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More sparks in the sky: SpaceX launches its fourth batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites
More sparks in the sky: SpaceX launches its fourth batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites

SpaceX launched its fourth batch of 60 Starlink satellites today, boosting its constellation to a world-record 240 satellites and bringing the company closer to starting up its global broadband internet service. After delaying liftoff for several days due to weather concerns, SpaceX went ahead with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida at 9:06 a.m. ET (6:06 a.m. PT). Minutes later, the first-stage booster flew itself back to a landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic, while the second stage and its payload continued the push to orbit. This was the… Read More

People seem to think Corona beer is related to the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, as searches for
People seem to think Corona beer is related to the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, as searches for 'Corona beer virus' are trending

Searches for "corona beer virus" and "beer coronavirus" have exploded since January 18. The beer is not related to the deadly coronavirus.

China has called 6,000 medics into Wuhan to fight the deadly coronavirus as the number of infected outstrips SARS
China has called 6,000 medics into Wuhan to fight the deadly coronavirus as the number of infected outstrips SARS

As of Wednesday, 5,974 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus had been confirmed in mainland China. The number of SARS cases in 2003 was 5,327.

3 people, dog killed in Illinois plane crash days after fatal crash that killed Kobe Bryant
3 people, dog killed in Illinois plane crash days after fatal crash that killed Kobe Bryant

A plane crash killed three people and a dog on Tuesday, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff.The Sangamon County Sheriff reports the airport tower and pilot recorded the plane was having trouble due to the weather and the plane's instruments prior to impact, according to WRSP."At the time of the crash, the Springfield airport was reporting clouds down to around 500 feet, with visibility reduced to 4 miles at ground level due to fog," AccuWeather Meteorologist Derek Witt said.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP"Also, temperatures were a couple of degrees below freezing, so ice formation would have been possible due to the low clouds and fog," Witt said.The FAA...

NASA
NASA's space shuttle Challenger exploded 34 years ago today, killing its 7-person crew. Photos reveal Challenger's legacy.

NASA's space shuttle Challenger completed 10 missions before it broke apart during a launch in 1986, killing seven astronauts.

The coronavirus
The coronavirus' crown-like spikes give the virus family its name - here's what it looks like

The coronavirus family includes SARS, the common cold, and the 2019-nCoV strain responsible for the current outbreak.

A teacher
A teacher's videos inside quarantined Wuhan show the streets eerily deserted and lines out the door at the pharmacy

Ben Kavanaugh has been chronicling his life in quarantined Wuhan, China, for the British broadcaster Channel 4.

China put 46 million people on lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus. But quarantines throughout history have been riddled with mishaps.
China put 46 million people on lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus. But quarantines throughout history have been riddled with mishaps.

Quarantines have been used to contain diseases for hundreds of years. The first formal system was established in Venice during the 14th Century.

The flu
The flu's impact varies by region, but several states could see a resurgence

The uptick in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) that experts working with AccuWeather predicted did indeed occur. Most of the states in the United States - in a reversal of the last couple of weeks - experienced an increase in activity, according to the most recent data. However, its impact does not figure to be long-lasting for most of those states, those same experts predict.Visits to health care providers for ILI increased from 4.7 percent last week to 5.0% this week, a slight increase after two straight weeks of declining totals, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu activity remains high nationally, the CDC notes; researchers at...

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout region
Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout region

A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time and rising fears of a dangerous tsunami.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high was 1 meter (3 feet) along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.Roughly 30 minutes after the...

New details shed light on the final moments before fatal crash in fog that killed Kobe Bryant
New details shed light on the final moments before fatal crash in fog that killed Kobe Bryant

As the sorrow surrounding Sunday's fatal helicopter crash in Southern California turns from shock to the investigation, new details have shed light on what preceded the final moments before the accident that ended the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others.Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) faced reporters and millions of mourners on Monday night to address questions and share new findings. While the NTSB, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will continue to gather information in advance of an official report for many months, the short-term findings have already helped paint a clearer picture of what...

3M is boosting production of face masks as demand skyrockets due to the coronavirus outbreak
3M is boosting production of face masks as demand skyrockets due to the coronavirus outbreak

3M's CEO said in a conference call that the company is increasing face-mask production around the world.

