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Skeleton found near Mount Vesuvius unlocks new clues into life of ancient Romans
Skeleton found near Mount Vesuvius unlocks new clues into life of ancient Romans

The body of a man whose flesh was disintegrated by the heat from Vesuvius 2,000 years ago offers a glimpse into one of history's most famous eruptions.

Senior UK politician warns people to avoid
Senior UK politician warns people to avoid 'snogging under the mistletoe' over the holidays as Omicron raises fears of uncontrolled spread

Thérèse Coffey, the UK's work and pensions secretary, said kissing 'people you don't already know' should be avoided during this holiday season.

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists
Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists

They come with eagle-eyed drones and high-precision instruments. Scientists from around the world are flocking to La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands in...

Spacewalk approved after debris scare prompted delay
Spacewalk approved after debris scare prompted delay

After assessing possibly threatening space debris, NASA cleared two astronauts to press ahead with a spacewalk.

Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine
Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine

World Weather Attribution, which does real time studies of extreme weather throughout the world, examined the drought, which has left Madagascar with 60% of ...

A study on NBA players and staff found vaccinated people with breakthrough infections may be less likely to spread COVID-19 to others
A study on NBA players and staff found vaccinated people with breakthrough infections may be less likely to spread COVID-19 to others

The study, done when Alpha and Delta were dominant in the US, found vaccinated people "clear" the virus days earlier than those who are unvaccinated.

2021 hurricane season was third most active
2021 hurricane season was third most active

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it's been the third most active on record.

The Omicron variant has landed in the US: California just reported its first case
The Omicron variant has landed in the US: California just reported its first case

Omicron was likely spreading in the US before California reported its first case - a San Francisco resident - on Wednesday.

One nerdy piece of good news about Omicron: We already have tests that spot signs of the variant
One nerdy piece of good news about Omicron: We already have tests that spot signs of the variant

Some run-of-the-mill PCR tests can provide a solid clue that Omicron is present, providing a nice early signal for scientists to follow.

Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data
Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data

Scientists say they have made a major step forward in storing information in molecules of DNA.

The CDC orders airlines to reveal identities of travelers who have recently visited southern Africa
The CDC orders airlines to reveal identities of travelers who have recently visited southern Africa

The CDC had previously required all airlines to collect contact tracing information from all international air passengers.

Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water resource, could disappear in 25 years
Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water resource, could disappear in 25 years

The snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, a major source of water for the state, could largely disappear in 25 years if global warming continues ...

Here are all the mutations in the Omicron variant and why they are scaring scientists
Here are all the mutations in the Omicron variant and why they are scaring scientists

The Omicron variant has an unprecedented combination of mutations. Many of those mutations are completely new to science, two experts told Insider.

Peter Prengaman to lead AP
Peter Prengaman to lead AP's expanding climate coverage

Peter Prengaman, a multiformat journalist and newsroom leader who has led coverage of major stories around the world, was named climate and environmental...

Rules to create gene-edited farm animals must put welfare first - review
Rules to create gene-edited farm animals must put welfare first - review

Ethics experts publish a report as the government considers whether to allow gene-edited farm animals.

Cyclist deaths soar on rural roads in England
Cyclist deaths soar on rural roads in England

The number of cyclists being killed on rural English roads rose sharply over the last year.

Why scientists - and much of the world - reacted so quickly to the omicron variant
Why scientists - and much of the world - reacted so quickly to the omicron variant

When Jeremy Kamil got his first look at B.1.1.529, the coronavirus variant that would soon be named omicron, it didn't take long to see the differences.

The World Health Organization is advising people over 60 not to travel amid spread of Omicron variant
The World Health Organization is advising people over 60 not to travel amid spread of Omicron variant

The organization has encouraged all travelers to remain vigilant for symptoms, get vaccinated, and adhere to public health measures.

