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Engineered virus to be tested as treatment for incurable cancers

People with incurable melanomas and brain or breast cancers are to receive injections of genetically modified viruses that may shrink their tumours

Battery-free pacemaker harvests energy from pig hearts in first tests

A battery-free pacemaker that turns heartbeats into electricity has been successfully tested in pigs for the first time

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record

Just four months into 2019, the UK has been hit by more large wildfires than in the whole of 2018. Fires are thought to be made more likely by climate change

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has felt its first marsquakes

Measuring seismic activity on Mars could help us figure out how much water the planet has, and now NASA’s InSight lander has felt marsquakes for the first time

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule lost after 'anomaly' during ground test

The Crew Dragon capsule is intended to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, but a possible explosion during a ground test may set launches back

Coal-free spells are good, but the UK is falling short of carbon goals

Despite growth in renewable energy, the UK still uses plenty of gas – and other sectors are failing to cut emissions

What would happen if you got sucked into a black hole?

From wormhole passages to white hole escape routes, no one knows for certain what lurks beyond a black hole’s event horizon – so choose your own unsettling fate

Australia’s dingoes may keep feral cats in check and protect wildlife

Feral cats have contributed to the extinction of 20 of Australia’s native mammals, but another predator – the dingo – might stop them causing more damage

Satellites are checking if boats in remote places are fishing legally

The Indonesian government is using tiny internet-providing satellites to check if boats in the middle of the ocean are fishing legally

Must we topple Einstein to let physics leap forward again?

Einstein’s genius casts a long shadow over fundamental physics. The documentary Chasing Einstein wonders if reverence for the past is blocking breakthroughs

UK government directs £4.6 million to tackling illegal wildlife trade

Efforts to disrupt grey parrot trade in Cameroon and reduce demand for turtle products in Nicaragua are among 14 projects to win funding from the UK government

Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance

Rhoetosaurus brownie lived 170 million years ago. Despite the dinosaur weighing 24 tonnes it may have stood on its tiptoes with fleshy pads for balance

Protein mania: The problem with the West’s latest diet obsession

Everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream and even water is now laced with extra protein. Is there any evidence that consuming more of it does us good?

Baby boom for the kakapo, New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot

There are fewer than 150 adult kakapo in New Zealand, but this year’s bumper crop of almost 90 chicks renews hope that the bird can be saved from extinction

Surprising ways the changing Earth shaped human evolution and society

From the development of our remarkable brains to the geographic divides in the way we vote, our shape-shifting planet has guided the path of humanity

How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines

The world’s biggest election is under way in India. Trust in the machines used to vote is low, but better maths could spot manipulation or errors, says Edd Gent

Did the ancestor of all humans evolve in Europe not Africa?

A study of some 8-million-year-old teeth found in Greece suggests a controversial idea: that hominins arose in Europe and then moved into Africa later

David Attenborough finally talks climate change in prime time BBC slot

The BBC is finally putting global warming in TV’s spotlight in an hour-long film, but is it too little, too late from the corporation?

An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed

In 2017 astronomers spotted the first interstellar object in our solar system, ‘Oumuamua, but our planet may have been hit by a meteor from another star in 2014

AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities

An algorithm that can detect inequality in cities from Google Street View images, could be used to monitor projects aimed at improving living conditions

Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise

A UK survey found that 80 per cent of dog owners get their recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week, but just 62 per cent of people without dogs do

Climate protesters want net zero carbon emissions - is it possible?

An increasing number of countries are declaring plans to hit net zero carbon emissions, but doing so will require technology that doesn’t yet exist

Zero-gravity robot cleaner could automatically sterilise the ISS

Cleaning the International Space Station is laborious work, so hygiene firm GermFalcon has made a drone that works in zero-gravity to do the job instead

Macron’s pledge to rebuild Notre Dame in five years may be possible

Many have expressed dismay at the “loss” of Notre Dame following Monday’s fire, but thankfully most of the building is still intact thanks to its clever design

BBC Earth from Space: satellite images give new view on conservation

The BBC's new documentary, Earth from Space, explores how scientists use satellite imagery to view and understand some of nature's biggest challenges

