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01/20/2018 10:00 AM
Planet and people: new books for Anthropocene times
Fully embracing our connectedness with the biosphere will take rethinking how we see our objects and a new legal framework, argue two new books

01/19/2018 06:06 PM
To enjoy Robert Newman’s gig, park your scientific scepticism
The campaigning comedian pricks scientific complacency well enough, but why doesn't he pick on targets his own size?

01/19/2018 05:46 PM
Medieval gamblers turned their back on fate and made dice fair
Dice from archaeological digs in the Netherlands and the UK became fairer 600 years ago – 250 years before we began to really understand probability

01/19/2018 05:25 PM
No, the worst-case climate change futures haven’t been ruled out
A single study has been hailed for narrowing the range of possible climate change scenarios, but figuring out how the world will warm is more complicated than headlines suggest

01/19/2018 03:43 PM
Deadly solar flares may have helped seed life on Mars and beyond
High-energy particles that can strip away planetary atmospheres and cause biological damage might also forge the complex organic molecules that give rise to life

01/19/2018 03:00 PM
Unearthed: Why we’ve got monuments like Stonehenge all wrong
From Stone Age circles to Easter Island’s statues, majestic prehistoric monuments may be far less to do with gods, kings or the heavens than we thought

01/19/2018 02:20 PM
The higher your testosterone levels, the more you love soft rock
A study suggests that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to prefer genres like heavy metal and soft rock to classical music or jazz

01/19/2018 02:12 PM
Your boss not saying ‘thank you’ could be bad for your health
If you love your job and work hard but feel you get little recognition or reward, you could be on the road to chronic stress, burnout and other health issues

01/19/2018 02:04 PM
Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer
A 19th-century ‘rule’ connecting animal body size and environmental temperature has been challenged, allaying fears that animals may decrease in size as the climate gets warmer

01/19/2018 02:03 PM
New CRISPR method could take gene editing to the next level
While CRISPR is great at turning off and disabling genes, it isn’t very good at fixing faulty ones. But a powerful new method could change that

01/19/2018 01:15 PM
All other primates live their lives according to a simple rule
Hundreds of species of primate all form groups of the same five sizes, suggesting that the ecosystems in which they live strongly shape their lifestyles

01/19/2018 12:51 PM
Commercial electric pulse fishing should be banned for now
The growing use in Europe of trawl nets that stun fish with electricity has divided opinion. It should be scaled back and properly researched, says Lesley Evans Ogden

01/19/2018 10:20 AM
The epidemic on the way: Why winter flu is so bad this year
Flu is an underestimated killer, taking more than a million lives around the globe annually. This time, the mutated virus seems to be hitting even harder

01/19/2018 10:00 AM
Feedback: eHarmony’s love formula fails to woo ad watchdog
The course of true love never did run smooth. Plus: dodgy science in the UK government's drone collision study, a jumbo boat sets sail, and more

01/19/2018 01:00 AM
Hot yoga’s high temperature may not have any health benefits
Despite all the extra effort and sweat, a study suggests that the high temperature used in hot yoga classes may not have any useful effect

01/18/2018 07:04 PM
Some exoplanets orbiting red giant stars may just be a mirage
Red giant stars may be tricking us into thinking they have planets when they don’t. Instead, sunspots or atmospheric ripples might be distorting their light

01/18/2018 06:07 PM
NASA may finally have a new boss after a year-long wait
Trump’s pick to head NASA may soon be confirmed. The US President has said he wants the space agency to focus on a mission to the moon

01/18/2018 05:03 PM
See inside the universe in this stunning light sculpture
The complexity of our universe from the atomic scale to the cosmic is on display in Cosmoscope, part of London’s Lumiere light festival

01/18/2018 05:00 PM
Some people identify smells as easily as if they were colours
Most people are much better at identifying colours than smells, but one group of hunter-gatherers from the Malay Peninsula shows the opposite pattern

01/18/2018 04:30 PM
A capsized oil tanker is releasing invisible toxins into the sea
The slick of oil condensate from a stricken tanker in the East China Sea is a threat to all marine life, not least because it is invisible

