws Analysis finds changes such as removal of blanket ban on hormone-disrupting chemicalsThe UK has been accused of “silently eroding” key environmental ...
08:17, 2019-06-12

Lap-dances, kick-backs, and debt: Infamous opioid maker files for bankruptcy Enlarge / Insys Therapeutics founder John N. Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston on March 13, 2019. (credit: Getty | Boston Globe) Opioid manufa...
06:17, 2019-06-12

Massive Ebola outbreak spreads across DRC border, infected 5-year-old in Uganda Enlarge / Health workers carry a coffin containing a victim of Ebola virus on May 16, 2019, in Butembo, DRC, a city at the epicenter of the Ebola cri...
06:17, 2019-06-12

Taking a city’s pulse with moveable sensors Suppose you have 10 taxis in Manhattan. What portion of the borough’s streets do they cover in a typical day? Before we answer that, let’s examine...
06:00, 2019-06-12

The Moon’s largest crater is hiding something, and astronomers don’t know what Compared to other bodies in our Solar System, Earth’s moon isn’t particularly huge. However, its relatively small size belies one of its ...
03:34, 2019-06-12

NASA addresses Trump’s bizarre Moon tweet, says everything is fine It was only a couple of months ago that Donald Trump sent Mike Pence to deliver a directive to NASA, publicly commanding the space agency to return c...
03:34, 2019-06-12

Scientists strapped antennas to the heads of seals, for science Scientists studying the behavior of ice in Antarctica got some help from native wildlife in a new study that focused on the causes of massive holes f...
03:34, 2019-06-12

NASA’s about to test a safer rocket fuel for the first time ever The fuel that powers most spacecraft today is incredibly toxic to living organisms. That’s normally not a big issue when you’re sending s...
03:34, 2019-06-12

Darwin’s finches sing out-of-tune call after parasites deform beaks Concern over mating as malformed beaks and nostrils lead to ‘subpar songs’ - studyTree finches made famous by Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos...
03:34, 2019-06-12

Lovelorn fish have gloomier outlook, study finds Female cichlids who lose their mates are measurably more pessimistic, researchers sayInferring the mood of a fish has never been a precise science, b...
03:34, 2019-06-12

Scientists take first-ever image of a faint swirling ring of hydrogen around our galaxy's black hole Astronomers, for the first time, have snapped an image of a cool, gassy ring swirling around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy....
22:17, 2019-06-11

Rocket firm Relativity signs lease with NASA for new robotic 3D printing factory Relativity Space, a venture-backed rocket maker, said on Tuesday it will lease space from NASA in Mississippi, where its gigantic 3D printers will pr...
22:00, 2019-06-11

A drug may prevent Alzheimer’s but there are no plans to find out A rheumatoid arthritis drug may also cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but there are no plans to conduct the trials needed to find out if it re...
22:00, 2019-06-11

Inside the audacious mission to map every microbe in Australia Billions of viruses, bacteria, and other tiny organisms live in Australia. A bold project hopes to use DNA sequencing to identify all of them – can i...
22:00, 2019-06-11

Where will the world’s first autonomous rocket factory be built? Mississippi Enlarge / An artist's concept of what the interior of Relativity Space's Mississippi rocket factory may look like in a few years. (credit: Relativity...
21:00, 2019-06-11

Why do bats have such bizarrely long lifespans? Enlarge (credit: Ohio Department of Health) In mammals, there's a relatively simple relationship among metabolism, body mass, and lifespan. For the...
21:00, 2019-06-11

US report finds sky is the limit for geothermal energy beneath us Enlarge / Sonoma Power Plant at The Geysers in California. (credit: Geothermal Resources Council/flickr) With all attention focused on the plummeti...
21:00, 2019-06-11

Mystery of why arteries harden may have been solved, say scientists Study finds calcium deposits are triggered by molecule produced by damaged cellsThe mysterious mechanism behind the hardening of arteries may have be...
19:34, 2019-06-11

Crisp packets made of a new material could be much easier to recycle Crisp packets are currently hard to recycle, but a new material made of extremely thin sheets of plastic could make them more environmentally friendl...
19:00, 2019-06-11

Cloud gaming may be great for gamers but bad for energy consumption Cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are hot topics at the gaming show E3, but a switch to streaming games could have huge r...
19:00, 2019-06-11

Why Trump's tweet about (not) going to the Moon is a problem for space exploration Just one month after proclaiming his administration's mission to go back to the moon before going to on to Mars, President Donald Trump seemed to com...
17:51, 2019-06-11

Extraterrestrial life could be scarcer than first thought, study says The search for extraterrestrial life has fascinated humanity for generations, with all sorts of theories about where it could exist, if it exists at ...
16:51, 2019-06-11

Weird 'radio bridge' 10 million-light years long links colliding galaxy clusters Astronomers have spotted a ridge of radio emissions 10 million light-years long joining two galaxy clusters that are slowly colliding with each other...
15:34, 2019-06-11

Stunning Monet unseen for 87 years eyes $44.6 million at auction One month after Claude Monet's "Meules" sold for a whopping $110.7 million at Sotheby's New York, a beautiful painting of waterlilies that's been in ...
15:34, 2019-06-11

The Augar report pits arts against sciences – and both lose out | Simon Marginson Cutting fees for arts and humanities degrees would damage Stem subjects tooAfter days of intensive discussion, the strengths and weaknesses of the Au...
13:17, 2019-06-11

Starwatch: close encounters with Jupiter After reaching its closest approach to Earth tonight, Jupiter comes into conjunction with the full moon next SundayToday Jupiter reaches its closest ...
13:17, 2019-06-11

Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans are headed In 2018, researchers at MIT and the auto manufacturer BMW were testing ways in which humans and robots might work in close proximity to assemble car ...
10:34, 2019-06-11

NASA wants to commercialize the International Space Station, and make heaps of cash doing it NASA has big plans for its immediate future, including missions to Mars and of course the Moon 2024 effort that was completely unaccounted for in the...
08:00, 2019-06-11

Sleeping with the TV on is linked to weight gain, study says There are plenty of things that we all know can affect our weight. Cramming heaps of calorie-dense processed foods is a big no-no if you’re try...
08:00, 2019-06-11

Private astronauts could spend a month in space under new NASA plan As part of its new plan to encourage commercial use of the International Space Station , NASA is opening the orbiting facility to up to two private a...
07:17, 2019-06-11

Seagull steals lobster roll out of Maine tourist’s hand in epic photo A woman visiting Maine to try her first-ever lobster roll on Friday learned that even the best-laid plans often go awry after a sly seagull swiped th...
07:17, 2019-06-11

Fossil of ‘real-life Loch Ness Monster’ found in Antarctica was the biggest sea dinosaur ever Fossil hunters have pieced together the remains of an enormous sea creature which is being labeled a real-life Loch Ness monster. Researchers have un...
07:17, 2019-06-11

‘Zombie snake’ found in North Carolina can 'play dead,' officials say A snake that plays opossum? The eastern hognose snake is famous for flipping over on its back and playing dead, the North Carolina State Parks and Re...
07:17, 2019-06-11

Ancient asteroid crater found off the coast of Scotland The spot where an ancient asteroid hit the United Kingdom some 1.2 billion years ago has been tracked to a location under the sea between mainland Sc...
07:17, 2019-06-11

Just my type: why new partners are often like exes Study suggests people’s current and former partners tend to be similar in characterWhen a friend or relative introduces their new partner, it can see...
04:17, 2019-06-11

Humans have driven nearly 600 plant species to extinction since 1750s Plants have been hard hit by human activity over the past 250 years, with Hawaii alone losing 79 species. Other extinction hotspots include Brazil an...
22:17, 2019-06-10

NASA’s lunar lander was just rediscovered after being lost in space for 50 years Back in 1969 NASA was in the middle of the biggest space race in human history. The Apollo 10 mission was a huge milestone in NASA’s adventure ...
21:34, 2019-06-10

Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Facebook on Sunday removed the prominent health and conspiracy site Natural News from its platform and banned its in...
20:00, 2019-06-10

Ian Craft obituary Gynaecologist and IVF pioneer whose methods often proved controversialThe early days of assisted reproduction were fraught with controversy, as media...
19:00, 2019-06-10

Ocado sows $22 million 'vertical farming' seed to diversify Britain's Ocado is plowing 17 million pounds ($22 million) into the emerging "vertical farming" industry, further diversifying the online grocer and ...
17:00, 2019-06-10

Jupiter Will Appear its Biggest, Brightest, and Most Visible This Week. This Is the Best Way to See It During the month of June, Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest in the sky, offering even casual skywatchers the opportunity to get a good loo...
16:17, 2019-06-10

Experiments reveal the physics of evaporation It’s a process so fundamental to everyday life — in everything from your morning coffeemaker to the huge power plant that provides its electricity — ...
16:00, 2019-06-10

Hydrogen has a dirty secret – let's not think it's always a green fuel Produced the right way, hydrogen can be a cleaner, greener alternative to fossil fuels powering our transport and elsewhere. But too often that's not...
15:00, 2019-06-10

How your body processes food is only partially down to your genes Everyone processes food differently — even identical twins. A study found just half of our response to glucose and 20 per cent of our response to fat...
15:00, 2019-06-10

Mystery hominin had sex with ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans A strange signal in ancient and modern human DNA suggests the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans must have mated with an unknown species of hum...
15:00, 2019-06-10

Carnivorous pitcher plants are regularly eating vertebrate animals A survey in August and September 2018 revealed that a fifth of the pitcher plants growing in one bog in Ontario had caught at least one juvenile sala...
15:00, 2019-06-10

'They broke my mental shackles': could magic mushrooms be the answer to depression? New trials have shown the drug psilocybin to be highly effective in treating depression, with Oakland the latest US city to in effect decriminalise i...
12:34, 2019-06-10

Getting the oil out of water Oil and water are famously reluctant to mix fully together. But separating them completely — for example, when cleaning up an oil spill or purifying ...
07:51, 2019-06-10

MRI scans to be trialled as test for prostate cancer Simple scans ‘could revolutionise the way that we diagnose disease’, says professorHundreds of men will be given MRI scans in a groundbreaking clinic...
02:51, 2019-06-10

Female nurse who played crucial role in IVF ignored on plaque Despite a senior colleague’s protests, Jean Purdy’s name was not included on memorialThe name of a female nurse and embryologist who played a crucial...
02:51, 2019-06-10

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years agoThe location of an ancient impact crater made by the biggest...
02:51, 2019-06-10

Bath Abbey's east wing reopens after floor restoration Work to stop slabs crashing into burial spaces beneath has uncovered a wealth of surprises A painstaking operation to stop the floor of one of the UK...
16:00, 2019-06-09

The race to replace Viagra As the last patents on the erectile dysfunction drug run out, interest in finding new treatments has been renewedAre we witnessing the end of an era ...
10:34, 2019-06-09

Scientists split as genetics lab scales down animal tests Mice, rats and zebrafish will no longer be bred for medical research at one of the world’s leading genetics institutesA row has broken out among scie...
10:34, 2019-06-09

As a prison doctor, Amanda Brown knows compassion is the best medicine A mid-life career leap into the prison service opened this GP’s eyes and heartFor Dr Amanda Brown, a village GP in Buckinghamshire, the idea of worki...
17:34, 2019-06-08

London will soon be home to the world’s most frightening hotel pool Have you ever visited a hotel and thought to yourself “Boy, this place would be so much better if the entire roof was a pool”? Well, if y...
15:51, 2019-06-08

NASA set up a webcam so you can watch them build the Mars 2020 rover NASA’s mission to Mars in 2020 is a very, very big deal. After the death of Opportunity a number of months back, NASA has just one rover left o...
04:51, 2019-06-08

NASA Opens International Space Station to Private Visitors, With a Hefty Price Tag Private space travel will begin as early as 2020, but for a hefty price. NASA announced Friday that it would open the International Space Station to ...
01:34, 2019-06-08

How old are your organs? New study offers complicated answers Your age is something that you’re not likely to ever forget, but how long you’ve been alive doesn’t necessarily reflect the true ag...
00:34, 2019-06-08

NASA is putting the finishing touches on its Mars helicopter The Mars 2020 mission will truly be one for the record books when it begins in July of next year. Not only is the Mars 2020 rover one of the most adv...
00:34, 2019-06-08

Here's why the supernaturally creepy dragonfish has invisible teeth You might expect something called a deep-sea dragonfish to be a fearsome leviathan of the deep, dark ocean — and it is, if you happen to be one of th...
00:17, 2019-06-08

10 incredible technologies developed for D-Day Along with bravery and determination, it took innovation and ingenuity to capture, secure and hold the Normandy beaches on D-Day. Technology played a...
00:17, 2019-06-08

NASA's Parker solar probe may solve 500-year-old Sun mystery NASA's Parker Solar Probe is on its way to another close encounter with the sun, where investigators hope the spacecraft will solve a long-standing s...
00:17, 2019-06-08

A man spent $300 on a painting at a thrift sale. It could be worth millions Philip Stapleton was perusing a thrift sale in the U.K. when he came across a painting he liked so much, he spent nearly $300 on it, even though he a...
00:17, 2019-06-08

NASA will let tourists visit the International Space Station starting in 2020 NASA plans to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020 – at an estimated cost of more than $50 million (£39 million) per tri...
00:17, 2019-06-08

Trump sends surprising tweet, says NASA 'should not be talking about going to the Moon' NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, includi...
00:17, 2019-06-08

Nasa to allow commercial access to the International Space Station Move will allow private astronauts to spend up to 30 days in low-Earth orbit and businesses to shoot film and adverts in spaceNasa will allow unprece...
23:17, 2019-06-07

Trump attacks Nasa and claims the moon is 'a part' of Mars President tweeted Nasa should focus on ‘Mars (of which the Moon is a part)’ over going to the moon, a reversal of previous remarksFollowers of astron...
23:17, 2019-06-07

NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day Enlarge / The forward end of the International Space Station is pictured showing portions of five modules. From right to left is a portion of the U.S...
20:51, 2019-06-07

Got $50 million for a vacation? NASA to open space station to private citizens NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U...
20:17, 2019-06-07

Mysterious illness that killed a Texas couple in Fiji remains unknown The bizarre illness that claimed the lives of two U.S. residents on vacation in Fiji remains unknown, but new details reveal some of the symptoms the...
18:17, 2019-06-07

A generic drug from Argentina offers cystic fibrosis families hope Parents in the UK are banding together to buy a generic cystic fibrosis drug from Argentina because the NHS and a drug manufacturer cannot agree on a...
17:17, 2019-06-07

Some trees can change sex and are more likely to die when female Striped maples change sex from year to year, and we used to think being female led to healthier trees, but it turns out that female trees are more li...
17:17, 2019-06-07

Rocket Report: A Yellow Sea launch, SpaceX’s upcoming high-value mission Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 2.03 of the Rocket Report! W...
16:34, 2019-06-07

Rat brains provide even more evidence our brains operate near tipping point Enlarge / A real human brain suspended in liquid within a human silhouette carved into acrylic, on display at the Bristol Science Centre in England. ...
16:34, 2019-06-07

52-million-year-old fossils suggest oak relatives evolved in the south A pair of 52 million-year old fossils discovered in Argentine Patagonia suggests that relatives of oak trees started life in the southern hemisphere,...
15:51, 2019-06-07

Cross Section: Frans de Waal – Science Weekly podcast What can we learn from chimps when it comes to politics and power? Ian Sample meets the leading primatologist Prof Frans de Waal of Emory University ...
09:34, 2019-06-07

