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Driverless cars are dodging pedestrians and pheasants in Oxford

Autonomous cars are preparing to drive from Oxford to London. The thorny route includes motorways, pedestrian packed streets and an occasional pheasant

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cross oceans hidden in cargo ships

Several types of dangerous bacteria​,​ carrying genes that our antibiotics cannot fight​,​ are travelling the world hidden in ships' ballast tanks

The hidden reasons why societies are violent towards women

30 per cent of women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes – bad parenting, low respect and the glorification of male competition are to blame

Why now doesn’t exist, and other strange facts about time

Einstein’s relativity tells us that time results from gravity warping the fabric of reality – resulting in a picture that is weirdly at odds with our experience

Feedback: The unusual health risks of competitive chilli eating

Nurse, get some milk, stat! Plus: zombie racoons in Ohio, the science of crying on airplanes, why penguins go with the floe, and more

How protective parents exacerbate gender differences

Yes, men’s and women’s brains are wired differently – but the science shows that outside influences can also shape our gender identity

Global cancer scheme lets people share data across the world

The Universal Cancer Databank will let anyone with cancer share their medical and genetic data with researchers globally, with the aim of speeding up new treatments

NASA finally has a new boss after a year-long wait

After months of debate, Trump's pick to head NASA has now been confirmed. This ends the space agency's longest-ever period without permanent leadership

Plants love carbon dioxide, but too much could be bad for them

Most plants were expected to grow more as CO2 levels rise, but a 20-year experiment suggests that the extra CO2 is somehow stunting plant growth, which could make climate change worse

Super-tough diamonds have been made bendy and springy

Diamonds may be tough, but they can also be surprisingly flexible. A team of researchers grew diamond nanoneedles that bent and then sprang back upright

Poking tiny dents into solar panels makes them work better

Most solar cells are limited by how much energy their electrons can absorb. Denting their materials could help them harvest more electricity and breeze past that limit

Augmented reality glasses help kids with autism relate to others

A smart glasses app may help children with autism to focus on and interact with other people by overlaying bullseye targets and cartoon faces

Male fruit flies feel pleasure when they ejaculate

Male insects have been genetically engineered to climax on command, and it seems they get a real buzz out of it – perhaps even a fly orgasm

Why emotional support animals may be a waste of time

We are increasingly seeking therapy in the companionship of ducks, dolphins and dogs. Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw says we are barking up the wrong tree

Why climate engineers are targeting Earth’s last pristine spots

Some of the last great wildernesses are being considered as likely candidates for geoengineering. It's a sad reflection of climate failings, says Olive Heffernan

The flexible future of green energy

The UK's transition from fossil-fuel guzzler to renewable energy pioneer is being driven by flexible technology and clever investment, says Matt Setchell of Octopus Group

The big fudge: Welcome to the theory of not-quite-everything

Physicists from Einstein to Hawking tried and failed to unite gravity and quantum theory. Now we have hints of a better – but not so beautiful – answer  

Flies cool themselves down by constantly blowing bubbles of spit

Blowflies repeatedly blow bubbles of saliva, which look like brown bubble gum – and it turns out this odd behaviour helps them keep cool

The origins of sexism: How men came to rule 12,000 years ago

Human societies weren’t always male-dominated. The switch came when we became farmers – and that suggests ways to roll back towards a more equal system

Doctors who prescribe homeopathy ignore other medical guidelines

Family doctors who offer homeopathy - not recommended by the NHS - are also more likely to practice other bad habits such as the overuse of antibiotics

Watch robots assemble a flat-pack IKEA chair in just 9 minutes

Two robotic arms make assembling flat-pack furniture look easy. Faced with a pile of IKEA chair parts they work together to piece it together

Bioengineered freckle turns darker when it detects cancer

An implant of genetically engineered skin cells has been designed to grow darker in colour when it detects early breast, prostate and colon cancers

UK failing child refugees because we can’t reliably verify age

Two-thirds of child refugees whose age is disputed turn out to be adults, according to the UK government – but there's no definitive way to determine age

Mavericks are belittling statins – here’s why they’re wrong

Drugs designed to cut the risk of heart disease are being talked down amid a worrying lack of use by people who could benefit from them, says Anthony Warner

Our grandchildren may never see the Great Barrier Reef recover

The reef has been so severely damaged by record ocean heat that it has had no chance to recover fully - and may never be the same again.