High-speed space junk risk prompts NASA to abruptly delay spacewalk on the International Space Station
High-speed space junk risk prompts NASA to abruptly delay spacewalk on the International Space Station

Space junk orbiting Earth at dangerously high speeds keeps forcing the International Space Station to swerve. Russia just made a new field of debris.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says we should do 8 things to deal with the Omicron variant
Dr. Anthony Fauci says we should do 8 things to deal with the Omicron variant

"These things we have been doing, we need to keep doing them," Fauci said at a briefing with the White House's COVID-19 team on Tuesday.

Elon Musk says Starlink satellites have had to dodge debris from Russia
Elon Musk says Starlink satellites have had to dodge debris from Russia's anti-satellite missile test

Russia blasted one of its satellites with a missile on November 15, creating new debris in orbit and threatening Musk's network of SpaceX satellites.

The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is
The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is 'worse than a prison'

The couple was arrested after they boarded a flight to Spain after breaking COVID-19 quarantine following a trip to South Africa.

Space junk forces spacewalk delay, too risky for astronauts
Space junk forces spacewalk delay, too risky for astronauts

NASA called off a spacewalk Tuesday because of menacing space junk that could puncture an astronaut's suit or damage the International Space Station. Two...

Omicron Carries Scary Mutations. That Doesn
Omicron Carries Scary Mutations. That Doesn't Mean They Work Well Together.

The omicron variant of the coronavirus has alarmed many scientists because of the sheer number of genetic mutations it carries - about 50 in all, including...

Quest begins to drill Antarctica
Quest begins to drill Antarctica's 'oldest ice'

A near-3km-long core of ice should contain a record of climate change going back 1.5 million years.

Wood Wide Web: Scientists to map hotspots of fungal life
Wood Wide Web: Scientists to map hotspots of fungal life

The fungal networks in soil can help fight climate change but are under threat, experts say.

NASA calls off spacewalk due to possible risk from space debris
NASA calls off spacewalk due to possible risk from space debris

An overnight "debris notification" prompted NASA to delay the spacewalk. It wasn't immediately clear if the alert was linked to a recent Russian weapon test ...

Fox Nation host Lara Logan compares Dr. Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor who conducted inhumane medical experiments on Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz
Fox Nation host Lara Logan compares Dr. Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor who conducted inhumane medical experiments on Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz

Mengele conducted experiments including unnecessary amputation of limbs, removal of organs without anesthesia, sterilization, and forced insemination.

Researchers behind the world
Researchers behind the world's first living robot have found a way to make it reproduce - by shaping it like Pac-Man

Xenobots are made from the stem cells of the African clawed frog, which allow them to move around and pile up smaller cells that form into new Xenobots.

A NASA astronaut is set to become the first Black woman to live and work at the International Space Station
A NASA astronaut is set to become the first Black woman to live and work at the International Space Station

Jessica Watkins said she hopes to set an example for children of color, particularly young girls, "of ways that they can participate and succeed."

4 unanswered questions about the new Omicron variant that scientists are racing to answer
4 unanswered questions about the new Omicron variant that scientists are racing to answer

Scientists are racing to answer learn more about the Omicron variant, which has more than 30 mutations on its spike protein.

What is the James Webb Space Telescope and when will it launch?
What is the James Webb Space Telescope and when will it launch?

It's one of the grand scientific undertakings of our times, but what exactly will James Webb do?

CDC strengthens its stance on boosters, saying everyone should get an extra shot to protect against the Omicron variant
CDC strengthens its stance on boosters, saying everyone should get an extra shot to protect against the Omicron variant

The CDC said everyone ages 18 and older should get a vaccine booster - a stronger message than before, when it was optional for most adults.

Photos from the Great Barrier Reef show corals unleashing a colorful storm of eggs and sperm
Photos from the Great Barrier Reef show corals unleashing a colorful storm of eggs and sperm

Warming ocean waters have hurt Australia's coral populations, but a local scientist says seeing them spawn gives him hope the coral reefs can recover.

Omicron has drug companies preparing for the worst. Here are their plans to counterattack the newest COVID-19 variant.
Omicron has drug companies preparing for the worst. Here are their plans to counterattack the newest COVID-19 variant.

