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Israel study: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron
Israel study: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron

An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron ...

Pacific volcano: Science will explain event
Pacific volcano: Science will explain event's ferocity

Researchers are moving rapidly to understand what drove Saturday's huge eruption near Tonga.

Genetic risk factor found for Covid-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say
Genetic risk factor found for Covid-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say

Scientists are piecing together why some people lose their sense of smell after contracting Covid-19.

Climate-related deaths fall in England and Wales - ONS
Climate-related deaths fall in England and Wales - ONS

Lots of factors are at play in new data, including better home insulation and flu vaccinations.

A GOP rep. pledged to bring his own lunch to work in boycott of DC restaurants that now need proof of vaccination
A GOP rep. pledged to bring his own lunch to work in boycott of DC restaurants that now need proof of vaccination

The Kentucky congressman has been critical of Washington, DC's vaccine mandate, which came into effect on Sunday.

Why satellites are key to understanding Pacific volcano
Why satellites are key to understanding Pacific volcano

When the huge eruption happened over the weekend, a fleet of spacecraft overhead gathered key data.

A massive asteroid the size of the Empire State Building is about to pass Earth. Here
A massive asteroid the size of the Empire State Building is about to pass Earth. Here's how to track it.

The asteroid, which is about a half-mile wide, has been studied by scientists for decades and will stay about 1.2 million miles away from Earth.

Halting Progress and Happy Accidents: How mRNA Vaccines Were Made
Halting Progress and Happy Accidents: How mRNA Vaccines Were Made

Thousands of miles from Dr. Barney Graham's lab in Bethesda, Maryland, a frightening new coronavirus had jumped from camels to humans in the Middle East...

Tsunami triggered by a huge volcanic eruption under the Pacific ocean left towns across Tonga damaged, say reports
Tsunami triggered by a huge volcanic eruption under the Pacific ocean left towns across Tonga damaged, say reports

The Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano eruption has left towns flooded and the capital Nuku'alofa clouded by plumes of thick volcanic ash.

Psychedelic beer served at intimate dinner parties helped an ancient empire in the Andes rule for centuries, study finds
Psychedelic beer served at intimate dinner parties helped an ancient empire in the Andes rule for centuries, study finds

According to a new archaeological study, leaders of the Wari empire that ruled Peru added hallucinogenic seeds to beer to sustain political control.

As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon
As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon

Nations around the planet are making a subtle but consequential pivot in their war against the coronavirus: Crushing the virus is no longer the strategy. Many countries are just hoping for a draw. It's a strategic retreat, signaled in overt and subtle ways from Washington to Madrid to Pretoria, South Africa, to Canberra, Australia. Notably, few countries today outside of China - which is still locking down cities - cling to a "zero-covid" strategy.Subscribe to The Post Most newsletter for the mo

Unknown objects at the heart of the Milky Way are beaming radio signals, then mysteriously disappearing
Unknown objects at the heart of the Milky Way are beaming radio signals, then mysteriously disappearing

Radio waves bursting from the center of the Milky Way, then disappearing, might reveal a new type of star if astronomers could just nail them down.

Dramatic footage of tsunami hitting the Pacific island of Tonga after a giant underwater volcano erupted
Dramatic footage of tsunami hitting the Pacific island of Tonga after a giant underwater volcano erupted

The massive eruption under the Pacific ocean was just 40 miles away from Tonga. Footage on social media shows people fleeing the waves.

How a colossal block of ice became an obsession
How a colossal block of ice became an obsession

Artist Kevin Eason won't ever see his favourite iceberg up close, but he's come to know it so well.

Why do astronauts get "space anemia"? This study has an answer.
Why do astronauts get "space anemia"? This study has an answer.

The world-first study found that more than 3 million red blood cells were killed a second in space, compared to just 2 million on Earth.

A future mono vaccine may have a shot at defeating multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests
A future mono vaccine may have a shot at defeating multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests

People who develop multiple sclerosis were often previously infected with EBV, the mononucleosis virus, according to new research.

A child mummy from Egypt is the first found with a dressed wound, offering a rare glimpse into ancient medicine
A child mummy from Egypt is the first found with a dressed wound, offering a rare glimpse into ancient medicine

The bandage was found on the body of a young girl who died in the 1st to 2nd century AD, a new study said.

Roman town uncovered in Britain as dig for new rail line reveals
Roman town uncovered in Britain as dig for new rail line reveals 'exquisite' ancient finds

A vast dig to lay the foundations for Britain's new high-speed train network is helping to unearth rich new details about ancient Roman life.

The recipient of a historic pig-heart transplant stabbed a man years ago. Ethicists say criminal history shouldn
The recipient of a historic pig-heart transplant stabbed a man years ago. Ethicists say criminal history shouldn't affect who gets live-saving organs.

