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2019-03-02 14:14:00

Tests fail

TheFrenchgovernmentpulledninetypesofHIVdiagnostictestsoffthemarketlastweekfollowinganevaluationofall31methodsusedinFrance.Thehealthministrysaidthatthenineinquestion

2019-03-02 14:03:00

Acid rain 'not guilty' of killing amphibians

ByJEFFHECHTAcidrainisnottoblamefortheprecipitousdeclineofmanyoftheamphibianslivingintheRockyMountains

2019-03-02 13:16:00

Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target

RadiusImages/AlamyByMichaelLePageWecouldbeonthevergeoftriggeringaseriesofcascadingtippingpointsthatresultintheplanetwarming4or5°Chotterthanthepre-industrialbenchmark.That

2019-03-02 12:14:00

Science: Pacific asteroid

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONTinygrainsofthemineralspinelfoundinthePacificmayrecordtheimpactofatwo-kilometreobjectattheendoftheCretaceousperiod

2019-03-02 12:14:00

Radio jammers saved Venezuela's president from deadly drone attack

Xinhua/REX/ShutterstockByDavidHamblingRadiojammingsystemsapparentlythwartedanattemptedpresidentialassassinationwithimproviseddronebombsinVenezuela.OnSaturday4thAugust

2019-03-02 11:20:00

Sound waves are a form of antigravity because they have negative mass

BahadirTanriover/GettyByLeahCraneHeavy metalmusicisn’theavyafterall –itisactuallytheopposite.Soundwaveshavemassandcaninteractviagravity

2019-03-02 11:14:00

A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster

RowanRomeyn/AlamyStockPhotoByAndyCoghlanTheArcticisalreadywarmingupattwicetherateoftherestoftheplanet.Nowresearchershavewarnedthatalittle-knownnaturalcycleinthePacificisenteringaphasethatcouldmakeithe

2019-03-02 11:02:00

Science: New light on cancer treatment

ByHELENSAULOnewayoftreatingcancersnearthesurfaceoftheskinistoadministeradrugthatsensitisestumourcellstolightsotheycanbedestroyedbyalow-poweredlaser.However

2019-03-02 09:18:00

More than 90 people killed in massive earthquake on island of Lombok

APPhoto/TatanSyuflanaByNewScientiststaffandPressAssociationRescuersstillhavenotreachedsomedevastatedpartsoftheIndonesiantouristislandofLombokafterapowerfulearthquakeflattenedhousesandtoppledbridges.At

2019-03-02 09:09:00

Technology: Eureka partners aim to cash in on copper lasers

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONCopper-vapourlasers–thehighestpowervisible-lightlasersavailable–arethesubjectofanewEurekaresearchprogrammeinvolvingmorethan20companies

2019-03-02 08:18:00

California's worst wildfire in history is now the size of Los Angeles

MarkMcKenna/ZUMAWire/REX/ShutterstockByNewScientiststaffandPressAssociationFirefightershavestruggledagainstruggedterrain

2019-03-02 08:07:00

Twin view of starry future

Britainhasboughtitswayintothebigleagueofastronomyinthe21stcentury.Thisweek

2019-03-02 08:01:00

Technology: Searching for DNA sequences in a flash

ByELISABETHGEAKE(seeGraphic)Theracetomakesenseofdatafromthehumangenomecouldbespeededupsignificantlybyacomputertechniqueborrowedfromthefieldofimageprocessing.ItsdevelopersatIBM’sresearchcentreinNewYork

2019-03-02 06:13:00

Neutron stars bend light so much we see their front and back at once

NASA/DanaBerryByChelseaWhyteNeutronstarsaresmallanddense

2019-03-02 03:15:00

Science: Broken teeth tell a tale of competing carnivores

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONModernpredatorshaveiteasycomparedwiththeirice-agepredecessors–atleastiftheevidenceoftheirteethisanythingtogoby.BlaireVanValkenburghandFritzHerteloftheUniversityofCaliforniainLosAnge

2019-03-02 03:07:00

Women more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by female doctor

RezaEstakhrian/GettyByNewScientiststaffandPressAssociationAnanalysisofmorethan580

2019-03-02 03:01:00

Ill feeling over sick plane syndrome

ByVINCENTKIERNANinWASHINGTONDCTastelessmealsanduncomfortableseatsmaybetheleastofthetroublesfacingairtravellers:peoplecoopedupinaplanemayalsobeexposedtodiseasescarriedbyfellowpassengers.Lastweek