34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer
34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer

Cancer is everywhere. Here are 34 of the most potent, carcinogenic things you can breathe in, swallow, or be around. Reader, beware.

Air Force and Blue Origin team up on a new California test site for BE-7 lunar lander engine
Air Force and Blue Origin team up on a new California test site for BE-7 lunar lander engine

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a new test facility at California's Edwards Air Force Base for Blue Origin's BE-7 rocket engine. The hydrogen-fueled BE-7 is destined to power Blue Origin's Blue Moon lunar

Groundhog weekend storm may chug right along the Eastern Seaboard or veer out to sea
Groundhog weekend storm may chug right along the Eastern Seaboard or veer out to sea

Meteorologists are narrowing down the scenarios of a potential Groundhog weekend storm that they first began monitoring closely late last week -- and a storm track well inland of the East Coast, which could have served up drenching rain in the Appalachians and snow back in the Ohio Valley, is being ruled

Wuhan coronavirus has killed over 100 people. Here are all the countries warning against travel to China.
Wuhan coronavirus has killed over 100 people. Here are all the countries warning against travel to China.

The US, UK and Canada have warned against all non-essential travel to China and Hubei province as the virus continues to spread around the world.

People are obsessed with a game where you destroy humanity by spreading a disease. It
People are obsessed with a game where you destroy humanity by spreading a disease. It's a way to work through coronavirus anxiety, according to an expert.

Plague Inc., in which players are a virus wiping out humanity, is now the most downloaded game in the Apple charts as the coronavirus spreads.

Big Bird almost rode the Challenger space shuttle, but his costume saved him
Big Bird almost rode the Challenger space shuttle, but his costume saved him

Beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird was going to ride the Challenger space shuttle to teach kids about space. It exploded on January 28, 1986.

The Pacific Islands are drowning under rising sea levels. These stunning photos show their precarious way of life.
The Pacific Islands are drowning under rising sea levels. These stunning photos show their precarious way of life.

Pacific Island governments are considering suing global polluters in a bid to save the region amid the devastating climate emergency.

From dancing to indoor fishing, people quarantined in Wuhan are finding creative ways to stave off the boredom of being stranded due to coronavirus
From dancing to indoor fishing, people quarantined in Wuhan are finding creative ways to stave off the boredom of being stranded due to coronavirus

The virus has spread to at least 14 other countries including the US, and authorities have quarantined the entire city of Wuhan.

Videos show the shockingly rapid progress China is making with 2 hospitals it
Videos show the shockingly rapid progress China is making with 2 hospitals it's panic-building to fight the coronavirus

Chinese state media is livestreaming the construction of two new hospitals in Wuhan, which authorities hope to finish within days.

Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virus
Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virus

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected 4,500, and spread to more than a dozen countries, China's health commission said Tuesday.

NASA clears Axiom Space to put commercial habitat on space station, with Boeing
NASA clears Axiom Space to put commercial habitat on space station, with Boeing's help

Houston-based Axiom Space has won NASA's nod to attach a commercial habitation module to the International Space Station by as early as 2024. The "Axiom Segment" of the space station is designed to connect to the station's Harmony module and provide a crew habitat, a research and manufacturing

The Gates Foundation is spending $10 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak in China and Africa. Bill Gates has warned about a pandemic for years.
The Gates Foundation is spending $10 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak in China and Africa. Bill Gates has warned about a pandemic for years.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give $5 million to support the outbreak response in China and the other half to efforts in Africa.

What you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus
What you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus

An outbreak of a new strain of the coronavirus has sparked worries of a global epidemic around what health officials have dubbed the novel coronavirus, also referred to as the Wuhan or new coronavirus.Coronavirus is a broad family of viruses, ranging from strains that can be treated like the common cold

Gusty winds to raise wildfire risk, temperatures for Southern California
Gusty winds to raise wildfire risk, temperatures for Southern California

Following the misty conditions that gripped parts of Southern California at the time of the deadly helicopter crash that left millions mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant on Sunday, winds are forecast to increase and allow a warming trend in the state this week.The anticipated offshore winds will prevent

Weather for 2020 Iowa caucuses not expected to be repeat of 2016
Weather for 2020 Iowa caucuses not expected to be repeat of 2016's snowstorm

Meteorologists say that even though there won't be a repeat of stormy winter weather for the 2020 Iowa caucuses, the pattern may have some tricks up its sleeves with major temperature fluctuations expected.The Iowa caucuses will occur on Feb. 3, 2020, and the Democratic Party will follow a new slate

US officials are testing for the new coronavirus in 26 states after 5 cases were confirmed. Here
US officials are testing for the new coronavirus in 26 states after 5 cases were confirmed. Here's what we know about the US patients.