The stabbing left its victim paralyzed, and raises ethical questions about who deserves life-saving organs when they're in limited supply.

Bald eagle population growth stunted by lead poisoning, study finds
Bald eagle population growth stunted by lead poisoning, study finds

A study found the birds are eating hunters' gunshot ammunition, decreasing their population growth by 4 to 6%.

'As a black woman in STEM I'm used for photo opportunities'

Chemist Cynthia Chapple talks about how to get more black girls from inner-cities into STEM careers.

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The 'green' row over the UK's largest renewable power plant

The UK's wood-burning Drax power plant hopes to expand but faces questions on its green credentials.

The US is about to start covering the cost of COVID-19 tests. Here
The US is about to start covering the cost of COVID-19 tests. Here's how it works in the UK, where you can get 7 free tests a day.

I'm a UK citizen who works in the US. This is what my COVID-19 testing experience has been like in each country.

Are shark attacks more likely under a full moon? Study suggests lunar cycles may play a role
Are shark attacks more likely under a full moon? Study suggests lunar cycles may play a role

A study published in Frontiers of Marine Science compared 46 years of shark attack data with moon cycles and found fuller moons correlated with more attacks.

Study nixes Mars life in meteorite found in Antarctica
Study nixes Mars life in meteorite found in Antarctica

A 4 billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all...

Study: Stronger evidence linking virus to multiple sclerosis
Study: Stronger evidence linking virus to multiple sclerosis

There's more evidence that one of the world's most common viruses may set some people on the path to developing multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a ...

Ocean heat hit record high in 2021 as Earth warms, NOAA says
Ocean heat hit record high in 2021 as Earth warms, NOAA says

Earth experienced its sixth warmest year on record in 2021, continuing a trend where each of the past four decades has ranked hotter than the one before it.

SpaceX launches 105 small satellites in "rideshare" mission
SpaceX launches 105 small satellites in "rideshare" mission

SpaceX plans up to four commercial rideshare missions per year to provide low-cost access to space.

Study shows COVID risks for unvaccinated pregnant women and their babies
Study shows COVID risks for unvaccinated pregnant women and their babies

Data on thousands of pregnant women in Scotland shows those who didn't get vaccinated were more likely to end up hospitalized in critical care or have a...

The heat stays on: Earth hits 6th warmest year on record
The heat stays on: Earth hits 6th warmest year on record

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - and a private measuring group released their calculations for last year's global temperature...

Water vapor found in another planet
Water vapor found in another planet's atmosphere

Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size exoplanet called TOI-674 b, which is located about 150 light-years away from Earth.

Wear masks that are comfortable and fit well for
Wear masks that are comfortable and fit well for 'best' protection against Omicron, CDC says

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that the CDC was preparing to update its website with information to help people choose the "right" mask for them.

4 US diplomats were hit by
4 US diplomats were hit by 'Havana Syndrome' symptoms in Geneva and Paris last summer, report says

At least 200 US overseas diplomats, officials, and other personnel have reported symptoms of the mysterious illness since 2016.

Oldest human fossils from eastern Africa are about 30,000 years older than scientists thought
Oldest human fossils from eastern Africa are about 30,000 years older than scientists thought

The bones of ancient Homo sapiens, unearthed in Ethiopia, were buried beneath a layer of volcanic ash. A new clue helped scientists date the fossils.

UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network
UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network

The air conditioners hum constantly in the lab at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, countering the heat thrown off by rows of high-tech sequencing machines that...

RAF man set to unleash Virgin Orbit space rocket over Pacific
RAF man set to unleash Virgin Orbit space rocket over Pacific

Fighter pilot Matthew Stannard is set to lead a satellite launch mission for Sir Richard Branson.

Water pollution: How clean are the UK
Water pollution: How clean are the UK's rivers and lakes?

England's rivers are contaminated by a "chemical cocktail" of pollution- what's being done to tackle the issue?

Joe Rogan interviewed a doctor who
Joe Rogan interviewed a doctor who's been kicked off Twitter for misinformation. Doctors and scientists say it's time for Spotify to better police its podcasts.

270 experts in health and medicine signed an open letter stating Spotify's role in airing misinformation damages public trust in scientific research.

Booms and a bubble: How supernovas shaped our galactic neighborhood
Booms and a bubble: How supernovas shaped our galactic neighborhood

Astronomers reconstructed part of the galaxy's history, showing that our solar system sits within a vast bubble dotted with star-forming regions on its...

Loss of taste or smell aren
Loss of taste or smell aren't common COVID-19 symptoms for Omicron infections, disease experts say

Less than 20% of people with COVID-19 in the UK have reported loss of smell recently. The symptom was once a hallmark of COVID-19.

