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What really makes people happy – and can you learn to be happier? Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Our life satisfaction is shaped by many things including our genes and relative wealth, but there is now good evidence that you can boost your basic happiness with these key psychological strategies

Genetically modified pig kidneys transplanted into a brain-dead person Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:05:16 GMT
In an experiment paving the way for clinical trials, two pig kidneys produced urine for 77 hours after transplantation into the body of a man who was brain dead

Marie Paulze Lavoisier Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:50:07 GMT
French chemist and noblewoman

Fix the Planet newsletter: The weird and wonderful rivals to batteries Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:11:48 GMT
As Scotland announces the building of 17 enormous wind farms off its coast, we look at the novel solutions for storing the electricity they will produce

Is Pluto a planet? The Spanish government's tax portal says it is Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
An online security test stumbles upon a fierce debate, plus loud and inebriated birds, in Feedback’s weekly round-up

Toxic chemicals are everywhere in our daily lives – can we avoid them? Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Food and household goods are covered in jargon about the chemicals they do or don't contain, but seeing through the labelling is harder than you might think, says Anna Turns

Yutu-2 lunar rover finds sticky soil on the far side of the moon Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:00:14 GMT
We haven’t been able to take a close-up look at the far side of the moon until now, and the discoveries being made by the Yutu-2 rover might prove important for future missions

Station Eleven review: An uplifting vision of a post-pandemic world Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
A TV adaptation of the hit 2014 novel by Emily St John Mandel shows that culture and humanity can survive even the collapse of civilisation

Pristine coral reef discovered in deep water off the coast of Tahiti Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:01:46 GMT
A spectacular coral reef has been found between 35 and 70 metres below sea level near Tahiti, and it seems to be in good health despite the global biodiversity crisis

Antibiotic resistance killed more people than malaria or AIDS in 2019 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:01:23 GMT
About 1.3 million deaths were directly caused by drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, a global study estimates

Gene-edited food 5 years from sale in UK, says government scientist Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:01:22 GMT
The UK passed a law to help researchers do trials of gene-edited crops, and the chief scientist at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it would take at least five years for a product to go from research trials to market

Artificial pancreas is 'life-changing' for children with diabetes Wed, 19 Jan 2022 22:00:50 GMT
An app that wirelessly links to an implanted glucose sensor and insulin pump can automatically regulate blood sugar levels in children better than the current standard therapy

Antibody imaging technique could make it faster to develop vaccines Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:00:23 GMT
A new imaging approach monitors antibody responses to vaccines more quickly than current techniques, which could accelerate vaccine design

The happiness revolution: How to boost the well-being of society Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:00:00 GMT
We now know that economic growth doesn’t necessarily translate into greater well-being. A closer look at Nordic countries such as Finland reveals surprising truths about what really makes a happy society and how other governments can emulate their success

Svalbard glacier ice loss projected to roughly double by 2100 Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:00:38 GMT
Unearthing archive photos of the Norwegian archipelago's glaciers enabled researchers to reconstruct past melting and project ice mass loss under future climate change

Weird black hole spewed star-forming jets 500 light years long Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:00:26 GMT
Black holes located in dwarf galaxies usually stop star formation, but now one has been seen seeding new stars through a huge plume of ionised gas

UK companies could face fines for failing to patch Log4j vulnerability Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:43:19 GMT
A security flaw discovered in December 2021 makes private data vulnerable to hackers – and the UK government could take action against firms that fail to fix it

Covid-19 news: Most short-term vaccine symptoms down to nocebo effect Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:12:39 GMT
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

Climate change made the past 7 years the warmest on record Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:00:43 GMT
The World Meteorological Organization finds 2021 was the seventh hottest to date, at 1.11°C above pre-industrial levels  

Dinosaur ancestor of long-necked Diplodocus ran swiftly on two legs Wed, 19 Jan 2022 00:01:49 GMT
The gigantic and slow sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus had small two-legged ancestors – and one, Thecodontosaurus, was quick and nimble

