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Will there be beer shortages as the world warms? Well, maybe

Lu, 15/10/2018 - 17:00
Predictions of beer shortages and rocketing prices as extreme weather hits barley production should not be taken too literally but do highlight a very real problem

Earliest ever animal fossil is a 660-million-year-old sponge

Lu, 15/10/2018 - 17:00
Chemical evidence locked in rocks and oil suggests that the first animals were alive 100 million years earlier than we thought from fossils

Rabbit-killing virus may have mutated to kill hares too

Lu, 15/10/2018 - 13:44
Brown hares are turning up dead across the UK, raising fears that myxomatosis – the rabbit infection in ‘Watership Down’ - may have mutated to target hares

Wheat flour to be fortified with folic acid in the UK

Lu, 15/10/2018 - 13:22
Folic acid helps prevent birth defects but is most effective taken around the time of conception. Adding it to wheat could benefit unplanned pregnancies

Mysterious cosmic radio signal spotted unusually close to Earth

Lu, 15/10/2018 - 13:13
The first fast radio burst to be detected in a nearby galaxy may provide clues about what – or who – is able to transmit these strange, powerful signals

Amateurs used a Chinese satellite to photograph Earth and the moon

Ve, 12/10/2018 - 15:56
A tiny Chinese satellite in lunar orbit is designed to accept commands from amateurs, and has captured a new view of the Earth and its moon

We can harness algae with magnets to deliver drugs inside our bodies

Ve, 12/10/2018 - 12:51
If we attach tiny magnets to fast-swimming algae, we can load them up with drugs and steer them deep into the human body to deliver targeted medical therapies

Humongous fungus is older than Christianity and weighs 400 tonnes

Ve, 12/10/2018 - 12:00
A gigantic fungus that lives under the ground in a Michigan forest is even larger than initially estimated and may have been around for at least 2500 years

The US wants a laser weapon that shouts at people before burning them

Ve, 12/10/2018 - 11:00
The US Marines are developing a laser weapon that can shout at people from 100 metres away. It can also be turned up to deafen, dazzle or cause painful burns

Mice eat too much food if their great grandmother did the same

Ve, 12/10/2018 - 02:01
When mice are given a high-fat diet their great grandchildren are more likely to put on weight – and they show a greater than expected taste for alcohol

Police can now use millions more people’s DNA to find criminals

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 20:00
Consumer genetic databases are becoming powerful tools for identifying criminals, and a new technique could link you to forensic data held by US police

Soyuz crash could kill the ISS and set space flight back decades

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 18:29
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has crash landed after an attempted launch to the International Space Station, which may throw a wrench in space flight plans

AIs invent weird new limbs to beat virtual obstacle courses

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 17:10
Simulated robots can learn to control their bodies in many creative ways, and now they can also build the best limbs for crossing through an obstacle course

T. rex may have used its long feet for stealthy surprise attacks

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 17:00
Carnivorous dinosaurs generated seismic waves with every footfall – but because of the shape of their feet they may have masked their presence approaching prey

We are a step closer to making babies with same-sex genetic parents

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 17:00
We are getting better at creating mice with same-sex parents but we are still nowhere near the point at which this could be attempted in people

Nikon Small World photo competition reveals nature in minuscule detail

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 17:00
Peer into nature with these amazing images from the Nikon Small World microphotography prize. They include a bug bubble house and the eye of a weevil

Medicinal cannabis will be available in the UK from next month

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 16:24
The UK Home Secretary has announced that doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis from next month following a specially commissioned review

We’ve missed many chances to curb global warming. This may be our last

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 12:52
Keeping warming to a manageable (but still dangerous) 1.5°C is possible, strictly speaking, but it will be the largest project humanity has ever undertaken

75-million-year old ocean microbes live forever on almost zero energy

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 12:50
There is so little food in the mud at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that individual microbes living there use just 0.00000000001 joules of energy each year

Astronauts make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket malfunctions

Gi, 11/10/2018 - 11:46
A rocket carrying two people to the International Space Station has just made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after a booster malfunctioned