One million people are diagnosed with an STI every day, according to WHO Hearing that you’ve contracted a sexually transmitted infection is obviously not great news, but it’s a reality for up to a million peopl...
06:00, 2019-06-07

Measles cases hit 1,001 as anti-vaxxers hold another rally of disinformation BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 04: Anti-vaccine activist Del Bigtree speaks with journalists before entering an anti-vaccine symposium on June 4, 2019. (credi...
02:51, 2019-06-07

How many more will die in US heatwaves as world warms? Enlarge (credit: Garrett Ziegler / Flickr) One of the more obvious risks of climate change is an increased frequency of extreme heatwaves. Particul...
02:51, 2019-06-07

German circus replaced animals with holograms, and it’s awesome Ah, the circus. It’s a time-honored tradition, but the practice of training animals to do silly things for the amusement of youngsters is defin...
02:00, 2019-06-07

Astronomers discover massive ring of gas circling our black hole The center of the Milky Way galaxy is somewhere you wouldn’t want to be. We have it pretty easy here on Earth, orbiting our star and staying ou...
02:00, 2019-06-07

Vital global climate monitoring scheme axed on remote UK island For 40 years US and UK teams have been monitoring concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane on Ascension Island, but that operation is under threa...
00:00, 2019-06-07

52-million-year-old fossils suggest oaks evolved in the south A pair of 52 million-year old fossils discovered in Argentine Patagonia suggests that relatives of oak trees started life in the southern hemisphere,...
00:00, 2019-06-07

Scientists pretended to be addicted to heroin to figure out why so many addicts die The United States is in the midst of a growing opioid crisis, and some cities are experiencing it worse than others. Understanding what addicts go th...
22:34, 2019-06-06

Jupiter will soon be so close to Earth you’ll be able to see its moons without a telescope Jupiter, the mighty “king” of the planets in our solar system, is regularly visible for those who know where and when to look for it, but...
22:34, 2019-06-06

NASA just spotted a nearby star throwing a temper tantrum We take it for granted most of the time, but the Sun is mighty important to our very existence. Without it, we wouldn’t be here at all, and sci...
22:34, 2019-06-06

The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings Enlarge / SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 18, 2013: A sign in a Starbucks coffee shop warns customers that coffee and baked goods sold at the shop and elsewh...
20:51, 2019-06-06

Creative thinking: Researchers propose solar methanol island using ocean CO₂ Enlarge / Artist's rendering of solar methanol islands. (credit: Novaton) Imagine an open ocean, Sun beating down overhead, with 70 islands of sola...
20:51, 2019-06-06

Researchers balance Casimir effects, make tiny hoverboard Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Empty space isn't actually empty. Even if you somehow managed to suck every single atom out of it, the Universe...
20:51, 2019-06-06

Trump terminates NIH medical research over use of fetal tissue Enlarge / A seal that reads "US Public Health Service" adorns a building on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (c...
20:51, 2019-06-06

Big pharma is denying children like my son vital drugs. So I've set up a buyers club | Robert Long The US company Vertex has put a ludicrous price on a new cystic fibrosis drug. But we’ve found a way to bypass its greed A few weeks ago I sat in a m...
20:17, 2019-06-06

Philip Hammond won’t tackle the climate crisis. But a Green New Deal would | Molly Scott Cato The chancellor says we can’t afford to save ourselves. Let’s leave such absurd thinking behind – and invest in green policies• Molly Scott Cato is th...
20:17, 2019-06-06

The Guardian view on African swine fever: bad for people as well as pigs | Editorial The current outbreak, linked to smallholders, is likely to affect prices around the world. But supersized animal farms are not the answerIn the comin...
20:17, 2019-06-06

A weird star just rapidly dimmed for a few days and we don't know why A star that’s been totally calm for at least five years just suddenly dimmed by 70 per cent over two days, and it doesn’t quite fit any of our explan...
18:17, 2019-06-06

Bizarre pentaquark turns out to be a new kind of subatomic 'molecule' The pentaquark, an elusive particle first spotted by the Large Hadron Collider in 2015, is made of two smaller particles stuck together in a sort of ...
18:17, 2019-06-06

Americans Eat and Inhale Over 70,000 Plastic Particles Each Year According to a New Analysis Plastics have for years been used to make nearly everything that surrounds us. But along the way, they escaped the confines of packaging and objects ...
18:00, 2019-06-06

Drug makes tumors more susceptible to chemo Many chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells by severely damaging their DNA. However, some tumors can withstand this damage by relying on a DNA repair p...
17:51, 2019-06-06

Neurons’ “antennae” are unexpectedly active in neural computation Most neurons have many branching extensions called dendrites that receive input from thousands of other neurons. Dendrites aren’t just passive inform...
17:51, 2019-06-06

D-Day's ingenious tactics in pictures: From inflatable tanks to 'ghost' soldiers Deception played a big part in the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. From dummy tanks and landing craft to the creation of a “ghost army,”...
16:34, 2019-06-06

Dracula's cannonballs from 15th-century battle found in Bulgaria Researchers have found medieval cannonballs from culverins that were most likely used by Wallacian Voivode Vlad III Dracula, more commonly known as V...
16:34, 2019-06-06

Plastic pollution found at every depth of the ocean by deep-sea survey A deep-sea survey has found more tiny particles of plastic far below the surface of the Pacific than floating on its surface, with the highest levels...
16:34, 2019-06-06

Brexit has distracted us from the climate disaster awaiting us. Britain must step up | Jake Woodier A UN climate conference bid could be a perfect catalyst for change – and unify the UK for the push for a green revolutionAlmost halfway through 2019,...
13:34, 2019-06-06

Why Have the Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Suddenly Started Killing People? Two scientists traveled to East Timor to help solve a national murder mystery. The culprits, they say, might be migrants from Australia with a taste ...
11:51, 2019-06-06

Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve Enlarge / Two-state cat. (credit: RBerteig on Flickr) One thing I dislike about quantum mechanics is that it encourages journalists to overuse word...
11:34, 2019-06-06

How to speed up the discovery of new solar cell materials A broad class of materials called perovskites is considered one of the most promising avenues for developing new, more efficient solar cells. But the...
06:51, 2019-06-06

NASA will send three landers from three different companies to the Moon NASA plans to return humans to the Moon within the next five years. That’s a tall order and, while many people remain skeptical that the agency...
05:51, 2019-06-06

NASA has a new plan for getting the InSight lander digging again NASA’s InSight lander is having some problems. The robot, which has already delivered some very interesting observations since arriving on Mars...
05:51, 2019-06-06

Scientists invent foam that can stop a bullet as well as steel can When designing armor capable of stopping a bullet, the two most important factors are weight and resistance to penetration, and they’re often a...
05:51, 2019-06-06

Insecure employment for postdoc researchers is leading to bad science Postdoc researchers like me aren’t considered university employees, even though we’re essential to research. This must changeBehind most of the techn...
23:00, 2019-06-05

China launches rocket from Yellow Sea platform for first time Blast-off makes China the third country after US and Russia to master sea launch technologyChina has launched a rocket from a mobile platform at sea ...
23:00, 2019-06-05

Climate crisis and antibiotic use could 'sink' fish farming industry – report Investors’ network warns of serious risk to aquaculture from global heating as well as over-reliance on medicinesThe climate crisis, drug use and fee...
23:00, 2019-06-05

Ancient Siberia was home to previously unknown humans, say scientists DNA analysis reveals hardy group genetically distinct from Eurasians and East AsiansIt was cold, remote and involved picking fights with woolly mammo...
23:00, 2019-06-05

Children's teeth reveal previously unknown ancient humans in Siberia DNA from a pair of 31,000 year old children’s teeth found near the Yana River has led to the discovery of a previously unknown group of ancient Siber...
22:34, 2019-06-05