Air pollution makes it harder for pollinators to find plants Wed, 19 Jan 2022 00:01:16 GMT
Levels of nitrogen oxides and ozone on a par with average concentrations next to major UK roads led to a reduction in the number of pollinators counted on the crops by up to 70 per cent

New-to-science tarantula that lives inside bamboo found by YouTuber Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:06:43 GMT
A species of tarantula seems to live exclusively inside hollow bamboo stems, which no other tarantula is known to do

Will 5G mobile networks in the US really interfere with aircraft? Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:52:22 GMT
US telecoms companies plan to turn on 5G networks across the US, but airline bosses warn that potential interference with planes could cause a "catastrophic" crisis

Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:00:25 GMT
Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations

Living with covid: How can the pandemic end and what will it be like? Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:55:21 GMT
For some, the phrase “living with covid” means removing all restrictions - and this could soon happen in England. But the actions countries take now will determine how many more people die of covid and whether we’re doomed to keep chasing new variants

First fully programmable quantum computer based on neutral atoms Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:15:15 GMT
Most quantum computers are based on superconductors or trapped ions, but an alternative approach using ordinary atoms may have advantages

AI learns to create images from text descriptions by destroying data Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:00:40 GMT
A fresh approach to generating images based on text descriptions with AI, called a diffusion model, effectively un-destroys new images into existence

Ancient Mars may have had a liquid ocean despite freezing temperatures Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:00:54 GMT
A model based on Earth’s oceans and atmosphere explains how Mars could have been cold and wet 3 billion years ago

Unknown voices spark more brain activity in sleep than familiar ones Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:00:17 GMT
Unfamiliar voices seem to put the sleeping brain on alert in a way that familiar voices don’t

Ozone pollution causes $63 billion damage per year to East Asian crops Mon, 17 Jan 2022 16:00:01 GMT
Rising levels of ground-level ozone in China and nearby countries are having a big effect on the yields of staple crops such as wheat, rice and maize

Volcano eruption in Tonga was a once-in-a-millennium event Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:01:38 GMT
The underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption has already triggered a tsunami, a sonic boom and thousands of lightning bolts, and could now lead to acid rain

Edible straws made by bacteria are better than paper or plastic ones Mon, 17 Jan 2022 12:33:21 GMT
Plastic straws are increasingly being avoided for both health and environmental reasons, but the alternatives all have their downsides – until now

What endemic means - and why covid-19 is nowhere near it yet Thu, 13 Jan 2022 17:46:59 GMT
The term "endemic" usually means that an infection is stable, not that it is less deadly or that protective measures are no longer required. With the omicron variant surging, covid-19 is unlikely to become endemic soon

Help discover the origins of meteor showers by spotting shooting stars Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Meteor showers leave clues to their origin in their wake and you can help astronomers unravel the mystery by taking part in the Radio Meteor Zoo project, says Layal Liverpool

Advances in physics may seem abstract at first but tech often follows Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Hints of a fifth force of nature may only interest researchers and science lovers for now, but physics breakthroughs have a habit of delivering technological leaps

Goliath review: Tourism to a ruined Earth explores the idea of home Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Space colonies offer rich people a way off a broken Earth in Tochi Onyebuchi's latest sci-fi novel, but the pull of home is a powerful force, says Sally Adee

Hybrid animal in 4500-year-old tomb is earliest known bred by humans Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:00:53 GMT
Early Bronze Age people in Syria crossed donkeys with wild asses to make prized horse-like hybrids, demonstrating advanced understanding of animal breeding

Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:55:52 GMT
Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low

UK energy crisis: Why renewable subsidies will help avoid price shocks Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:22:35 GMT
A new milestone this week points to how these environmental levies are more likely the solution, not the problem, when it comes to avoiding energy price shocks

How to alter your personality: why your character isn't fixed in stone Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Traits like conscientiousness or extroversion might seem to define your character, but these aren't set in stone and new research reveals how anyone can change their personality - if they really want to

Why omicron isn't more severe in kids despite rise in hospitalisations Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:30:18 GMT
Reassuring findings from the UK and South Africa suggest that omicron isn't more severe in kids. Record numbers of hospitalisations probably reflect sheer number of cases and lack of vaccination

