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2019-03-06 12:17:05

Ancient 'shrimp' was the blue whale of the Cambrian

Video:Watchthefilter-feedingmotionoftheancientshrimpABIGshrimp-likeanimalistheoldestknownswimmerthatsievedfoodoutofthewater

2019-03-06 12:12:26

Facebook and Oculus: Social media's extra dimension

ByChrisBaraniuk(Image:RobynBeck/AFP/Getty)Facebookhasjustannouncedasurprisemove.Thesocialmediagiantspentnolessthan$2billionacquiringOculusVR

2019-03-06 12:05:10

Mudslides could be predicted with acoustic sensors

THEYwerewarned.HeavyrainfallhasbeenblamedforthelargestlandslideintheUSforadecade.OnMonday

2019-03-06 10:18:02

Europe's home-grown space shuttle gears up for launch

EUROPE’Shome-grownspaceshuttleistakingshape.IfthemaidenflightoftheIntermediateeXperimentalVehicle(IXV

2019-03-06 10:14:26

Asteroid surprises with set of shiny Saturn-like rings

(Image:LucieMaquet)LIKEtinyversionsofSaturn

2019-03-06 10:09:18

Robot can wear your friend's face and guess your mood

ByPaulMarksVideo:Robotheadputsonyourfriend’sface(Image:EngineeredArts)Thespookyroboticheadwaswatchingme.AsIpassedby

2019-03-06 10:03:15

Asteroid surprises with set of shiny Saturn-like rings

ByNicolaJennerVideo:Seehowthespacerock’sshinyringswerefoundAsteroidswithSaturn-envycandeckthemselvesoutwithglitteringrings.Aspacerockcalled10199Charikloisthefirstasteroidknowntohavearingsystem

2019-03-06 09:18:04

Robotic planet-hunter bags its first exoplanets

ByLisaGrossman(Image:LaurieHatch)Theworld’sfirstroboticplanet-huntingtelescopehasbaggeditsfirstplanets.TheAutomatedPlanetFinder(APF)–a2.4-metretelescopelocatedatLickObservatoryonMountHamiltoninCalifo

2019-03-06 09:14:09

Pull arsenic from drinking water and convert to bricks

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:StuartIsett/Anzenberger/eyevine)MOREthan100millionpeoplearoundtheworldareexposedtodangerouslevelsofarsenic

2019-03-06 09:06:07

Even low levels of stress could cause infertility

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2019-03-06 08:01:09

Designer chromosomes could turn cells into factories

ByColinBarras(Image:LarsRuecker/GettyImages)Syntheticbiologistshavecookedupsomethingnew:anentirelysyntheticchromosome.Thedevelopmentisbeinghailedasamilestoneforbiology.Itcouldleadtomicrobesthatpr

2019-03-06 07:13:17

Less gloopy oceans will slow climate change

THEthinnerthebetter.Ourchangingclimatewillmaketheoceanslessviscous–goodnewsasitmeanstheywillbemuchbetteratburyingatmosphericcarbonoutofharm’swayontheseabed.Itwon’tstopglobalwarming

2019-03-06 07:11:29

Data not debris shows Malaysia plane crashed into sea

MATHShassolvedthemystery.Ananalyticaltechniqueneverbeforeappliedtoaircrafttrackingthisweekledinvestigatorstoatragicconclusion:themissingMalaysiaAirlinesjetcrashedintothesouthernIndianOceankillingall

2019-03-06 07:07:29

Tree of bird life could solve Noah's Ark problem

ByAndyCoghlan(Image:YukihiroFukuda/Naturepl.com)Update

2019-03-06 06:08:14

Stem cell scientists reveal 'unethical' work pressures

ByHelenThomson(Image:TheAsahiShimbunviaGettyImages)“PARADIGMchanger”to“sloppyandirresponsible”.Injusttwomonths

2019-03-06 06:02:28

Rise of robot reporters: when software writes the news

ByAvivaRutkinJUST3minutesafteranearthquakehitCalifornialastweek

2019-03-06 05:17:06

Vanishing mirror turns into a window as you spin it

ByJacobAron(Image:WeishunXuandYuhaoZhang)Youwalkpastamirror

2019-03-06 05:07:18

Stem cell scientists reveal 'unethical' work pressures

ByHelenThomson(Image:TheAsahiShimbunviaGettyImages)From“paradigmchanger”to“sloppyandirresponsible“.Injusttwomonths