Exomoons could be home to extraterrestrial life, researcher says An astrophysicist at the U.K.'s University of Lincoln says that exomoons, moons which orbit planets outside of our solar system, could contain liquid...
21:51, 2019-06-05

Why did people take iodine pills after Chernobyl exploded? In the HBO miniseries " Chernobyl ," the Soviet nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk (a composite character played by Emily Watson) realizes that there's ...
21:51, 2019-06-05

D-Day deception: How phantom armies and fake information helped win the Battle of Normandy It was 75 years ago that the Allied forces undertook Operation Overlord, the codename for the invasion for the Battle of Normandy, which involved the...
21:51, 2019-06-05

Mysterious light flashes on the Moon have been baffling researchers for decades Though there have been several notable lunar-related discoveries since man first walked on the Moon in 1969, there is still one phenomenon that has p...
21:51, 2019-06-05

Nobody wants to fly on the disastrous 737 Max, even if Boeing fixes it Earlier this year, a Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia, claiming the lives of all 157 people on board. The crash was the second tragic loss of a 7...
21:17, 2019-06-05

Scientists solve the mystery of the dragon with transparent teeth Dwelling in the dark ocean depths, the dragonfish is a frightful marvel that would fit nicely into any horror movie, boasting exotic adaptations such...
20:34, 2019-06-05

Chip design drastically reduces energy needed to compute with light MIT researchers have developed a novel “photonic” chip that uses light instead of electricity — and consumes relatively little power in the process. ...
19:34, 2019-06-05

AI camera worn by gulls captures video highlights of their lives Smart cameras attached to animals record video only during certain activities, allowing extremely the extremely light device to work for longer and o...
18:17, 2019-06-05

Target of first human gene editing cuts life expectancy short Enlarge / Chinese geneticist He Jiankui speaks during the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong days aft...
16:34, 2019-06-05

World View flies its remote sensing balloon for 16 days and 5,000km Track of the 16-day Stratollite mission from mid-May to early June. [credit: World View ...
16:34, 2019-06-05

This weird galaxy is creeping up on our Milky Way A gorgeous new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope depicts Messier 90, a spiral galaxy roughly 60 million light-years away from our own Milky Way —...
14:51, 2019-06-05

State parks are becoming so crowded that they might collapse under their own weight If you’re looking for something to do on a day off and don’t want to spend a lot of money, visiting a state park is a great option. Depen...
14:00, 2019-06-05

A gem hunter accidentally discovered a new dinosaur species Gem hunters and paleontologists have a lot in common. Both spend a lot of time sifting through dirt and rock in the hopes of finding things that have...
14:00, 2019-06-05

NASA's first SpaceX astronauts ready for 'messy camping trip' to space The first U.S. astronauts chosen to fly aboard a SpaceX capsule built for NASA shrugged off a spate of design and test mishaps, saying such setbacks ...
14:00, 2019-06-05

Bronze Age Siberian 'Birdman' wore a collar of beaks and skulls Archaeologists have unearthed a Bronze Age skeleton that was buried with an unusual garment: a collar or headdress made of dozens of bird beaks and s...
13:51, 2019-06-05

China launches rocket from ship at sea for first time China successfully launched a rocket from a ship at sea for the first time on Wednesday, state media reported, the latest step forward in its ambitio...
11:17, 2019-06-05

Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other The city of Amsterdam envisions a future where fleets of autonomous boats cruise its many canals to transport goods and people, collect trash, or sel...
06:51, 2019-06-05

More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones Enlarge / Dark green mangroves along Senegal's Casamance River as it meets the sea. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory) Where humans have the money, w...
03:51, 2019-06-05

Astronomers captured an image of a double asteroid as it sped past Earth Astronomers eager to observe bizarre visitors to our neck of the Solar System were in for a real treat late last month as the rare double asteroid 19...
02:00, 2019-06-05

Judges Give Both Sides a Grilling in Youth Climate Case Against the Government A federal appeals court will hear a closely watched lawsuit brought by young people to compel the federal government to take action on climate change...
01:51, 2019-06-05

Dr. Patricia Bath, 76, Who Took On Blindness and Earned a Patent, Dies An ophthalmologist, she was the first black woman doctor to patent a medical device, one used in cataract surgery. And she promoted eye care for thos...
01:51, 2019-06-05

Fish Cannons, Koi Herpes and Other Tools to Combat Invasive Carp Researchers are experimenting with a Rube Goldberg-esque mix of tactics to control hearty, nonnative swimmers that re-engineer nutrient-rich Midwest ...
01:51, 2019-06-05

The Surprising Ways Art Has Advanced Astronomy In January 2004, NASA announced it was canceling a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. In light of dangers associated with the Columbia tr...
01:34, 2019-06-05

Terrawatch: oxygen feasts and famines kick-started complex life Examining isotopes in Cambrian rocks reveals ‘boom and bust’ cycles in levels of gasLife on Earth got started more than 4bn years ago, but it was ano...
23:00, 2019-06-04

Godzilla grew 30 times faster than any organism on Earth. Here's why. If Godzilla were a real creature, his incredibly rapid growth spurt on the big screen would be off the charts, even setting evolutionary records, a n...
22:34, 2019-06-04

Rare spectacled bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion' Penis poaching of the spectacled bear could result in the species going extinct if demand grows for the special 'sex potion' that people make with it...
22:34, 2019-06-04

Scientists warn that 'storm chasers' are hurting research and causing danger The art and science of “storm chasing” was once a niche pastime involving a few meteorologists and researchers with a car, a long-lens camera, and a ...
22:34, 2019-06-04

Scientists say genetically modified babies will have shorter lives In late 2018 a Chinese scientist name He Jiankui performed work that has gained him not only the criticism of his peers but also backlash from his ho...
21:34, 2019-06-04

SpaceX’s Dragon returns to Earth after dropping off 5,500 pounds of supplies SpaceX just wrapped up yet another successfully resupply mission for NASA, dropping off a whopping 5,500 pounds of supplies for the scientists aboard...
21:34, 2019-06-04

Pollution and Climate Change Are Making Mount Everest More Dangerous for Climbers, U.S. Scientist Warns (KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarmi...
20:00, 2019-06-04

Why haven’t genetically engineered crops made food better? Enlarge / Normal rice (bottom), the first version of golden rice (right), and the current strain (left). (credit: Environmental Health Perspectives/N...
19:17, 2019-06-04

Protecting our energy infrastructure from cyberattack Almost every day, news headlines announce another security breach and the theft of credit card numbers and other personal information. While having o...
18:34, 2019-06-04

‘Weird’ worm-like object found on North Carolina shore has experts puzzled A North Carolina National Park service is having trouble identifying a mysterious, spiny object that washed up on a beach over the weekend and has as...
18:17, 2019-06-04

Apple reveals new privacy and security features for iPhones Apple renewed its focus on privacy at its annual developer conference, as well introducing a period tracker for the Apple Watch and announcing new so...
15:34, 2019-06-04

Stem cell patches could help mend hearts after heart attack Human trials will begin within two years after treatment shows promise in animalsScientists have developed heart patches that could benefit hundreds ...
12:17, 2019-06-04

Ancient gene mutation could protect against diabetes, study finds Mutant form linked to rise of cooking helps about half of humans keep blood sugar lowerAn ancient mutation that spread through humans after the adven...
12:17, 2019-06-04

Ancient saber-toothed cats could crush a skull with their teeth If you were transported back in time some 100,000 years there’s a good chance you’d run into any number of creatures that could rapidly e...
10:51, 2019-06-04

Elephants can judge the quantity of hidden food just by using smell Asian elephants have shown that they can judge quantities – the amount of seeds in a locked bucket – just by using their extremely sensitive sense of...
08:51, 2019-06-04

Rogue Chinese scientist made 'foolish' choice in gene-edited babies A rogue Chinese scientist who caused outrage last year when he said he had created the world's first "gene-edited" babies in an attempt to protect th...
07:17, 2019-06-04

