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Covid-19 news: UK vaccine rollout extended to people 70 and over
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:27:39 +0000
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'UK ARPA' to launch as soon as possible despite Dominic Cummings exit
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:15:29 +0000
The UK government has confirmed it still plans to create an independent £800 million “blue skies” research agency as soon as possible, despite the resignation of its key proponent
Warmed-up lithium-based batteries could make electric vehicles cheaper
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:00:52 +0000
Lithium batteries that operate at a higher temperature could be cheaper and safer than other batteries for electric cars
Australian lungfish has largest genome of any animal sequenced so far
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:00:01 +0000
The Australian lungfish’s genome is around 14 times larger than the human one, and its DNA confirms it is closely related to land-based animals with a backbone
To improve our response to crises like covid-19 we must think smarter
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0000
Our narrow definition of intelligence has worsened social, economic and racial inequalities, and left us ill-equipped to come together to solve global problems
We must start publishing ethnicity data for covid-19 vaccinations
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:20:46 +0000
The race to vaccinate as many people as possible against covid-19 is under way, but unless countries track who receives the vaccine we won’t be able to ensure the benefits are spread equitably, says Layal Liverpool
Dinosaur found in Argentina may be largest land animal ever
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:11:23 +0000
Fossils of a gigantic dinosaur are emerging from the ground in Argentina after 98 million years – and the creature may be the largest land animal that scientists have ever found
Quantum internet signals beamed between drones a kilometre apart
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:38:18 +0000
Entangled photons have been beamed between drones and to a ground station, creating technology that could form part of an unhackable quantum internet
NASA gives up trying to burrow under Mars surface with 'mole' probe
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:35:19 +0000
For nearly two years, a heat probe attached to NASA’s InSight lander, nicknamed the mole, has been trying to burrow into the Martian surface – but now researchers have thrown in the towel
Embryos set to be implanted in the last two northern white rhinos
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:40:58 +0000
Fertilised eggs are set to be implanted in the two remaining northern white rhinos this year, with the hope of producing offspring
Lush meadows of underwater seagrass are removing plastic from the sea
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:00:26 +0000
A seagrass that forms lush underwater meadows can naturally trap plastic items in ball-shaped tangles and remove them from the seawater
Seabirds raise fewer chicks as the pandemic keeps tourists away
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:00:05 +0000
With fewer tourists flocking to see guillemot breeding sites in Sweden, white-tailed eagles have taken up residence nearby – spooking the seabirds so they raise fewer chicks
Here's why you should be hopeful about climate action in 2021
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0000
We have been in many last chance saloons with climate change, but there are now reasons to believe we might finally go out and take action, writes Graham Lawton
Wind farm construction creates noise that may harm squid fisheries
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:07:44 +0000
The noisy construction of offshore wind turbines can discourage squid from hunting, which could lead to decreased squid populations and potentially decrease profits at fisheries
An Earth-like planet might orbit our closest single sun-like star
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:00:30 +0000
Tau Ceti is a star just 12 light years away – and it could host a planet called PXP-4 that sits as close to the star as Earth does to our sun with its year about as long as ours
World’s oldest painting of animals discovered in an Indonesian cave
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:49 +0000
A painting showing three pigs has been discovered in an Indonesian cave. At more than 45,000 years old, it is the oldest known painting of animals anywhere in the world
Tropical rainforests may begin pumping out carbon dioxide by 2050
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:02 +0000
Rising temperatures over the next 30 years could cause Earth’s tropical and temperate forests to switch from being carbon sinks to carbon sources that release greenhouse gases
Chemical that makes chilli peppers spicy boosts solar panel cells
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:29:59 +0000
Solar cells treated with capsaicin, the compound that makes chilli peppers taste spicy, are more efficient at converting solar energy
You can boost a vaccine’s effect with good moods and good friends
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0000
A positive outlook, even just on the day of receiving a vaccine, as well as strong social ties and a happy relationship can help increase antibodies made in response to a shot
Superhuman sight may be possible with lens that makes UV light visible
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:06:13 +0000
A nanocrystal-coated lens can convert ultraviolet light into bright green, extending the range of people's vision