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Intergalactic collision birthed a sparkling ring of young stars

January 20, 2017 - 9:23am
The Large Magellanic Cloud is encircled by bright young stars that are likely to have formed after another galaxy powered past, compressing gas

Spitting archerfish shoot at prey above and beneath the water

January 20, 2017 - 8:44am
The aquatic sharpshooters are famous for blasting powerful jets at insects above the surface – now experiments show they targetunderwater prey, too

We mustn’t let a superpower turn its back on rationality

January 20, 2017 - 7:00am
Protesting the incoming Trump administration’s anti-science agenda may not be easy – but it’s vital not just for the US, but the world  

Real-life psychopaths actually have below-average intelligence

January 20, 2017 - 6:46am
They may be manipulative, dishonest and callous, but the typical psychopath is no Hannibal Lecter. In fact, they tend to get lower scores on intelligence tests

How Trump’s erratic nuclear posture could spark a new arms race

January 20, 2017 - 6:00am
The red “button” might not be safe under Trump's finger – but the new presidency brings some strange and surprising silver linings

Robot skin senses warm bodies like a snake locating nearby prey

January 20, 2017 - 5:00am
A heat-sensing membrane could be applied to robots like a Westworld-style “skin dip” and give them the ability to detect human bodies from a distance

Women’s access to birth control and abortion fading under Trump

January 20, 2017 - 4:15am
There are ways for women to take back their reproductive rights - but they might have to go to Mexico

Smart buildings predict when critical systems are about to fail

January 20, 2017 - 2:59am
Start-ups use sensors and machine learning to do “predictive maintenance”, spotting faults in building systems like heating and air con before they crash

Recycled eggshells can be used for next-gen data storage

January 20, 2017 - 2:28am
A nano-powder made from eggshells has been turned into a device using ReRAM, a type of memory that could offer fast, efficient computer data storage

How to protest against Trump in his expanded surveillance state

January 20, 2017 - 2:10am
Trump plans to follow the UK's lead in extending domestic snooping powers. From Tor's hidden dangers to the right secure chat apps, here’s how to stay under the radar

Cold case: The unsolved mystery of what lit Kepler’s supernova

January 19, 2017 - 2:03pm
In 1604, the last Milky Way supernova recorded by naked-eye observers brightened the night sky. Despite 400 years of study, we still don't know what lit the fuse

Complex life may have had a false start 2.3 billion years ago

January 19, 2017 - 1:00pm
High levels of oceanic oxygen could have allowed advanced, animal-like life to develop for the first time – only to be wiped out again as oxygen vanished

Global sea ice is at lowest level ever recorded

January 19, 2017 - 12:01pm
The area of ocean covered by floating ice is at its lowest since the satellite era began, and probably the lowest it has been for thousands of years

Curiosity finds Mars rock that may be a meteorite made from iron

January 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Last week, NASA’s Curiosity rover took a picture that appears to show a new iron-nickel meteorite on Mars, one of only eight that have been discovered by rovers there so far

Abortion rate halves if women have to go extra 100 miles

January 19, 2017 - 8:00am
A law that closed many abortion clinics in Texas has led to a drop in the rate of abortions. On average, the nearest clinic is now 80 kilometres further away

Foxes may confuse predators by rubbing themselves in puma scent

January 19, 2017 - 6:25am
Gray foxes in the mountains of California rub in the scent of pumas, possibly to absorb their smell and confuse predators to give themselves a chance to run

Brainwaves could act as your password – but not if you’re drunk

January 19, 2017 - 3:33am
EEG authentication is touted as a potential biometric alternative to passwords, but a test involving shots of whisky suggests it won’t work if you’re tipsy

Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand

January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
The only way for flatfish hidden under the sand on the sea floor to avoid harbour seal predators might be to hold their breath

Many more people could still die from mad cow disease in the UK

January 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
A man who has died of vCJD has shown that the disease can affect a second genetic subtype of people. It’s likely these people take longer to develop symptoms

Majority of primate species may vanish in next 25 to 50 years

January 18, 2017 - 11:00am
The latest review of primate survival prospects shows that habitat loss from farming and human expansion is putting our closest evolutionary relatives at risk