We must all work to avoid disputes over the care of very ill children

New advice will help reduce conflict between medical professionals and the parents of desperately sick children, says Mike Linney

A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis

Bacteriophage viruses target microbes and not human cells – but paradoxically, they make it harder to treat bacterial infections in people with cystic fibrosis

Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress

When a violent world event occurs, you may want to find out as much about it as possible. But exposure to media coverage may cause long-term anxiety and stress

Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats

Stone Age farmers living in Turkey became more reliant on domestic sheep and goats over a 1000-year period, according to a study of the animals’ preserved urine

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang

The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula

Pig brains have been partly revived after death - what does this mean?

Pig brains have been partly revived after their bodies were killed. But what does this mean and how could it be used to help people in emergency situations?

Gun that launches cord to wrap around assailant used for first time

US police have used a gun that fires a cord around a suspect, binding their limbs and preventing them from moving, for the first time

How to understand the risk of a bacon sandwich giving you bowel cancer

Hot cups of tea, grapefruit and bacon sandwiches have all been alleged to cause cancer – better learn to read the risks right

The UK's plan to block online pornography could be a privacy disaster

A scheme designed to limit children's access to adult content could end up creating a massive database of people's pornography habits

Why Ian McEwan doesn’t see his latest novel as being science fiction

What would the 1980s have been like if Alan Turing had lived? Ian McEwan talks about his exploration of a speculative past for AI in his novel Machines Like Me

Notre Dame’s stonework isn’t flammable but may be structurally damaged

The stone vault in the roof of Notre Dame means it was more resilient to fire than many other cathedrals but heat may still have warped the building’s stonework

Statins may not lower cholesterol enough in half those who take them

A study of more than 165,000 people suggests that fewer than half of those who start taking statins reach cholesterol targets within two years

Sex-selective abortions may have stopped the birth of 23 million girls

A huge analysis suggests sex-selective abortions have led to at least 23 million fewer girls born worldwide, but birth ratios are now returning to normal

Saturn’s moon Titan has an alien lake district that looks like Earth

NASA's Cassini spacecraft used radar data to scan the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, helping us learn about its lakes of methane

Measles has made a shocking return to the US. Can it be stopped?

Measles outbreaks across the US are forcing public health officials to take drastic action to get people vaccinated, threatening fines or even jail time

Why electric cars are a hot topic in Australia's forthcoming election

Most parties in Australia's upcoming election want more electric cars, but providing enough charging points across such a vast country has proven difficult

Men who have children later in life may prime their kids for longevity

Older dads may change the chromosomes in their sperm so that their children will be able to live longer lives – a phenomenon similar to Lamarckian evolution

Prepare to jump to light speed: Inside the mission to go interstellar

Proxima Centauri is 4 light years away. Ambitious space mission Breakthrough Starshot is developing a way to push spacecraft there at a fifth of the speed of light

Our nearest neighbour Proxima Centauri may host a second exoplanet

Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the solar system, and it may be home to a frigid planet six times the size of Earth in addition to the possibly habitable Proxima b

Pristine mountains are being littered with microplastics from the air

Tiny particles of plastic are being blown on the wind, ending up in remote areas over a hundred kilometres away from cities

There is water just under the surface of the moon that we could use

When there’s a meteor shower on the moon, the impacts cause puffs of water, which means that it’ll be simple for us to get that water to use for exploration

The 2018 heatwave may not have been possible without climate change

We already knew that climate change made the 2018 heatwave more likely, but now some researchers have said it wouldn't have been possible without it

A touchy-feely part of the brain helps you enjoy a gentle caress

A part of the brain involved with self-awareness, called the insular cortex, appears to be linked to why a tender stroke on the skin can feel nice

Prescriptions for UTIs may be making antibiotic resistance even worse

New evidence shows two thirds of urinary tract infections are treated wrongly. To fight back we must develop fast, accurate diagnostics, says Colin Garner

Facebook and Instagram may have to remove like buttons for UK children

The like function on Facebook and Instagram could be removed and privacy settings set to max for UK children under new proposed social media guidelines

We’re being overwhelmed by a deluge of insignificant decisions

Our information-heavy modern world makes us more likely to follow the herd than find an expert opinion and make the right decision, argues a new book

