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Joke Christmas medical journal papers make unfunny bad science

Ma, 12/12/2017 - 00:30
Respected medical journal the BMJ has a long history of publishing silly papers at Christmas, but the joke is wearing thin - and actually harming science

Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 22:47
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars

We may know why younger brothers are more likely to be gay

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 21:00
An immune response in some pregnant women’s bodies may explain the “fraternal birth order effect” – that men are more likely to be gay the more older brothers they have

Bumblebees solve the travelling salesman problem on the fly

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 20:09
While buzzing between flowers, bees can solve the maths dilemma called the travelling salesman problem by finding the shortest route that visits every blossom

Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 17:00
Over 3 billion years ago, the sun was faint so our planet should have been a snowball. But it wasn’t – and microorganisms may have been what kept it warm

Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 15:49
Some people who fast regularly, like those following the 5:2 diet, feel mentally sharper. Now evidence in mice may explain how fasting boosts brainpower

Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 12:00
The world's first full-scale power plant carbon capture project has stumbled, but we can't let that risk the future of a technology we need, says Olive Heffernan

‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species

Lu, 11/12/2017 - 10:00
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species

Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 22:43
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts

Record-breaking two-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 19:50
The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species

What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 18:45
Two gene variants have been found to be more common in gay men. New Scientist looks at what this tells us about the way biology shapes our sexuality

That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 18:03
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star

Will wildfires finally change Rupert Murdoch’s climate stance?

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 17:01
The media-mogul's Santa Monica vineyard was saved from wildfire destruction, but the world may yet burn thanks to his climate views, says Richard Schiffman

Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 12:45
An analysis of thousands of women has found that the older your mother was when you were born, the more likely you are to be childless – but we don’t know why

US cyberweapons have been stolen and there’s nothing we can do

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 12:35
Malicious code exploits are the new weapons of war, but can we ever reach international agreement on how they should be used and who gets to control them?

Food delivery robots are teaching themselves how to cross roads

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 11:46
Until now, delivery robots have always needed humans to help them when things get tricky. Now machine learning has helped them work out how to manage without us

Africa’s giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony’s army

Ve, 08/12/2017 - 06:01
Elephants, giraffes, giant elands and chimpanzees are being decimated by poachers linked to violent militias in a lawless region of central Africa

Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Gi, 07/12/2017 - 21:31
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas

Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe

Gi, 07/12/2017 - 15:30
A quasar from the early universe could help us understand how the biggest black holes form and when the universe had its last major transformation

A boy is missing the vision bit of his brain but can still see

Gi, 07/12/2017 - 15:12
A seven-year-old boy whose brain doesn’t have a visual processing centre has baffled doctors. Despite missing this brain area, he is still able to see