2019-03-02 02:16:00

Future heatwaves will knock nuclear, gas and coal power plants offline

MarkWilson/TheBostonGlobeviaGettyByMichaelLePageAslargepartsofthenorthernhemisphereswelterinrecordheat

2019-03-02 02:08:00

Long storage

SpentfuelfromSizewellB

2019-03-02 02:05:00

The truth about the suspected link between social media and self-harm

Maskot/GettyByTomChiversIssocialmediausetoblameforalargegrowthinincidencesofself-harm?That’stheconclusionsomehavecometo

2019-03-02 01:18:00

Extreme weather finally brings home the reality of climate change

RobynBeck//AFP/GettyImagesEUROPEswelters.Greece

2019-03-02 01:10:00

Did we really evolve domestic violence? We don't know yet

HorizonsWWP/TRVL/AlamyByMichaelLePageWhyisdomesticviolencesohorrifyinglycommonaroundtheworld?Accordingtoastudyouttoday

2019-03-02 01:08:00

Technology: Mass murder charge hangs by a hair

AnewforensictechniquecalledlasermassspectroscopyhasbeenusedinFrancetoaccuseaformersoldierofmassmurder.Thetechniquewasusedtocomparepiecesofhairfoundinthebackoftheman’strailerwiththosefoundinthehomesofs

2019-03-02 01:07:00

Birds circle and stick together to help them fly in dense fog

Justmakelotsofnoiseandwe’llbefine(Image:JoelJorgensen/NebraskaGameandParksCommission)Readmore:Clickheretoreadtheoriginal

2019-03-02 01:04:00

Tetanus is no longer a threat to mothers and newborns in India

ANOTHERpublichealthwinforIndia.Justoverayearonfromeliminatingpolio

2019-03-01 14:20:00

Technology: Polymer putty makes for safer tumour treatment

ByJONATHANBEARDinNEWYORKAputtymadebymixingapolymerwithfinelypowderedmetalshouldreducethedangersoftreatingoraltumours.Mostsuchtumoursaretreatedbybombardmentwithradiation–ariskymethod

2019-03-01 14:18:00

Science: In a whirl over stars that are 'too old'

ByKENCROSWELLinBERKELEYThediscoveryofabunchofmiddle-agedstarsinoneoftheMilkyWay’sspiralarmsmayforceastronomerstorethinktheirideasofhowthespiralstructureofgalaxiesarose.Accordingtotheacceptedtheory

2019-03-01 14:16:00

France thumbs its nose at drift-net ban

ByTARAPATELinPARISFrancehasfloutedaEuropeanfishingagreementbygivingitsNorthAtlantictunafleetthego-aheadtousedriftnetsupto5kilometreslongforanotherseason.ThemovecameastheEuropeanCommissionrecommendedin

2019-03-01 13:10:00

Science: Africa's wild dogs pussyfoot round the big cats

ByADRIANBARNETTIntowns

2019-03-01 13:03:00

Science: Weird atom combines matter and antimatter

AbizarrenewatomhasmadeitsdebutatCERN

2019-03-01 13:02:00

Patents: Thomson presses CD makers for a slice of the action

ByBARRYFOXFactoriesstrugglingtomakeaprofitfrompressingCDsinagluttedmarketcouldfacetheirfourthclaimforpatentroyalties.Atpresent

2019-03-01 13:01:00

Milk hormone dispute boils over into court

ByKURTKLEINERinWASHINGTONDCTwoAmericandairiesthatadvertisetheirmilkas‘hormone-free’arebeingsuedbyMonsanto

2019-03-01 12:06:00

Patents: Charging ahead

ByBARRYFOXTheHughesAircraftCompanyofLosAngeleshasfiledastringofpatentapplicationsinEuropeonasystemwhichcouldmakerechargingelectricvehiclesasstraightforwardasrefillingacarwithpetrolatapump.Theheartofth

2019-03-01 12:04:00

Technology: Try before you buy with software on CD

ByBARRYFOXACD-ROMbeinggivenawaywithaBritishpersonalcomputingmagazinecouldspelltroubleforsoftwaredealersandmailorderfirmsbyprovidingaquickandattractivechannelforsellingsoftware.EntitledWinners