A planet of nearly 8 billion people needs a new kind of green thinking

In two new books, an unsung eco hero and a “natural capitalist” plot unique paths to environmental harmony on a crowded planet

BBC climate doc adviser: Earth is sending us really powerful messages

Chris Rapley, scientific advisor on the BBC's new climate change documentary, talks rising temperatures, hammering home the message, and David Attenborough

Scientists must worry in public about the dangers of their creations

The US Department of Defense is ending its contract with cold war-era advisory group JASON. That’s OK – today’s scientists need to air concerns in public, says Audra J. Wolfe

How do you name a black hole? It is actually pretty complicated

The first black hole ever directly imaged now has been nicknamed Pōwehi, but making the name official will take some time

How hackers use tricks to make money from your clicks

Online clicks are worth big money. Now hackers are using a cunning set of click-tricks to make money from people visiting websites without them realising

The forgotten riches of the most densely biodiverse country on Earth

Colombia is home to more birds, amphibians and butterflies than anywhere else. Human conflict preserved them – and in peace they now face new threats

NASA traced a meteorite back to its original home in deep space

An impact in the inner asteroid belt 22 million years ago was responsible for a meteorite shower over Turkey in 2015

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has flown its first commercial flight

The Falcon Heavy rocket’s maiden flight was last February, but now it has launched a satellite for a paying customer for the first time, which is a big step for SpaceX

Even remote mountain glaciers are contaminated with microplastics

Plastics are leaving no corner of the planet untouched. Tiny pieces, called microplastics, have now been found in a mountain glacier for the first time

What happened when one twin went to space and the other stayed home?

Astronaut twin brothers Scott and Mark Kelly took part in a unique space travel experiment and it turns out that space changes your urine but not your faeces

Israel's Beresheet lunar lander has crashed on the moon

The first privately funded lunar lander, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft, suffered an engine failure and crashed as it was attempting to land on the moon

Pollinators may have evolved 40 million years before flowers existed

A fossil of a Jurassic fly suggests that pollinating insects may have been flying around on Earth long before the first flowers had begun to bloom

First black hole picture: The big mysteries we still need to solve

We finally have the first real image of a black hole, so researchers can begin studying these cosmic mysteries in detail. Here is what they are hoping to learn

First 3-parent baby born in clinical trial to treat infertility

A Greek woman has given birth to a boy using a controversial technique that combines DNA from three people

A gene linked to alcohol habits may influence who you choose to marry

People in a relationship tend to drink a similar amount, but it’s not clear why. Now it seems that a gene linked to alcohol use may shape our choice of partners

Millions of child asthma cases linked to traffic pollution every year

Nitrogen dioxide pollution from vehicles could contribute to 4 million cases of childhood asthma globally every year

New species of human discovered in a cave in the Philippines

An analysis of ancient bones has revealed a previously unknown human species named Homo luzonensis that lived in the Philippines 50,000 years ago

Everything you need to know about the first black hole image

Space and physics reporter Leah Crane answers New Scientist readers’ questions on the first ever images of a black hole from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)

First ever real image of a black hole revealed

Researchers at the Event Horizon Telescope have released the first ever picture of a black hole

Largest dust storm on Mars ever recorded may reveal why it's so dry

The same dust storm on Mars that killed the Opportunity rover is helping us understand how the planet became so inhospitable

A four-day work week could improve our health and cut carbon emissions

Campaigners want us to reduce our working hours to boost mental health, increase productivity and lower carbon emissions, but is it really that simple?

