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Watch SpaceX launch 4 astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday
Watch SpaceX launch 4 astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday

SpaceX's reusable Crew Dragon spaceship is reviving human spaceflight for NASA. It's about to launch astronauts from the US, Japan, and Europe.

Watch: Insider answers your questions about the risk of rare but serious blood clots following some COVID-19 vaccines
Watch: Insider answers your questions about the risk of rare but serious blood clots following some COVID-19 vaccines

Insider discussed the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Greta Thunberg docuseries amplifies her climate change fight
Greta Thunberg docuseries amplifies her climate change fight

Greta Thunberg turned 18 in January, but she's already made peace with her future: While most college students will change their concentrations multiple...

Keeping up with T. Rex was easy, Dutch researchers say
Keeping up with T. Rex was easy, Dutch researchers say

Unlike its popular movie incarnations, Tyrannosaurus rex - the giant meat-eating dinosaur from the Cretaceous period - walked slower than previously thought,...

SpaceX Crew Dragon launch delayed to Friday
SpaceX Crew Dragon launch delayed to Friday

NASA optimistic weather will cooperate for a Friday launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station.

Sleeping less than 6 hours a night in middle age may sharply increase the risk of dementia, long-term study says
Sleeping less than 6 hours a night in middle age may sharply increase the risk of dementia, long-term study says

The study followed almost 8,000 people for 25 years to conclude that poor sleep after turning 50 makes dementia more likely.

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Space drama 'Stowaway' puts Kendrick, Kim and Collette in tight spot

Actors Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim and Toni Collette star as a space crew whose two-year mission to Mars is thrown into turmoil when they discover an unplanned passenger on board their spacecraft in the new Netflix movie "Stowaway". The unexpected presence of an additional person on a damaged space ship, already pushed to its capacity with a three-member crew, forces the trio to make tough choices in order to survive.

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors
Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, high-stakes drama. From new Audubon field guides, updated for the first...

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NatGeo's 'Secrets of the Whales' surfaces little-known facts

When a killer whale slowly circled back toward wildlife photographer Brian Skerry in the middle of the ocean after discarding the giant sting ray it was...

US honey still contains traces of the radioactive fallout of nuclear bomb testing in the 50s and 60s, study finds
US honey still contains traces of the radioactive fallout of nuclear bomb testing in the 50s and 60s, study finds

Traces of radioactive cesium-137 act as a marker of "hot spots" of nuclear contamination, but are not concentrated enough to be a health risk.

Astronauts prepare for launch to International Space Station
Astronauts prepare for launch to International Space Station

Thursday morning's launch marks SpaceX's third piloted flight to orbit and the first with a "used" Crew Dragon ferry ship.

Science without gravity at the International Space Station
Science without gravity at the International Space Station

In two decades orbiting the Earth the International Space Station has become a cutting-edge cosmic laboratory, with astronauts researching everything from...

Climate change: Growing doubts over
Climate change: Growing doubts over 'chip fat' biofuel

A new study questions the sustainability of used cooking oil imports into Europe to make biodiesel.

The Lyrid meteor shower will leave
The Lyrid meteor shower will leave 'glowing dust trains' across the sky on Thursday. Here's how to watch.

Every April, Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind by a comet. As debris enters our atmosphere, it burns up and streaks across the sky.

Healthcare Experts Debunk 11 CBD Myths
Healthcare Experts Debunk 11 CBD Myths

CBD experts debunk myths like all CBD is created equal, CBD gets you high, the hemp derivative is addictive, and CBD and marijuana are the same.

U.S. to join effort to curb climate-warming emissions from shipping
U.S. to join effort to curb climate-warming emissions from shipping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States will join an international effort to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry, climate...

16 inventions getting us off fossil fuels and into renewable energy
16 inventions getting us off fossil fuels and into renewable energy

Much of the world's energy comes from non-renewable energy sources. These inventions are innovating our energy consumption and paving a greener path.

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds
Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Could getting too little sleep increase your chances of developing dementia? For years, researchers have pondered this and other questions about how sleep...

