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06/21/2018 07:00 PM
Mystery gibbon found buried in tomb of ancient Chinese royalty
The skeleton of an entirely new - but now extinct - species of gibbon was found in the tomb of Lady Xia, grandmother of China’s first emperor, and was probably her pet

06/21/2018 07:00 PM
Many psychiatric conditions have the same genes in common
Several conditions including anxiety, depression and anorexia all share a common set of genes, which could lead to better diagnoses

06/21/2018 06:40 PM
We’ve just seen a huge space explosion and don’t know what it is
There’s an enormous, fast-moving explosion in space unlike anything we’ve seen before, and astronomers around the world are scrambling to figure out what it is

06/21/2018 05:30 PM
More penalty shoot-outs needed to make future World Cups fairer
Bad news for England: only extra penalty shoot-outs plus a new points system will discourage collusion in future football World Cups, says Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

06/21/2018 05:00 PM
Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology: Bobby the whale and Attenborough
Bobby the fin whale presides over the reopening of Cambridge University’s zoology museum – with David Attenborough putting the final specimen in place

06/21/2018 04:22 PM
Children seized at US border will face lasting health effects
The psychological and physical effects of serious trauma are likely to impact the children being separated from their families at the US border for years

06/21/2018 04:00 PM
Moths fly 1000 kilometres with Earth’s magnetic field as a guide
Bogong moths are the first insects found to use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate long distances, during their epic migrations across Australia

06/21/2018 04:00 PM
World’s first sanctuary for beluga whales to open in Iceland
Conservation charity Sea Life Trust has spent six years developing a plan to bring the 12 year-old belugas, nicknamed “Little White” and “Little Grey”, from captivity in China to an open water refuge

06/21/2018 04:00 PM
Herpes viruses in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease
A detailed molecular analysis of hundreds of post-mortem brains supports the controversial theory that viruses contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

06/21/2018 02:49 PM
Colonists could use genetically modified bacteria to settle Mars
Mars colonists could build their habitats and clothes from “living” self-healing materials and make them air-tight with rubber grown by E. coli

06/21/2018 02:30 PM
Why the moral panic over Fortnite is nothing to worry about
From Fortnite to gaming addiction, anything to do with children and the digital world seems to provoke unnecessary scare stories

06/21/2018 12:30 PM
Consciousness: How we’re solving a mystery bigger than our minds
What is being in love, feeling pain or seeing colour made of? How our brains make conscious experience has long been a riddle – but we’re uncovering clues

06/21/2018 12:00 PM
Colony ship to nearest star only needs crew of 100 to survive
A mission to Proxima Centauri b, the closest Earth-like exoplanet, would take over 6000 years – but you only need a small crew to get started

06/21/2018 12:00 PM
The space-time echoes that point to a new theory of reality
The discovery of gravitational waves was the crowning glory of Einstein's relativity. They might now have provided the first hint of something to scupper it

06/21/2018 11:46 AM
Just four tweets can reveal the identity of an anonymous troll
Remaining anonymous online is an increasingly difficult task. Just four geotagged posts is enough to identify trolls from a phone company’s database

06/21/2018 11:00 AM
Team moon vs team Mars: the battle over the future of NASA
Decades of infighting and political interference have got NASA no closer to landing astronauts on the moon or Mars. Can its new leader spark a relaunch?

06/21/2018 10:45 AM
Ötzi the Iceman ran out of rock to make his tools before he died
Ötzi the Iceman, a prehistoric man found mummified in a mountain glacier, was short of crucial supplies in the days and weeks before his violent death

06/20/2018 07:57 PM
NASA outlines its plans to deal with a large asteroid impact
NASA is designing and testing missions to deflect a potential asteroid from hitting Earth, and working with emergency responders to plan for a day when one does

06/20/2018 03:59 PM
Eating less red meat protects against endometriosis
Minimising red meat consumption seems to protect against endometriosis, according to a study of more than 80,000 women who were followed for two decades

06/20/2018 01:01 PM
Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles
There are low levels of cocaine and other drugs in many rivers, and lab studies suggest that European eels are suffering muscle damage as a result