The US's confirmed cases of the coronavirus consist of two patients in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Illinois.

The FTC and New York attorney general are suing
The FTC and New York attorney general are suing 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli, claiming he created an illegal monopoly by raising a drug price by over 4,000%

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that Shkreli stifled competition by raising the price of a life-saving drug.

Urban planners say China
Urban planners say China's effort to quarantine 35 million people could help contain the coronavirus outbreak - but it's impossible to seal off a city

All public transportation has been halted in Wuhan, China, including buses, metros, and ferries. No trains or planes are coming in or leaving.

Foggy conditions at center of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash probe
Foggy conditions at center of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash probe

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) New details emerged Monday surrounding the fatal helicopter crash in Southern California a day earlier that claimed the

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Here's what Arizona State University is telling students after a case of the Wuhan virus was confirmed there

According to an email sent to students, Arizona State University is contacting anyone who was possibly exposed to the person who has the virus.

This thousand-year-old Aboriginal tradition of lighting fires could be a solution to fight Australia
This thousand-year-old Aboriginal tradition of lighting fires could be a solution to fight Australia's devastating bushfires

Aboriginal groups in Australia have been lighting their own lands on fire as part of a fire management technique dating back thousands of years.

Fast-moving storm to dump a shot of snow and ice across pocket of central US
Fast-moving storm to dump a shot of snow and ice across pocket of central US

An injection of cold air on the backside of a storm system will be potent enough to produce a swath of snow and slippery travel across the southern Plains Monday night through Tuesday.The cold plunge will cause snow to fall in areas that start out the week with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s F.Winter

These are all the companies who have shut down operations in China over the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
These are all the companies who have shut down operations in China over the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Companies including McDonald's, Ikea, and Peugeot Citroen have shut down operations in Wuhan city and its surrounding area over the outbreak.

Hong Kong protesters set planned quarantine building on fire amid coronavirus concerns
Hong Kong protesters set planned quarantine building on fire amid coronavirus concerns

Protesters were pushing back on the government's response to the alarming virus outbreak, which some argued could endanger more people.

Face masks aren
Face masks aren't a very effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, experts say, despite spiking sales

Wearing a face mask won't protect you from the Wuhan coronavirus as much as washing your hands and avoiding contact with anyone who may be infected.

The flu is a far bigger threat to most people in the US than the Wuhan coronavirus. Here
The flu is a far bigger threat to most people in the US than the Wuhan coronavirus. Here's why.

Two people in the US have been diagnosed with the coronavirus that originated in China. Since October, up to 20,000 Americans have died of influenza.

Europe now has its first 2 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, both in France
Europe now has its first 2 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, both in France

Confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in France add to the growing total. The two patients recently traveled to China.

ICYMI: Falling iguanas, deadly spiders and swarms of locusts, oh my!
ICYMI: Falling iguanas, deadly spiders and swarms of locusts, oh my!

Falling iguanas, killer spiders and unprecedented locust swarms -- all fueled by weather extremes. Not to mention an epic blizzard in Canada, a deadly, days-long storm in Europe and a rare January tornado in the Pacific Northwest. You'd be forgiven for thinking these are signs of the apocalypse. As far as we can tell, it was just the week in weather -- a very wild one. Here's a look back:Frigid Florida weather prompts falling iguana alert"Florida" and "freezing" are not two words typically heard in the same sentence during this or any time of year. However, frigid conditions throughout the state this week had many Floridians and snowbirds shivering in their flip-flops as some spots became...