'Hands of love': warm latex gloves mimic human touch for COVID-19 patients in Brazil

The fight against COVID-19 is a lonely one with patients forced into isolation in intensive care wards, removed from family and friends. But two nurses in...

Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time
Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time

For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a recycled SpaceX rocket and capsule for a crew. Astronaut Megan McArthur takes special pleasure in the...

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It's pointless to wear a surgical mask over a fabric mask - the other way around is most effective, study finds

Wearing a surgical mask over a cloth mask does not provide added benefit, a study found. It's just as effective as wearing a surgical mask on its own.

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs like wolves, a new study says, undermining the idea they were solitary predators
Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs like wolves, a new study says, undermining the idea they were solitary predators

The research, published on Monday in the journal Peer J, was done on remains found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

The Lyrid meteor shower will light up the sky this week and peak on Thursday. Here
The Lyrid meteor shower will light up the sky this week and peak on Thursday. Here's how to watch these shooting stars.

The first major meteor shower since January is coming to a sky near you over the next few nights, with the peak being during the predawn hours of Thursday...

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NASA's Ingenuity team is planning to push the helicopter as fast and far as it will go - even if it crashes

The Ingenuity team aims to push the space drone to the extremes. They don't expect it to survive, though.

The rare clots people get after taking COVID-19 vaccines are different from other clots and require special treatment
The rare clots people get after taking COVID-19 vaccines are different from other clots and require special treatment

The CDC has issues special guidance for the specific post-vaccine clots, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT.

A vaccinated New Zealand airport worker tested positive for COVID-19 one day after the country opened a travel bubble with Australia
A vaccinated New Zealand airport worker tested positive for COVID-19 one day after the country opened a travel bubble with Australia

Australia and New Zealand launched a travel bubble on Monday, allowing people to travel between the two countries without quarantining.

Philippines to start clinical trials on ivermectin, other drugs for COVID-19
Philippines to start clinical trials on ivermectin, other drugs for COVID-19

The Philippines will begin clinical trial of several drugs, including the anti-parasite medication ivermectin, in patients with COVID-19 to determine their...

SpaceX is preparing to test-fly a new Starship after the last 4 exploded
SpaceX is preparing to test-fly a new Starship after the last 4 exploded

Every high-flying Starship so far has exploded, but NASA says it will help SpaceX turn the mega-rocket into a moon lander for astronauts.

Mass fossil site may prove tyrannosaurs lived in packs
Mass fossil site may prove tyrannosaurs lived in packs

Paleontologists developed the theory while studying a mass tyrannosaur death site found seven years ago in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in...

Stunning video of the Ingenuity helicopter lifting off, flying, and landing on Mars gave its NASA team
Stunning video of the Ingenuity helicopter lifting off, flying, and landing on Mars gave its NASA team 'goosebumps'

Ingenuity's first flight was "flawless" and "absolutely beautiful," the NASA team said. The helicopter could power up again on Thursday.

Moderna
Moderna's mRNA technology could help in the decades-long search for an HIV vaccine

"We had such a spectacular outcome with coronavirus that we absolutely need to embark on this platform and test it," a veteran HIV researcher said.

Swedish teen Thunberg joins fight against vaccine inequity
Swedish teen Thunberg joins fight against vaccine inequity

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged governments, vaccine developers and the world to "step up their game" to fight vaccine inequity after the...

Amazon picks the rocket that
Amazon picks the rocket that'll launch the first Kuiper satellites - and it's not from Blue Origin

United Launch Alliance says it's struck a deal for a series of nine launches of its Atlas V rocket to send satellites into low Earth orbit for Amazon's...

World can bring pandemic under control within months - WHO chief
World can bring pandemic under control within months - WHO chief

The world can bring the global COVID-19 pandemic under control in the coming months provided it distributes the necessary resources fairly, the head of the...

A rediscovered forgotten species brews promise for coffee
A rediscovered forgotten species brews promise for coffee's future

In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades - a plant they say may help secure...