2019-03-06 05:06:10

Stuff: A few of your favourite things

ByTiffanyO'CallaghanWeaskedNewScientistreaderswhatitemyouhadpurchasedinthepastdecadethatbroughtyouthemosthappiness–forachancetowinasetofgorgeouslyboundpopularsciencebooksfromtheFolioSociety.Nearly2000

2019-03-06 05:06:02

Map of how DNA controls cells may boost gene therapies

THEclearestmapyetofhowgenesareusedbycellstomakeourbodiesworkhasbeendrawn.Itischallengingideasaboutwhatourgenesdoandmayacceleratethedevelopmentofgenetherapies.Everycellinthebodycontainsthesamegeneticco

2019-03-06 05:03:16

Map of how DNA controls cells may boost gene therapies

ByMichaelSlezakTheclearestmapyetofhowgenescontrolcellstomakeourbodiesworkhasbeendrawnup.Themapischallengingideasaboutwhatourgenesdoandmayacceleratethedevelopmentofgene-basedtherapies.Everycellinyourbo

2019-03-06 04:18:15

New dwarf planet hints at giant world far beyond Pluto

AMONSTERmaybelurkinginoursolarsystem.Thestrangeorbitofanewlydiscovereddwarfplanethintsatagiant

2019-03-06 03:11:28

New dwarf planet hints at giant world far beyond Pluto

ByNicolaJennerAsurprisemonstermaybelurkinginoursolarsystem.Anewlydiscovereddwarfplanethasgrabbedthecrownasthemostdistantknownobjectinoursolarsystem–anditsorbithintsatagiant

2019-03-06 02:10:24

One Per Cent

(Image:RudiSebastian/Plainpicture)Sunworship–withoutsunscreenSoakuptherayswithouttheburn.AwristbandthatmonitorsexposuretoUVraysallowspeopletosafelysoakupthelightneededtomakevitaminD.The$50SunFriend

2019-03-06 01:11:13

Expert nose: we can sniff out over a trillion smells

OURnosesaresharperthantheylook.Theycantellapartatleastatrillionsmells–farmorethanwethought.Everysmellisamixtureofchemicalscalledodorants.Thereceivedwisdomwasthatthehumannosecanrecogniseabout10

2019-03-05 12:14:06

China sting shows censors fear posts that incite unrest

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:LaurentFievet/AFP/Getty)Lastyear

2019-03-05 11:18:08

Robo bomb squads compete to gather evidence after a drone attack

RandyMontoya/SandiaNationalLaboratories.ByChelseaWhyte“WelcometoReconRally.Inthisscenario

2019-03-05 11:18:07

Team moon vs team Mars: the battle over the future of NASA

NASAByStuartClarkOFTHE12menwhowalkedonthemoon

2019-03-05 11:12:02

Botox blitz could work against stomach cancers

ByPhilippaSkett(Image:TopalovDjura/Getty)Couldthedestroyerofwrinklesalsoworkoncancer?Gastriccanceristhefifthmostcommoncancerintheworldandcanbehardtotreat.Chemotherapyisoftennotenoughtostoptumo

2019-03-05 11:06:09

Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

ByMichaelSlezakVideo:Maleweevilsextacticsvarywithsize(Image:UniversityofAuckland)Zoologgerisourweeklycolumnhighlightingextraordinaryanimals–andoccasionallyotherorganisms–fromaroundtheworldSpecies

2019-03-05 11:02:11

Five sites shortlisted for Rosetta's comet landing

ByJacobAronWe’rethere

2019-03-05 10:13:08

Stretchy plastics hide secret pictures

ByJacobAronSqueezingorstretchingtheplasticrevealsahiddenimage:inthesecasesthesunandarabbit.(Image:SiyunYe

2019-03-05 09:12:08

Colonists could use genetically modified bacteria to settle Mars

NASAByMichaelLePagePacking E.coli onatriptoMarscouldbethebestwayforhumanstosurviveontheRedPlanet.InitialfeasibilitystudiessuggestMarscolonistscoulduse“living”self-healingmaterialstobuildhabitats,

