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Experimental Alzheimer’s drug targets gum disease bacteria
Encouraging results have been announced from a small trial of a new kind of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, which targets gum disease bacteria. Trial participants showed improvements in certain ...
Dark feathers give birds hot wings that may save energy during flight
Dark feathers may help birds fly more efficiently. They heat up the animals’ wings and the surrounding air, which might help ...
Light pollution's effects on birds may help to spread West Nile virus
Exposure to artificial light at night has been shown to affect the immune responses of some birds, and now a study has found ...
Anonymised data isn't nearly anonymous enough – here’s how we fix it
To protect privacy, data collected about us is sometimes anonymised before being used, such as for scientific research or by ...
LightSail 2 unfurls solar sail and begins travelling through space
An experimental spacecraft has set sail in space. LightSail 2, developed by space advocacy group The Planetary Society, has unfurled a solar sail and begun harnessing sunlight to propel itself through ...
Brain scans hint the mysterious 'sonic attack' in Cuba was real
The brains of US diplomats who were struck down with a mysterious illness while stationed in Cuba appear to have undergone ...
Sibling rivalry: How birth order affects your personality and health
MY oldest sister is a typical firstborn: responsible, conscientious, the teacher when we played school, the director for our ...
The super fly that could feed us, end waste and make plastic and fuel
BZZZZZZZ. Most people would find working next to the noise of thousands of flies a little irritating, and perhaps reach for a ...
Man on the moon? Why we said Apollo 11 was an empty, obsessional quest
In 1961, New Scientist was calling for a halt to the moon race. Indeed, our 8 June 1961 issue said that the superpowers were ...
Life’s winners think success was earned even if it was down to luck
Do wealthier people owe their financial success to skill or luck? Your views on this question may be set by your own ...
The Milky Way devoured another galaxy and we've spotted the remains
Early in the Milky Way’s history, it devoured another, smaller galaxy and made that galaxy’s stars its own. Now, astronomers ...
Eight things we learned in the UK government's pre-Johnson info dump
Welcome to the latest “take out the trash day”. In the past 36 hours, the UK government has put out 42 consultations and ...