Climate change: Future-proofing coffee in a warming world
Climate change: Future-proofing coffee in a warming world

A "forgotten" coffee plant that grows in warmer conditions could help ensure the drink's future.

Scientists in Chile discover remains of plant-eating dinosaur amid world´s driest desert
Scientists in Chile discover remains of plant-eating dinosaur amid world´s driest desert

Scientists in Chile's parched Atacama desert, the world's driest, have discovered the remains of a previously unknown species of dinosaur that millions of...

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Photos from NASA's Perseverance rover show the Ingenuity helicopter flying on Mars for the first time

The images show the historic first flight of the Ingenuity drone, recorded by the nearby ground-based Perseverance rover.

Watch the moment the NASA control room broke out in cheers when its Mars helicopter flew for the first time
Watch the moment the NASA control room broke out in cheers when its Mars helicopter flew for the first time

NASA flew its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars on Monday, marking the first controlled, powered flight humans have done on another planet.

See the photo from the first-ever helicopter flight on Mars, showing the planet
See the photo from the first-ever helicopter flight on Mars, showing the planet's surface and the Ingenuity drone's shadow

Ingenuity flew 10 feet above the Martian surface on Monday, and snapped a photo of its shadow from mid-air. NASA expects to get video soon.

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NASA's Mars helicopter took flight for the first time, opening the door for a new generation of space drones

The Perseverance rover carried Ingenuity to Mars in its belly, and now the space drone has flown. It's the first helicopter flight on another planet.

COVID-19 long haulers are reporting an unbearable ringing in their ears that
COVID-19 long haulers are reporting an unbearable ringing in their ears that's still there months after they got sick

Texas Roadhouse founder Kevin Taylor, who struggled with "severe tinnitus" as a post-COVID syndrome, killed himslef on March 17.

After fully vaccinating a majority of its population, Israel no longer requires people to wear masks outdoors
After fully vaccinating a majority of its population, Israel no longer requires people to wear masks outdoors

Israelis went mask-free on Sunday as the effects of the country's aggressive COVID-19 vaccine rollout appear to take hold.

Human-octopus love story up for best documentary Oscar
Human-octopus love story up for best documentary Oscar

Pets can easily bond with humans, but when a wild octopus befriends a diver and becomes his life coach, that true story scores a best documentary nomination for this Sunday's Oscars. Ten years in the making, "My Octopus Teacher" began as a personal video project by South African filmmaker Craig Foster to rekindle his connection with nature by observing an inquisitive female mollusc while free-diving near Cape Town. Foster said his relationship with the octopus taught him about life's fragility and our connection with nature, and even helped him become a better father.

India has recorded more than 15 million COVID-19 cases
India has recorded more than 15 million COVID-19 cases

As of Monday, India has recorded 15,061,805 coronavirus cases and more than 178,700 deaths, per Johns Hopkins University data.

Watch Obama, Shaq, and Charles Barkley team up to combat Black vaccine hesitancy in new video
Watch Obama, Shaq, and Charles Barkley team up to combat Black vaccine hesitancy in new video

The former president and basketball players spoke in an NBC special aired Sunday night to address vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans.

First-Ever Wild Wolf Collar Camera Shows What They Really Do All Day Long
First-Ever Wild Wolf Collar Camera Shows What They Really Do All Day Long

This canine's favorite meal might surprise you.

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The 'ghostbusters' who are helping tackle climate change

Meet the teams who track down and destroy hidden sources of greenhouse gases.

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Nasa's Ingenuity Mars helicopter set for first flight

The US space agency is ready to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.

When Her Mother Died, She Found Solace at a Korean Grocery
When Her Mother Died, She Found Solace at a Korean Grocery

NEW YORK - After an hour of discussing her mother, the afterlife and the shamelessness sometimes required in producing art, Michelle Zauner adjusted her...