Experts fear that the newest variant could make vaccines and therapies less effective. "On the face of it, it looks pretty gnarly," one said.

Millennial Money: Sustain generosity beyond the holidays
Millennial Money: Sustain generosity beyond the holidays

Write down the two or three causes that matter most to you, whether it's a global issue like slowing down climate change or something closer to home, like...

Amazon and Target play an
Amazon and Target play an 'outsized role' in California port congestion compared to competitors Ikea and Walmart, new study says

An environmental coalition broke down the cargo carriers and shipping routes used by Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Ikea in research released Monday.

Check out the reusable stainless steel cups Starbucks is renting to customers in Japan
Check out the reusable stainless steel cups Starbucks is renting to customers in Japan

Starbucks is piloting a new program in Tokyo that will rent free, reusable coffee cups to customers to reduce plastic waste from disposable cups.

Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears
Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears

Monday also marks the start of US travel restrictions from eight countries in southern Africa, where the Omicron variant was first identified.

Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.
Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled Sunday to gather data on the...

A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country
A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country

The couple were quarantining in a hotel near Amsterdam alongside at least 13 people who had the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Dutch media said.

WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it
WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

Countries put travel bans on multiple southern African nations after the Omicron coronavirus variant was first detected in South Africa and Botswana.

The Omicron variant has a
The Omicron variant has a 'record' number of mutations that may hinder vaccine effectiveness, NIH director says

"It does make you worry, therefore, that it's a sufficiently different virus, that it might not respond as well to protection from the vaccines. But we don't...

Dr. Fauci says the US could experience a fifth wave in COVID-19 infections as health officials warn about spread of Omicron
Dr. Fauci says the US could experience a fifth wave in COVID-19 infections as health officials warn about spread of Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci's remarks come as the US prepares to deal with the threat of the Omicron, which the WHO calls a "variant of concern."

The oldest trees on Earth
The oldest trees on Earth

The gnarled bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California's White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees ...

Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022
Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson said they're also testing whether their vaccines are effective at fighting the new Omicron variant.

World scrambles to contain omicron as scientists call for greater vaccination efforts
World scrambles to contain omicron as scientists call for greater vaccination efforts

As countries scrambled to contain a new Covid-19 variant called omicron, scientists have said they are unsurprised at its emergence.

A man on a lockdown stroll across English farmland discovered an
A man on a lockdown stroll across English farmland discovered an 'extraordinary' Roman villa with epic Trojan War mosaic

A Roman villa containing a rare mosaic depicting scenes from Homer's Iliad poem about the Trojan War, unearthed beneath afield in Rutland, England.

A rare manuscript featuring Albert Einstein
A rare manuscript featuring Albert Einstein's early calculations for his theory of relativity sold for $13 million

The 54-page document is one of just two papers that show Albert Einstein's early workings on his seminal theory of relativity.

A NASA astronaut who took part in the first all-female spacewalk describes what it was like wearing an oversized 1970s spacesuit in zero gravity
A NASA astronaut who took part in the first all-female spacewalk describes what it was like wearing an oversized 1970s spacesuit in zero gravity

NASA astronaut Dr Jessica Meir told Insider that balancing and moving around in an oversized spacesuit in space was particularly difficult.


Covid-19 news: Omicron linked to sharp rise in cases in South Africa

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Impossible Foods in talks with UK farmers to swap livestock for trees

Exclusive: Pat Brown, chief executive of the plant-based meat firm, wants pilot to show economic and climate change benefits of taking farmland out of cattle and sheep production to lock up carbon

Sun-like stars may go through brighter phases as they grow up

Computer modelling supports the idea that nascent stars brighten dramatically during growth spurts, which could explain an astrophysical mystery

Humans have been relatively short for thousands of years

Until around 150 years ago, humans were relatively short – but our recent growth spurt may have more to do with social factors than dietary ones

Plastic food packaging gets a bad rap, but does it always deserve it?