EPA Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come
EPA Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists.Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade aging sewer systems, many of which release untreated waste directly into waterways during heavy rains -- a problem that climate change worsens as rainstorms intensify. These complaints have gained new traction with the Trump administration, which has been more willing to renegotiate the agreements that dictate how, and how quickly,...

Spain scrambles to recover after Gloria leaves path of destruction
Spain scrambles to recover after Gloria leaves path of destruction

Residents and officials throughout Spain have struggled to grapple with the destruction Storm Gloria has left in its wake. The battered country, now scrambling to clean up the mess, faces damaged railways and collapsed bridges amid the wreckage.Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez spent the week analyzing the stricken regions of the country, including a fly-over of the impacted areas of eastern Spain on Friday to assess the situation.Over 10,000 homes remain without power and around 600 residents in Catalonia were forced to evacuate on Wednesday. In other areas of the country, heavy snowfall left areas completely cut off from assistance.In the Catalonian city of Girona, located in the...

A Chinese embassy in Paris tracked down a woman who gloated on social media about cheating airport detection with a medicine that lowered her fever
A Chinese embassy in Paris tracked down a woman who gloated on social media about cheating airport detection with a medicine that lowered her fever

"I was scared to death and rushed to eat [fever-reducing] medicine," she said on social media from France. Officials say she is no longer exhibiting symptoms.

Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closely
Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closely

The weather pattern seems to be stuck in "weekend storm mode," and one such potential weather system could take shape and impact the eastern United States in early February, making it the third weekend in a row that the region faces a storm threat. A storm affected the central and northeastern United States with a wide variety of wintry precipitation during the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, and another storm will continue that trend this weekend.Snowstorms have been hitting on a regular basis over the northern tier of the Northeast, as well as parts of the Midwest during January, but that has not been the case for the coastal mid-Atlantic, southeastern New England and the central...

43 people are being monitored after contact with the single US patient with Wuhan coronavirus, a ratio that could turn scary
43 people are being monitored after contact with the single US patient with Wuhan coronavirus, a ratio that could turn scary

With a single case to focus on, health officials can put significant resources into keeping tabs on cases. Once a virus spreads, that is not possible.

One image from Wuhan shows the sheer scale of trying to treat a city on lockdown, as Wuhan coronavirus spreads
One image from Wuhan shows the sheer scale of trying to treat a city on lockdown, as Wuhan coronavirus spreads

A video captured in a hospital in Wuhan shows people packed into small hallways awaiting treatment for the deadly novel coronavirus.

As the Wuhan virus spreads, doctors in Wuhan say they face a
As the Wuhan virus spreads, doctors in Wuhan say they face a 'flooding' of patients and not enough protective gear

"The hospitals have been flooding with patients, there are thousands, I haven't seen so many before," one doctor told the BBC.

Experts think the Wuhan coronavirus jumped from bats to snakes to people. Bats have been the source of at least 4 pandemics.
Experts think the Wuhan coronavirus jumped from bats to snakes to people. Bats have been the source of at least 4 pandemics.

Both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS most likely jumped from bats to other animals, which then passed it to humans.

A spill at a California vineyard has sent 97,000 gallons of wine flowing into sewers and a local river
A spill at a California vineyard has sent 97,000 gallons of wine flowing into sewers and a local river

At the Rodney Strong Winery, 97,000 gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon accidentally spilled, and some entered the nearby Russian River.

2 new potential US cases of the Wuhan coronavirus are being monitored in Texas and Los Angeles
2 new potential US cases of the Wuhan coronavirus are being monitored in Texas and Los Angeles

The new potential cases followed the first confirmed US patient in Washington state - a man in his 30s who arrived before screening procedures began.


New coronavirus looks set to cause a pandemic – how do we control it?