06/20/2018 11:15 AM
The Milky Way has devoured 15 other galaxies since it formed
Our galaxy formed fast, and with an appetite. It’s devoured 15 other galaxies, including a big one nicknamed Kraken that we didn’t know existed until now

06/20/2018 10:52 AM
Robo bomb squads compete to gather evidence after a drone attack
Obstacle courses, simulated chemical spills, and IEDs are just some of the challenges bomb squads tackle with ground robots and drones at the Robot Rodeo competition

06/20/2018 10:00 AM
The New York bird with a song that may be a thousand years old
A walk in the Hudson Valley 1000 years ago may have sounded similar to today. A simulation shows the songs passed down by swamp sparrows can last a millennium

06/20/2018 09:00 AM
We have hints of a theory beyond quantum physics
If you think our best theory of reality is weird you ain't seen nothing yet, says physicist Ciarán Lee – it could be a fuzzy version of something bigger

06/20/2018 09:00 AM
Stealth sheets can make you appear invisible to infrared cameras
A cloaking material renders objects almost completely invisible in infrared light and could have military applications

06/20/2018 07:00 AM
Black men are left out of cancer trials because of their biology
Prostate cancer is more common in African Americans, but they are less likely to be included in drug trials. Unintended biological biases are partly to blame

06/19/2018 05:00 PM
A huge number of mystery microbes are living on your skin
We thought we knew about most of the species in our bodies’ microbiomes, but a study has revealed a large number of previously-unidentified organisms

06/19/2018 04:00 PM
Special cells could let you control your diabetes with coffee
A cup of coffee after a meal might be enough to keep diabetes under control, thanks to caffeine-triggered cells that have been engineered to release insulin

06/19/2018 03:21 PM
IBM’s debating robot argues it out with human for first time
IBM's AI has taken on humans in a public debate. Though it made some very robot-like errors, the AI won one debate and lost the other, based on a crowd vote

06/19/2018 02:46 PM
Alien preppers could hoard stars to survive in a doomed universe
Dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe, meaning eventually all galaxies will be inaccessible, but aliens could be working on a solution right now

06/19/2018 01:00 PM
Why video-assisted referees won’t stop World Cup errors
The football tournament kicking off this week is introducing video replays for key calls. Human psychology means some decisions will improve – but some won't

06/19/2018 11:19 AM
Time to end the cruel ban on using cannabis therapy for epilepsy
Ill-conceived and outdated drug laws in the UK are denying children with severe epilepsy vital medicinal cannabis treatments. That must change, says David Nutt

06/19/2018 09:00 AM
Football’s a mess: don’t let technology spoil that
The video-assisted refereeing technology being introduced in this year's World Cup will supposedly cut errors – but that ignores what makes football great

06/19/2018 08:00 AM
A robot has performed eye surgery on humans for the first time
For the first time, six people have had eye surgery performed by a robot that was able to filter out the tremors from a surgeon's hand

06/19/2018 07:00 AM
These hyper-real androids are climbing out of the uncanny valley
UK robotics firm Engineered Arts is making androids for film launches… and sometimes leaving them in the pub

06/18/2018 06:36 PM
Trump has directed the US military to establish a Space Force
President Trump has announced the creation of a Space Force, the first new US military branch since 1947, but it’s not yet clear what this new corps will do

06/18/2018 05:35 PM
HIV prevention drugs could delay diagnosis if you get infected
HIV tests may be giving incorrect results for people taking PrEP to avoid getting the virus, meaning they may be HIV positive for months without knowing

06/18/2018 04:00 PM
Being a feminist may subconsciously protect you from stereotypes
Negative stereotypes can detrimentally change your behaviour. But a study suggests that feminists may be protected from the idea that women are worse at maths

06/18/2018 03:15 PM
Male peacocks can make females’ heads vibrate at a distance
Peahens have fan-shaped crests on their heads, and it seems males can make these crests resonate by making a specific noise with their tails

06/18/2018 03:00 PM
Stars gravitate to Stephen Hawking’s memorial service
There was only one Stephen Hawking but there were a thousand ways to celebrate a genius and science’s only global celebrity at London’s Westminster Abbey

06/18/2018 12:44 PM
The first Americans had pet dogs 1000 years earlier than thought
There were domestic dogs in North America 10,200 years ago, according to a re-examination of an ancient dog skeleton that looks like a small English setter