Shredded galaxy is disintegrating before our eyes after smash-up

After a collision with its neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud may lose its ability to give birth to new stars, causing it to grow dim

More education is what makes people live longer, not more money

As countries get richer, their citizens live longer. We’ve long thought that rising wealth was responsible for this, but it turns out education is the cause

Getting just 6 hours of sleep is linked to mental health issues

You might think you can get by on 5 or 6 hours’ sleep a night, but people who get less than 7 hours are more likely to have mood or mental health problems

New blood pressure guidelines could do more harm than good

Millions of healthy people have been recast as “sick” under new blood pressure rules, which could trigger unnecessary anxiety and medication use

Millions of censored web pages discovered in massive study

Masses of web pages censored in China, Indonesia, Iran, and Turkey, have been discovered. They reveal the content each country is most intent on blocking

Making babies: How to create human embryos with no egg or sperm

Artificial wombs and embryos made from skin cells – remarkable new techniques could revolutionise reproductive biology and help bring an end to infertility

Quantum time: Is this where the flow of existence comes from?

Why we perceive the passage of time is one of the biggest mysteries of physics. Now we could have found its source – in our most potent theory of reality

Most UK plants will flower at once in short ‘condensed spring’

Plants in the UK are set to blaze into flower virtually simultaneously, because flowering has been delayed two weeks by the unusually cold weather

Big tech can digitally erase us – do we need new protections?

In an age when a person's online presence can be quickly removed by technology corporations, there's a case for a new right… to be remembered, says Jamais Cascio

World’s biggest bird feeder will use 500 tonnes of shellfish

A crucial feeding ground for migrating birds has been almost destroyed by pollution and a bad winter, but help is at hand in the form of an all-you-can-eat buffet

A melting ice shelf can cause rapid ice loss 900 kilometres away

If one part of an ice shelf starts to thin, it can trigger rapid ice losses in other regions as much as 900 kilometres away – contributing to sea level rise

Diamond meteorites may come from a lost ancient planet

We may have found signs of a planet destroyed during the era of Earth’s formation. Meteorites with pockets of diamond could be the shards of this ancient world

The neon swirls that show how a map of our galaxy is made

The Gaia satellite rotates as it scans the entire sky, creating beautiful patterns as it makes the best 3D map of our galaxy we have ever had

Catching malaria makes you smell more attractive to mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are particularly attracted to the sweat of people who have malaria, suggesting the parasite that causes it may change a person’s body odour

Watch a swarm of underwater drones hunt and surround a boat

Dozens of underwater SwarmDiver drones can autonomously explore an area or encircle an object. To launch them they are just thrown into the sea

Dear IRS, why can’t we have a simpler way to do our taxes?

Pre-filled tax returns in the US could save us a headache and reduce the grip of commercial software that benefits from a complex system, says David Auerbach

How Facebook let a friend pass my data to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has been alerting users whose data ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica – and our reporter Timothy Revell is one of the unlucky millions

Tune in your head? Mind-reading tech can guess how it sounds

We now have the ability to hear another person’s thoughts. Researchers have identified the brain activity involved in imagining sounds in your head

On the ground at the 2018 March for Science rallies

The March for Science returned with rallies around the globe in support of science-based policies. Read our on-the-ground coverage from the New York march, with updates from around the world

After the Facebook scandal: The grand plan to hold AI to account

From next month, EU citizens will have sweeping rights to know what computers are thinking about them –  but can that work, and if so how?

A high IQ may protect men from a cause of psychological stress

Men with higher intelligence scores seem less likely to develop psychological problems due to inflammation

Lost shark seen for first time in a decade – in a fish market

Photographs of a Ganges river shark snapped at a fish market in Mumbai are the first confirmed record of the species for more than a decade

Rise of the ATM hackers – how scammers are getting free money

Hacking into cash machines to get them to spit out money or just blasting them open is on the rise, whilst card skimmers are decreasing in popularity

NASA has launched a new space telescope to hunt for exoplanets

The hunt for exoplanets is getting a new set of eyes. NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) could find as many as 20,000 distant worlds

Don’t blame academics like me for Facebook’s privacy crisis

Mark Zuckerberg wonders what is going on at Cambridge University – I can tell him, but he won’t like what privacy researchers have found, says Ross Anderson

Carbon-free shipping is possible, so why aren’t we doing it?

