Healthcare

Infinity war: The ongoing battle over the world’s hardest maths proof

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 16:00
The new claims are a blow for the theory – but the ongoing saga of a fiendish 500-page proof could expose fundamental flaws in the way mathematicians work

Stupid AI: How humans can stop machines from falling for visual tricks

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 14:00
Adversarial images that trick computers into seeing what isn’t there are a big problem for AI – but mimicking human perception might provide a fix

A tiny robotic capsule could roam your intestines and suck up mucus

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:00
A small robot could travel through your gut and collect mucus in a vacuum bag to help make diagnosing stomach diseases safer and less painful

Famed mathematician claims proof of 160-year-old Riemann hypothesis

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:15
Michael Atiyah, a famed UK mathematician, claims that he has a "simple proof" of the Riemann hypothesis, a key unsolved question about the nature of prime numbers

Subliminal messages can make you forget memories without realising

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:00
Being told not to remember something makes you less likely to remember it in future – and now a study has found this can happen without you even realising it

Zapping your guts with electricity can help relieve constipation

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:00
Passing a gentle electric current through the abdomen encourages bowel movements in people with chronic constipation, a clinical trial has found

Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 20:00
The weird ‘Ediacaran’ fossils have stumped scientists for decades - now fat molecules found inside some of them confirm they are the most ancient animals we know

Divers are attempting to regrow Great Barrier Reef with electricity

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:00
It may be possible to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef by electrically stimulating coral fragments grown on underwater metal frames

Octopuses taking MDMA get all huggy and loved-up with each other

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 17:00
Octopuses respond to ecstasy in the same way as we do, suggesting the basis for social behaviour evolved more than 500 million years ago

Animals can count, but can’t read numbers – and now we know why

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 17:00
Humans but not animals learn that symbols like ‘2’ and ‘4’ represent numbers by recruiting a unique set of neurons to identify them

NASA’s new exoplanet-hunter has spotted its first alien worlds

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 14:25
NASA’s recently launched exoplanet-hunting satellite has uncovered a new world twice the size of Earth orbiting a star 60 light years away

A pair of tiny hopping rovers are about to land on an asteroid

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 13:13
Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has arrived at the asteroid Ryugu, and now it is dropping off two tiny landers that will hop around the surface and take pictures

Field notes: Polluted polar bears await the great Arctic land grab

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-09-20 08:00
As global warming melts the Arctic, all eyes are turning to the riches under the ice. But will polar bears survive the pollutants trickling into the food chain?

Milk alternatives: Which are good for both you and the planet?

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 20:00
Milks made from peas, nuts and more are taking supermarket shelves by storm. Here's what you should be drinking if you care about your health and the environment

Killing ‘zombie’ brain cells can prevent memory loss in mice

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 19:00
Dysfunctional, or 'senescent', brain cells can drive brain degeneration – and killing them saved mice from further damage and memory loss

Smart pills can transmit data to your doctors, but what about privacy?

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 16:00
Medicines that record when they have been taken are already being prescribed. Ethical issues must be addressed, say I. Glenn Cohen and Alex Pearlman

China’s uniform approach for students is a bad fit for other countries

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 14:01
A disciplined schedule may benefit some students, but there’s more to success at school and in later life than turning up on time, says Michael Brooks

A mind-reading headset lets people fly drones using their thoughts

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:00
A group of people learnt how to pilot drones with their thoughts, using a headset that converts brain waves into flying instructions

Dance flies attract males with their hairy legs and inflatable sacs

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 01:01
It’s usually males that go out of their way to attract a mate – but for dance flies it’s the females that dress to impress

Mosquitoes are eating plastic and spreading it to new food chains

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-09-19 01:01
Aquatic mosquito larvae eat plastic in the water and retain it when they become flies – meaning the plastic ends up in the birds that eat mosquitoes