01/18/2018 04:00 PM
Spectacular light pillars rise up in frozen North America
The same cold weather that has caused frozen sharks to wash up on the US East Coast has given us a light show more often seen in polar regions

01/18/2018 03:53 PM
Stars that devour their planets get brighter and faster
When the sun expands and engulfs Earth, our planet's ashes will brighten the sun and spin it faster. We might be able to watch this happen across the universe

01/18/2018 02:55 PM
Bitcoin’s utopia has failed as big players hold all the power
Cryptocurrencies are built on the idea that no one institution holds the power. But for bitcoin and ethereum, that’s no longer true

01/18/2018 12:30 PM
Cute cats the size of kittens are seeing their homes destroyed
Güiñas are the smallest cats in the Americas, smaller than most domestic cats, and they are becoming increasingly rare

01/18/2018 12:00 PM
So long, suckers: Where have all the black holes gone?
The universe is well-stocked with black holes large and small, but none in medium. Strange dwarf galaxies might hold the answer

01/18/2018 11:59 AM
Trump, this ‘shithole’ continent pioneered heart swaps and more
Seeking to understand other people is better than dismissing them with insults. Trump needs lessons in African history, culture and science, says Curtis Abraham

01/17/2018 07:00 PM
Breathing in a nanoparticle spray could prevent heart damage
An inhalable drug is designed to move straight from the lungs to the heart, where it is hoped it will prevent the organ from deteriorating after heart attacks

01/17/2018 06:00 PM
How ‘stem cell’ clinics became a Wild West for dodgy treatments
Hundreds of clinics offering unregulated stem cell therapies have sprung up across the US and Australia thanks to lax oversight

01/17/2018 06:00 PM
Algorithms that change lives should be trialled like new drugs
An algorithm used by US courts to predict reoffenders turns out to be no more accurate than random people on the internet. Why wasn’t it properly tested before now?

01/17/2018 05:50 PM
Blindness treatment will insert algae gene into people’s eyes
Optogenetic techniques that use light to control nerve cells are being tried in people at last – and could lead to treatments for several types of blindness

01/17/2018 05:08 PM
Swollen eye is setback for blindness treatment using stem cells
A man in a flagship stem cell trial for age-related macular degeneration has swelling in his eye, but the cause is probably surgery – not stem cells

01/17/2018 04:40 PM
DNA of man who died in 1827 recreated from his living relatives
The DNA of Hans Jonaton, an ex-slave who fled to Iceland in 1802, has been reconstructed using only the genes of his descendants

01/17/2018 04:00 PM
No sweat: Should my muscles be hurting days after a workout?
Tiny tears in your muscles cause the aching that sets in a day or so after a heavy exercise session. But what sounds bad can help them to rebuild stronger

01/17/2018 03:43 PM
Chit-chat makes humans and robots work together better
Introducing some chatter between humans and artificial intelligence improved the amount of collaboration – and results – across hundreds of games

01/17/2018 01:00 PM
Source of world’s biggest listeria outbreak still unknown
There have been almost 750 cases of listeriosis in South Africa so far, and the source of the food poisoning infection remains unknown

01/17/2018 12:00 PM
End of days: Is Western civilisation on the brink of collapse?
History tells us all cultures have their sell-by date. Do political strife, crippling inequality and climate change mean the West’s time is now up

01/16/2018 10:00 PM
Bowel cancer test may be a much better way to screen for polyps
A new blood test seems to be more than twice as good at detecting bowel cancer than the method currently used to screen for polyps and early bowel cancer

01/16/2018 05:22 PM
Johann Hari doesn’t know depression’s real causes – no one does
Taking a view on unsettled science is always likely to cause controversy, but the fiery debate Johann Hari's new book has sparked is worth having, says Samantha Murphy

01/16/2018 05:15 PM
No sweat: Is yoga a proper workout?
For some it’s spiritualist mumbo-jumbo. But while other disciplines will get you fitter faster, the psychological upsides of yoga are hard to deny

01/16/2018 05:09 PM
You may be making cryptocurrency for hackers without realising
Thousands of websites are tricking people into mining cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, adblockers might be the only way to stop them

01/16/2018 03:40 PM
Tiny individual decisions really could help avert climate chaos
A new computer model has shown individual decisions can massively influence how bad global warming might get. Time to take the human factor seriously, says Adam Corner

01/16/2018 01:00 PM
No sweat: Does high-intensity interval training work?
Get fit in 4-minute bursts – that’s what high-intensity exercise enthusiasts preach. A false vision – or a legitimate shortcut to a healthier you?