Colour-changing beetle inspires algorithm for efficient engineering

An algorithm inspired by the way that the golden tortoise beetle changes colour to attract a mate solves engineering problems faster than other nature-inspired algorithms

Explosive gas from a gun can mask crime scene blood spatter patterns

In close-range shootings, blood droplets can spatter back towards the shooter – but vortices of gas from the fired gun can potentially prevent them landing on the shooter’s clothes

Stone skipping physics could help spacecraft land safely on water

The rate of acceleration of a stone hitting the water is key to whether or not it will skip along the surface and could be useful when designing seaplanes and spacecraft

Sputnik V: Russia's vaccine is going global – how well does it work?

Non-Western vaccines are serious players in the global effort against covid-19, but we need more transparent data on their efficacy and safety as they are rolled out to millions

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted together in packs like wolves

A group of tyrannosaur fossils found in Utah were a family of dinosaurs that died together in a flood, which adds to evidence these animals may have lived and hunted together in packs

Covid-19 news: Further restrictions on AstraZeneca jab in Sweden

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

Reporting of US police killings harms Black people's mental health

Black people are more likely than white people to have their mental health affected by strings of highly publicised US police killings, according to the first nationwide scientific assessment of these media reports

Untouched nature was almost as rare 12,000 years ago as it is now

Most land on Earth has been shaped by humans for at least 12,000 years, suggesting low intensity land use is compatible with preserving biodiversity

Lucy the Human Chimp review: The ape that was raised like a human

Lucy the human chimp is a documentary that follows the story of a chimp that lived like a human and a human that lived like a chimp

NASA's Ingenuity craft makes first ever helicopter flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has completed its first flight on Mars, making it the first vehicle to ever fly on another planet

Why is the UK warning Facebook not to encrypt its messaging services?

Priti Patel, the UK’s Home Secretary has warned Facebook that introducing end-to-end encryption to its messaging services will make it harder for police to catch online child abuse offenders, but there are alterative solutions

'Lost' coffee plant can resist climate change and tastes just as good

A species of coffee thought to have vanished in the 1920s has been rediscovered, and it can grow at higher temperatures than high-quality Arabica coffee but tastes as good

Covid-19 news: Immunity trial will deliberately expose people to virus

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

The alphabet may have been invented 500 years earlier than we thought

Many researchers think the alphabet emerged in Egypt about 3800 years ago – but possible examples of alphabetic writing from a 4300-year-old site in Syria challenges that idea

Facebook says its AI could help find drug combinations to treat cancer

Facebook claims that its new artificial intelligence can predict the way drugs interact with each other inside cells, but other researchers say it may not translate into results that will be useful in humans

Physicists have created a new and extremely rare kind of uranium

A team of physicists in China has produced the lightest uranium atom ever, which is more than 10 per cent smaller than the most common type of uranium

Covid-19 news: Infections in England at lowest level in 7 months

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

NASA has selected SpaceX to build a lander to take humans to the moon

SpaceX has been awarded a $2.9 billion contract to build the lunar lander that will take astronauts to the surface of the moon as part of NASA's Artemis programme

Can the European Union prevent an artificial intelligence dystopia?

Leaked draft legislation suggests the European Union is attempting to find a “third way” on artificial intelligence regulation, between the free market US and authoritarian China

Covid-19 news: Doubts about Olympics as cases surge in Japan

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

Alaskan forests may store more carbon after being burned by wildfire

Alaskan forests generally contain coniferous trees – but after wildfires sweep through, deciduous trees that store more carbon can become dominant

Around 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex ever walked the Earth

An estimate for the number of Tyrannosaurus rex that ever existed suggests that around 20,000 adults lived at any one time, meaning there were a total of 2.5 billion of them during the lifespan of the species

Heat overrides genes to make bearded dragon embryos change sex

Some Australian lizards that begin developing as males will hatch as females if the egg is particularly warm, because the heat triggers genes that override their sex chromosomes

Whitest paint ever reflects 98 per cent of light and could cool homes

An ultra-reflective white paint absorbs so little sunlight that it becomes cooler than its surroundings, so it could replace energy-intensive air conditioners to cool buildings

Blue Origin’s latest launch brings it close to sending humans to space

The 14 April launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket may have been the spacecraft’s last test flight before it begins taking passengers to the edge of space