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A 'flurona' infection - catching COVID-19 and the flu at the same time - appears to be 'very uncommon,' a CDC expert says

"It's the very unlucky individual who ends up with two respiratory-virus infections at the same time," CDC epidemiologist Alicia Budd told Insider.

WHO: Don
WHO: Don't try to catch Omicron deliberately - it can be 'dangerous' not 'mild'

People could die, spread the virus to others and the long-term effects are unknown, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical COVID-19 lead, said.

COVID-19 virus particles lose most of their ability to infect after about 10 minutes in the air, lab study suggests
COVID-19 virus particles lose most of their ability to infect after about 10 minutes in the air, lab study suggests

The findings were made in a controlled lab environment and didn't use Omicron. But they offer clues about what could be happening in real life.

"Potentially hazardous" asteroid to have close encounter with Earth
"Potentially hazardous" asteroid to have close encounter with Earth

Next week will be the closest the asteroid has come to Earth since 1933.

Astronomers observe celestial
Astronomers observe celestial 'ticking time bomb' for first time

For the first time, astronomers have observed the final days and death throes of a red supergiant star before its final collapse and massive explosion into a

Amid Djokovic backlash, Australia grapples with omicron wave
Amid Djokovic backlash, Australia grapples with omicron wave

Like millions of others in the most locked-down place on the planet, Melbourne resident Rav Thomas dutifully spent 262 days confined to his home as the COVID...

Quebec says it will tax those who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 without a medical reason
Quebec says it will tax those who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 without a medical reason

Quebec Premier François Legault said it was a measure for "fairness" for the 90% of residents who are vaccinated.

A man who had a rare case of
A man who had a rare case of 'flurona' describes feeling like he had razor blades in his throat and 'wild' night sweats which cleared after 48 hours

Co-infections of flu and COVID-19 are unusual. Experts say it is not a big deal for young, healthy people who are vaccinated against both viruses.

Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic
Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic

New research shows the huge threat posed by permafrost thaw to millions living in the Arctic.

Scientists say ketamine could help people quit alcohol after
Scientists say ketamine could help people quit alcohol after 'encouraging' study

People with alcohol-use disorder were given three infusions that were a ketamine or a dummy solution alongside therapy or education.


Covid-19 news: Falling cases in UK suggests omicron wave has peaked

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

Edible straws made by bacteria are better than paper or plastic ones

Plastic straws are increasingly being avoided for both health and environmental reasons, but the alternatives all have their downsides – until now

Volcano eruption in Tonga was a once-in-a-millennium event

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

Robot piloted by a ball of algae is powered by photosynthesis

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

Covid-19 news: Wales rows back omicron restrictions as cases fall

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

Why omicron isn't more severe in kids despite rise in hospitalisations

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

UK energy crisis: Why renewable subsidies will help avoid price shocks

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

Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth

Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low

Hybrid animal in 4500-year-old tomb is earliest known bred by humans

Early Bronze Age people in Syria crossed donkeys with wild asses to make prized horse-like hybrids, demonstrating advanced understanding of animal breeding

Long-lasting radiation shields may make super-Earths friendly for life

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

Organic compounds on Mars were produced by water and rocks, not life

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

Animal decline is hurting plants' ability to adapt to climate change

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"

Strongest evidence yet that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus

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

Astronomers may have found a huge moon around a Jupiter-like exoplanet

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

Largest 3D map of the universe contains 8 million galaxies

Astrophysicists hope a map created by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will help answer questions about the expansion of the universe

Can electric fields help plants grow? New claims met with caution

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 ever fish colony hosts 100 billion eggs under Antarctic ice

In the Weddell Sea near Antarctica, scientists have found the largest colony of fish nests in the world, covering 240 square kilometres

The moon's magnetic field may have been altered by huge sinking rocks

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

What endemic means - and why covid-19 is nowhere near it yet

The term "endemic" usually means that an infection is stable, not that it's less deadly or that protective measures are no longer required. With the omicron variant surging, covid-19 is unlikely to become endemic soon

Advances in physics may seem abstract at first but tech often follows

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

How bacteria-killing viruses are being used to keep food safe

Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages are increasingly being sprayed on food to keep them free of pathogens, and they could soon be put to work in healthcare

UK’s most powerful supercomputer has booted up and is doing science

ARCHER2, a £79m machine funded by the UK government, is still in a testing period, but already working on real science such as modelling volcanic plumes

Huge gas bubble that contains the solar system mapped for first time

The solar system lies inside a structure called the Local Bubble some 1000 light years across – and a map of its surface shows it is the site of star formation