New head and neck cancer drug could help patients live longer Pembrolizumab with platinum chemotherapy less ‘aggressive’ and extended survival ratesImmunotherapy could help patients with head and neck cancer liv...
02:17, 2019-06-04

If we sent astronauts to Mars right now they’d almost certainly die Mankind seems destined to one day set foot on Mars. NASA and other space agencies around the world are already making big plans for sending humans to...
00:34, 2019-06-04

Doctors thought this woman had a brain tumor but it was actually a tapeworm festering in her skull A New York woman who was prepared for a long battle against brain cancer got some shocking news when doctors finally opened up her skull. 42-year-old...
00:34, 2019-06-04

How a Reporter Speaks to Women About Their Most Personal Experiences Pam Belluck, a science reporter for The Times, recently discussed her reporting on surgical advancements for women who have experienced female genita...
21:51, 2019-06-03

I’ve had children at school for 27 years. At last I can stop pretending to like it | Suzanne Moore No more parents’ evenings, PTA meetings and tedious texts about rules – I can’t wait for my youngest to leave next weekSchool’s out for ever. Just on...
20:51, 2019-06-03

Jack Cohen obituary Reproductive biologist and author of popular science and science fiction books best known for the series The Science of DiscworldThe biologist Jack C...
20:51, 2019-06-03

Did you solve it? Dogs in pursuit The solution to today’s puzzleEarlier today I set you the following puzzle:Four dogs are in four corners of a square of side length 1. Each dog start...
20:51, 2019-06-03

Gene mutation meant to protect from HIV 'raises risk of early death' China accuses gene-edit scientist of chasing fame as US research links mutation to shorter life expectancyA genetic mutation that a Chinese scientist...
20:51, 2019-06-03

Schrödinger's cat could be saved, say scientists New research casts doubt on idea that a quantum jump is instant and unpredictableSchrödinger’s cat might not only be dead or alive, but also brought ...
20:51, 2019-06-03

Missing Lewis Chessman found in drawer could be worth more than $1M An ivory chess piece purchased for less than $10 was recently identified as one of the missing Lewis Chessman, 900-year-old artifacts dating back to ...
20:17, 2019-06-03

Astronomy group calls for urgent action on SpaceX Starlink satellites One of the most important organisations in astronomy has waded into the row about SpaceX's global internet Starlink satellites ruining observations o...
19:17, 2019-06-03

SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey Enlarge / A rendering of what a Super Heavy Starship launch would look like. (credit: SpaceX) Earlier this month, the principal Mars "development e...
17:34, 2019-06-03

A tale of lost WW2 uranium cubes shows why Germany’s nuclear program failed Enlarge / This is one of the 664 uranium cubes from the failed nuclear reactor that German scientists tried to build in Haigerloch during World War I...
17:34, 2019-06-03

NASA looking at “hard decisions” within its budget to pay for Artemis plan Enlarge / NASA Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate William Gerstenmaier is looking for "efficiencies...
17:34, 2019-06-03

Quantum leaps are real – and now we can control them Quantum leaps are generally assumed to be instantaneous, but researchers have figured out how to intercept them midway, which may be useful in quantu...
17:17, 2019-06-03

Using a meditation app each day may improve your memory and attention Short bursts of app-guided meditation several times a day has been found to improve performance on memory and attention tasks in a study involving 40...
17:17, 2019-06-03

Your gut bacteria may influence whether you get drug side effects A study in mice suggests human gut bacteria breakdown many drug treatments - a finding that could explain why drugs are less effective in some people...
17:17, 2019-06-03

CRISPR babies might live shorter lives due to their gene mutations The world's first CRISPR babies were given a mutation thought to cause resistance to HIV. But a new study suggests this mutation may also shorten lif...
17:17, 2019-06-03

AP was there: Allied troops land in Normandy on D-Day This story was first published on June 8, 1944, after AP journalist Don Whitehead, who became known by his colleagues as "Beachhead Don," landed on O...
16:00, 2019-06-03

Starwatch: how to find Hercules and Corona Borealis Two of the constellations first defined by Ptolemy, though faint, are well placed for observation this monthIt is a good time of year to search out t...
11:17, 2019-06-03

Can you solve it? Dogs in pursuit A quick mental run-aroundToday’s problem is a classic puzzle and an excuse to post this picture of Melbourne’s annual sausage dog race, the Running o...
09:34, 2019-06-03

Brexit 'may bar UK scientists from €100bn EU research fund' Nobel prize winner warns UK science will suffer unless it can gain access to Horizon EuropeOne of Britain’s leading researchers has warned of a “majo...
09:34, 2019-06-03

NASA astronaut captures breathtaking time-lapse of Earth from space Here on Earth, we see the Sun rise and set once in any given 24-hour period. If you want to see the sunrise or sunset you need to set your watch so y...
06:34, 2019-06-03

Up to 25 cups of coffee a day safe for heart health, study finds High consumption of coffee no worse for arteries than drinking less than a cup a dayCoffee lovers who drink up to 25 cups a day can rest assured the ...
03:34, 2019-06-03

Deaths of 75 gray whales stump biologists Biologists from the U.S. government launched a special investigation into the deaths of over 70 gray whales that have washed ashore the west coast ov...
22:34, 2019-06-02

Murray Gell-Mann obituary One of the leading particle physicists of the 20th centuryMurray Gell-Mann, who has died aged 89, was the leading figure in the study of elementary p...
16:51, 2019-06-02

Stephen Porges: ‘Survivors are blamed because they don’t fight’ The psychiatry professor on the polyvagal theory he developed to understand our reactions to traumaStephen Porges is professor of psychiatry at the U...
14:51, 2019-06-02

XPRIZE selects winners of autonomous seafloor-mapping competition Enlarge / Part of the winning team's system. (credit: XPRIZE) The winners of the latest XPRIZE competition were announced on Friday. Sponsored by S...
08:00, 2019-06-02

Martin Parr's Soviet space dog collection – in pictures “From the first moment I saw a piece of space dog ephemera I was hooked,” says the photographer and avid collector Martin Parr in the foreword to a n...
19:34, 2019-06-01

New breast cancer treatment offers hope of longer life to younger women Combining ribociclib with hormone therapy found to cut risk of death by up to a thirdYounger women with breast cancer have been given the hope of liv...
19:34, 2019-06-01

'It's ghost slavery': the troubling world of pop holograms Dead stars from Whitney Houston to Maria Callas are going on tour again. As Miley Cyrus explores the issue in a new Black Mirror, we uncover the grea...
16:17, 2019-06-01

Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light Enlarge / This article is about lasers (not necessarily the one pictured). (credit: Knick Banas / Flickr) Some of us are anxiously awaiting the pho...
15:34, 2019-06-01

NASA’s Spitzer telescope snaps ‘family portrait’ of epic proportions NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has a habit of providing us with some downright gorgeous views of deep space, but its latest snapshot might actu...
07:51, 2019-06-01

Russia’s Soyuz rocket got nailed by lightning shortly after launch When planning for a rocket launch there are many things that have to be taken into account, and one of the biggest factors is always the weather. Lau...
07:51, 2019-06-01

That the world’s largest airplane may be grounded after a single flight The Stratolaunch aircraft took flight for the first and only time in April. [credit: Stratolaunch ...
01:34, 2019-06-01

Nut of note: 70% of world's macadamia can be traced back to single Australian tree New research shows a single 19th century tree in southern Queensland gave rise to the world’s dominant plant varietyThe small Queensland town of Gymp...
00:51, 2019-06-01

NASA finds evidence of ancient lake on Mars NASA's Curiosity rover has made several discoveries since landing on Mars in August 2012. Now, it's discovered remnants what may be an ancient lake o...
00:17, 2019-06-01

Rocket Report: Omega rocket blows a nozzle, NASA still wants 2020 SLS launch Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 2.02 of the Rocket...
00:17, 2019-06-01

