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Oldest ever piece of string was made by Neanderthals 50,000 years ago

A piece of string found in a cave in France is the oldest ever discovered and shows that Neanderthals knew how to twist fibres together to make cords

9 Apr 2020 9:30 pm
Monster rocky exoplanet could let us glimpse the heart of Jupiter

An enormous rocky planet orbiting a distant star may be a gas giant that has had its atmosphere ripped off, which could help us understand how huge worlds like Jupiter form

9 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Do face masks work against the coronavirus and should you wear one?

The advice on widespread face mask use to protect against covid-19 varies wildly, but there is some evidence that they stop sick people spreading the virus

9 Apr 2020 3:30 pm
Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo to be declared over

The DRCs Ebola epidemic will be declared over on 12 April but theres little time to celebrate as the country pivots towards tackling the coronavirus

9 Apr 2020 3:00 pm
Urine test can predict how much a baby will grow in six months time

Metabolites from urine or blood samples can be used to predict how much a baby will grow six months ahead of time, which could improve interventions for chronic malnutrition

9 Apr 2020 12:30 am
Coronavirus latest: Lockdown in Wuhan, China is lifted

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

8 Apr 2020 11:00 pm
Australia seems to be keeping a lid on covid-19 how is it doing it?

The rate of new coronavirus cases is dropping in Australia, largely due to strict travel restrictions, but complacency could cause the virus to get out of hand

8 Apr 2020 7:16 pm
Rare herb devastated by Australian bush fires saved by seed bank

One of the largely unnoticed victims of the Australian bush fires earlier this year was clover glycine (Glycine latrobeana), a rare pea endemic to South Australia that has now been restored thanks to seeds kept at Kew Gardens

8 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Covid-19: We can ward off some of the negative impacts on children

Children will face many hidden negative effects from the new coronavirus, but it's not too late to avert them, says Paul Ramchandani

8 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Blood pressure drugs may do more harm than good for some older people

A study suggests high blood pressure in people over 75 doesn't seem to raise the risk of death, leading researchers to question the use of medications for it in older people

8 Apr 2020 4:04 pm
Rockets armed with talcum powder could stop deadly space junk

Thousands of dead satellites and chunks of debris in orbit are a threat to active satellites, but rockets that launch clouds of talcum powder mayprevent a disastrous collision

8 Apr 2020 3:30 pm
We may have spotted a parallel universe going backwards in time

Strange particles observed by an experiment in Antarctica could be evidence of an alternative reality where everything is upside down

8 Apr 2020 11:30 am
Does the ACE2 protein explain covid-19 risk for underlying conditions?

Does a cell surface protein explain why the coronavirus is more likely to kill people with diabetes or heart disease? Researchers are trying to find out

8 Apr 2020 12:05 am
Coronavirus latest: No new deaths in China and hopes of plateau in NYC

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

7 Apr 2020 10:30 pm
Coronavirus exit strategies: How do we get out of lockdown?

There are three main strategies for leaving coronavirus lockdown, but each risks a dangerous second wave and further lockdowns if things don't go as planned

7 Apr 2020 10:20 pm
The Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread bleaching yet

Australia's record-breaking heatwave early this year bleached 60 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef, affecting all three of its regions for the first time

7 Apr 2020 10:02 pm
How realistic is Contagion? The movie doesn't skimp on science

Contagion was a film released in 2011 about a fictional pandemic of a virus called MEV-1 which kills between 25 and 30 per cent of those it infected. Here is our review of the film originally published in September 2011, now that it's on Netflix

6 Apr 2020 10:18 pm
An asteroid strike may have popped the surface of Mars

An unusually round and symmetrical deposit on Mars may be the result of an impact that popped the surface of the planet, causing a volcanic eruption less than 200,000 years ago

6 Apr 2020 10:10 pm
Coronavirus latest: US braces for 'peak death week'

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

6 Apr 2020 10:00 pm
Soil gets its smell from bacteria trying to attract invertebrates

Soils earthy smell comes from chemicals produced by bacteria called Streptomyces, which use the odour to attract springtails to help disperse their spores

6 Apr 2020 9:30 pm
Baffling 500-page ABC maths proof to be published after eight-year row

In 2012 mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki produced a proof claiming to solve the long-standing ABC conjecture, but no one understood it. Most mathematicians still don't, but it will now be published in a journal

6 Apr 2020 8:16 pm
Whale sharks can live for a least 50 years and probably longer

The age of a whale shark can be determined by carbon dating the rings of growth in their cartilage, a method that has confirmed that these animals can live for at least 50 years

6 Apr 2020 10:30 am