When you look at the research evidence, it soon becomes clear that calls to ban all plastic wrap on fresh fruit and veg could do more harm than good

Methane is much worse than CO2 – here’s what we should do about it

Methane is an underappreciated but potent greenhouse gas. How we deal with it will have a massive impact on averting the worst consequences of climate change

New species of armoured dinosaur had a tail shaped like a fern frond

Stegouros elengassen, unearthed in Chile, had a strange flattened tail that looked like a fern frond – a feature never seen before in an ankylosaur dinosaur

Fossil footprints hint at mystery hominin with unusual walking style

A set of 3.7-million-year-old footprints were initially thought to have been left by a bear walking upright, but have now been reinterpreted as the prints of an unidentified hominin that walked a little bit like a modern catwalk fashion model

DeepMind AI collaborates with humans on two mathematical breakthroughs

Humans and AI working together can reveal new areas of mathematics where data sets are too large to be comprehended by mathematicians

Stones smashed by horses can be mistaken for ancient human tools

Horses kick and stamp on rocks to keep their hooves in good shape, and archaeologists have now realised this can result in a collection of sharp stones that looks like the work of an ancient human toolmaker

Lakes freezing later in winter leads to less algae in the spring

A unique experiment in a Canadian lake has found that the timing of when ice forms can have a big impact on the organisms that live in it the following year

UK refuses to release document showing Net Zero Strategy CO2 savings

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has refused a freedom of information request that would allow independent scrutiny of the measures in its flagship green plan.

UK gene-edited food plans must not harm animal welfare, say ethicists

Gene-edited foods may one day be sold in UK shops, but ethicists warn that using the technology in livestock may exacerbate animal welfare issues if, for example, it leads to the creation of disease-resistant animals that can be housed together more densely

Extinct New Zealand bird hunted like an eagle and ate like a vulture

The Haast’s eagle had a beak and talons suited for capturing live prey, but its skull was adapted for ripping out organs

Risso’s dolphins have invented rapid spin-dive technique for hunting

A species of dolphin that hunts prey living 600 metres below the surface spins its body as it dives so it can drill down through the water rapidly

Arctic may switch from snow to rain-dominated as early as 2060

A rain-dominated Arctic is expected to arrive up to two decades earlier than expected, and in many parts of the region it will happen even at 1.5°C of global warming rather than 2°C as previously thought

Covid booster shots are pushing protection to unexpected heights

Evidence suggests that vaccine booster programmes can take people’s covid-19 protection to unexpectedly high levels, but we don’t yet know how effective existing vaccines will be against the omicron variant

Can omicron-specific vaccines arrive fast enough to make a difference?

Vaccine makers are already adapting vaccines to fight the omicron coronavirus variant, but it will probably already have swept the world by the time these arrive

Canine teeth shrank in human ancestors at least 4.5 million years ago

The extra-large, dagger-like canine teeth seen in male great apes have been missing from human ancestors for at least 4.5 million years – possibly because females opted for less aggressive partners

Living robots made from frog cells can replicate themselves in a dish

Swarms of tiny "xenobots" can self-replicate in the lab by pushing loose cells together – the first time this form of reproduction has been seen in multicellular organisms

Covid-19 news: More cases of omicron found in the UK

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Heirloom tomatoes are less genetically diverse than standard varieties

A study of traditional ‘heirloom’ tomato varieties from Europe has revealed little genetic diversity despite their enormous variety in size, shape and colour

A single vaccine could protect against many mosquito-borne diseases

A vaccine that changes the way our body responds to mosquito bites could protect us from diseases the insects carry, and also seems to make mosquitoes lay fewer eggs

Material inspired by blood vessels can extract uranium from seawater

The oceans are a huge untapped store of uranium, which is vital for nuclear energy, and new technology could ensure a long-lasting supply

Mysterious origin of Earth's water may be explained by solar wind

Evidence from asteroids shows that charged particles from the sun can turn dust grains into water – a process that could be useful for space exploration too

NHS England to test Netflix-style subscriptions for antibiotics

Two drug firms will be paid up to £10 million a year for an antibiotic by NHS England, no matter how much or little of the medicines are used

Omicron: How dangerous is the new variant first found in South Africa?

