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Watch 4D-printed ceramics form elaborate, shape-shifting structures

Ve, 17/08/2018 - 21:00
A new technique for printing ceramics in 4D could be used to make strong, complex parts for rockets and mobile phones

This AI will draw whatever you want – but it’s utterly terrible

Ve, 17/08/2018 - 18:43
Just type in a few words, and this AI will try to draw them. It’s good at textures and colours, but the details can get a bit mixed up

Genoa bridge collapse – what went wrong and are other bridges at risk?

Ve, 17/08/2018 - 14:18
A large portion of motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy has collapsed killing 38 people. Here’s what we know so far about what went wrong

Eating a low-carb diet may shorten your life – unless you go vegan too

Ve, 17/08/2018 - 01:30
People following low-carb diets have been found to have a higher risk of mortality, except when people shun animal fats and protein too

Oldest galaxies in the universe discovered right on our doorstep

Ve, 17/08/2018 - 00:00
Astronomers have previously looked for ancient galaxies by peering into the deep reaches of the universe, but it turns out they were right here all the time

Future robot swarms should copy lazy ants who let others do the work

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 21:00
The optimum strategy for tunnelling ants is to leave all of the digging to just a few workers. Swarms of robots could use similar techniques for clearing rubble

Including population control in climate policy risks human tragedy

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 21:00
Making population issues part of the world's efforts to avert climate change could cause human rights abuses including forced sterilisation, says Ian Angus

The male fish who eat their eggs because they want better babies

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 18:00
When male barred-chin blenny fish are unimpressed by their latest batch of offspring, they often eat them so they can start a new family as soon as possible

New mega-journal will raise the profile of African science

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 17:15
A new journal for Africa's scientific researchers is about to makes its debut. It could be a game changer for the continent, says Curtis Abraham

Corals on old North Sea oil rigs could help natural reefs recover

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 16:00
Not only are deep-sea coral ecosystems thriving on oil and gas rigs in the North Sea, their larvae may be helping repopulate damaged natural reefs

Exposure to insecticide DDT linked to having a child with autism

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 16:00
Although DDT has been banned for decades in many countries, exposure to its breakdown products may be influencing whether mothers have autistic babies

Replacing your boss with a cruel robot could make you concentrate more

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 14:43
A mean robot watching over you increases your focus on the most important parts of a task more than a friendly robot or even no robot at all

Why the US is worried a Russian satellite might be a space weapon

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 13:55
A Russian satellite has been getting closer to Earth without a clear reason and US officials are concerned that it could be a space weapon

A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 13:54
Researchers have developed the most effective technique for lucid dreaming yet, and it may allow people to fulfil fantasies and overcome nightmares and phobias

An opt-out organ donor system might actually lead to fewer transplants

Gi, 16/08/2018 - 07:01
England’s plans to make everyone an organ donor by default could make families less likely to give consent, perhaps leading to a fall in transplant operations

It’s time to embrace video games as an Olympic sport

Me, 15/08/2018 - 20:00
They may compete from the comfort of a chair, but video gamers are in the mix at this year's Asian games and are on track for Olympic stardom, says Mark Zastrow

No contraceptive is perfect, but can you trust apps to stop pregnancy?

Me, 15/08/2018 - 20:00
Birth control app Natural Cycles has come under fire for unwanted pregnancies, but this just reveals how little we understand contraception

Some clouds are formed when a virus makes algae shed their shells

Me, 15/08/2018 - 18:00
When algae in the ocean get a virus, they shed their exoskeleton and those chalky bits can get flung into the air and trigger the formation of clouds

Doctors will grow human tissue on the International Space Station

Me, 15/08/2018 - 16:54
Liver tissue and muscle fibre are going to be grown on the ISS, to see if we can one day grow human organs in space

Weird circles in the sky may be signs of a universe before ours

Me, 15/08/2018 - 10:00
A theory suggesting that the universe is constantly reborn could be proved right by ‘Hawking points’ – signs of evaporated black holes from a time before the big bang