Hayabusa2: Japanese robots land on moving asteroid in world first

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Space Survey on Ryugu asteroid aims to provide answers about the origins of life and solar system The surface of the Ryugu asteroid, which is being explored by two biscuit tin-shaped robots. Photograph: Jaxa Handout/EPA Two robots from Japan’s space agency have landed on Läs mer…

Climate study ‘pulls punches’ to keep polluters on board

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The Observer Climate change ‘True risks’ of warming played down to placate fossil-fuel nations A large crevasse forms in the Helheim glacier in Greenland, as it collapses in to the sea. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Warnings about the dangers of global warming are being watered Läs mer…

Let’s hear it for wasps

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The five Insects We see the upside of bees, while batting away their buzzing cousins, but there are important reasons to treasure them The common wasp, Vespula vulgaris, in all its glory. Photograph: Alamy Benefiting wildlife Wasps may buzz, sting us and annoy us, Läs mer…

The lunar gateway: a short cut to Mars?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The Observer Space The lunar gateway: a short cut to Mars? Nasa plans to put a module in orbit around the moon as a springboard for missions to the red planet – and beyond Artist’s rendering of the Gateway in lunar orbit, with the Läs mer…

5% of all deaths due to alcohol, WHO says

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Alcohol Report finds 13.5% of deaths among people in their 20s are linked to booze A pint of beer. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters Alcohol is responsible for more than 5% of all deaths worldwide, or around 3 million a year, new figures have revealed. The Läs mer…

Extreme biohacking: the tech guru who spent $250,000 trying to live for ever

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The impossible body Science Extreme biohacking: the tech guru who spent $250,000 trying to live for ever Silicon Valley millionaire Serge Faguet thinks pills, injections and implants will turn him into a superhuman. Could they? Serge Faguet hopes to ‘live for millions of years Läs mer…

What is behind the decline in UFO sightings?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; UFOs In an age of wild claims churned out by politicians, media and advertisers, perhaps people don’t care as much any more Are aliens deserting us? Or do we simply not care any more? Photograph: Joe McBride/Getty Images This month, the two major online Läs mer…

Solving the genome puzzle

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The long read Solving the genome puzzle Illustration: Studio Lennarts and De Bruijn With advances in gene technology helping to diagnose very rare diseases, has the new era of personalised medicine finally arrived? by Linda Geddes Main image: Illustration: Studio Lennarts and De Bruijn Läs mer…

Spacewatch: floating 'space junk' captured

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Spacewatch International Space Station Surrey Space Centre scheme for removing orbiting debris successfully nets test junk Play Video 0:22 Removing space debris – video A satellite launched from the International Space Station has caught a piece of simulated space junk by ensnaring it in Läs mer…

558m-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Fossils Oval-shaped Dickinsonia lifeform existed at least 20m years before the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of animal life Dickinsonia fossils found in north-west Russia. Composite: Ilya Bobrovskiy/Ilya Bobrovskiy/ANU A fossilised lifeform that existed 558m years ago has been identified as the oldest known animal, according to Läs mer…

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Neuroscience Normally antisocial sea creature becomes friendly and tactile after being given the drug, scientists say A female giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images What happens when you give an octopus MDMA? It sounds like a question that might flit through Läs mer…

Build walls on seafloor to stop glaciers melting, scientists say

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Sea ice Barriers could halt slide of undersea glaciers and hold back sea level rises predicted to result from global warming Thwaites glacier in western Antarctica. Photograph: Handout/AFP/Getty Images Building walls on the seafloor may become the next frontier of climate science, as engineers Läs mer…

Magic mushrooms

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The five Fungi From making biofuels to eating up harmful plastics, fungi could help us build a greener planet Mycelia can be used as a substitute for a range of other materials. Photograph: Alamy Replacing plastic Fungi could not just help rid the planet Läs mer…

'The right trousers': Wallace and Gromit inspire artificial muscle clothing

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Wearable technology Smart trousers could dramatically change lives of people with mobility problems Wallace and his dog Gromit in the film The Wrong Trousers. Photograph: Allstar Smart trousers with artificial muscles have the potential to improve the lives of people with mobility problems, say Läs mer…

Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: 'We’re going towards a more divided society'

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Saturday interview Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: ‘We’re going towards a more divided society’ ‘All the worst tendencies of the private sector in taking advantage of people are heightened by these new technologies’ … Joseph Stiglitz. Photograph: Alexandre Isard/Paris Match/Contour/Getty Images The technology could Läs mer…