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We are more likely to return a lost wallet if it is full of cash

People are more likely to hand in found wallets if they contain more money, probably because we don’t like to think of ourselves as thieves

Seals have been trained to sing the Star Wars theme - have a listen

Scientists have trained grey seals to copy speech, as well as notes from music including the Star Wars theme and the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

SpaceX is about to launch a sail propelled through space by sunshine

The Planetary Society’s LightSail-2 satellite, which uses sails to harness the energy of sunlight, is planned to launch on 24 June aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

We’re living through a climate emergency. Time to start acting like it

It’s not enough to call climate change an emergency, says Adam Vaughan. We need to take emergency action as well

Weird whale may be a hybrid of a narwhal mother and beluga father

DNA analysis of an unusually shaped skull found in west Greenland suggests the creature was a hybrid male whale, with a narwhal mother and beluga father

How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets

Earth's nearest neighbours have turned into uninhabitable hellholes. Understanding their transformation will teach us which rocky exoplanets might be fit for life

Japan wants to launch the first ever rover to visit a Martian moon

In 2024, Japan wants to send a rover to one of Mars’s moons, Phobos and Deimos. Samples taken there could help us sort out how they formed and whether they hold ice

Brain mysteries: A user's guide to the biggest questions of the mind

What happens when we think? How do we explain consciousness? Why are some brains resistant to decline? We answer the biggest questions about your most important organ

Weather forecasts could soon pin extreme events on climate change

Weather forecasts may soon include explanations of how climate change may have impacted extreme weather events

Rare footage of a beaver gnawing through a tree in North Yorkshire

Rare footage shows a Eurasian beaver in North Yorkshire gnawing through a tree trunk and felling the tree in just 15 minutes

How to use a BBC micro:bit to make a sound-activated mirror ball

A BBC micro:bit program and a sound sensor will get the party started. Here's how to make a disco ball that automatically spins when music plays

US suicide rate at its highest since the end of the second world war

Suicide rates in the US are at their highest since the second world war, and a new report shows an increase among Native Americans and Asian or Pacific Islanders

Spy satellite images reveal Himalaya glacier ice losses have doubled

The speed at which glaciers in the Himalayas are losing ice has doubled since the turn of the century, an analysis of declassified spy film has revealed

Ancient Celts were partial to beer, mead and imported Greek wines

Analysing ancient pots has revealed the drinking habits of Celts in France. Over 2000 years ago they were drinking beer, mead and imported Greek wines

Robotic fish powered by electronic blood can swim for 36 hours

A robotic fish uses electronic blood to power itself. The design is very energy efficient and the creators say it can swim non-stop for 36 hours

Labelling people "anti-vaxxers" ignores real roots of their concerns

There’s no doubt everyone should vaccinate – but to combat “anti-vax” we must understand the legitimate reasons for some communities’ mistrust, says Furaha Asani

Yazılıkaya: A 3000-year-old Hittite mystery may finally be solved

A 3200-year-old sanctuary once described as the Sistine Chapel of Hittite religious art could have acted as a calendar that was centuries ahead of its time

Religion must rise to the challenge of climate change too

With biblical floods and famine on the cards, the fight against global warming needs faiths to get serious about green issues, says Graham Lawton

How Watch Dogs Legion and Cyberpunk 2077 probe our dystopian fears

At last week’s games mecca, E3, titles like Watch Dogs Legion and Cyperpunk 2077 played on our uneasiness about tech, channelling the darkness of Netflix’s Black Mirror

Floppy eared bunnies look cute but they suffer more health problems

The breeding of lop-eared rabbits has created animals more prone to ear and dental problems, similar to the way that short-muzzled dogs like pugs suffer

ESA plans triple spacecraft to lurk in wait for a speedy comet

After the success of Rosetta, the European Space Agency plans to launch three spacecraft to wait in space until a speedy comet from the edge of the solar system passes by

How many steps a day do you really need? Spoiler: It isn't 10,000

Forget 10,000 steps a day. Modern sports science and evolutionary biology now tell us how much exercise the human body really needs

New Scientist Debate: emerging threats from disruptive technologies

New technologies have always influenced the delicate balance of power between nations and the people within them. Last month, New Scientist gathered a group of defence experts to discuss how disruptive technologies are creating a new set of threats for society

Libra: What is Facebook's new cryptocurrency and can we trust it?

Your questions answered on Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra. What will it be used for, can we trust it, and what's the point?