Limiting fossil fuel use isn’t enough – we must stop extraction too

To limit climate change and meet even the modest goals of the Paris Agreement, governments need to focus less on reducing demand for fossil fuels and more on cutting the supply

5 steps to make offices as coronavirus-proof as possible

Good ventilation is one of the most effective measures offices can take to stop the spread of coronavirus, while relying on people to change their behaviour should be a last resort

How a return to offices after covid-19 lockdown affects mental health

Returning to work in offices brings concerns over office socialising and using public transport, but working together brings mental health benefits too

Microwave weapon could disable a swarm of military attack drones

Military drones can resist radio-jamming anti-drone devices, but a microwave weapon could take down a whole swarm at once, or disable just one with sniper-like precision

Earthquakes in Taiwan are linked to seasonal changes in water levels

Seismic activity in Taiwan happens more often during the dry season when the groundwater built up during monsoon season is depleted, leaving Earth’s crust more likely to rebound under stress

Covid-19 news: One vaccine dose produces strong response in over-80s

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How good are the coronavirus vaccines at blocking transmission?

Some covid-19 vaccines seem to excel at stopping the virus spreading as well as preventing disease, but vaccines alone still might not be enough to achieve herd immunity

Covid-19 news: US authorities call for Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

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

India sees record surges in cases due to coronavirus variants

India's daily coronavirus cases are currently the highest in the world, with modelling suggesting the country's total tally could be close to 450 million

Graffiti can now be removed in minutes without damaging underlying art

A cleaning substance held within a hydrogel can remove graffiti from street art within minutes, without any alteration to the artwork underneath

Covid-19 news: Cases in India hit record high as Kumbh Mela begins

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

Chaos Walking review: Unsettling sci-fi that exposes men’s thoughts

Sci-fi film Chaos Walking, featuring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, is a disconcerting little masterpiece of sensitive acting and well-judged world-building, says Simon Ings

The frequencies of a vibrating spider web have been made into music

A virtual reality experience converts the vibrations spiders feel on their webs into sound, giving us a sense of how spiders experience the world

The US plans to put a nuclear powered rocket in orbit by 2025

The US is taking steps to put a rocket propelled using nuclear energy into orbit by 2025, paving the way for navigation in space to become much easier

Basic income trial is testing how money affects child development

A pioneering trial is giving mothers in poverty either a large or small cash gift each month for several years to find out whether a basic income changes a baby's brain and development

Animals with weird neurons may rewrite the story of brain evolution

The neurons of comb jellies are a peculiar shape and use chemicals not found in the brains of other animals – hinting they might have evolved independently of other neurons

Female monkeys call to males when they see a predator approaching

Female putty-nosed monkeys of West Africa will use calls to enlist the help of males when they see a leopard approach

Covid-19 news: EU drugs regulator reviewing Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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

Artificial nervous system senses light and learns to catch like humans

A simple artificial nervous system is able to mimic the way humans respond to light and learn to perform basic tasks. The principle could extend to creating more useful robots and prostheses

Australian bushfires warmed the stratosphere by 1°C for six months

Smoke pollution from the 2019–2020 Australian bushfires warmed the stratosphere over the southern hemisphere by at least 1°C for six months after the fires

A third of Antarctic ice shelves risk collapsing due to climate change

Around a third of the ice shelves holding back huge glaciers in Antarctica are at risk of collapse if the world fails to take sufficient action on climate change

People expect chocolate to taste bitter if it is in black packaging

People expect dark and milk chocolate to be more bitter-tasting if it is in black packaging, while yellow and pink packaging is associated with sweeter-tasting chocolate

Covid-19 news: Italy, Spain, Belgium limit use of AstraZeneca vaccine

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

Mars swung between humid and arid conditions before it dried up

Images captured on the Martian surface by the Curiosity rover indicate that the planet fluctuated between arid and humid conditions in its ancient past

Why the UK changed covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine advice for under-30s

Guidance in the UK now says healthy people under 30 should be offered a different vaccine – here's everything you need to know

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