01/16/2018 11:40 AM
Copycat justice has turned US counties into execution hotspots
Criminals assigned the death penalty are five times more likely to be executed in some US counties than in others – a trend that some argue is unconstitutional

01/15/2018 05:30 PM
Mount Etna may not really be a ‘proper’ volcano at all
Italy’s famous volcano Mount Etna may be fed mostly by hot water and carbon dioxide, with only a small dose of molten rock to make it resemble a classic volcano

01/15/2018 04:50 PM
The doctor who took on big pharma to stem the US opioid epidemic
When Andrew Kolodny raised the alarm over the dangerously addictive properties of prescribed opioids, he became both a hero and a figure of hate

01/15/2018 04:00 PM
Life Time: Bio-art comes of age at a gem of a show
From sound pollution in the North Sea to the destruction of the North Dakotan landscape by big engineering, a Dutch art show gives us a glimpse at time

01/15/2018 12:00 PM
No sweat: Does listening to music make exercise easier?
Many gym bunnies live with headphones in their ears, and music can improve strength, power and endurance. Just be careful what tunes you choose

01/15/2018 11:42 AM
Clever maths will stop hackers spying on the quantum internet
Quantum communications are theoretically secure, but keeping a complex quantum network unhackable in practice is more difficult than expected

01/15/2018 10:30 AM
No sweat: When, how and how much should I exercise?
Moderate or vigorous? Long or short? Every day, or binging at the weekend? There are a lot of ways to burn calories – but some make more sense than others

01/15/2018 10:30 AM
No sweat: Does carb loading improve performance?
Many endurance athletes swear by piling on the carbohydrates before a race. That can work – but you should be wary of the downsides

01/15/2018 10:29 AM
Science helped cause the opioid crisis – now it must make amends
A US commission recommending how to solve the painkiller addiction killing 175 Americans a day also shows how opinion got in the way of fact to help cause the problem

01/14/2018 10:00 AM
Sniff the apocalypse: An art show with perfume for the end times
An exhibition unites art from the world’s unprotected webcams, hair forever trapped in moving cogs, and a perfume for the end of the world

01/13/2018 10:00 AM
Trophy: Is hunting really the only way to save big game?
A film on white hunters and landowners offers a strong conservation case for killing Africa's big beasts, but it sidelines local black people who may disagree

01/12/2018 06:00 PM
Surfers may be swallowing bacteria and spreading it to others
Surfers seem to swallow more antibiotic resistant bacteria from polluted water than swimmers. They may also be spreading it to vulnerable people they know

01/12/2018 05:43 PM
Voice assistants dominate CES as Google plays catchup with Alexa
Google had more than 350 voice-controlled devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, including speakers, cars, and a giant toy town complete with a railway

01/12/2018 05:00 PM
No sweat: Can I tailor my exercise to burn more fat?
Exercise slowly, or on an empty stomach: myths abound at how best to de-flab. Sadly if you’re looking for a quick win most of them are just that – myths

01/12/2018 04:09 PM
We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds
If alien planets have canyons and mountains like ours, we may be able to catch a glimpse of them in an exoplanet’s shadow as it passes in front of its star

01/12/2018 04:00 PM
No sweat: Are sports drinks worth the money?
Dehydration is bad, and electrolytes are important. Sports drinks replace essential ions lost through sweat – but is that all just marketing hype?