Seals consciously reduce blood flow to their blubber before diving

The dive reflex, in which blood flow to the skin is reduced, was once thought to be an entirely automatic response – but seals have worked out how to control it

People with narcolepsy may be more creative because of how they sleep

Creativity tests reveal that people with narcolepsy are more inventive, perhaps because they rapidly enter the dream state in which we have unusual experiences

A severe autoimmune condition may be triggered by 'good' gut bacteria

Antiphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune condition that can lead to miscarriages or even death – and in some cases it might be brought on by a gut bacterium

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captures closest ever image of asteroid Bennu

NASA has captured its closest and most detailed image yet of Bennu, a 78 billion-kilogram asteroid which approaches close to Earth every six years

Carbon farming scientist David Reay on repaying his emissions debt

Climate scientist David Reay has started farming carbon to repay a lifetime of carbon emissions. But sometimes, he says, it is like being trapped in a game of Pac-Man

Prisoners in China are still being used as organ donors, says inquiry

Transplant organs are still being sourced from executed prisoners in China, according to an inquiry set up by a campaign group to investigate the issue

Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra

Facebook is launching a cryptocurrency called Libra. It says people will be able to use the currency to pay for goods from within WhatsApp

Dogs evolved a special muscle that lets them make puppy dog eyes

It’s their “puppy dog eyes” that really help dogs melt our hearts – now we know they are created by a facial muscle that is lacking in the closely related wolf

Does people power make a difference? The truth about protests

From Extinction Rebellion to the Hong Kong marches, protesters are regularly taking to the streets. But what really works to change people's minds

Microbes from farms may protect children from asthma even in cities

Children who grow up on farms have a lower risk of developing asthma, and now it seems that may be due to microbes that can be in urban homes as well

Everything you need to know about the hospital food listeria outbreak

Two more people are reported to have died after eating contaminated sandwiches at a UK hospital. Here’s everything you need to know about the listeria outbreak

Our galaxy's central black hole is oddly quiet – now we may know why

The supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s centre is relatively calm and peaceful, which may be because magnetic fields keep gas and dust just out of reach

Godzilla: King of the Monsters reveals our obsession with radiation

Godzilla is back in the film King of the monsters. Japan’s nuclear-powered creature exposes our obsession with radiation, says Simon Ings in his latest column

The musicians helping make climate change a cultural movement

Pop stars like Lil Dicky and Grimes are using their music and their huge followings to gain vital coverage of climate change. This rise in social media-driven activism shows that a tipping point has been reached in popular culture

Dark matter can't be seen, so this gallery is making it sing

Dark matter may have physicists stumped, but Science Gallery London has found clever ways to explore the elusive matter filling our universe

How to make the perfect crêpe according to fluid dynamics

It’s hard to make crêpe batter spread evenly before it cooks, but an analysis of the physics involved says a tilt and swirl of the pan gives the perfect pancake

Fate vs free will: A new book clarifies the determinism debate

We're not wrong to think we have free will, but The Science of Fate by Hannah Critchlow reveals the moral complexities underpinning our sense of unlimited choice

The Science of Storytelling is an essential guide to our own minds

We are all storytellers, and Will Storr’s book, The Science of Storytelling, helps us understand the hero of our own stories a little better

Superweeds are on the brink of becoming resistant to all weedkillers

The most damaging weed in the UK is evolving resistance to the powerful herbicide glyphosate - and many more superweeds are evolving worldwide

High-tech vertical farming is on the rise – but is it any greener?

Online supermarket Ocado is investing £17 million in vertical farming in the UK. The approach uses no pesticides, but it can still have a hefty carbon footprint

Strange fat cells in our bones grow rather than shrink when we starve

A special kind of fat cell in our bones grows when other cells shrink - a finding that could help explain the benefits of a calorie-restricted diet

Koalas burned in wildfires can now be saved but the treatment is gross

With wildfires on the rise, endangered koalas are more threatened than ever, but a new treatment for burned animals offers a ray of hope. We go inside the world's only koala hospital

We may be witnessing the birth of an exomoon around a distant world

A planet 370 light years away appears to be surrounded by a disc of dust the like of which we’ve never seen before. It may eventually turn into rings or moons

UK could use hydrogen instead of natural gas – if it can make enough

The UK can safely switch to using hydrogen for heating, power and manufacturing, but doing so will require a 10-fold production increase, says a new report

More than half of all Ebola outbreaks are going undetected

As the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history spreads into Uganda, a modelling study has suggested that most Ebola outbreaks escape detection by doctors