06/18/2018 10:00 AM
Following trends and easy answers isn’t the way to a good life
Vegan clothes, biofuel and wood-burning stoves have all been offered up as ethical, environmental choices – but the evidence behind them is much more murky

06/18/2018 09:00 AM
Changing our minds about psychedelics takes a great guide
A book on learning to open our minds to psychedelics as they find a new, more scientific place in our society makes for a fantastic personal story

06/17/2018 10:00 AM
How Charles Dickens became a man of science
We think we know Charles Dickens, but his writings on chemistry and energy at a new London exhibition cast him in a very different light

06/17/2018 07:00 AM
Get food on the go with this roaming robot table
Make sure nobody goes hungry during your next Netflix binge with a snack-laden room rover

06/16/2018 10:00 AM
Westworld: a complex tale of robot awakening has us riveted
As TV hit Westworld's robots come to some awkward conclusions about their true nature in time for the season finale, we're still hooked by the show's sheer smartness

06/15/2018 11:01 PM
Knowing your DNA can help you stick to a healthier lifestyle
When people are advised to live more healthily, they usually give up quickly. Now a study suggests that genetic data can persuade people to make lasting changes

06/15/2018 07:00 PM
Nano-infused black goo is incredibly stretchy and self-repairs
An accordion-shaped nanomaterial is the key ingredient in a sticky, self-healing gel that might one day help people with paralysis to communicate

06/15/2018 02:50 PM
How can you tell if a video is a deepfake? Just look at the eyes
Fake videos created by AI are often so good it’s hard to tell if they are real or not, so a new fakery fighting tool tracks eyes to identify the real deal

06/15/2018 01:28 PM
Mediterranean diet is still good for you but only if you’re rich
A landmark study that touted the benefits of the Mediterranean diet has been retracted, but eating more fresh fish and veg is still good for you, if you can afford it

06/15/2018 01:00 PM
Bacteria may survive temperatures hot enough to melt lead
Few living things can cope with temperatures above 100°C, but a controversial study suggests some bacterial spores can withstand 420°C heat for over 30 minutes

06/15/2018 12:00 PM
The epic hunt for the place on Earth where life started
Darwin's warm little pond, the deep ocean and icy shores – all have been suggested as the birthplace of life. Now one location could have it all

06/15/2018 11:07 AM
Underwater robot finds second world war bomber plane on seabed
A Fairey Swordfish, a type of second world war bomber, was found off the coast of Malta using autonomous underwater robots that search the sea floor

06/15/2018 10:12 AM
AI can detect early signs of Parkinson’s from brain scans alone
An AI could identify signs of Parkinson’s from brain scans alone. One day it could be used to spot the disease before physical symptoms show

06/15/2018 10:00 AM
Feedback: Humming this Spanish pop song might save a life
Dance moves not needed. Plus: the case for ecstasy fuelled diplomacy, how politics is killing Thanksgiving, the door mistaken for a penis bone, and more...

06/14/2018 07:00 PM
DeepMind’s AI can ‘imagine’ a world based on a single picture
A neural network has taught itself to ‘imagine’ a scene from different viewpoints, including how shadows move and textures vary, based on just a single image

06/14/2018 07:00 PM
Wild animals are turning nocturnal to keep away from humans
Dozens of species all around the world are abandoning the day and becoming more active at night, to avoid contact with humans

06/14/2018 07:00 PM
Spiders can ‘fly’ because they make near-invisible paragliders
We’ve finally solved the mystery of how even fairly big spiders can take to the skies, and it turns out it’s because they make flying machines that can barely be seen with the naked eye

06/14/2018 07:00 PM
We’ve seen a gigantic black hole tear a star in half and eat it
We’ve gotten one of our best looks yet at a star being devoured by a black hole, thanks to astronomers who watched a decade-long meal

06/14/2018 04:00 PM
Your brain absolutely cannot resist doughnuts – here’s why
Foods that are high in both carbohydrates and fats super-charge the activity in our brain’s reward centre, explaining why we find them so appealing