The new coronavirus looks set to go global as case numbers rise, but the variable way it seems to be spreading offers hope for keeping it under control

The seabed is sinking under the weight of water from melting ice caps

Water flowing into the sea from Greenland and Antarctica is pushing the seabed down 0.1 millimetres a year, but don’t get your hopes up – it won’t stop sea level rise

Getting Brexit done: Six huge science issues the UK must resolve

The UK is finally set to leave the European Union, but big questions on science, health and the environment remain

Human genes have been added to pigs to create skin for transplants

The race to create pigs organs for human transplants is hotting up. Three teams have each added human genes to pigs to try to create rejection-proof skin

AI is being used to select embryos for women undergoing IVF

An AI that selects embryos with the highest chance of resulting in a successful pregnancy has been used by thousands of women undergoing IVF in Australia

Male moths genetically modified to kill females released in the wild

Genetically modified diamondback moths designed to replace pesticides by wiping out female moths have been released in New York state

Animal DNA is full of viral invaders and now we've caught them at it

We know viruses invaded animals’ genomes in the ancient past, but only now have we actually witnessed it happening and the DNA being passed to offspring

Problems in social science are being used to discredit climate science

A US conference may be using the reproducibility crisis in the social sciences in an attempt to discredit climate science, and scientists question whether to attend and push back

UK government approves Huawei 5G deal despite security fears

Chinese telecomms firm Huawei will be allowed to provide technology for key parts of the UK's super-fast 5G infrastructure, prime minister Boris Johnson has said, despite opposition from the US

Solar Orbiter will give us our best views of the sun’s top and bottom

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, set to launch on 7 February, will give us our first clear views of the sun’s poles and help unravel the mystery of the solar wind

Albatrosses strapped with sensors help spy on illegal fishing boats

Attach a radar sensor to an albatross and you have a bird spy. Researchers deployed 169 of them in the Indian Ocean and found that a quarter of fishing vessels may be operating illegally

Can an N95 face mask protect you from catching the new coronavirus?

Face masks are reportedly selling out across China, as people try to protect themselves from the new coronavirus. But in some cases, it may be dangerous to wear certain masks

Harsh peer reviewer comments disproportionately affect minorities

A survey has found that women and ethnic minority researchers are more likely to experience self-doubt in response to unprofessional comments from peer reviewers

NHS may use people's phone data to predict mental health issues

A National Health Service trust has partnered with telecomms firm Telefonica to trial an algorithm that can identify people at risk of mental health crisis. A next step could see mobile phone data being used to make predictions

A skull suggests humans have been getting piercings for 12,000 years

The teeth of a man who lived in prehistoric Africa are worn in a way that suggests he had three facial piercings, the second oldest such find in the world

New coronavirus may be much more contagious than initially thought

The new coronavirus is spreading faster than SARS - and it may be because it can be passed on before a person shows any sign of symptoms

Wild horses in the US are being shot with contraceptive darts

Wild horse populations in the western US are growing out of control, but contraceptive darts may be an effective way to stop them breeding

Dinosaur tracks seem to show giant sauropod wading on two front legs

Sauropod dinosaurs grew to 25 metres or more in length and weighed several tonnes – but footprints in Texas seem to suggest they sometimes walked on just two legs

Taking Viagra in early labour reduces the need for emergency caesarean

A study has found that taking Viagra at the beginning of labour increases blood flow to the baby and halves the chance of needing an emergency c- section

Deepfake software translates videos from one language to another

An AI based on deepfake technology can translate videos of a person speaking in one language into another. In future it could help people who don’t speak the same language communicate

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus and how deadly is it?

Everything you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus that emerged in China and has caused over 600 cases so far

UK nuclear fusion reactor will fire up for the first time in 23 years

Within months researchers will attempt to create a ball of plasma hotter than the sun inside the Joint European Torus, a doughnut-shaped machine in south-east England

Australia’s fires may accelerate a jump in CO2 forecasted in 2020

The UK’s Met Office is forecasting a big increase in CO2 levels in 2020, due in part to the extreme wildfires that have been burning for months in Australia

First suspected cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in the UK

Three people are being tested in Edinburgh, UK, for the new coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan, China, and a fourth possible case is suspected in Glasgow

Mysteriously bright supernova may have smashed up a huge gas cloud

A strange supernova that’s 100 times brighter than it should be has long been a mystery, but it may be explained by the explosion slamming into a cloud of gas

Antibiotic resistance genes can be passed around by bacteria in dust

Disease-causing bacteria living in dust can pass antibiotic resistance genes to one another, a study of samples of dust in public buildings suggests

Snake cells grown in the lab produce venom we could use as medicine

Snakes are currently "milked" for their venom to produce antidotes, but lab-grown glands could mean we can avoid having to keep the reptiles on farms

