Covid-19 linked to higher risk of brain conditions up to two years on

The risk of being diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition up to two years after catching covid-19 may be higher than with other respiratory infections, such as seasonal influenza Health 18 August 2022 By Jason Arunn Murugesu In severe cases, covid-19 may cause certain neurological and psychiatric conditions for up to two years post-infection […]

Faint distant galaxies spotted by JWST may be closer than they appear

Because of a calibration update for one of the James Webb Space Telescope’s main cameras, research using the first few weeks of data from the observatory may be flawed Space 15 August 2022 By Leah Crane The James Webb Space Telescope in a clean room at at NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland NASA/Desiree […]

Quantum computer made of 6 super-sized atoms could imitate the brain

Simulations of a quantum computer made of six rubidium atoms suggest it could run a simple brain-inspired algorithm that can learn to remember and make simple decisions Physics 13 August 2022 By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan Rubidium Rydberg atoms are super-sized in diameter Science Picture Co/Alamy A quantum computer built using giant atoms controlled by laser light […]

Monkeys in Bali use stones as sex toys to fill their leisure time

Male and female macaques in a Balinese sanctuary commonly use stone tools to masturbate, possibly because they have more leisure time than wild primates Life 12 August 2022 By Alice Klein Long-tailed macaques appear to use stone tools for pleasure Shuttestock/fiz_zero Male and female long-tailed macaques in Bali, Indonesia, frequently use stone tools as sex […]

How drought and water shortages will affect wildlife in England

From dried-up rivers and peatlands to burned-out habitats, the extreme dry conditions across much of England are squeezing everything from endangered spiders to fish spawning grounds Environment 10 August 2022 By Adam Vaughan Low water levels at Grafham Water in Perry, UK, on 8 August Terry Harris/Shutterstock From birds and butterflies to salmon and trout, […]

Covid-19: Immunity for common cold coronaviruses may ward off severe covid-19

In a laboratory experiment, a strong T-cell response against the coronaviruses that cause common cold-like symptoms was linked to greater covid-19 immunity Health 8 August 2022 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Antibodies attacking SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that can cause covid-19 Shutterstock/Kateryna Kon People with a stronger immune response to the coronaviruses that cause common cold-like symptoms […]

10 finance firms effectively own half of all future carbon emissions

An analysis of the 200 largest fossil fuel companies suggests that just 10 shareholders could influence the fate of nearly half of the world’s remaining fossil fuels Environment 6 August 2022 By James Dinneen The Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images Just 10 financial institutions own nearly […]

Home screening test for oral or throat cancer has 90 per cent accuracy

To identify oral and throat cancer, lesions have to be big enough for doctors to see. A saliva test could enable much earlier diagnosis Health 4 August 2022 By Grace Wade Using current methods, it can be difficult to diagnose oral and throat cancers early because lesions have to be large enough to be visible […]

Strange pentagon is the best shape for stirring two liquids together

The best way to mix together two liquids – like milk and coffee – is by moving two pentagonal stirrers in a jagged motion Physics 2 August 2022 By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan Two stirrers mix together two liquids Maximilian Eggl, University of Mainz You’ve been stirring your coffee all wrong. According to a series of simulations, […]

Forensic technique using gelatine could help spot fraudulent documents

Pressing gelatin onto fingerprints then exposing it to a special vapour can determine when the prints were made Chemistry 30 July 2022 By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan Which came first, the fingerprint or the text in the document it was lifted from? Cultura Creative RF/Alamy A technique for determining whether a fingerprint appeared on a piece of […]