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Every bottle of prosecco may erode 4.4 kilograms of Italian hillside

Sat, 2019-01-19 11:00
In Italy's traditional prosecco-growing region, estimates suggest that 400,000 tonnes of soil is eroded from the vineyards each year

We've dug up tiny animals from beneath a frozen Antarctic lake

Fri, 2019-01-18 18:51
The discovery of preserved carcasses of tiny crustaceans and tardigrades beneath Lake Mercer suggests biologically complex life may survive deep beneath the ice

10 year challenge: How science and the world have changed

Fri, 2019-01-18 17:36
The last 10 years have seen amazing advances in science and technology – and stark damage to the world we live in. Like a lot of people on social media we thought we'd take a look back at the last ten years in science and New Scientist

Australia swelters in record temperatures with warmest ever night

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:23
Noona in New South Wales recorded Australia's warmest ever night with temperatures remaining above 35.9°C on 17 January

Peacocks might use their showy tails for covert communication

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:00
Tigers, leopards and dogs all hunt peacocks, but their colour vision is poor, suggesting they might not actually notice a peacock's colourful tail

Behind the Sheet review: Eye-opening play follows slaves’ story

Fri, 2019-01-18 03:01
The story of the unsung slave women who helped end an excruciating condition by enduring surgery without anaesthetic makes a play that deserves a wide audience

Silencing brain cells in mice can make them no longer care about pain

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
When certain brain cells are silenced in mice, they still sense pain but no longer seem bothered by it. The finding could lead to new pain treatments

Moon craters reveal surprise rise in asteroid shrapnel pelting Earth

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
Craters on the moon show that it and Earth faced a massive increase in large meteorite strikes about 290 million years ago, which could have endangered life on the planet

Saturn’s rings formed in a smash-up less than 100 million years ago

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
Some of the Cassini spacecraft’s final measurements of Saturn’s gravitational field show that its rings are younger than we thought, and its winds run deeper

Could a diet save the planet? Only if we pay the real cost of food

Thu, 2019-01-17 19:27
There is no doubt that a “planetary diet” involving more vegetables and less meat would benefit the environment and likely save lives too, but making it happen won’t be easy

AI chemist figures out how to legally clone expensive patented drugs

Thu, 2019-01-17 18:00
Pharma firms protect their drugs with hundreds of complex patents but an AI called Chematica can find workarounds, which could potentially make drugs cheaper

Global leaders warn of ecological collapse and technological meltdown

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:38
The top five global threats are all now either environmental or technological, according to a World Economic Forum survey of business and political leaders

We've seen methane rain gleaming on the icy plains of Titan

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:29
Images from the Cassini spacecraft have revealed the rainy season near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan - and it's pretty weird

Why CERN's plans for a €20 billion supersized collider are a bad idea

Thu, 2019-01-17 13:10
The research potential of a proposed massive particle smasher that would dwarf the Large Hadron Collider doesn’t justify its huge price tag, says Sabine Hossenfelder

Rational thinking is saving antibiotics – it could work on Brexit too

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:35
The turning of the tide in the fight against bacterial resistance to antibiotics shows the benefits of clear thinking and leadership, and it could work for Brexit too

Songwriter AI emulates the Beatles with a little help from its friends

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:00
Many songwriters have honed their skills listening to the Beatles. Now AI has done the same by learning to write pop songs that mimic their style

Mathematician’s record-beating formula can generate 50 prime numbers

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:00
Figuring out the pattern of the primes is one of the long-standing mysteries of maths, and now there is a way to spit some out on demand

Engineered bacteria could mop up toxic ammonia in the human gut

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
Toxic ammonia can build up in the guts of people with certain disorders – probiotics containing bacteria engineered to break down the toxin could help

Robot dog taught itself to get back up when people kick it over

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
The ANYmal robot is about the size of a large dog. AI has taught it to stand up after being pushed over by researchers

Manatees, whales and turtles are coming back from the brink in the US

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
The Trump administration has plans to weaken a key environmental law, but it has helped many marine animals avoid extinction