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Covid-19 news: France could quarantine arrivals from the UK

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

14 Aug 2020 10:32 pm
Plant protein responds to radio waves by making seedlings grow faster

A type of protein found in plants and animals called a cryptochrome seems to respond to radio waves, changing how genes in thale cress seedlings are expressed. The find could have applications in farming and medicine

14 Aug 2020 5:30 pm
The fastest star in our galaxy moves at 8 per cent the speed of light

Astronomers have spotted the fastest star ever, whizzing at 8 per cent the speed of light around our galaxys supermassive black hole closer than any star weve seen before

14 Aug 2020 4:57 pm
Earliest known beds are 227,000-year-old piles of grass and ash

Grass bedding in South Africas Border cave dates back 227,000 years, and was put on top of ash to help keep biting insects away

14 Aug 2020 12:30 am
Snapped cable slashes a devastating hole in Arecibo radio telescope

As Tropical Storm Isaias hit Puerto Rico, a thick cable snapped at Arecibo Observatory one of the biggest radio telescopes in the world and crashed through the dish

13 Aug 2020 2:56 pm
Stone Age people were cremating their dead about 9000 years ago

A 9000-year-old cremation in Israel may help identify when in prehistory people began changing their burial practices and perhaps their religious beliefs too

13 Aug 2020 12:30 am
Blue whirl that consumes all fuel it encounters is three flames in one

A mysterious blue whirl that burns fuel efficiently is composed of three separate flames a discovery that could help us generate the whirl for real-world applications

13 Aug 2020 12:30 am
Male Brazilian frog stays loyal to two females during breeding season

The males of a Brazilian frog species is the first amphibian known to stay faithful to two females throughout its breeding season, replicating a style of mating seen in mammals

13 Aug 2020 12:30 am
Baby-mounted cameras teach AI to see through a childs eyes

An AI has learned to recognise objects using video captured by a head-mounted camera worn by young children for a few hours per week over their first 3 years of life

11 Aug 2020 8:05 pm
Is police use of face recognition now illegal in the UK?

The UK Court of Appeal has determined that the use of a face-recognition system by South Wales Police was unlawful, which could have ramifications for the widespread use of such technology across the UK

11 Aug 2020 7:01 pm
We don't know how accurate the UK's new rapid coronavirus tests are

Two new tests that diagnose covid-19 within 90 minutes are being rolled out by the UK government and while both are promising, neither is supported by publicly available, independent evidence

11 Aug 2020 6:03 pm
Menopausal woman gives birth after blood plasma injection in ovaries

Five out of 60 women who were menopausal or transiting into the menopause became pregnant after having their own blood plasma injected into their ovaries, according to results of a pilot study

11 Aug 2020 5:08 pm