Hepatitis: Adenovirus is prime suspect in mystery outbreak in children

It is still unclear what is behind a worrying surge in cases of liver disease among young children in several countries, but a lack of social mixing during lockdowns could be a factor Health 28 April 2022 By Clare Wilson Illustration of adenoviruses KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images Doctors in the UK are investigating whether […]

Elon Musk buying Twitter has set him up for a scuffle with the EU

Billionaire Elon Musk wants to promote free speech on Twitter, but the European Union’s Digital Services Act could see the bloc calling the shots Technology | Analysis 26 April 2022 By Chris Stokel-Walker Elon Musk is a prolific tweeter Chesnot/Getty Images Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, may have to wrestle with the European […]

CO2 monitoring: We can now directly link emissions to fossil fuel burning in near real time

A way of distinguishing between natural carbon dioxide emissions and those from burning fossil fuels could help cities and countries monitor their progress in cutting emissions Environment 22 April 2022 By Michael Le Page Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power station in the UK eye35.pix/Alamy A way of directly measuring the carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels […]

‘Viking skin’ nailed to medieval church doors is actually animal hide

Scientists analysed the remains of skin patches attached to three English church doors, discovering they came from farm animals – not Viking raiders Humans 21 April 2022 By Joshua Howgego “Daneskin” and a hinge taken from the door of St. Botolph’s church in Hadstock, near Cambridge, in the UK Saffron Walden Museum Patches of skin […]

Pegasus spyware: UK prime minister’s office smartphones targeted by cyberattacks

Researchers claim to have uncovered cyberattacks using Pegasus software against 10 Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Technology 19 April 2022 By Matthew Sparkes The prime minister’s residence and office at 10 Downing Street, London Rob Pinney/Getty Images The UK prime minister’s office was targeted multiple times by spyware sold legally to states […]

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough review

David Attenborough joins palaeontologist Robert DePalma at the Tanis site in North Dakota as he unearths the story of the dinosaurs’ death in this thrilling documentary Life 15 April 2022 By Alex Wilkins David Attenborough BBC Studios/Jon Sayer In July 2013, palaeontologist Robert DePalma began excavating a patch of dirt in the Hell Creek Formation […]

Mignonette leek orchid rediscovered after almost a century presumed extinct

The mignonette leek orchid, which was last documented in 1933, has been rediscovered in Australia during surveys conducted after the Black Summer wildfires in 2019-20 Life 13 April 2022 By Alice Klein The mignonette leek orchid Tobias Hayashi, La Trobe University A delicate lemon-scented orchid species that was thought to have disappeared in the 1930s […]

Childbirth: Shoulder growth may slow during human development to make birth easier

CT scans of humans, chimpanzees and macaques reveal that human collarbones slow their growth rate in the final months of pregnancy, perhaps to make it easier for babies to squeeze through the pelvis Humans 11 April 2022 By Christa Lesté-Lasserre Collarbones may grow more slowly in the run-up to birth Martins Rudzitis/Getty Images The collarbones […]

Tropical city air pollution led to 470,000 premature deaths in 2018

Cities in the tropics are experiencing a growing air pollution problem, which is estimated to have led to a 62 per cent rise in premature deaths since 2005 Environment 8 April 2022 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Mumbai, India, a city in the tropics with a growing population Ivaylo Daskalov/Alamy Some 470,000 people in cities near […]