01/12/2018 03:35 PM
The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to
The universe is expanding but our measurements of the rate are all over the place and they just got worse, so we can’t tell when the cosmos is going to die

01/12/2018 03:15 PM
Even a small cut in global warming will help slow sea level rise
Limiting climate change to 1.5 °C instead of 2 °C, even if we overshoot at first and then bring temperatures back down, will ease the rise in sea levels

01/12/2018 02:30 PM
A swarm of home-made drones has bombed a Russian airbase
Thirteen home-made drones carrying bombs descended on Russian forces in Syria in the first confirmed swarm attack

01/12/2018 12:00 PM
No sweat: Does stretching before and after a workout help?
Stretches are a ritual for many would-be athletes – but some moves could be a waste of time, and others could hamper performance

01/12/2018 11:40 AM
Deadly heat: How to survive the world’s new temperature extremes
Australia’s latest sizzling summer presages a global future – but we’re beginning to understand heat’s impacts on the human body, and how to combat them

01/12/2018 10:30 AM
Study proves that humblebragging really is the worst
It’s time for the #humblebrag to die. Experiments show that everybody hates thinly-veiled boasts, but nearly 45 per cent of people witness one a day

01/12/2018 10:00 AM
Feedback: California’s craze for untreated water goes viral
Plus: Science minister Jo Johnson demands more open debate in universities - though MPs seem to be less keen on free speech closer to home

01/11/2018 07:00 PM
Mars has ice sheets 130 metres thick hiding below its red dust
Eight newfound Martian cliffs made up of layers of ice could tell us how the Red Planet's climate has changed in the past several million years

01/11/2018 05:47 PM
UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future
Talk of cutting plastic pollution has grabbed the headlines, but the UK’s long-awaited 25-year plan for the environment consists almost entirely of vague aspirations and vacuous promises

01/11/2018 05:32 PM
Hidden exoplanets could be revealed by echoing light
Reflected light from a star’s flares may help us find otherwise invisible worlds. These exoplanets could be hit by powerful blasts, but may still host life

01/11/2018 04:45 PM
We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off
Going to space is already one of the most dangerous things a person can do, but we will need to take far more risks than we do in order to push space exploration forward

01/11/2018 03:29 PM
Mystery dark matter may be ordinary neutrons that have decayed
Dark matter makes up a lot of the universe, but we still don’t know what it is. Could it be neutrons decaying into strange particles that shun normal matter?

01/11/2018 02:15 PM
No sweat: Is exercising inside or outside better for you?
Running on the gym treadmill is tempting, especially in the cold, dark winter. But if you do, be prepared to go the extra mile

01/11/2018 11:07 AM
The smart humanoid robot that will help in grocery warehouses
Grocery company Ocado has unveiled a prototype humanoid robot called ARMAR-6 that will help maintenance staff keep the warehouses running smoothly

01/10/2018 07:00 PM
A single gene can either raise or lower Crohn’s disease risk
Comparing the DNA of 5700 Jewish people has identified a gene with two variants – one that lowers a person’s risk of Crohn’s disease, and one that raises it

01/10/2018 07:00 PM
Robotic implant could help children with rare disorder eat again
The device lengthens the oesophagus so its two ends can be stitched back together, improving life for children with a birth defect called oesophageal atresia

01/10/2018 06:00 PM
Mystery radio bursts may be from neutron star near a black hole
The source of repeating fast radio bursts is one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries. They may come from a fast-spinning neutron star next to a huge black hole

01/10/2018 05:23 PM
If the sea floor is sinking, are we safe from sea level rise?
The first study to calculate how much the ocean floor is sinking due to the extra weight of meltwater going into the sea has been widely misrepresented

01/10/2018 05:04 PM
Hormone replacement therapy may prevent depression in menopause
A study of 172 women suggests that HRT treatment is more effective than a placebo at preventing symptoms of depression from emerging during early menopause

01/10/2018 04:07 PM
Latest measurement of a proton’s mass has got physicists puzzled
Knowing the mass of the proton is key to understanding matter, but nobody can agree on it. The latest, most precise measurement further muddies the waters

01/10/2018 03:15 PM
Storm waves can move boulders heavier than the Statue of Liberty
Extreme storm waves at sea have shifted a boulder weighing 620 tonnes, explaining why huge rocks are sometimes mysteriously found on high cliffs

01/10/2018 02:45 PM
Smell of death tells undertaker bees it’s time to remove corpses
Undertaker honeybees get rid of the bodies of dead nestmates, but only those with a good sense of smell are able to do it