The world's largest stone circle started out as a humble ancient home

Radar has uncovered evidence that the huge Avebury monument, near Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK, once housed a simple dwelling right at its centre

We contain microbes so deeply weird they alter the very tree of life

Newly discovered life forms inside our bodies profoundly affect our health – and provide a glimpse of the vast and mysterious biological "dark matter" within us

We could solve the biggest problem in maths in the next decade

Whoever solves the long-standing P versus NP maths problem will win $1 million. Now a poll of computer scientists suggests the solution may be found sooner than expected

Salmonella can hijack immune cells to spread around the body

Salmonella bacteria can use immune cells as vehicles to escape from the gut. They control them by changing the way the cells react to electrical signals

You can help name the largest unnamed world in the solar system

A dwarf planet known only as 2007 OR10 is about to get a proper name after more than a decade - and the public can help decide what we call it

Promising treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome fails large trial

Rituximab has been found to be worse than a placebo at alleviating the symptoms of CFS or ME, suggesting that antibodies aren’t to blame for the condition

Flying cars could be greener than electric ones in some circumstances

If flying cars ever get off of the ground they could be slightly more energy efficient than electric cars over long distances

Climate change means nearly all glaciers in the Alps may disappear

A study of what will happen to glaciers in the Alps under various climate scenarios suggests they will almost completely disappear if we keep pumping out carbon dioxide

Antarctica team to search world's oldest ice for climate change clues

Scientists are setting out to drill for the world’s oldest ice, in a bid to shed light on a dramatic tipping point in the world’s climate 900,000 years ago

LIGO has spotted another gravitational wave just after turning back on

One week after LIGO switched back on, it has already detected the gravitational waves from another pair of merging black holes, marking the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy

First ever picture of a black hole may be revealed this week

The Event Horizon Telescope aims to capture an image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way – and its first results will be released on 10 April

It's not an illusion, you have free will. It's just not what you think

The idea that free will doesn't exist is based on misguided intuitions of what it means to be a biological machine, as a famous insect, the digger wasp, reveals

Hot rubble from volcanoes races over land on a carpet of air bubbles

Clouds of rocks and gas known as pyroclastic flows spew out of volcanoes and race over land at terrifying speeds, skating on an air pocket beneath the rubble

AI could monitor farms from space to look for illegal pollution

AI can find farms from space. The technique is being used to monitor some farms in Europe and may eventually be able to flag those that break the law

3D facial analysis could help identify children with rare conditions

Rare and genetic conditions can show up in children’s faces – a 3D face mapping tool could help diagnose them more quickly

UK wants to curb fake news and cyberbullying with new internet laws

The UK government plans to make social media firms legally take responsibility for their users and safety, as well as the content that appears on their services

Speaking at least one other language may make us more humane

Forget UN peace-keepers. A new book reckons a deep knowledge of another language could help us all connect emotionally and break down divisive nationalism

NASA says the International Space Station is covered in bacteria

NASA has catalogued all the bacteria and fungi on the ISS to help better prepare for future missions to Mars

ULEZ: London is cleaning up its dirty air but what about other cities?

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, introduced this week, is targeting drivers of diesel cars in an effort to protect people's health. If it succeeds, the rest of the UK could do the same

Most animals can’t keep a beat despite what Darwin believed

Humans turn out to have the strongest sense of rhythm of all animals, says a new book, which makes strong evolutionary connections between music and language

A chimp's hug shows it's time to accept that animals have feelings too

In Mama’s Last Hug, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that we can no longer deny that animals have feelings and we need to look closely at their inner lives

Doctors in China are using 5G internet to do surgery from far away

5G is helping doctors in China conduct surgery from hundreds of kilometres away, such as directing cardiac operation and performing brain stimulation

Stunningly realistic video game visuals made by simulating light rays

Real-time ray tracing is creating impressively realistic video game graphics. It uses powerful chips to calculate how millions of light rays reflect in a scene

Telling us to stop washing our hands is dangerous and unacceptable

Media misinterpretations of the hygiene hypothesis are encouraging us to stop washing our hands - and it's undermining our public health, says Sally Bloomfield

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft just bombed an asteroid

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has shot an explosive projectile at the asteroid Ryugu to release dust and collect a sample

Snowflakes are making the Arctic warm faster by acting like a blanket

The Arctic seas could become ice-free 20 years earlier than expected thanks to snowflakes that trap heat to warm the surface beneath them

A dead planet is orbiting a dead sun in a distant dead solar system

A piece of a planet that survived the death of its star has been spotted orbiting the stellar corpse. Planets in our solar system may look similar when the sun dies

The Northern Lights make a mysterious noise and now we might know why

For 30 years, one man has been obsessed with the whisperings of the aurora borealis. His search for its origins may finally be over