2019-03-01 11:15:00

Science: Distant gas cloud poses dark matter puzzle

ByJOHNGRIBBINObservationsmadewiththe10-metreKecktelescopeonMaunaKeainHawaiihaveaddedtotheweightofevidencesupportingthestandardbigbangtheoryofthebirthoftheUniverse.Buttheyseemtoruleoutthekindofdarkmatt

2019-03-01 10:20:00

Patents: Back to the wall

ByBARRYFOXEveryyearsomeoneannouncesthatagiantflatscreenTVtohangonthewallis‘justaroundthecorner’.ArecentEuropeanpatentapplication(581377)fromPhilipsofEindhoven

2019-03-01 10:13:00

Where no robot has gone before

ByROSIEMESTELinLOSANGELESRobotsthatslitherlikesnakesandcreeplikecaterpillarscouldonedayhelpoutinmedicaloperations

2019-03-01 07:15:00

Fly that fills fire ants with fear

ByKURTKLEINERAflythatlaysitseggsinants’brainscouldbeexactlywhatagroupofTexanresearchersneedstocombatthedevastatinginvasionofBrazilianfireantsthatisplaguingthesouthernstatesoftheUS.Thefireants

2019-03-01 07:14:00

Science: Electron 'trains' signal new state of matter

ByELISABETHGEAKEAnewstateofmattercalledaLuttingerliquidhasbeenfoundbythreeteamsofphysicistsintheUS.Inthisstate

2019-03-01 07:14:00

Europe launches spring offensive against rabies

ByDEBORAMacKENZIEinBRUSSELSHelicoptersareflyinglowovertheEuropeancountrysidethisweek

2019-03-01 06:04:00

Science: Sex secrets of the spiny anteater

ByLEIGHDAYTONinSYDNEYIfyouareaspinymaleanteater

2019-03-01 05:13:00

At last a strategy for government research

ByWILLIAMBOWNBritaintookitsfirststeptowardsanationalsciencestrategythisweekwiththepublicationoftheresearchpoliciesofallgovernmentdepartments.BillStewart

2019-03-01 05:10:00

Musseling in on arthritis

MarinebiologistsinNewZealandhaveidentifiedacompoundinanextractfromthenativegreen-lippedmusselthatappearstorelievesymptomsofarthritis.Thebiologists

2019-03-01 05:08:00

Something cheap for Le Weekend?

ByTARAPATELinPARISResultsofasurveyduetobepublishednextmonthcouldspelltheendforatroubledschemebytheFrenchgovernmenttopreventthespreadofHIV.HealthministerPhilippeDouste-Blazydreamtupthe‘1-franccondom’to

2019-03-01 04:17:00

Saving ozone with a no-go zone: Jumbo jets are spending more time in the stratosphere than previously realised, and their emissions are damaging the ozone layer. Should flights in the stratosphere be banned?

ByFREDPEARCETheworld’sbusiestaircraftflightcorridorbetweenNorthAmericaandEuropebordersoneofthemostthreatenedsectorsoftheozonelayer

2019-03-01 04:04:00

Rough guide to the wrong souvenirs

ByADRIANBARNETTTravellerspassingthroughGatwickandHeathrowairportswillnolongerbeabletopleadignorancewhentheyreturnhomewithsouvenirsmadefrombitsofendangeredspecies.ThisweektheWorldWideFundforNaturelaunc

2019-03-01 03:13:00

Green statistics

Howmuchmoneyistheenvironmentworth?TheUSgovernmentistryingtoanswerthatquestionwithanewsetofeconomicstatistics.Thegovernment’sBureauofEconomicAnalysis

2019-03-01 02:11:00

Open secrets

ActiviststryingtoembarrasstheUSgovernmentoveritsplansforeavesdroppingonelectroniccommunicationshaveusedtheInternetglobalcommunicationsnetworktodistributeaconfidentialmanualproducedbytheNationalSecurit

2019-03-01 01:10:00

No understanding

TheBritishgovernmentdoesnotunderstandinnovation

2019-03-01 01:03:00

Unwelcome returns

Worriedthatthepublicandgovernmentbodieshavebecomecomplacentaboutthethreatofinfectiousdisease

2019-02-28 14:05:00

Molecule magic: Fractal fantastic

ByCelesteBieverandMelissaeFellet(Image:GeorgeNewkome