06/14/2018 02:00 PM
Alarm as ice loss from Antarctica triples in the past five years
The loss of Antarctica’s ice has been accelerating ominously since 2012, and could lead to big rises in sea level if the rate of loss keeps increasing

06/14/2018 12:45 PM
EU will limit the use of palm oil as car fuel but won’t stop it
The European Union will make only minor tweaks to “renewable” energy policies that are actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions and driving deforestation

06/14/2018 12:00 PM
The truth about spices: Is it time to ditch the turmeric latte?
Spices are causing a stir as cheap and easy cure-alls for everything from diabetes to dementia, but not all the claims live up to the hype

06/14/2018 11:00 AM
Is research in jails the way to end wars over dietary guidance?
US researchers say studies in prisons could firm up evidence on salt intake and health. The doubters will still doubt, say Mike Lean and Alastair Campbell

06/14/2018 10:24 AM
How authors are gaming Amazon’s algorithms with 3000-page books
Amazon pays authors in its Kindle Unlimited programme based on the number of pages people read, which is causing some writers to publish incredibly long books

06/14/2018 09:00 AM
When a daddy longlegs is attacked by a flatworm things get messy
In the forests of Brazil, pitched gladiatorial contests are being fought between flatworms armed with slime and spider-like arachnids with body-chopping spikes

06/13/2018 06:00 PM
Vegan-friendly fashion is actually bad for the environment
Animal-free alternatives to fur and leather are on the rise, but many use plastic materials that end up harming ocean creatures. Is there any way to dress ethically?

06/13/2018 06:00 PM
Psychedelics may help your brain cells form new connections
LSD and other members of the psychedelic family make neurons grow more branches, potentially explaining how they might treat depression

06/13/2018 06:00 PM
Watch a 3D-printed magnetic critter fold and move all by itself
By embedding magnetic particles into rubber, we can 3D print little shapes that fold, morph, and move around on their own in the presence of a magnetic field

06/13/2018 06:00 PM
The brain has a special clock that tracks sleepiness
A chemical clock has been found in the brains of mice that keeps track of how long it’s been since an animal last slept, and how sleepy it should feel

06/13/2018 05:48 PM
Why tidal power won’t solve the world’s renewable energy needs
There are widespread calls for the UK government not to abandon a trailblazing tidal power project, but this energy source is no green panacea, says Hans van Haren

06/13/2018 05:00 PM
Stop the reckless video-assisted refereeing experiment now
The football World Cup is about to deploy a flawed technology that risks destroying what makes the beautiful game so great, says fan Chris Nee

06/13/2018 04:50 PM
Finally we can power the planet on renewables alone – here’s how
Ditching fossil fuels to go 100 per cent renewable is a dream within reach – thanks to new tech that keep things humming even when wind and sun aren’t there

06/13/2018 03:00 PM
Net neutrality officially ended this week – now what?
After months of public outcry and legal wrangling, a US law about how internet access can be sold has been repealed

06/13/2018 01:45 PM
The US wants to build an X-ray bomb to destroy chemical weapons
Regular explosives risk spilling chemical or biological weapons when aimed at storage sites. So the US is experimenting with using massive X-ray bursts instead

06/13/2018 01:00 PM
Magnets can make wine taste better by sucking out bad flavours
Tiny magnetic beads can be stirred through wine to capture unwanted chemicals, then pulled out with a magnet to improve the flavour

06/13/2018 12:00 PM
Parkinson’s disease may be caused by virus that kills gut bugs
People with Parkinson's seem to have some differences in their gut microbiome - but is this cause or consequence?

06/13/2018 12:01 AM
Britain’s hedgehog population has fallen 66 per cent in 20 years
Britain only has 58 wild mammal species to start with, and many have declined sharply in number since 1995 – with hedgehogs suffering a particularly severe fall

06/12/2018 05:30 PM
Game on: Picks from the latest video games at E3
From cyberpunk and hypnotic patterns to warfare in ancient Greece, here’s the highlights from the latest crop of video games released at this year’s E3

06/12/2018 04:40 PM
The LHC has found the Higgs works perfectly – which is a problem
The Higgs boson has been seen acting just as the standard model of physics predicts – which leaves us without clues to dark matter and other mysteries