This 2,400-year-old bark shield took a beating in an Iron Age fight Enlarge / This is what the shield looked like after being excavated and conserved. (credit: Michael Bamforth) When they found the shield, Universit...
00:17, 2019-06-01

Ohio lawmakers pass bill to cut renewable requirement, help nuclear and coal Enlarge / Water vapor is emitted from the cooling towers of the FirstEnergy Corp. Perry Nuclear Generating Station in Perry, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday,...
00:17, 2019-06-01

The oceans absorbed extra CO₂ in the 2000s Enlarge / Plankton swirls in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and Somalia. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory) Tracking climate change means (among othe...
00:17, 2019-06-01

Power systems company to build world’s first 1 GW energy storage project in Utah Enlarge / The Intermountain Power Project plant stands in Delta, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The largest coal-fired power plant in Utah p...
00:17, 2019-06-01

NASA picks three companies to attempt Moon landings in 2020 and 2021 With its Z-01 lander, Orbit Beyond will make the first attempt to land on the Moon in September, 2020. [credit: ...
00:17, 2019-06-01

NASA has selected three lunar landers to bring science to the moon Three companies - Orbit Beyond, Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines - have been awarded contracts by NASA to send landers to the moon’s surface in 2020...
23:34, 2019-05-31

Space has potential – we need to look up | Letters Terraforming holds the key to colonising Mars, writes Jan Miller. And we already have a sizeable nuclear fusion reactor, writes David E HankeI don’t ...
21:17, 2019-05-31

Tornado torment: The half dozen people responsible for severe storm warnings For the half dozen on-duty meteorologists – and just two or three on overnights – stationed at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, south of Oklaho...
18:51, 2019-05-31

You can’t teach schoolkids ‘resilience’ when they’re micromanaged every day | Richard Godwin The education secretary wants to ‘toughen up’ pupils, but that means less structure, not moreDon’t tell the Conservative leadership candidates, but t...
17:34, 2019-05-31

Sepsis survivors are at increased risk of death after illness – study Being older, male and having multiple health problems is found to heighten risk factorsSepsis survivors are at a heightened risk of death in the year...
17:34, 2019-05-31

Cracking open the black box of automated machine learning Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed an interactive tool that, for the first time, lets users see and control how automated machine-lear...
17:17, 2019-05-31

Mosquito-killing spider juice offers malaria hope Scientists have genetically modified a fungus to make it produce the same lethal toxin as is found in the funnel web spiderA genetically modified fun...
14:51, 2019-05-31

Koala conservation goes high-tech with virtual reality and drones An Australian project has demonstrated airborne thermal cameras and virtual reality could much more accurately pinpoint where koalas live, and improv...
14:34, 2019-05-31

Sea creature uses stem cells to regrow entire body from a tiny piece Sea squirts use stem cells to regenerate their bodies from nothing but fragments of blood vessel, a finding that could help uncover the evolution of ...
14:34, 2019-05-31

18 new Earth-size exoplanets pop up in old Kepler planet-hunting data Scientists scouring old Kepler Space Telescope data have tracked down 18 more relatively small exoplanets imaged by the famed planet-hunting observat...
12:34, 2019-05-31

Tomorrow's weather forecast: fair with a good chance of improvement – Science Weekly podcast Science Weekly joins forces with our sister technology podcast, Chips with Everything, to look at the future of weather forecasting. Graihagh Jackson...
09:51, 2019-05-31

Newly-discovered fossilized school of fish is like a snapshot in time Finding a single fossil of an animal that died some 50 million years ago is cool. Finding two? That’s just plain awesome. But what about findin...
08:17, 2019-05-31

Astronomers spot dozens of stars that have been evicted from their homes We often think of stars as things that don’t move around much, but in some galaxies, that’s far from a universal truth. New observations ...
04:17, 2019-05-31

LEGO released a new Apollo 11 Lunar Lander, and it looks pretty great LEGO's new set recreates the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [credit: LEGO ] ...
01:51, 2019-05-31

Sonic black holes produce “Hawking radiation,” may confirm famous theory Enlarge / Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. (credit: Wikimedia Commons/Alain r) Israeli physicists think they ...
01:51, 2019-05-31

Quake III Arena is the latest game to see AI top humans Enlarge / Representation of some of the behaviors developed by the FTW algorithm. (credit: Deep Mind) Google's AI subsidiary Deep Mind has built it...
01:51, 2019-05-31

Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains Enlarge / Male Angiostrongylus cantonensis (credit: Punlop Anusonpornperm) Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic...
01:51, 2019-05-31

8-foot alligator visits Florida elementary school just before summer break An 8-foot, 2-inch alligator was found by a custodian at the Palm View Elementary School in Palmetto, Fla., according to the Bradenton Herald. It was ...
00:17, 2019-05-31

Study finds that energy drinks may seriously mess with your heart In a world where working longer and longer hours is becoming the norm, products that keep us awake and alert have rapidly become must-haves for milli...
23:34, 2019-05-30

NASA’s Curiosity just stumbled upon evidence of an ancient Martian lake NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing critical insights into what Mars may have been like long ago, and one of its latest discoveries helps suppo...
23:34, 2019-05-30

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope takes another step towards completion NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is late to its own party, and it’s not just a little bit late. NASA originally planned to have the spac...
23:34, 2019-05-30

Empowering African farmers with data With a couple billion more people estimated to join the global population in the next few decades, world food production could use an upgrade. Africa...
22:34, 2019-05-30

Could fracking with carbon dioxide instead of water be greener? Using CO2 to fracture rocks for oil and gas is being touted as a more environmentally friendly approach to fracking, but it may not be greener overal...
21:51, 2019-05-30

Astronomers catch distant star producing massive flare and plasma blob Astronomers may have spotted a distant star spitting out a giant flare that packed 100,000 times more energy than any seen from Earth's sun, a new st...
20:17, 2019-05-30

100 years ago, a total solar eclipse experiment confirmed Einstein's theory of relativity One hundred years ago today, in the wake of the first World War, a British astronomer watched a solar eclipse for signs that a German physicist may h...
20:17, 2019-05-30

Apollo 11 Moon landing celebrated with new LEGO set To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Lego has partnered with NASA to create the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Luna...
20:17, 2019-05-30

California researchers have found a new way to bring oxygen to Mars One of the biggest issues with putting astronauts on Mars is the weak atmosphere and the lack of oxygen needed to sustain life. Astronauts would need...
20:17, 2019-05-30

We need to talk about how population growth is harming the planet Discussions of population's impact on Earth have been off limits, but scientists and conservationists are challenging the taboo and politicians must ...
17:51, 2019-05-30

Forget rampant killer robots: AI’s real danger is far more insidious AI isn’t going to crush us underfoot, but it does harbour a threat that makes Terminator look innocent: entrenching human biases and turning them aga...
17:51, 2019-05-30

Humans and volcanoes caused nearly all of global heating in past 140 years New study confirms natural cycles play little role in global temperature trends and tackles discrepancies in previous modelsEmissions from fossil fue...
15:00, 2019-05-30

Exploding stars may have put humanity on two feet As human ancestors went from swinging through trees to walking on two legs, they may have received a boost from an unlikely source: ancient supernova...
13:17, 2019-05-30

Crispr gene-editing will change the way Americans eat - here's what's coming The technology will be labeled and subject to stringent health and environment review in the EU, but not in the US, where produce could be radically ...
11:00, 2019-05-30

LAPD employee contracts contagious bacteria that causes deadly typhoid fever An employee at the Los Angeles Police Department has contracted the bacteria that causes the life-threatening typhoid fever, the department said Wedn...
07:17, 2019-05-30

Hydrogen-powered flying vehicle touted as Southern California traffic tonic Developers of a multi-rotor hover craft billed as the first flying vehicle to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells unveiled a full-scale model on Wednes...
06:17, 2019-05-30