There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

Merging black holes may create bubbles that could swallow the universe

The area between a pair of large black holes on the verge of colliding could provide the conditions to create dangerous bubbles of "true vacuum"

B.1.1.529: How dangerous is the new variant found in South Africa?

There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far

Our global agreement on AI could reduce bias and surveillance

Nearly 200 countries have signed up to UNESCO's agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. This could help make the technology fairer for all, says Gabriela Ramos

Feeding pet dogs just once a day might keep them healthier as they age

Survey responses from more than 24,000 dog owners in the US suggest that dogs fed once a day are less likely to get age-related diseases, but you shouldn't change how you feed your dog just yet  

Mammoth ivory pendant is oldest decorated jewellery found in Eurasia

A pendant carved with mysterious dots unearthed in a Polish cave is thought to be over 40,000 years old

Fix the Planet newsletter: Can small nuclear power go big?

Small modular reactors are being pitched as an affordable and fast way to decarbonise power grids but questions about the technology abound

Megafauna extinctions led to more grassland fires worldwide

Continents that lost the most large grazing herbivores over the past 50,000 years have seen the biggest increases in grassland and savannah fires

Wild Wild Life newsletter: How you can 'do your bit' for wildlife

Greenwashing is rife and full of ineffectual suggestions for saving the planet. Here are four lifestyle changes that actually do make a difference for biodiversity

What can we can learn from being the last type of human left standing?

Compassion and sociability helped Homo sapiens survive climatic changes that wiped out other types of humans. Will those skills be enough to survive another bout of climate change?

Tech companies don’t get science fiction – and that's deeply troubling

Facebook's parent company wants to build a 'metaverse'. The fact that it doesn't grasp the name's connotations is symptomatic of a wider problem, writes Annalee Newitz

Red light therapy could improve eyesight that has declined due to age

Exposure to deep red or near-infrared light can improve the function of the eye’s mitochondria, the powerhouses in cells, which resulted in slight but lasting improvement to declining eyesight

Watch droplets bounce off each other as they levitate on a hot plate

A twist on the classic Leidenfrost effect sees orbs of different liquids repel each other as they float on a hot plate

Lab-made diamond's unique structure allows it to tolerate extreme heat

A new form of diamond created by crushing buckyballs is as strong as natural diamond and better able to withstand heat

Atlantic Ocean water began warming the Arctic as early as 1907

A sediment core from Svalbard has revealed a sudden influx of warm water in the Arctic in 1907, which is evidence of a process that is spurring ice loss

Probiotics may prevent bacterial infection of the blood in mice

Feeding mice a probiotic of harmless bacteria helps prevent harmful microbes entering the blood where they could build up and potentially cause a condition called sepsis

Covid-19 news: Unvaccinated have 14 times greater risk of covid death

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Trees cool the land surface temperature of cities by up to 12°C

An analysis of satellite data from 293 cities in Europe has found that trees have a big cooling effect while other green spaces do not

3D-printed 'living ink' is full of microbes and can release drugs

A living ink made entirely from bacterial cells can be 3D-printed to make structures that release anti-cancer drugs or mop up toxins from the environment

Tropical trees grow less in warmer years so they take in less CO2

A 21-year study of a patch of tropical forest shows that the trees produce less wood in years when temperatures are higher, suggesting these forests will mop up less carbon dioxide in future

Hybrid salmon found in Canada may be a result of climate change

Salmon found near the mouth of the Cowichan river on Vancouver Island are a hybrid species of coho and Chinook, which may have arisen as the timing and location of their spawning grounds overlapped

What we know so far about AY.4.2 and other new coronavirus variants

The delta variant could be overtaken by AY.4.2, a more transmissible coronavirus variant which may be less likely to cause symptoms, while another variant from central Africa is being closely monitored

Covid-19 news: Austria goes back into lockdown

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

UK visa scheme for prize-winning scientists receives no applications

Exclusive: A fast-track visa route for Nobel prize laureates and other award-winners in science, engineering, the humanities and medicine has failed to attract any applicants

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