01/10/2018 02:00 PM
No sweat: How can marathon runners avoid hitting ‘the wall’?
“Bonking” or “hitting the wall” is the biggest nightmare of many long-distance runners. Understanding why it happens can help you prevent it

01/10/2018 12:15 AM
When people sleep more they also eat less sugar and carbs
When people are given advice on how to get more sleep, not only do they get more slumber than they used to, they also start eating more healthily

01/09/2018 05:30 PM
Arsonist falcons suggest birds discovered fire before humans did
Multiple eyewitness accounts describe Australian birds of prey deliberately setting wildfires by carrying burning sticks, in order to flush out prey

01/09/2018 05:30 PM
People with diabetes seem to be protected against migraine
Doctors' hunches that people with diabetes get fewer migraines have finally been backed up by good evidence and it could help us treat migraines

01/09/2018 05:15 PM
Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK
A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of products containing tiny pieces of plastic has come into force - but the ban on selling such products won't come in until July

01/09/2018 04:00 PM
Aussie flu: Just what the doctor ordered?
A really bad but not pandemic flu season could be the wake-up call the world needs

01/09/2018 03:00 PM
Survey reveals extreme gender bias plagues STEM – it must change
A new snapshot of women working in science and technology in the US shows deep levels of discrimination against them. It must spark action, says Lara Williams

01/09/2018 03:00 PM
Extreme weather in US and Australia may be due to climate change
The eastern US has shivered through freezing temperatures while Australia has sweltered in a colossal heatwave, and both events may be linked to climate change

01/09/2018 01:45 PM
Invasive toxic pufferfish causes havoc in European waters
A pufferfish that carries the lethal poison tetrodotoxin has entered Europe's seas, and local species are increasingly becoming poisonous as well

01/09/2018 12:05 PM
AI listens in on emergency calls to diagnose cardiac arrest
Identifying cardiac arrest over the phone is a tricky task, in Denmark eaves-dropping artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand

01/09/2018 12:00 PM
Cosmic couture: The urgent quest to redesign the spacesuit
Astronauts venture into space wearing 35-year-old, sweat-stained relics. The $200 million, high-tech replacement togs are anything but down to Earth

01/09/2018 12:00 PM
How to protect yourself from the Meltdown and Spectre bugs
After initial rumours of an Intel bug, a massive security flaw has been revealed in most computer processors leaving personal data and passwords vulnerable

01/09/2018 09:00 AM
With political will, we can solve the global vision crisis
Impaired sight costs the world trillions every year, but leaders with vision could deal with this under-reported and unnecessary problem

01/09/2018 07:00 AM
Otherworldly ‘earth pyramids’ make the Alps look alien
You don't need a space ship to see alien landscapes up close. Just take a hike to these Piramidi di terra in the South Tyrol of northern Italy

01/08/2018 06:00 PM
Sex tweets help track spread of sexually transmitted infections
Twitter provided a more sensitive warning signal for syphilis rates in US counties than the previous year’s disease levels

01/08/2018 05:40 PM
Stopping the spread: What you can do to prevent flu
We will all be exposed to flu this winter, but not all of us will get sick. The best way to minimise the risk is clear – although it’s a far from perfect solution

01/08/2018 05:30 PM
How to master your habits and take control of your life
Habits rule our daily lives, but understanding how they become ingrained in the brain could help you nail the habits you want to keep and drop the ones you don't

01/08/2018 05:00 PM
Luck of the devil: How a Tasmanian icon is outwitting cancer
A freakish infectious cancer has brought Tasmanian devils to the brink of extinction, but the pugnacious marsupial is evolving rapidly as it fights for survival

01/08/2018 02:58 PM
The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention
A puzzling clash between perfection and imperfection in our universe is getting fresh attention. This great cosmological mystery merits it, says Geraint Lewis

01/08/2018 12:00 PM
Eye phone: The doctor using tech to restore the world’s sight
A lack of eyecare blights millions of lives across the globe. Andrew Bastawrous was seriously visually impaired himself – and has a plan to let the blind see