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NASA has discovered our solar system’s twin with 8 planets
December 14th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The Kepler telescope has revealed a new planet in a system like ours. It shares a star with 7 other planets, tying our record for most worlds in a solar system
Venice may be almost 200 years older than anyone thought
December 14th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Two peach stones found in sediment beneath Saint Mark’s Basilica could extend the history of Venice by 180 years
England’s shift to opt-out organ donation will save many lives
December 14th, 2017, 04:24 PM
It was always a travesty that hundreds of people die due to a lack of transplant organs. An opt-out donation scheme in England was long overdue, says John Chisholm
Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter
December 14th, 2017, 04:24 PM
One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they can’t account for all the dark matter
A family in Italy doesn’t feel pain because of a gene mutation
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Six members of the same family have a reduced sensitivity to pain, meaning they don’t notice when they break bones. Now the gene responsible has been identified
Robot that’s the width of a hair masters Pac-Man and cuts cheese
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Tiny metal robots can plot their own route around a maze modelled on the iconic video game – and could be used in surgery one day
TB, or not TB? At last, a urine test can diagnose it quickly
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
For the first time, a urine test has been developed that reliably detects tuberculosis – a valuable weapon in the fight against an infection that kills millions
This is the oldest fossil of a plesiosaur from the dinosaur era
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A nearly complete skeleton of an early long-necked plesiosaur has been found in a clay pit in Germany, and reveals they survived a mass extinction
Restarting dead people’s hearts lets doctors reuse their organs
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
With a growing shortage of organ donors, doctors are now considering restarting dead people's hearts or even taking organs from patients who are technically alive
Why 2018 is gearing up to be a tipping point for climate action
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
What will next year hold for global temperatures, carbon dioxide levels, the electric car revolution and Trump's coal dream, wonders Owen Gaffney
Children are becoming problem gamblers due to a legal loophole
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A report from the UK Gambling Commission reveals that children are being lured into gambling through “skin bets” in online games
Sad ‘pigs’ have been filmed apparently mourning a dead friend
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Famously clever animals like chimps and monkeys seem to grieve for dead comrades, but now even wild relatives of pigs called peccaries have been seen mourning
Giant tortoises are rare today but once roamed four continents
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
An evolutionary tree of tortoises shows the animals have become gigantic on at least seven occasions – and that they did not do so where we thought
Mars overdue a planet-wide dust storm that could harm the rovers
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Mars could have a mega dust storm in 2018. Now we know how the Red Planet's massive storms can cascade into a catastrophe for rovers or future settlers
Joke Christmas medical journal papers make unfunny bad science
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Respected medical journal the BMJ has a long history of publishing silly papers at Christmas, but the joke is wearing thin - and actually harming science
Fentanyl considered for execution cocktail by two US states
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Nevada and Nebraska are considering using the opioid drug fentanyl to carry out death penalty executions
Weaponised microwave may be behind alleged sonic attacks in Cuba
December 13th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Headaches, nausea and hearing loss felt by US diplomats in Cuba might be the result of a beam of pulsed microwaves in which the microwaves are heard as sound
The tiny space rock New Horizons is headed for may have a moon
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon
Mysterious streaks seen on Saturn’s moons could be ancient rings
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A series of parallel lines on Saturn’s moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface?
Record-breaking two-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species
Anti-vax views must not derail France’s compulsory vaccine law
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The nation is about to make 11 childhood vaccines mandatory, but unless anti-vax echo chambers are tackled, the law may not fulfil its promise, says Laura Spinney
Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Some people who fast regularly, like those following the 5:2 diet, feel mentally sharper. Now evidence in mice may explain how fasting boosts brainpower
‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species
Nomadic birds in danger after spate of wildfires in key wetland
December 12th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The Hutovo Blato wetland in Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered its latest severe fire in October, and may vanish within decades - threatening many bird species
Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars
We may know why younger brothers are more likely to be gay
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
An immune response in some pregnant women’s bodies may explain the “fraternal birth order effect” – that men are more likely to be gay the more older brothers they have
Bumblebees solve the travelling salesman problem on the fly
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
While buzzing between flowers, bees can solve the maths dilemma called the travelling salesman problem by finding the shortest route that visits every blossom
Food delivery robots are teaching themselves how to cross roads
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Until now, delivery robots have always needed humans to help them when things get tricky. Now machine learning has helped them work out how to manage without us
Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Over 3 billion years ago, the sun was faint so our planet should have been a snowball. But it wasn’t – and microorganisms may have been what kept it warm
Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt
December 11th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The world's first full-scale power plant carbon capture project has stumbled, but we can't let that risk the future of a technology we need, says Olive Heffernan
Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Two gene variants have been found to be more common in gay men. New Scientist looks at what this tells us about the way biology shapes our sexuality
That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star
Will wildfires finally change Rupert Murdoch’s climate stance?
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The media-mogul's Santa Monica vineyard was saved from wildfire destruction, but the world may yet burn thanks to his climate views, says Richard Schiffman
Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
An analysis of thousands of women has found that the older your mother was when you were born, the more likely you are to be childless – but we don’t know why
US cyberweapons have been stolen and there’s nothing we can do
December 8th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Malicious code exploits are the new weapons of war, but can we ever reach international agreement on how they should be used and who gets to control them?