Gut microbes interfere with Parkinson's drug - but we could stop them

We have identified organisms in the gut that break down the main drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, a step towards making the therapy more effective

Ethnic minority children are exposed to more noise pollution at school

Schoolchildren in the US who are from poorer or ethnic minority backgrounds are much more likely to be exposed to noise pollution from cars and planes

Two hours a week spent outdoors in nature linked with better health

Just 2 hours a week spent in nature, such as parks and woodlands, seems to be enough for people to feel healthier and happier

Mission to Mars: The complete guide to getting to the Red Planet

Humanity's first Mars mission will need a big rocket, lots of free time, reliable team mates and lots of NASA cash. Here's our 5-step plan to get people to the planet and back

How to make a theremin with a light sensor

Hannah Joshua shows how to make a theremin with an easy microbit program and light sensor

Europa’s salty surface may indicate an ocean that’s good for life

Jupiter’s moon Europa has an ocean buried beneath its icy shell which may be full of regular table salt. That’s a good sign for the possibility of life there.

Tombs in China reveal humans were smoking cannabis 2500 years ago

Chemical traces on 2500-year-old wooden braziers are the earliest evidence that people had begun growing mutant marijuana strains that could get them stoned

Another team has used 'jumping genes' to upgrade CRISPR gene editing

Two research teams have developed new kinds of CRISPR based on jumping genes. The techniques could make it much easier to insert pieces of DNA into genomes

End the scandalous male data bias that determines women's health

We know that men and women respond differently to drugs, yet data bias is still affecting women's health, says Invisible Women book author Caroline Criado-Perez

How Star Trek’s warp drives touch on one of physics' biggest mysteries

Star Trek’s light speed engines may not be possible in our universe, but we are learning more about the particles that fuel them, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Norway to sell off fossil fuel stocks worth more than $8 billion

A fund that manages $1 trillion of Norway’s assets will divest from oil and gas exploration firms and invest more in renewable energy companies

A robot has learned to use irony and now people like it more

Irony Man is a small robot with deadpan delivery. By incorporating irony into its dialogue, its creators found people thought it was more likable

Bronze Age British settlement burned down a year after being built

The burned remains of a late Bronze Age settlement in England capture a slice of life at the time, but the settlement had only just been built before its demise

Artificial Scottish islands are thousands of years older than thought

Ancient inhabitants of Scotland built islands in the country’s lochs, with most thought to be about 2800 years old – but several actually date back 5600 years

Robotic surgery is turning out to be an expensive fad

The rapid rise of robot-aided surgery ignores the fact that high-tech gadgets don’t always improve treatment outcomes but do increase costs

Baby pterosaurs may have hatched ready to fly right out of the egg

The prehistoric pterosaurs that lived alongside dinosaurs grew well-developed wings while still in their eggs, which may have let them fly soon after hatching

UK commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

In a legally binding move, the UK government will agree this week to an ambitious target on climate change: to create a net zero UK economy by 2050

Inside the audacious mission to map every microbe in Australia

Billions of viruses, bacteria, and other tiny organisms live in Australia. A bold project hopes to use DNA sequencing to identify all of them – can it be done?  

A drug may prevent Alzheimer’s but there are no plans to find out

A rheumatoid arthritis drug may also cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but there are no plans to conduct the trials needed to find out if it really works

Cloud gaming may be great for gamers but bad for energy consumption

Cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are hot topics at the gaming show E3, but a switch to streaming games could have huge ramifciations for internet traffic and gaming's energy use

Crisp packets made of a new material could be much easier to recycle

Crisp packets are currently hard to recycle, but a new material made of extremely thin sheets of plastic could make them more environmentally friendly

We've seen signs of a mirror-image universe that is touching our own

New experiments are revealing hints of a world and a reality that are complete reflections of ours. This mirrorverse may be able to solve the mystery of the universe's missing dark matter

AIs seem to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries

Artificial intelligence is much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries than richer ones, according to an analysis by Facebook

Expert maker Zoe Laughlin talks back-garden Olympics and Dolly Parton

When she's not organising homemade Olympics, materials engineer Zoe Laughlin can be found in her dream workshop at the Institute of Making

People with gambling problems seem to spend more on in-game loot boxes

When the makers of Heroes of the Storm removed loot boxes from their game, in-game spending decreased but only among problem gamblers

Humans have driven nearly 600 plant species to extinction since 1750s

Plants have been hard hit by human activity over the past 250 years, with Hawaii alone losing 79 species. Other extinction hotspots include Brazil and Australia

