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Three photons stick together to create a new form of light

Mon, 2018-02-19 19:40
Photons don’t normally make friends, but now three have been bound together into a brand-new form of light by tricking them into acting like atoms

We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:23
Humans are still evolving and producing new gene variants, and one of them may give protection against becoming addicted to alcohol - by stopping us drinking altogether

Electric eel-inspired batteries could power life-long pacemakers

Mon, 2018-02-19 15:00
A new battery made of fleshy hydrogel layers generates and stores power like electric eels do. It could power pacemakers without ever needing to be replaced

Facebook may guess millions of people’s sexuality to sell ads

Mon, 2018-02-19 14:20
Three-quarters of all EU users may have had sensitive data inferred about them by Facebook, including things like sexual orientation, religion and political leanings

Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry

Mon, 2018-02-19 14:03
A woman in China has been infected by a new type of flu. With thousands of people travelling after Chinese new year, the risk of new strains spreading is high

Should we revisit ethically dubious experiments from the past?

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
From deadly Nazi medical experiments to sociological studies on children, past science has taken paths we wouldn't tread today, but the results still have value

Mute crickets can’t chirp but rub their wings together anyway

Mon, 2018-02-19 11:00
Male Hawaiian crickets that have lost the ability to chirp still go through the motion of “singing”, even though females can’t hear them

Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

Sat, 2018-02-17 19:00
A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor

Quantum computer could have predicted Trump’s surprise election

Fri, 2018-02-16 19:47
Quantum computers can improve election forecasts by taking into account how states affect one another, allowing one to predict Trump's slim 2016 election win

CRISPR has fixed the genetic cause of a learning disability

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:00
CRISPR gene editing has been used to alleviate the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, but the technique has only been tried in cells in a dish so far

Will a new wave of smart glasses make us ‘glassholes’ again?

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:51
A second round of mass-market facial computers looks less likely to inspire public anger than Google's Glass but it will be a fragile truce, says Jamais Cascio

A single atom is visible to the naked eye in this stunning photo

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:20
This photo shows a strontium atom suspended in electric fields. A blue laser makes the tiny dot visible, though it’s only 215 billionths of a millimetre wide

We thought gorillas only walked on their knuckles. We were wrong

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:00
Modern gorillas can walk in a variety of styles, not just the famous “knuckle-walking”, suggesting our common ancestor was similarly resourceful

Shampoo is causing air pollution, but let’s not lose our heads

Thu, 2018-02-15 21:00
In Western cities, household products like deodorants and paints are a bigger source of air pollution than vehicle exhausts – so here’s what we need to do

People are slaughtering orangutans and wiping them out

Thu, 2018-02-15 19:00
The population of Bornean orangutans fell by almost half in just 16 years, and it was not a sad by-product of deforestation: many apes were killed deliberately

Stem cells zapped with radiation can protect mice from cancer

Thu, 2018-02-15 19:00
Injections of killed stem cells, designed to help the immune system recognise cancers, have been found to protect mice from developing tumours

Bats’ hairy tongues are perfectly adapted for lapping up nectar

Thu, 2018-02-15 17:30
If you're a greedy bat, it helps to have a hairy tongue. The hairs will ensure that you can slurp as much nectar as possible from flowers into your mouth

Surgical instruments may spread Alzheimer’s proteins

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:00
Amyloid protein, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, may be spread via surgical implements, but there isn’t evidence yet that this can transmit the disease

Virtual reality walking stick tutors blind people to cross roads

Thu, 2018-02-15 13:51
Microsoft's “canetroller” offers vibrating feedback in a virtual environment, letting people who are blind experience digital simulations of risky scenarios

Cape Town is about to run out of water – how did this happen?

Wed, 2018-02-14 20:00
Cape Town's water reserves are so low that it may soon have to turn off the taps. We’ve known for a decade that this could happen, but almost nothing has been done