Africa’s giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony’s army
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Elephants, giraffes, giant elands and chimpanzees are being decimated by poachers linked to violent militias in a lawless region of central Africa
Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas
Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A quasar from the early universe could help us understand how the biggest black holes form and when the universe had its last major transformation
A boy is missing the vision bit of his brain but can still see
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A seven-year-old boy whose brain doesn’t have a visual processing centre has baffled doctors. Despite missing this brain area, he is still able to see
Robot’s terrible jokes are a new test of machine intelligence
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
An AI trained to improvise jokes around topics suggested by an audience is testing the ways we perceive and interact with intelligent machines  
Lizards re-evolved eggs after thousands of years of live births
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
It’s an evolutionary U-turn: a group of egg-laying lizards evolved from live-bearing ancestors, which are in turn descended from even older egg-layers
NASA fires Voyager 1’s engines for the first time in 37 years
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
By firing a set of thrusters that have been gathering dust for more than 3 decades, NASA has extended the lifetime of the Voyager 1 mission by a few years
Want to be the boss? How to signal your leadership potential
December 7th, 2017, 04:24 PM
We all assess if a person is leadership material without realising it. By changing your body language, and talking in the right way, you may boost your chances
Earth’s climate will warm 15 per cent more than we thought
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Climate models have always offered a range of possible temperature rises, but it turns out the ones that best fit what’s happened so far all predict even greater warming
Gruesome eyeball wounds patched up with squirt of smart glue
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
On the battlefield, it may not be possible to stitch up eyeball injuries. A glue that responds to body temperature can plug up wounds until help is available
Welcome to the limb lab where organs are kept alive on shelves
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Clare Wilson visits a body-parts workshop where limbs, hearts and kidneys are reanimated, with the aim of improving transplants and developing new treatments
Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth
Superheated water makes microwaved eggs explode when you dig in
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Be careful when nuking your breakfast. A hard-boiled egg reheated in the microwave can explode with a rush of steam and a sound as loud as a chainsaw
How we breathe between words can be used to identify us
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The patterns of inhalations made by people when they speak seem to be unique to each individual -  and could be used to ensnare hoax callers
Japan’s refusal to stop ivory trade undermines bans elsewhere
December 6th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Even though other countries are clamping down on illegal ivory, the unconstrained trade in Japan may offer loopholes for criminals to keep selling ivory – fuelling elephant poaching
The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it
Artificial ovary may fine-tune treatment for menopause symptoms
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Many women experiencing menopause have mood swings, forgetfulness and weight gain. Could an implant be a safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy?
Destruction of war-torn Syria brought to London by AI
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
UNICEF is using artificial intelligence to show what disaster would look like in your city, bringing international charity campaigns closer to home
Sumatran tigers fall 17 per cent and have just two strongholds
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
There are now only two viable populations of Sumatran tigers left in the wild, so if the cats are to be saved those areas have to be protected
Robofish floats about tracking antibiotics in the Great Lakes
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A robotic fish is going to use sensors to monitor the levels of anibiotics in Michigan's Great Lakes region
World’s richest science prize hands out $22 million for research
December 5th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Science’s richest prizes, the Breakthrough Awards, were presented at a star-studded ceremony in California on Sunday night.
Planets near dangerous stars could shield alien life under smog
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Red and white dwarfs make nasty neighbours due to spurts of deadly radiation, but alien life could still form on planets nearby if shielded by smog or oceans
Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks
Focus on liberty and purity may change anti-vax parents’ minds
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases? The moral ideas of purity and liberty may play a role
Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core
Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride
Why the internet’s CiCo calorie count diet won’t keep weight off
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
An old dietary fad has got a fresh lease of life: Calories in-Calories out, or CiCo to its new devotees. It still doesn't add up, says Anthony Warner
Why it’s good that NHS England is cutting back on prescriptions
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Patients in England are set to lose access to a raft of prescription drugs through the National Health Service – but only overpriced, ineffective or dangerous ones
Why do female monkeys spend so long looking at rugged males?
