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The US army has made a virtual North Korea to train its soldiers

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 19:05
The US army has built a system that can quickly create virtual locations for soldiers to train in. It took only three days to make North and South Korea

Distant Jupiter-like world may be the darkest planet ever found

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 18:30
The clouds on WASP-104b – an exoplanet orbiting a star 466 light years away – have been swept away by radiation, leaving a surface that reflects almost no light

Grandchildren of migrants more likely to get anxiety problems

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 17:52
People who migrate are at heightened risk of anxiety disorders, and these mental health problems may linger and get more severe through subsequent generations

Trees may have a ‘heartbeat’ that is so slow we never noticed it

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 15:00
Trees repeatedly move their branches up and down during the night, and this may reflect water being pumped along the branches – just like a human pulse

Driverless cars are dodging pedestrians and pheasants in Oxford

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 13:35
Autonomous cars are preparing to drive from Oxford to London. The thorny route includes motorways, pedestrian packed streets and an occasional pheasant

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cross oceans hidden in cargo ships

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 13:16
Several types of dangerous bacteria​,​ carrying genes that our antibiotics cannot fight​,​ are travelling the world hidden in ships' ballast tanks

Global cancer scheme lets people share data across the world

Ve, 20/04/2018 - 02:01
The Universal Cancer Databank will let anyone with cancer share their medical and genetic data with researchers globally, with the aim of speeding up new treatments

NASA finally has a new boss after a year-long wait

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 21:53
After months of debate, Trump's pick to head NASA has now been confirmed. This ends the space agency's longest-ever period without permanent leadership

Plants love carbon dioxide, but too much could be bad for them

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 21:00
Most plants were expected to grow more as CO2 levels rise, but a 20-year experiment suggests that the extra CO2 is somehow stunting plant growth, which could make climate change worse

Super-tough diamonds have been made bendy and springy

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 21:00
Diamonds may be tough, but they can also be surprisingly flexible. A team of researchers grew diamond nanoneedles that bent and then sprang back upright

Poking tiny dents into solar panels makes them work better

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 21:00
Most solar cells are limited by how much energy their electrons can absorb. Denting their materials could help them harvest more electricity and breeze past that limit

Augmented reality glasses help kids with autism relate to others

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 19:59
A smart glasses app may help children with autism to focus on and interact with other people by overlaying bullseye targets and cartoon faces

Male fruit flies feel pleasure when they ejaculate

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 19:00
Male insects have been genetically engineered to climax on command, and it seems they get a real buzz out of it – perhaps even a fly orgasm

Why climate engineers are targeting Earth’s last pristine spots

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 18:04
Some of the last great wildernesses are being considered as likely candidates for geoengineering. It's a sad reflection of climate failings, says Olive Heffernan

Flies cool themselves down by constantly blowing bubbles of spit

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 14:23
Blowflies repeatedly blow bubbles of saliva, which look like brown bubble gum – and it turns out this odd behaviour helps them keep cool

Doctors who prescribe homeopathy ignore other medical guidelines

Gi, 19/04/2018 - 13:49
Family doctors who offer homeopathy - not recommended by the NHS - are also more likely to practice other bad habits such as the overuse of antibiotics

Watch robots assemble a flat-pack IKEA chair in just 9 minutes

Me, 18/04/2018 - 21:00
Two robotic arms make assembling flat-pack furniture look easy. Faced with a pile of IKEA chair parts they work together to piece it together

Bioengineered freckle turns darker when it detects cancer

Me, 18/04/2018 - 21:00
An implant of genetically engineered skin cells has been designed to grow darker in colour when it detects early breast, prostate and colon cancers

Your boss is probably to blame for meetings starting late

Me, 18/04/2018 - 20:00
Half of all meetings start late – and your boss is probably to blame. A study found that meetings delayed just 10 minutes are likely to be less productive

UK failing child refugees because we can’t reliably verify age

Me, 18/04/2018 - 20:00
Two-thirds of child refugees whose age is disputed turn out to be adults, according to the UK government – but there's no definitive way to determine age