A planet that shouldn’t exist was just found orbiting a distant star When astronomers search for exoplanets they rarely know what they’re going to find, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t rules that w...
05:17, 2019-05-30

Scientists suggest a nearby supernova may have prompted human ancestors to walk upright For scientists studying the history of human evolution, determining when certain changes happened and what may have prompted those changes are very i...
02:51, 2019-05-30

Russian cosmonauts are conducting a spacewalk right now, and you can watch it live The International Space Station is one of the most important scientific laboratories on (or around) Earth, and it’s home to travelers from the ...
01:00, 2019-05-30

Sensor-packed glove learns signatures of the human grasp Wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a variety of objects, MIT researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recog...
00:51, 2019-05-30

Ultra-Quantum Matter research gets $8 million boost MIT professors Senthil Todadri and Xiao-Gang Wen are members of the newly established Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter. The effort, funde...
00:51, 2019-05-30

A Signal in Giant Earthquakes That Could Save Lives The full power of the biggest temblors could be determined in as little as 10 to 15 seconds after they begin, a new study finds, and long before it e...
00:17, 2019-05-30

Two white dwarfs collide, may end up as neutron star Enlarge / Two white dwarfs pondering a merger. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) It seems like you can’t go a day without hearing news of a merger. Not co...
22:34, 2019-05-29

US Department of Energy is now referring to fossil fuels as “freedom gas” Enlarge (credit: Photo by Craig Hartley/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Call it a rebranding of "energy dominance." In a press release published on Tue...
22:34, 2019-05-29

Augmented reality changes how people interact and communicate, study finds Enlarge / An actor portrays a participant in a new study of the impact of augmented reality on social interactions. The area inside the dotted line i...
22:34, 2019-05-29

‘MOONRISE’ project will use lasers to melt Moon dust Building a structure anywhere other than Earth is something that has never been done before… at least by mankind. We all like to imagine a col...
21:34, 2019-05-29

Stalled jet stream has caused two weeks of tornadoes in the US A warming Arctic has stalled the jet stream over the Pacific ocean, leading to severe weather across much of the US, including a record-breaking run ...
21:17, 2019-05-29

Singapore's ban on fake news sets a dangerous precedent As tempting as it sounds, Singapore's initiative to curb online misinformation could stop public-interest journalism and stifle academic discourse, s...
21:17, 2019-05-29

Hundreds of puffins are starving to death because of climate change Hundreds of dead seabirds have washed up on an Alaskan island – all apparently starved to death because the warming waters they forage from contain l...
21:17, 2019-05-29

Pluto is coloured red by ammonia spewing from underneath its surface NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found signatures of ammonia on Pluto, which probably spurted from under the surface in fountains relatively recent...
21:17, 2019-05-29

Rogue 'forbidden' planet found in 'Neptunian Desert' Researchers have found a "forbidden" planet roughly three times the size of Earth in an area known as the Neptunian Desert, a place where it should n...
21:00, 2019-05-29

Uber’s quiet ride option is a warning: We are falling victims to convenience | Penelope Blackmore You can outsource pretty much every aspect of irritation in your life. But you can’t outsource lonelinessUber has launched a quiet ride service in th...
20:17, 2019-05-29

Brain scans reveal magic mushroom drug enhances mindfulness meditation Both meditation and psychedelic drugs can lead to more self-awareness and serenity. Now a study has found that combining the two seems to magnify the...
18:51, 2019-05-29

14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing Enlarge / The clay-rich mud of Basura Cave preserved these footprints for 14,000 years. (credit: Emily Packer (Marcomms)) There was a lot more to P...
18:34, 2019-05-29

NASA is running a competition to figure out how to settle the galaxy You have 80 million years, a fleet of starships, and a galaxy to colonise: Go! That’s the problem astrophysicists face in a NASA challenge to settle ...
17:34, 2019-05-29

The mysterious SpaceX Crew Dragon explosion is still being investigated SpaceX has been on a real hot streak as of late, with many successful missions and firsts, like the successful docking of its Crew Dragon capsule to ...
16:51, 2019-05-29

The government is serious about creating mind-controlled weapons DARPA, the Department of Defense's research arm, is paying scientists to invent ways to instantly read soldiers' minds using tools like genetic engin...
16:34, 2019-05-29

Last surviving Sumatran rhinoceros dies in Malaysia Tam was Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhinoceros. Today, the 35-year-old died surrounded by his caretakers and vets at the Borneo Rhino San...
16:34, 2019-05-29

Yellowstone feels earthquake aftershocks – 60 years later A gargantuan number of earthquakes hit Yellowstone National Park in 2017 and 2018, sparking worries that it could trigger an eruption of the world's ...
16:34, 2019-05-29

Former US defense official: We know UFOs are real - here's why that's concerning After a bombshell report detailing near-daily interactions with unidentified flying objects by Navy pilots in 2014 and 2015, former Secretary of Defe...
16:34, 2019-05-29

Florida treasure hunter seeks owner of miniature urn that may contain mother’s ashes A Florida man is searching for the owner of a necklace, which appeared to hold the ashes of their mother, after he discovered the apparently lost tre...
16:34, 2019-05-29

Family to be deported from Australia because son has cystic fibrosis An Irish family settled in Australia are calling for community support after their bid to stay in the country was denied due to the cost of their son...
15:51, 2019-05-29

DNA coated with silica could store masses of data in a single gram A gram of DNA can store millions of terabytes of data, but the fragile molecule can break down and lose the information – a new technique makes DNA m...
15:51, 2019-05-29

Superfog can cause fatal car accidents and now we know how it forms When smoke and moisture mix they can generate very dense ‘superfog’ that can lead to fatal car accidents. A lab experiment hints at why the superfog ...
15:51, 2019-05-29

Feeling ‘burned out’ is now an official medical diagnosis Do you ever just feel totally burned out? I don’t mean the run-of-the-mill exhausted feeling we all endure from time to time, I mean really, re...
15:00, 2019-05-29

Pantry ingredients can help grow carbon nanotubes Baking soda, table salt, and detergent are surprisingly effective ingredients for cooking up carbon nanotubes, researchers at MIT have found. In a...
11:34, 2019-05-29

Childish Gambino choreographer urges fans to step up for young rural Africans Sherrie Silver, who was behind acclaimed video This is America, launches virtual dance ‘petition’ to promote investment in farmingShe made a name for...
10:34, 2019-05-29

Which Box Do You Check? Some States Are Offering a Nonbinary Option As nonbinary teenagers push for driver’s licenses that reflect their identity, a fraught debate over the nature of gender has arrived in the nation’s...
09:17, 2019-05-29

Reggie Perrin or Walter White: what does a 21st-century midlife crisis look like? For years, the midlife crisis has been no more than a sitcom joke. But now some experts are insisting that’s because we don’t understand how it has c...
09:17, 2019-05-29

Earth's water could have interstellar origin, study says Water is one of the major building blocks of life and Earth has an abundance of it, as 71 percent of its surface is covered by water, largely due to ...
06:34, 2019-05-29

UFO 'sightings' explode as SpaceX Starlink 'train' appears Astronomer and author Marco Langbroek managed to capture an incredible image of Musk's SpaceX Starlink satellites after they were shortly deployed, s...
06:34, 2019-05-29

Five most over-the-top climate warnings While there is a broad scientific consensus that man’s activity is playing a role in warming the planet, critics say the effects have been blown out ...
06:34, 2019-05-29

Animated Mona Lisa was created by AI, and it's terrifying The enigmatic, painted smile of the "Mona Lisa" is known around the world, but that famous face recently displayed a startling new range of expressio...
06:34, 2019-05-29

Elephant Man’s newly discovered grave gets official plaque more than 100 years after his death Officials in the U.K. have placed a plaque at the newly discovered gravesite of Joseph Merrick, who is known as the "Elephant Man," more than a centu...
06:34, 2019-05-29