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Female monkeys spend more time staring at males that have highly masculine facial features, but we don’t know if they fancy them or fear them
Kids are alright whatever the family make-up, so let them be
December 4th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Children brought up by single parents, heterosexual partners or same-sex couples are all equally healthy and happy. The law needs to catch up with society
A shipwreck has been found from the time of Alexander the Great
December 1st, 2017, 04:24 PM
Of three wrecked ships found near Cyprus, one dates from around 330 BC and hints at a vast trading network that spanned the Mediterranean
Weird magnets could make computers that work 1000 times faster
December 1st, 2017, 04:24 PM
We are approaching the physical limits of our computer drives. Antiferromagnets could outdo our fastest technology without using huge amounts of energy
Hummingbirds have massive hearts to power their hovering flight
December 1st, 2017, 04:24 PM
Birds that hover in front of flowers have huge hearts to power their energy-intensive flight, and even birds that glide effortlessly need fairly big hearts to keep it up
Migraine drug makes people have fewer ‘migraine days’
December 1st, 2017, 04:24 PM
A large trial has found that a drug can halve the amount of time that people are laid low by migraines, and reduce the number of ‘migraine days’ a person has
A bacterium has been engineered to make ‘unnatural’ proteins
December 1st, 2017, 04:24 PM
A microorganism with two extra letters in its genetic code, can create proteins far more complex and versatile than anything found in nature
Weird tiny galaxies found hiding in Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
We just found 72 new galaxies in one of the most studied areas of the sky. We can’t see their stars, but they were revealed by the glow of hydrogen gas
The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it
Baby pterosaurs were cute, defenceless and unable to fly
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Over 200 pterosaur eggs have been found at a site in China, the largest such discovery on record, and the embryos inside reveal what newly-hatched pterosaurs were like
Married people are much less likely to get dementia
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
People who are single for life are 42 per cent more likely to get dementia, but marriage isn’t always good for your health – especially if you’re a woman
Teenage brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Adolescent brains aren’t developed enough to adapt to relatively risky situations, which may explain why some choose not to study for important exams
No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis
Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
People are up in arms over new UK food labelling guidelines that advise storing tomatoes in the fridge. Does flavour have to lose out to reduce spoilage?
Addicted to tech? A brain chemical imbalance may be to blame
November 30th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A study of Korean teenagers suggests a brain chemical imbalance can be a sign of tech addiction. But is it really possible to be addicted to your smartphone?
Your smartphone behaviour may decide whether you get a loan
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Some loan companies in India and Kenya are using contact details, text messages, and call logs to decide who makes the cut
Exercise hormone protects against bad complications in surgery
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A hormone released by muscles during exercise has been found to protect mice from complications during surgery caused by restricted blood flow
The fashion industry can only go green by becoming unfashionable
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Fashion is facing up to how wasteful it is, but its impact on the environment goes far beyond fast fashion and ever-changing trends
Fertility clinics are fudging IVF stats to look more successful
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Would-be parents seeking IVF treatment use published success rates to choose a clinic – but the stats don't reflect the real chance of getting pregnant
Malaria is no longer in decline and that should worry us all
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The fight to end malaria is stalling after more than a decade of progress. We need to wake up and reinvigorate attempts to eradicate it, says Azra Ghani
Weird ‘underground’ flower has evolved to look like a mushroom
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The cast-iron plant's flowers bloom just above the surface of the soil and are often buried. They may mimic mushrooms and serve to attract a surprising pollinator
Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission
Politics chat on Reddit reads like it was written by 6-year-olds
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
You’re not imagining it: after 2016, the sophistication and civility of political discourse on sites like Reddit dropped from secondary school reading levels to barely literate
Men in the UK have the highest obesity rates in Europe
November 29th, 2017, 04:24 PM
As many as 27 per cent of men – and 29 per cent of women – in the UK are now obese, meaning the country has one of the worst obesity problems in Europe
North Korea launches another long-range missile toward Japan
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
In a late-night test, North Korea has launched what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile with potential to reach as far as Washington DC
‘Super-spreader’ coral could restore trashed Great Barrier Reef
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Most of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may well be destroyed in the next few decades, but hubs of resilient coral could make larvae to restore it all
Did Pokémon Go really kill 250 people in traffic accidents?
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A surge in road accidents in Indiana has been blamed on Pokémon Go, but other apps are also likely to be contributing to a rise in crashes
Hey, Flat Earther, no need to launch a rocket to test your ideas
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Memo to Mike Hughes - there are plenty of ways to check if Earth is flat or not without building your own rocket, says Ian Whittaker
NHS turns to ethical hackers to defend it from malicious attacks
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
The NHS is hoping that penetration tests favoured by big technology companies will keep it safe from hackers, but if they are to adopt this approach they need to change other attitudes
Hearing implant uses lasers to shoot sound into your ear
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Using lasers instead of electrodes to vibrate the hairs in the inner ears could lead to less damaging cochlear implants
Another psychedelic revolution, but this time it’s different
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
After years battling arduous laws and red tape, psychedelic therapy research is enjoying new found freedoms. The onus is now on scientists to prove it really works
Artificial embryonic stem cells tested in people for first time
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
A type of “virgin birth” stem cell could be as powerful as embryonic stem cells but without the same ethical objections, and are being tested for Parkinson’s
A grim winter looms for UK hospitals but there’s an easy cure
November 28th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Winter crises grip the UK health system with worrying predictability and this year’s could be severe. We can move beyond this seasonal chaos, says Luke Allen
Madagascar’s lemurs close to extinction after population crash
November 27th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Ring-tailed lemurs have experienced a precipitous decline over the last two decades and are now one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world
Feather-light artificial muscles lift 1000 times own weight
November 27th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Lightweight muscle-bot has the strength-to-weight ratio of a newborn lifting an SUV
What to expect if Indonesia’s volcano erupts in a big way
November 27th, 2017, 04:24 PM
Mount Agung's last big eruption was in 1963, and a major blast could create an ash cloud that disrupts air travel for weeks, and temporarily cool the global climate as well