New UN-agreed limits on carbon emissions from shipping don’t go far or fast enough, especially as we already have the tech to make shipping carbon-free

Young Saturn gave Jupiter the building blocks for its big moons

After Jupiter formed, it likely had no nearby material to build moons. Young Saturn may have tossed rocks at the gas giant that grew into its four biggest moons

The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

Warm mountain winds are causing extensive winter melting on the surface of the Larsen C ice shelf, which could contribute to its breakup

These fish hide fluorescent switchblades in their faces

We've only just discovered that many stonefish can flip out a spiny bone in their faces when predators attack, in addition to having highly venomous spines

No more bad, blocky video calls thanks to smart AI compression

An AI that compresses images by simply throwing bits away and making up what should be there instead could make blocky video calls a thing of the past

The hidden powerhouses that drive the UK economy

High-growth small businesses play a crucial role in our economic landscape but they need more support, says Chris Hulatt

Feedback: The important science of whether snakes fart

And what about the rest of the animal kingdom? Plus: elephant fumes, heron murder, steam rockets, Jewish climate conspiracy and more

The weekly alcohol limit still carries a risk of early death

An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking around five glasses of wine or pints of beer a week were at an increased risk of early death

Making custom qubits by pushing together two individual atoms

For the first time, we’ve made a molecule by pressing two atoms together to make them bond on command. This could help build better qubits for quantum computers

Discriminating algorithms: 5 times AI showed prejudice

Artificial intelligence is supposed to make life easier for us all – but it is also prone to amplify sexist and racist biases from the real world

Life on toxic Venus? Acid-loving microbes could thrive in clouds

Life on Venus has been thought impossible due to its acidic atmosphere. But acid-loving microbes are all over Earth, so they could also live in its toxic clouds

Zuckerberg survived Washington – here’s what’s next for Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg spent two days answering mostly soft questions from the US Congress, but some of his answers were revealing, says James Ball

A virtual reality hand feels real after a zap to your brain

Will we ever be able to truly feel like we’re inhabiting a virtual world? A brain stimulation twist on the classic rubber hand illusion suggests we can

Hawaii tops the list of beach destinations at risk of tsunami

The world’s first ranking of tsunami risks for major tourist beaches shows popular spots like Hawaii and Bali are most in danger

2017 was the year of the biggest fire storms ever seen

The record-breaking 2017 wildfires in the US generated massive thunderstorms that pumped as much smoke into the stratosphere as a volcanic eruption

Struggle to get up in the morning? You’re at risk of early death

A six-year study of nearly half a million people in the UK has found that people who were night owls were 10 per cent more likely to die during that time period

Ovarian cancer vaccine improves women’s survival rates

A personalised cancer vaccine that trains the immune system to attack tumours has had encouraging results in women with ovarian cancer

War in space may happen soon, but it won’t be what you expect

The US is making noises about increasingly militarising space, but orbital conflict won’t be a battle of spaceships and bombs

Science fans have many reasons to take to the streets again

A global rally against the denigration of science was a huge event in 2017. The need for a repeat this weekend is strong, says Jonathan Berman

Species with big sex differences are more likely to die out

When sexual selection leads to extreme differences between sexes like the peacock's tail, it makes species more likely go extinct

Encrypt your data with random quantum weirdness

Random number generators are key to data encryption, but it’s impossible to prove that most truly work. A new one uses quantum laws to guarantee randomness

Your boss is probably to blame for meetings starting late

Half of all meetings start late – and your boss is probably to blame. A study found that meetings delayed just 10 minutes are likely to be less productive

Need a new look? Facebook’s AI fashion designer has some ideas

Facebook has built an AI fashion designer that is intended to be truly creative. It has designed more than 1000 handbags, jumpers and T-shirts

The Nile river is at least 30 million years old

Sediment deposits reveal when the longest river in the world started flowing from Ethiopia to the Mediterranean

Culture clash: Why are some societies strict and others lax?