2019-03-05 09:07:05

Open schools later so teens can lie in, say US doctors

ByAndyCoghlan(Image:MaryStephens/GettyImages)Americanteenagers

2019-03-05 08:20:02

Supercomputers make discoveries that scientists can't

ByHalHodson(Image:RobinLynneGibson/Getty)INMAYlastyear

2019-03-05 08:15:08

Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

ByPennySarchet(Image:BSIP/UIGViaGettyImages)It’saselfiethatmightsaveyoursight.Animplantedsensorcouldhelppeoplewithglaucomamonitorthepressureintheireyesusingasmartphonecamera.Thesecondbiggestcauseof

2019-03-05 08:13:05

Eating less red meat protects against endometriosis

SimonDawson/Bloomberg/GettyImagesByAliceKleinWomenwhoeatlessredmeathavealowerriskofdevelopingendometriosis

2019-03-05 08:04:11

The Milky Way has devoured 15 other galaxies since it formed

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2019-03-05 08:01:04

Why the moral panic over Fortnite is nothing to worry about

SteveMeddle/REX/ShutterstockByClareWilsonFortnite

2019-03-05 05:10:01

The high-tech hunt for James Foley's killer

ByAvivaRutkinWhokilledJamesFoley?Lastweek

2019-03-05 05:09:01

Earliest stars lived short, fiery lives

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:NationalAstronomicalObservatoryofJapan)Thefirststarsmayhavebeenbigshotsthatwentoutinablazeofglory.Astellarfossilhasrevealednewinsightsintoalong-extinctspeciesofprimordialstars.

2019-03-05 05:05:11

The New York bird with a song that may be a thousand years old

RobertLachlanSwampsparrowsarecopycats.Youngbirdslearnthenotesofbirdsongandcopythem

2019-03-05 04:15:10

Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time

ByMichaelSlezak(Image:SimonDESCAMPS/getty)Severepain?Reachfortheyeast.Geneticallyengineeredyeastscannowefficientlyproducearangeofopiates

2019-03-05 04:14:05

Colony ship to nearest star only needs crew of 100 to survive

ESO/M.KornmesserByAdamMannAninitialcrewofjust98peoplemightbeallthatisneededtosurviveatriptoanotherstar.Itturnsoutthisistheminimumnumberneededtomaintainahealthypopulationduringasix-millennia-longtrekto

2019-03-05 03:07:11

Californian earthquake piles stress on dangerous fault

ByLisaGrossman(Image:JoshEdelson/AFP/GettyImages)Itwasbad

2019-03-05 02:09:10

NASA outlines its plans to deal with a large asteroid impact

ZoonarGmbH/AlamyStockPhotoByChelseaWhyteThechancesofalargeasteroidendinguponacollisioncoursewithEarthareslim

2019-03-05 02:03:02

Ötzi the Iceman ran out of rock to make his tools before he died

KennethGarrett/NationalGeographicByMichaelMarshallAprehistoricmanwhobecamemummifiedinamountainglacierwasindirestraitstowardstheendofhislife

2019-03-05 02:02:01

Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size

ByAndyCoghlan(Image:BradWilson/Getty)Chimpanzeesandhumansmaysharethesameabilitytoempathisewithotherindividualsbyinvoluntarilymatchingtheirpupilsize.Themimicryonlyappearstoworkbetweentwohumansorbet

2019-03-05 01:20:09

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles

imageBROKER/AlamyStockPhotoByMichaelMarshallEelsexposedtolowlevelsofcocaineintheirwaterbecomehyperactiveandsuffermuscledamage.Theeelsmaystruggletocompletetheirmigrationsasaresult.Thefindingaddstothegr

2019-03-05 01:02:03

Just four tweets can reveal the identity of an anonymous troll

JanisEngel/EyeEm/GettyByFrankSwainYourscathingrestaurantreviewsonTripAdvisermightnotbeasanonymousasyouthink.Justfourgeotaggedpostsareenoughtoidentifyananonymousaccountfromaphonecompany’sdatabaseof10mi

2019-03-04 11:14:13

Robots can count apples on a tree – as long as it's night

(Image:GraemeRobertson/eyevine)ANAPPLEbynightmakesthecountcomeoutright.Analgorithmforidentifyingapplesontreesgetsthemostaccuratecountyetbyshiningalightonthematnight