United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges The countries may increase their climate goals, but the United Nations says that to avert extreme warming, an “exponential increase in ambition” is n...
03:01, 2019-05-29

Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker With Purdue Pharma and Teva settling the case, the state sought to hold J & J responsible for the broader opioid crisis. The company argued that it o...
03:01, 2019-05-29

The Planets review – so staggering you go ‘whoa!’ every few seconds The awesome vastness of time and space is laid out in its full, jawdropping incomprehensibility by Prof Brian Cox, the Attenborough of outer spaceTow...
03:00, 2019-05-29

Night shifts do not increase breast cancer risk, study concludes UK study covering 100,000 women finds ‘no overall link’ between cancer and night workNight shift work does not increase the risk of breast cancer, fi...
03:00, 2019-05-29

Watch dozens of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites speeding through the night sky Last week, SpaceX successfully launched its very first satellite-packed Starlink mission, with dozens of the tiny communications devices traveling to...
01:51, 2019-05-29

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is lashing out as it dies Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is one of the most iconic features of any planet in our Solar System. The colossal, swirling storm has dominated Jupit...
01:51, 2019-05-29

NASA just released a hype video for a Moon mission that probably won’t happen NASA has planned on returning to the Moon for some time now, hashing out plans for its Lunar Gateway which will eventually serve as a jumping-off poi...
01:51, 2019-05-29

Malaysia would very much like the United States to stop sending it boxes of trash If a package showed up at your doorstep containing nothing more than garbage you’d probably demand to know where it came from and, once you fig...
01:51, 2019-05-29

Atomically thin material could cut need for transistors in half With the development of carbon nanotubes and graphene, scientists were given an entirely new collection of materials to work with: sheets and tubes t...
01:34, 2019-05-29

How Russia (yes, Russia) plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon by 2030 Rockets for the Moon: developmental new vehicles (payload capacity to LEO in metric tons), including various Angara rockets, the Soyuz 5 booster, and...
01:34, 2019-05-29

Lobbying cost of US cap-and-trade bill estimated at 1% its climate cost Enlarge / House Republicans hold a press conference opposing part of the Waxman-Markey Bill with the help of a chart representing... something. (cred...
01:34, 2019-05-29

IEA: Nuke retirements could lead to 4 billion metric tons of extra CO2 emissions Enlarge / A view of the decommissioned Duke Energy Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant. (credit: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) A report re...
01:34, 2019-05-29

African elephant poaching is falling at last - but it's still too high The number of African elephants being killed by poachers has fallen to below 15,000 per year, which is still too high for populations to have a futur...
22:51, 2019-05-28

What do the European Parliament results mean for climate change? Green parties have made gains in the European Parliament and may become coalition partners. But newly-elected populists are likely to fight climate a...
22:51, 2019-05-28

Exploding stars led to humans walking on two legs, radical study suggests Scientists say surge of radiation led to lightning causing forest fires, making adaptation vitalIt was the evolutionary leap that defined the species...
15:51, 2019-05-28

Three cases of potentially deadly rat lungworm infections confirmed in Hawaii Health officials have now confirmed a total of three cases of rat lungworm disease in travelers who spent time in Hawaii. A report from the Hawaii De...
13:51, 2019-05-28

Climber who warned of Everest overcrowding perishes during descent Climbing Mt. Everest used to be something that very few people even considered, much less attempted. Today, things are a bit different, and at any gi...
13:51, 2019-05-28

Man swimming off Hawaii coast killed in shark attack A 65-year-old man swimming off the coast of Maui on Saturday morning is now dead after an encounter with a shark. Thomas Smiley, who CNN reports was ...
13:51, 2019-05-28

If Australia and Europe fail to act on climate they risk their future Election results indicate a blow for efforts to fight climate change. Everyone should be clear that is in no one’s long-term environmental or economi...
10:34, 2019-05-28

Malaysia’s Last Known Male Sumatran Rhino Has Died The last known male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia has died following a months-long battle with worsening health, National Geographic reports. The death ...
09:17, 2019-05-28

Amateur astronomers report seeing 'blades' on Jupiter's Great Red Spot What's in a name?What's in a name? Well, for the amateur astronomers and scientists fixated on Jupiter, there's been a recent need to describe its ic...
00:17, 2019-05-28

The FDA just approved a baby-saving drug that carries an obscene $2.1 million price tag You can’t put a price on life, but that isn’t stopping Swiss drugmaker Novartis from trying. The company just scored approval from the U....
23:17, 2019-05-27

NASA sent a helicopter on a nosedive to test Mars landing hardware NASA’s Mars 2020 mission could teach us some incredible new things about our planetary neighbor, and even provide us with valuable insights tha...
23:17, 2019-05-27

3Q: Yet-Ming Chiang on reopening the case of cold fusion Researchers at MIT have collaborated with a team of scientists from the University of British Columbia, the University of Maryland, Lawrence Berkeley...
20:17, 2019-05-27

Marriage and children don’t always make women happy. Who knew? | Suzanne Moore Should Prof Paul Dolan’s pronouncements change the way we think about life? Er …Some of my best friends are in a subgroup: “unmarried and childless w...
19:34, 2019-05-27

Liftoff: the new race to the moon begins With Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and others making plans, the race is on to put people back on the moonFor Nasa employee Ryan Zeigler, the pr...
11:17, 2019-05-27

Starwatch: look high to find Lyra's musical charm The small constellation, named for Orpheus’s lyre, boasts one of the sky’s brightest starsLyra is a small, rather faint constellation in the northern...
22:51, 2019-05-26

Washington Governor signs bill to allow composting human bodies Enlarge / Mockup of a future Recompose facility. (credit: MOLT Studios) This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to allow the compos...
19:51, 2019-05-26

My aunt has died – and with her goes a treasure trove of family memories | Emma Brockes My mother’s sister had a terrifyingly good memory. Who will now recall our childhood sweethearts – or her mother’s lover?The loss of an aunt isn’t on...
16:34, 2019-05-26

Life on Mars? Sorry Brian Cox, that’s still science fiction | Philip Ball The utopian vision of humans colonising the red planet to solve our energy and population crises is a misguided fantasyWho said this? “I’ve been havi...
16:34, 2019-05-26

Top UK scientist urges people to take vitamin D supplements Geneticist Steve Jones, formerly a sceptic, says case for doing so is overwhelmingOne of Britain’s leading scientists has urged people to take vitami...
16:34, 2019-05-26

Test performance, gender, and temperature (credit: Nest) As we move from a season marked by unstoppable heating units and into one dominated by aggressive air conditioning. Figuring out how...
15:34, 2019-05-26

The $2m drug reveals medical research as a casino culture | Kenan Malik Does Zolgensma, a revolutionary one-off treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, really need to cost so much?How much is a life worth? $2.15m? That’s t...
09:17, 2019-05-26

Boston man says someone broke into his house, cleaned it, then left Discovering that someone had broken into your home while you were away is a terrifying thing. What did they want? What did they break, rummage throug...
22:00, 2019-05-25

Emory University Fires 2 Neuroscientists Accused of Hiding Chinese Ties Emory University fired two neuroscientists after they were accused of failing to disclose foreign research funding and connections with China. Li Xia...
21:51, 2019-05-25

Astrology superstar Susan Miller: 'I can really respond to people online' She has 17m followers, a figure set to double this year. So how has Susan Miller made the ancient pseudo-science of fortune-telling a world-wide phen...
18:51, 2019-05-25

Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer applyWe may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up...
18:51, 2019-05-25

Apollo 11: the fight for the first footprint on the moon The decision to let Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon was controversial – especially with his colleague Buzz AldrinIt was 1969. The las...
18:51, 2019-05-25

The world’s smallest McDonald’s just opened, but only bees are invited If you’re looking for a McDonald’s restaurant in Sweden, you just gained another option. A first-of-its-kind McDonald’s location wa...
18:51, 2019-05-25