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New ransomware outbreak hits organisations around the world

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 18:37
Chocolate company Cadbury’s, Danish shipping giant Maersk and Ukraine’s national bank are among those affected by a new global ransomware outbreak

Birds use cigarette butts for chemical warfare against ticks

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 18:30
Urban house finches incorporate more fibres from cigarette butts into their nests if they have live ticks in them, suggesting the toxic chemicals in the butts may deter the parasites

Ozone layer recovery will be delayed by chemical leaks

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 18:00
Leaks of a common chemical used in paints and for manufacturing are harming the ozone layer and could delay recovery of the ozone hole until 2095

Living near noisy roads could make it harder to get pregnant

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 17:50
Women who live near noisy roads are more likely to take 6 to 12 months to get pregnant, even when factors like poverty and pollution are taken into account

The death of King Coal hints we are at a climate turning point

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 17:00
Coal use is dying out and wind and solar energy are booming. This means the world is changing around you despite inaction by backward-looking politicians

Google’s multitasking neural net can juggle eight things at once

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 16:00
Deep-learning systems can struggle to handle more than one task, but a fresh approach by Google Brain could turn neural networks into jacks of all trades

Consciousness helps us learn quickly in a changing world

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 13:54
What's the point of consciousness? Experiments suggest it evolved to help us learn and adapt more rapidly than we could without it

Can we count on utopian dreamers to change the world?

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 13:03
Offsetting social problems posed by financial overheating and tech disruption puts utopian ideas such as basic income centre stage, argue two new books

Why bird flu risk is like the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Ma, 27/06/2017 - 12:00
We know the dangers, we know how to mitigate them, and it won't even cost that much – but nobody in power seems to care

Chimps are not as superhumanly strong as we thought they were

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 22:00
We sacrificed strength for endurance after our split from other apes, but it turns out our muscles are only a third weaker than those of our ape cousins

SpaceX has launched and landed two used rockets in one weekend

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 19:22
On 23 and 25 June, SpaceX launched two Falcon 9 rockets using boosters that had already been to space, the second and third time SpaceX has flown used boosters

Research on male animals prevents women from getting best drugs

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 18:00
Male and female mice differ in many ways – a finding that suggests women could be missing out on the best medical treatments, as most are tested on male animals

More killer hail coming unless we curb global warming

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 18:00
Extreme hail storms can be a threat to life and property. If we carry on polluting the planet we'll have to face more of them, warns physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert

Peruvian monkey avoids stomach trouble by adding mud to its diet

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 17:42
Rylands’ saki seems to go out of its way to eat the muddy walls of treetop termite mounds – perhaps to prevent toxic side effects from its seed-rich diet

Cyberattack on UK parliament exploited weak email passwords

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 16:59
A hack that locked MPs out of their parliamentary email accounts over the weekend could have been easily stopped by more following basic security practices

Special cells explain why cabbage and stress churn your guts

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 15:00
When a type of cell in the intestine detects dietary irritants and stress hormones, it sends distress signals to the brain, telling it to move things along

Google on track for quantum computer breakthrough by end of 2017

Lu, 26/06/2017 - 12:15
The search giant is testing a 20-qubit processor, its most powerful quantum chip yet, and says it will be able to outperform ordinary computers by the end of the year

Synthetic iris could let cameras react to light like our eyes do

Ve, 23/06/2017 - 18:14
The iris in our eyes shrinks the pupil in bright light and enlarges it in the dark, and now an artificial version could do the same for both eyes and cameras

Uranus’s crooked, messy magnetic field might open and shut daily

Ve, 23/06/2017 - 18:00
The off-kilter tumbling of the magnetic bubble around Uranus may regularly let a barrage of charged particles from the solar wind flow in

Amputees control avatar by imagining moving their missing limbs

Ve, 23/06/2017 - 17:44
Even after losing a limb, brain activity associated with imagined movements can be read by an fMRI brain scanner and used to control a computer character