Four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis and psychological scientist Julia Shaw explain how to boost your memory skills.
When will a disease stop spreading through a population? The formula is simple, but the variables are much more complicated.
Electric vehicle makers hope to roll out super long-lasting batteries. That raises interesting questions about resources, performance—and a battery's second act.
Some sperm don't use the final few micrometres of their tail to move, but simulations show they may actually swim faster than others that do, which could help pave the way for improved fertility tests
Astronomers have long been puzzled by the faint young sun paradox, which says the sun would not have been bright enough in the past to keep Earth warm. Now it seems the moon may have helped
Researchers have been looking beyond antibodies to understand how immunity to the new virus might work—and how to design a vaccine.
Immune therapies don’t work for a lot of cancer patients. Some researchers are enhancing these treatments with drugs that stymie suppressor cells.
A massive, intense heat wave is settling over the continental US. The ravages of the Covid pandemic are going to make it all the more deadly.
A researcher has come up with an idea for a huge machine that advanced civilisations could use to move their star system around the galaxy – and we might be able to spot one in action
Speed is essential, but not at the expense of safety and efficacy, experts warn. Sacrificing either could damage public trust.
In early 2022, four European bison are to be released in a controlled area of a nature reserve outside Canterbury – a move conservationists hope will regenerate ecosystems
If NASA's Perseverance rover finds life on the Red Planet, there's a good chance our first extraterrestrial encounter will be a little ambiguous.
Finding that liver-made proteins influence the brain may advance the quest for an “exercise pill” that can deliver the benefits of physical activity.
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A grid of speakers fixed to a window can cut the noisiness of urban traffic in half, reducing the sound coming through an open window by up to 10 decibels
A fossil of an ancient giant tusked dolphin lacks the extra vertebrae and short pectoral bones that make fast swimmers of dolphins and baleen whales, which later independently evolved these traits
Verreaux’s sifaka was once a common lemur species across the south of Madagascar, but is now listed as critically endangered, the last classification before extinction
When stories of police violence against civilians capture public attention, reforms follow despite a dearth of hard data quantifying their impact.
A new tracker from Harvard’s GenderSci Lab is the first to consolidate sex-separated data from across the US. It may help researchers solve the mystery.
Three months ago, the epidemiologist weighed in on what we must do to defeat this new threat. We went back to ask: How are we doing, and what comes next?
All known particles fall into two classes. Physicists just found new evidence of a third class in 2-D materials.
A 13,000-year-old mammoth tusk has engravings of camels fighting and being hunted, plus an image of a human with a camel’s hump on their body
The “bystander effect” can influence humans – and now it seems rats as well – not to step in to help another, but only if the bystanders are emotionally uninterested in what is happening
There are lots of claims that house plants filter the air, but it turns out you need an awful lot of them to beat just opening the window, finds James Wong
Most adolescents dabble in delinquency, but few become lifetime offenders. Long-running studies can help tell us why and improve policing, says psychologist Terrie Moffitt
In the film Archive, George Almore attempts to put his late wife's memories into a machine. The project is far from a roaring success, finds Jon O'Brien
The climate battle will be won or lost with the post-covid-19 recovery, says climate scientist Mark Maslin. Here’s what governments, companies and all of us can do right now
Audible podcast Exoplanets explores the hunt to find planets like our own outside our solar system. There are potentially millions of them out there, and more are found every day
As warm-weather species flutter further toward the poles, we will end up with far fewer kinds of butterfly. Here's what that means for biodiversity across the animal kingdom
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People generally convert a dog’s age to human years by multiplying its age by seven. But a new study shows the math is way more complex.
Some countries have all but eliminated the virus, in others it is surging and some are seeing a second wave. What can we learn from the best – and worst – strategies?
Spreading rock dust on cropland around the world could absorb a tenth of humanity's carbon budget, which would help avoid triggering catastrophic levels of global warming
Some Polynesian people carry genes from Native Americans, which they acquired around AD 1200 – suggesting an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean
Making precise changes to the genomes of mitochondria within our cells could lead to treatments for disorders that can result in muscle weakness or even death in early childhood
People who lose loved ones to covid-19 may be more at risk of developing prolonged grief disorder because of the unique circumstances surrounding the death
DNA analyses suggest that Indigenous people from South America had a role in the early peopling of Polynesia.
Confused? Surprised? Wondering where the good parts are? Here are a few tips on reading scientific papers to help those of us following along at home.
Robots and computer programs can help with social distancing and food delivery, but have been less helpful in developing a vaccine.
As vice president, he looked for big policy answers to hard global problems. Now he says all our crises are speeding us toward real solutions.
A new X-ray map of the entire sky, using data from the eROSITA telescope’s first full scan, looks deeper into space than any other of its kind.
We long assumed particles carrying the force of gravity couldn't have mass. That's wrong – and it may mean gravity travels at different speeds across the cosmos.
Mosquitoes carrying Zika virus are infectious when temperatures are 19°C or higher – climate change may increase the virus’s range into southern and eastern Europe and the northern US
The UK’s “unresponsive and defensive” healthcare system has failed women who developed life-changing conditions after pelvic mesh surgery, concludes a review into the treatment
Tessera Therapeutics is developing a new class of gene editors capable of precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA—something that Crispr can’t do.
Over 200 scientists have signed a letter calling for the world to recognise the potential for the coronavirus to be transmitted through small airborne droplets, and to take steps to protect against them
Scientists have repeatedly warned of a second surge of covid-19 infections as restrictions ease in the UK, but it hasn’t happened – were they wrong or is it still to come?
More than 200 experts have implored the World Health Organization to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread through the air.
A weird four-quark particle could be a unique testing ground for the strong force that governs how quarks stick together.
The European Commission is set to announce a new strategy to turn the universe’s most abundant element into a way for the EU to decarbonise polluting industries and transport
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