Strep A: What we know so far about the child deaths in the UK

Strep A: What we know so far about the child deaths in the UK

Nobody knows for sure why more children than usual have died due to the group A streptococcus bacterium this year, but increased mixing and viral infections may…

Europe’s fastest supercomputer is now connected to a quantum computer

Europe’s fastest supercomputer is now connected to a quantum computer

A small quantum computer has been connected to Europe’s fastest supercomputer. This connection could help researchers work out how to best pair quantum computers together with powerful…

Homo naledi skull

Homo naledi may have used fire to cook and navigate 230,000 years ago

By Alison George Brett Eloff Photography Archaeological evidence suggests that Homo naledi, a primitive human species with a chimpanzee-like skull, used fires to cook food and navigate…

Adélie penguins show signs of self-awareness on the mirror test

Adélie penguins show signs of self-awareness on the mirror test

When shown their reflection, wild Adélie penguins can tell it isn’t another penguin – but they may not fully connect their mirror image to themselves Life 5…

Amazing image of crescent Earth rising over the moon captured by Orion

Amazing image of crescent Earth rising over the moon captured by Orion

The Orion capsule has made its closest pass above the surface of the moon and begun its journey back to Earth, capturing astonishing views of our planet…

COP15 target to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 is ‘unrealistic’

Goal to “halt and reverse” biodiversity loss by 2030 – a headline aim of the COP15 biodiversity summit – could take 80 rather than eight years to…

Girl with a Pearl Earring and Mona Lisa recreated with nanotechnology

Girl with a Pearl Earring and Mona Lisa recreated with nanotechnology

A technique that uses nanoscale structures to reproduce colour has been employed to make copies of famous paintings, and could also help fight counterfeiting Technology 5 December…

Drug that targets ACE2 receptors may work against new covid variants

A drug that is approved for treating gallstones and liver conditions inhibits cells’ ACE2 receptors, which the coronavirus’ spike protein binds to

Mars may have a huge plume of hot rocks rising towards its surface

Mars may have a huge plume of hot rocks rising towards its surface

Mars has been viewed as a mostly geologically static world, but the planet may have an enormous underground plume of hot rocks slowly rising towards the surface…

Hundreds of razorbills have been turning up far from home in Italy

Hundreds of razorbills have been turning up far from home in Italy

Marine seabirds known as razorbills are usually found in cold, northern waters, but hundreds of them have been turning up underfed in Italy, and no one knows…

Vaquitas: Mexico’s plan to save endangered porpoises could backfire

Vaquitas: Mexico’s plan to save endangered porpoises could backfire

Hundreds of cement pillars with hooks have been deployed in the Gulf of California to snag fishing nets that threaten endangered porpoises, but these could also trap…

Mastodon: Most people who threatened to quit Twitter haven't moved over

Mastodon: More than 140,000 people who threatened to quit Twitter haven’t moved over

Mastodon: Most people who threatened to quit Twitter haven’t moved over Of more than 140,000 Twitter users who announced they were moving to Mastodon, just 1.6 per…

Connectome: The 3013 neurons in the brain of a fly larva have been mapped in full

Connectome: The 3013 neurons in the brain of a fly larva have been mapped in full

A complete map of the neurons inside the brain of a fruit fly larva is the largest example of a whole-brain “connectome”, and is a stepping stone…

Interstellar travel: Plasma sail spacecraft could soar like an albatross to Alpha Centauri

Interstellar travel: Plasma sail spacecraft could soar like an albatross to Alpha Centauri

A spacecraft equipped with a “sail” made from plasma could build up speed by repeatedly crossing the boundary at the edge of the solar system, just as…

Microplastics: Trapping powder quickly removes contaminants from water

Microplastics: Trapping powder quickly removes contaminants from water

A cheap powder can help treat wastewater by rapidly absorbing microscopic bits of plastic pollution – and because it is also magnetic, both can then be removed…

First faecal transplant treatment approved for use in the US

First faecal transplant treatment approved for use in the US

A faecal-transplant therapy called Rebyota has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. A single dose can prevent a type of recurrent infection in the…

JWST has taken pictures of clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan

JWST has taken pictures of clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan

The James Webb Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have watched clouds changing shape in the sky of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, which could help…

HIV vaccine prompts virus-specific antibodies in 97 per cent of people in a small study

HIV vaccine prompts virus-specific antibodies in 97 per cent of people in a small study

An experimental HIV vaccine led to antibodies against the virus in 35 out of 36 volunteers, but whether this offers protection against the infection is unclear Health…

DeepMind AI uses deception to beat human players in war game Stratego

DeepMind AI uses deception to beat human players in war game Stratego

An AI has learned to deceive human opponents in the war-themed board game Stratego, which involves imperfect information and a huge number of possible game scenarios Technology…

Yellowstone supervolcano contains twice as much melted rock as thought

Yellowstone supervolcano contains twice as much melted rock as thought

There is more melted rock under Yellowstone Caldera – a volcano in Wyoming – than was previously estimated, but that doesn’t change the likelihood of an eruption…