Carnivorous pitcher plants are regularly eating vertebrate animals

A survey in August and September 2018 revealed that a fifth of the pitcher plants growing in one bog in Ontario had caught at least one juvenile salamander

Humans should worry us more than machines, says founding father of AI

Yoshua Bengio is one of the pioneering developers of artificial intelligence and winner of computing’s "Nobel prize". His optimism about machines doesn’t extend to humanity

Mystery hominin had sex with ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans

A strange signal in ancient and modern human DNA suggests the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans must have mated with an unknown species of human

How your body processes food is only partially down to your genes

Everyone processes food differently — even identical twins. A study found just half of our response to glucose and 20 per cent of our response to fat is genetic

3D-printed replica heads are being used to help treat cancer patients

Radiotherapists are using 3D printed replica heads of their patients to practice performing cancer treatments and work out any kinks before doing the real thing

Experimental sci-fi expertly captures colliding realities

When reality fractures, it takes the adventurous writing style of the novel XYZT to make it believable, says Helen Marshall in her latest column

Want to stop climate change? Jared Diamond says nations need therapy

In his new book Upheaval, polymath Jared Diamond says nations need a special kind of therapy to solve big problems like climate change, Brexit and nuclear proliferation

Lizards' grip became ten times stronger after hurricane Maria

Lizards on the Caribbean island of Dominica have a super strong grip, ten times stronger than before hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017

Fake news generating AIs could be the best weapons to fight fake news

An AI that writes convincing fake news articles is more accurate than other algorithms at differentiating fake from real news

NASA will let people pay to stay on the International Space Station

NASA has announced that it is opening the International Space Station up to private business, including astronauts who will pay $35,000 a night to visit

Some trees can change sex and are more likely to die when female

Striped maples change sex from year to year, and we used to think being female led to healthier trees, but it turns out that female trees are more likely to die

A generic drug from Argentina offers cystic fibrosis families hope

Parents in the UK are banding together to buy a generic cystic fibrosis drug from Argentina because the NHS and a drug manufacturer cannot agree on a price

AI predicts USA are favourites to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup

A machine learning model estimates USA have a 28 per cent chance of winning the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, followed by France on 14 per cent

How teabags became a secret weapon in the fight against climate change

Climate change could release a torrent of carbon from the Arctic tundra into a warming world. To gauge the threat, ecologists have recruited the humble teabag

Huge asteroid that hit the moon may be preserved below the surface

The iron core of an asteroid that crashed into the moon 4 billion years ago to create a huge crater at its south pole may have been found

Anyone can now play with sophisticated AIs thanks to a desktop app

AI lets programmers control Barack Obama’s face and replicate the styles of painting greats. Now a desktop app called Runway lets you do the same

52-million-year-old fossils suggest oak relatives evolved in the south

A pair of 52 million-year old fossils discovered in Argentine Patagonia suggests that relatives of oak trees started life in the southern hemisphere, not the north

Powerful CRISPR upgrade uses 'jumping genes' to directly insert DNA

A new kind of CRISPR based on jumping genes could make it much easier to add pieces of DNA to genomes, leading to better treatments for many diseases

Plan to remove hen harrier eggs and raise them in captivity criticised

England’s nature regulator is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to take hen harrier eggs from the wild and rear the birds in captivity

Brainless fungi trade resources with plants like a stock market

Fungi and plants have a symbiotic relationship in which they trade phosphorous for carbon, and the mechanics of this market are surprisingly sophisticated

Bizarre pentaquark turns out to be a new kind of subatomic 'molecule'

The pentaquark, an elusive particle first spotted by the Large Hadron Collider in 2015, is made of two smaller particles stuck together in a sort of miniature molecule

A weird star just rapidly dimmed for a few days and we don't know why

A star that’s been totally calm for at least five years just suddenly dimmed by 70 per cent over two days, and it doesn’t quite fit any of our explanations

Creating an AI can be five times worse for the planet than a car

The carbon footprint of training a single AI is 284 metric tonnes CO2e – or about five times the lifetime emissions of a car

Plastic pollution found at every depth of the ocean by deep-sea survey

A deep-sea survey has found more tiny particles of plastic far below the surface of the Pacific than floating on its surface, with the highest levels around 300 metres down

Why the truth about our sugar intake isn't as bad as we are told

Read the headlines, and you would think we are eating more sugar than ever before – but the numbers reveal a very different story, says James Wong