Listen to the groaning voice of a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy

By recreating a mummy’s vocal tract through 3D printing, we now know what an ancient Egyptian priest sounded like

Smoke from Canadian wildfires caused pollution spikes in New York City

Two spells of unusually poor air quality in New York City have been traced to harmful smoke pouring from wildfires burning hundreds of kilometres away

It's too late to ban face recognition – here's what we need instead

Plans to ban face recognition in public places would only halt a tiny fraction of its use. Instead we need to regulate the technology – and fast, says Donna Lu

Traumatic experiences boost the effect of depression-linked genes

Experiencing trauma seems to alter the way genes for depression are expressed. The vulnerable genes may also help us identify people who might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapies

Make airlines and oil firms pay for tree-planting boom, says UK report

North Sea oil firms and airlines should fund a colossal tree-planting drive to fight climate change as soon as next year, the UK’s government’s climate advisers have urged

New understanding of mental illness may improve access to treatment

One-size-fits all therapies may be the best place to start when treating mental health conditions, according to genetic analyses that link many conditions to a common cause

The claim that our food is becoming less nutritious is overblown

Claims that our food is becoming less nutritious are often bandied about, but the truth is far more complicated, says James Wong

Wuhan coronavirus may have been transmitted to people from snakes

A new virus that has infected 555 people and claimed 17 lives may have jumped from bats to snakes and then to humans in a food market

SIM swapping and poor web security may put millions of people at risk

A review of two-factor authentication methods, which involve websites sending confirmation texts to your phone, has found that millions of people may risk having their online accounts hacked

DNA from ancient skeletons reveals a lost branch of modern humans

DNA from four skeletons found in Cameroon has revealed a mystery branch of early modern humans, suggesting we may need to rethink our species' family tree

Severed nerves repaired in monkeys thanks to tubes of growth protein

A synthetic tube filled with a growth protein can span the gap between severed nerves, helping them to regenerate and restore gripping abilities in macaques

Skin cream applied to mosquito bites stops viruses infecting mice

An immune-boosting skin cream applied directly to mosquito bites stopped viral infections in mice. If approved for human use, it could help prevent mosquito-borne viruses like Zika

The oldest fungi fossils have been identified in a Belgian museum

Fossils now confirmed to be at least 715 million-year-old fungi could help us understand how they interacted with the earliest plants on Earth

Blood test can predict when women will have their last period

A blood test can predict if some women are likely to have their last period in the next year. It may be useful for those considering surgery for painful periods

Maths says you need coarser coffee grounds to make a perfect espresso

Baristas normally aim to grind coffee finely to maximise surface area and extract the most coffee compounds, but a mathematical analysis has found that coarse grounds are better as they reduce clogging

Pregnancy and breastfeeding linked to lower risk of early menopause

People who have been pregnant or have breastfed a baby are less likely to enter the menopause before the age of 45, a study of 108,000 people suggests

Food allergies may be on the rise because babies start solids too late

Giving babies potentially allergenic foods early on may reduce the risk of allergies – but many parents don't as that conflicts with advice to breastfeed until six months

Some people are exceptionally good at recognising voices

People who have a knack for recognising faces are also good at recognising voices, a skill which could be useful for police surveillance operations

Neanderthals may have climbed an active volcano soon after it erupted

Footprints on an extinct Italian volcano suggest ancient humans were regular visitors, and the shapes of the tracks point to the identity of the trackmakers

Electrified artificial skin can feel exactly where it is touched

Orange-coloured gel has been made into artificial skin that can be 3D printed in any shape and detect human touch – one day it could help robots feel

Sixth person dies as Wuhan coronavirus spreads between people

Six deaths and nearly 300 cases have been linked to a new virus that originated in China. Authorities now believe the virus can spread from person to person

Cell injections may restore fertility lost through cancer treatment

An injection of egg-containing cells appears to rejuvenate the ovaries of mice, and could help restore fertility in women without surgery

CRISPR-edited chickens made resistant to a common virus

CRISPR gene editing has created chickens that resist a common virus. It may be possible to use the same technique to make poultry resistant to bird flu too

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