06/12/2018 03:44 PM
Antimatter neutrinos caught shape-shifting between flavours
We’ve seen antineutrinos morphing from one ‘flavour’ to another, and it could help us figure out why the universe is full of normal matter and not antimatter

06/12/2018 02:00 PM
Gene editing embryonic stem cells might increase risk of cancer
Genome editing with CRISPR may select for cells with mutations in a key anti-cancer gene, but now we know of this risk it should be possible to ensure treatments are still safe

06/12/2018 09:00 AM
To combat white nationalist extremism, first understand it
There are many assumptions underlying our ideas about why someone becomes a terrorist. The evidence does not always back them up

06/11/2018 06:00 PM
CERN-inspired artwork HALO will make the invisible, visible
Conveying the quantum world is the ultimate challenge for artist duo Semiconductor, who turn the most abstruse scientific observations into captivating sensory experiences

06/11/2018 05:40 PM
Bees aren’t just smart, they’re sensitive too
Far from being mindless pollen-collecting drones, bees can solve problems, make choices and have reactions that look suspiciously like human emotions

06/11/2018 04:36 PM
NASA’s Opportunity rover is stuck in a huge dust storm on Mars
A dust storm bigger than North America has blown up on Mars, and it’s blocking out the sunlight that powers NASA’s ageing Opportunity rover. Is this its last gasp?

06/11/2018 04:00 PM
Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off
In the past decade most of the oldest baobabs, many of them sprouted over two millennia ago, have died unexpectedly and few new ones are sprouting

06/11/2018 04:00 PM
Clouds of spinning diamonds around stars solve an old mystery
Tiny diamonds in clouds circling bright young stars may be the source of unexplained microwave radiation from space that has baffled astronomers since 1996

06/11/2018 01:15 PM
A self-balancing exoskeleton lets wheelchair users walk again
An exoskeleton is being tested that helped a wheelchair user to walk for several hours without pain. It supports its own weight and mimics the wearer’s natural gait

06/11/2018 10:00 AM
A renewables revolution is afoot – but who will benefit?
Donald Trump's commitment to coal is short-sighted and wrong-headed. A 100 per cent renewable future is coming – and other countries will reap the rewards

06/08/2018 07:00 PM
We can tweak immune cells to be much better at wiping out HIV
Studying the immune cells of people who can keep HIV under control in their bodies has yielded new insights that might enable all people with HIV to do the same

06/08/2018 04:44 PM
Trump v Kim: The mind games that led to the Korea summit
The road to the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has been marked by nuclear bluffs. Let's hope the talks are for real, says Christopher Boehm

06/08/2018 04:00 PM
Your personal cloud of microbes can be used to identify you
When a person enters a house, they leave behind a unique set of microorganisms that could serve as a fingerprint – and it seems to be accurate enough to spot individual people

06/08/2018 02:25 PM
Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish
Fishing boats in the Gulf of Alaska are being stalked by enormous sperm whales, which charge in and rip huge volumes of fish from the lines

06/08/2018 10:30 AM
Watch real football matches in miniature played on your desk
Augmented reality headsets, like Hololens, can recreate a football match on any flat surface. The viewer sees tiny 3D versions of real-life players running around on a virtual pitch

06/08/2018 10:00 AM
Feedback: The 40-cm-long hammerhead flatworm has landed
We offer the French some tips on pest control. Plus: CSI:Loch Ness, Floridian zombies, the stockbrokers of Atlantis and more...

06/08/2018 09:00 AM
What makes a white nationalist?
Race-based ideologies are gaining ground across the West. Our special report delves into the white supremacist scene in the US to ask why

06/07/2018 07:00 PM
Mars has complex organic material that may be from ancient life
The Curiosity rover has found methane in Mars’s atmosphere and complex organic molecules preserved for 3.5 billion years. Both could have come from life

06/07/2018 05:22 PM
Nipah: the unknown virus that could be the next pandemic threat
A virus most people have never heard of has killed 17 people in India, and disease experts are getting concerned

06/07/2018 04:00 PM
Seals only sleep with half their brain when they’re out at sea
Northern fur seals mostly sleep with half their brain while they’re at sea, but sleep with all their brain while on land – unlike any other animal studied