Nations differ vastly in how much store they set by rules. Understanding why can help foster communication, cooperation and even change for the better

Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

The US Senate questioned Mark Zuckerberg yesterday about Cambridge Analytica. He said Facebook will investigate thousands of other apps for similar misuse

Biology’s moonshot: The mission to decode the DNA of all life

A new plan to sequence all Earth's animals and plants could lead to medical and material advances that dwarf even what the Human Genome Project has achieved

How medicine got too good for its own good

We’re detecting problems too early and convincing healthy people they’re sick – it’s time to rethink medical diagnosis, says physician H. Gilbert Welch

The Heart of the Matter: An artful show helps heal broken hearts

A new show that lets you hold a heart in your hands may help people suffering from complex conditions get a much better feel for them

Life on nearest exoplanet may have been wiped out by superflare

Bad news for life near Proxima Centauri – the star has been seen emitting explosive blasts of radiation that would destroy the ozone on its Earth-like planet

We can read memories by analysing brain gene activity

Memories have unique genetic signatures that reveal what they are. The finding could lead to ways to read and alter memories in people with PTSD or phobias

Our eyesight is sharpest at twilight – and now we may know why

We see best at dawn and dusk, and this could be because our brain activity changes at these times, making it easier to distinguish signals from background noise

5 healthcare myths that can drive you to unneeded treatments

Diagnostic tests are better than ever but they pick up conditions that might be perfectly harmless, forcing us to rethink when things are best left alone

Robots don’t take people’s jobs – they make new ones

A German study casts doubt on the story that automation will destroy jobs. Could it be true elsewhere?

I’m building a machine that breaks the rules of reality

We thought only fools messed with the cast-iron laws of thermodynamics – but quantum trickery is rewriting the rulebook, says physicist Vlatko Vedral

The spiky but stunning burrs that litter the South African coast

Walk barefoot through the grass in South Africa and you may step on one of these spiky seeds, which lie in wait, hoping to catch a ride to someplace new

Theresa May pledges £75 million for prostate cancer research

The prime minister, Theresa May, is to pledge £75 million for clinical trials researching prostate cancer, which affects around one in eight men in the UK

One bad night’s sleep may increase levels of Alzheimer’s protein

A bad night’s sleep may lead to a protein linked to Alzheimer’s building up in the brain, but whether this raises the risk of the condition is unclear

Antarctica still losing ice despite big rise in snowfall

A 10 per cent rise in snowfall in Antarctica is adding more ice to the continent each year, but the ice sheets are still shrinking because it's being lost faster too

Ancient finger bone may reveal humanity’s path out of Africa

A single bone found in the Saudi Arabian desert is at least 85,000 years old, and may shed light on the route early humans took out of Africa

Infections during pregnancy affect a child’s brain function

Contracting infections like flu during pregnancy seems to lead to changes in a child’s brain that affects their cognitive abilities

Zuckerberg vs US Congress – here’s how he can address data fears

When Mark Zuckerberg faces US politicians this week, he should admit his network is a global behavioural experiment that needs oversight to match, says Mark Harris

Wake-up call: How a lack of sleep can cause Alzheimer’s

Even a single night of poor sleep can cause changes in the brain implicated in Alzheimer’s. Are you getting enough shut-eye, asks sleep scientist Matthew Walker

David Attenborough: It’s time we humans came to our senses

From the plastic age, to the tripling of our population and the destruction of the natural world, David Attenborough has seen it all, and issues a call to arms

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help move cancer cells around the body

World’s first over-the-phone abortion service hailed a success

An over-the-phone abortion service to end unwanted pregnancies in their early stages – operating in Australia - has been found to be safe and effective

Touching personal medical stories are no substitute for science

Routine screening for prostate cancer seems like a good thing, but for every life saved many more are blighted by unnecessary treatments

The End of Epidemics: It’s all about the money

A new book's ambitious plan to spot and stop global epidemics is easier said than done unless governments show willing and fund a real scheme to do just that

A simple mathematical rule shapes the behaviour of Arctic ponds

Understanding Arctic ponds can help us predict how fast the ice is melting. Their formation is governed by the simple maths of drawing overlapping circles

Wasps drum with their stomachs to tell each other about food

German yellowjacket wasps alert each other to food by drumming their abdomens against the nest wall, in a wasp equivalent of the famous honeybee “waggle dance”