Robot piloted by a ball of algae is powered by photosynthesis Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:00:25 GMT
By placing a marimo, a naturally forming ball of algae, inside a plastic shell, researchers have created a robot that can move through water powered only by photosynthesis

Don't Miss: The Anomaly, a mind-bending French bestseller Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss

Why everyone should learn some sign language Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Sign languages are flourishing in many parts of the world. This could bring cognitive benefits for all who learn them, says Bencie Woll

Strongest evidence yet that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:00:59 GMT
A huge study of US military personnel suggests almost all cases of multiple sclerosis are triggered by the common Epstein-Barr virus, meaning a vaccine could largely eradicate the condition

Portable laser scanner creates colour 3D images of surfaces or objects Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:37:17 GMT
Lidar uses lasers to create 3D images, but these can be hard to interpret because they are black and white. A new scanner adds cameras to make colour images that could be useful for infrastructure inspection or robot vision

'Doomsday' shipwreck exposed by New Scientist finally being tackled Fri, 14 Jan 2022 08:00:06 GMT
In 2004, my investigation into the bomb-laden wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery revealed the danger to people living nearby. Almost 20 years later, the UK government has finally agreed to do something about it

This gleaming experiment may solve the cosmic mystery of antimatter Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
The universe is filled with so much more matter than antimatter. The LEGEND experiment, photographed by Enrico Sacchetti, will soon start trying to unravel this conundrum

Emotional review: A new take on the importance of feelings Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Leonard Mlodinow's book Emotional argues that our feelings are a key tool in our intellectual arsenal, rather than the Achilles' heel of rational thought that they are often made out to be

Animal decline is hurting plants' ability to adapt to climate change Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:00:44 GMT
Declines in birds and mammals are hampering plants by curbing the dispersal of their seeds, in a "clear intersection of the biodiversity crisis heavily impacting the climate crisis"

Organic compounds on Mars were produced by water and rocks, not life Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:00:07 GMT
Molecules containing carbon atoms, called organics, have been found all over Mars and could hypothetically have been formed by living organisms, but it seems they were not

Long-lasting radiation shields may make super-Earths friendly for life Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:00:00 GMT
Life on Earth is made possible by our planet’s magnetosphere – an invisible radiation shield that protects the surface – now it turns out that super-Earths could have magnetospheres too

The moon's magnetic field may have been altered by huge sinking rocks Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:37 GMT
There’s a new explanation for the moon’s former magnetic field, and it involves 60-kilometre-wide slabs of rock sinking through the lunar mantle

Largest ever fish colony hosts 100 billion eggs under Antarctic ice Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:34 GMT
In the Weddell Sea near Antarctica, scientists have found the largest colony of fish nests in the world, covering 240 square kilometres

Can electric fields help plants grow? New claims met with caution Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:11 GMT
Yields of peas grown exposed to an electric field generated by wind and rain were up 17.9 per cent, but is still remains unclear whether 'electroculture' really works

Largest 3D map of the universe contains 8 million galaxies Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:08 GMT
Astrophysicists hope a map created by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will help answer questions about the expansion of the universe

Astronomers may have found a huge moon around a Jupiter-like exoplanet Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:00:06 GMT
A confident detection of a moon orbiting a planet beyond our solar system – called an exomoon – has eluded astronomers so far, but they have found a new candidate

How to use little rituals to boost your mental performance Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Keen to gain an edge for the day ahead? A secular ritual really can bring greater success even for rational thinkers, writes David Robson

Why cat-like creatures vanished from North America for 6 million years Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
Around 23 million years ago, North America's sabre-toothed cat-like animals disappeared, leaving the continent without felines for several million years. Now palaeontologists are solving the mystery of this "Cat Gap"

Not so lightweight: Hamsters handle their drink better than elephants Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT
The little rodents can drink without falling off their wheels, while the large beasts go on a rampage. Plus more nominative determinism and some elementary names, in Feedback’s weekly instalment


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