AI makes it possible to simulate 25 billion water molecules at once

Computer simulations of clouds of atoms and molecules must always trade scale for accuracy, but a new technique shows that both are possible at once using AI and clever coding

Ancient Andean leaders may have mixed hallucinogen with their beer

A concoction of vilca seeds and fermented alcohol may have provided a mild hallucinogenic experience, enabling Wari leaders in South America to bond with their people

Unusual anglerfish glows with bioluminescent and fluorescent light

We already knew that anglerfish have light-generating bacteria in their tissues – now it turns out that one species, the Pacific football fish, can also glow by fluorescing green

Covid-19 news: Pandemic rapidly moving towards endemicity, says EMA

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

Overloaded memory chips generate truly random numbers for encryption

Random numbers – a vital part of encryption – are hard for computers to generate, but a new trick turns memory chips into a source of random noise

Watch the best ever simulation of stars being born in a cosmic cloud

A computer simulation tracks 9 million years of evolution within a stellar nursery - also known as a giant molecular cloud – in which stars are born

Two black holes merged to form a huge one moving at incredible speeds

Astronomers have long suspected that merging black holes can give the resulting larger black hole a massive boost of speed, and have finally spotted this happening

Ancient humans may have started hunting 2 million years ago

Cut marks on animal bones suggest ancient hominins butchered them for their meat, and that they were first on the scene instead of having to scavenge from carnivores like big cats

A West African writing system shows how letters evolve to get simpler

The characters used to write the Vai script, which was invented in Liberia in 1833, have become visually simpler over time, reflecting the evolutionary pressures acting on writing

Covid-19 testing in the time of omicron: Everything you need to know

With omicron infections surging around the world, many countries are changing their coronavirus testing guidelines to better deal with the new variant and the huge number of cases it is causing. Here's what you need to know.

Covid-19 news: Ministers plan for UK to ‘live with covid’

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

Outsider wins DARPA challenge to predict where floats drift at sea

A competition to forecast the locations of 90 floats drifting in the Atlantic could lead to better methods for tracking oil slicks and locating shipwreck survivors

Ancient Egyptian mummy of a young girl is first with a bandaged wound

The ancient Egyptians were adept at bandaging dead bodies during the mummification process, but we have had no evidence of the way they dressed flesh wounds until now  

What dolphins reveal about the evolution of the clitoris

Patricia Brennan's latest research suggests that bottlenose dolphins have clitorises that evolved for pleasure. She tells New Scientist why it's important to study animal genitalia

Corkscrew-shaped robot swims through blood vessels to clear blockages

Laboratory tests show a tiny robot with a helical propeller inspired by bacteria can swim through veins and deliver clot-busting drugs

Fungi that live on eucalyptus roots can control trees' gene activity

Eucalyptus trees rely on root fungi to source nutrients and water – but the fungi actually control the genetic development of the tree roots by releasing tiny chunks of RNA

UK’s largest ichthyosaur fossil was a 10-metre-long apex predator

The largest ichthyosaur fossil ever found in the UK has been unearthed in the Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spider fossil sheds light on Australia’s ancient rainforest ecosystem

A suite of plant and animal fossils from a site in New South Wales date back about 16 million years to a time when the region was blanketed in lush rainforests

Covid-19 news: India’s death toll may be six times higher than thought

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

Kazakhstan unrest takes down a fifth of global bitcoin mining network

The second largest bitcoin mining nation in the world has cut off internet access, slashing the amount of computing power dedicated to the cryptocurrency

Energy crisis: What can the UK government do to help cut fuel bills?

The UK government is talking to the energy industry to find ways to mitigate a huge rise in energy bills that is set to hit consumers in April

World's smallest land snail could fit inside a grain of sand

The newly discovered Angustopila psammion is the smallest snail ever seen on land, though there are smaller snails in the sea

Record levels of greenhouse gas methane are a ‘fire alarm moment’

The rate at which methane concentrations are rising is concerning researchers, with 2020 marking the biggest annual jump since 1983.

Covid-19 news: Omicron cases hit record highs in Europe

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

Bacteria form complex structures like those seen in animals

Bacterial biofilms, slimy collections of microbes, can develop concentric rings containing cells with different biological features

Why is omicron more infectious but less severe? What we know so far

The omicron variant infects cells in a different way, is present in higher levels in saliva and seems more likely to cause asymptomatic infections - all findings that could help explain why omicron is spreading so rapidly but resulting in a lower proportion of hospitalisations and deaths

Newly identified tree species named in honour of Leonardo DiCaprio

An evergreen tree native to Cameroon’s tropical Ebo forest has been given the scientific name Uvariopsis dicaprio and is the first new plant species to be described in 2022

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