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Grey reef sharks hang out with the same friends year after year
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:01:20 +0000
A four-year study at a Pacific atoll revealed that grey reef sharks keep company with the same individuals, but how they recognise other group members is a mystery
Covid-19 news: New Zealand reimposes Auckland lockdown after new cases
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:02:39 +0000
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
How to hug people in a coronavirus-stricken world
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:15:00 +0000
Hugging has benefits for our health that might make it worth doing despite coronavirus risks – here’s how to reduce the chance you’ll pass on the virus
AI mimics the way doctors think to make better medical diagnoses
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:00:47 +0000
Most medical AI systems make treatment recommendations based on correlations between symptoms and illnesses – a new AI system uses causation instead, like doctors do
Ordinary bricks laced with conductive fibres can store energy
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:00:22 +0000
Regular bricks can be turned into energy storage devices through a process that uses their red pigment to create a network of conductive fibres inside the bricks
Baby-mounted cameras teach AI to ‘see’ through a child’s eyes
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:35:22 +0000
An AI has learned to recognise objects using video captured by a head-mounted camera worn by young children for a few hours per week over their first 3 years of life
Is police use of face recognition now illegal in the UK?
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:31:55 +0000
The UK Court of Appeal has determined that the use of a face-recognition system by South Wales Police was “unlawful”, which could have ramifications for the widespread use of such technology across the UK
We don't know how accurate the UK's new rapid coronavirus tests are
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:33:09 +0000
Two new tests that diagnose covid-19 within 90 minutes are being rolled out by the UK government – and while both are promising, neither is supported by publicly available, independent evidence
Menopausal woman gives birth after blood plasma injection in ovaries
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:38:40 +0000
Five out of 60 women who were menopausal or transiting into the menopause became pregnant after having their own blood plasma injected into their ovaries, according to results of a pilot study
Vaccine for major common cold virus could be ready for use by 2024
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:00:39 +0000
A clinical trial involving 420 people suggests that a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus – a major cause of common colds – is safe and effective
Fatal cardiac arrests could be hiding opioid overdose deaths in the US
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:00:57 +0000
A study in San Francisco has found that 17 per cent of deaths ascribed to cardiac arrest were actually caused by drug overdose, most commonly opioids
Dwarf planet Ceres may be home to an underground ocean
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:00:34 +0000
New analysis of data from the Dawn spacecraft suggests there may be a liquid water ocean beneath the Occator crater on Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system
Fabric repels both oil and water thanks to clever silicone coating
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:00:28 +0000
By studying a fabric’s weave, it’s possible to design an environmentally friendly silicone coating for the individual fibres that makes the material oil and water-repellent
Eardrum implants made from pig guts could fix chronic glue ear
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:58:49 +0000
Glue ear, a condition caused by sticky fluid in the middle part of the ear, can burst the eardrum in severe cases, and tissue taken from pig intestines could be used to patch up the hole
Forget about blame with miscarriage: its function is entirely natural
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0000
Many women blame themselves after pregnancy loss and some societies point the finger too, but fertility medicine is busting such miscarriage myths
Physicists have a massive problem as Higgs boson refuses to misbehave
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:00:17 +0000
Physicists at CERN hope seeing the Higgs boson do something unexpected could reveal why different particles vary in mass, but so far it is behaving exactly as predicted
How covid-19 spawned a plastic pandemic – and what we can do about it
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:00:48 +0000
Hygiene fears and the demand for masks have unleashed a plastic pollution pandemic, while industry lobbyists are pushing to roll back bans on single-use plastics
An AI can make selfies look like they’re not selfies
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:19 +0000
Computer software can now edit selfie photos so it doesn’t appear the person in the image is holding the camera in their outstretched arm
Covid-19 lockdowns will have little lasting impact on global warming
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:19 +0000
Global lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus will have a negligible impact on global warming, researchers have found. If measures stay in place until 2021, global temperatures will only be 0.01°C lower than expected by 2030
Obesity may cause cancer simply because larger organs have more cells
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:30 +0000
We’ve just discovered that people who are obese have larger organs and thus more cells that might mutate, which could explain their higher risk of getting some cancers