Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko sets world record for most time spent in space
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Russian surpasses compatriot Gennady Padalka after logging more than 878 days at the international space stationA Russian cosmonaut has set a world record for the most time spent in space on Sunday, after logging more than 878 days or nearly two-and-a-half years.As of 0830 GMT, Oleg Kononenko overtook the record set by his compatriot Gennady Padalka, according to Russia’s space corporation...
AI helps reveal the ancient origin story of floral colors
Janet Dubé, Hazel Davies and Peter Emerson respond to a piece by George Monbiot on the psychology of voters’ supportGeorge Monbiot suggests we can see human values as clustering around two poles, extrinsic and intrinsic (To beat Trump, we need to know why Americans keep voting for him. Psychologists may have the answer, 29 January). There might be something more at play.In 1980, physicist David...
Humans reached icy northern Europe in time of Neanderthals
New research led by Monash University experts used computer simulations to reveal the ancient link between bees and the evolution of colors in flowers. The research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, simulated the landscape of the first flowering plants from many tens of millions of years ago, to test their visibility to pollinators like bees and birds.
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Pioneering groups of humans braved icy conditions to settle in northern Europe more than 45,000 years ago, a "huge surprise" that means they could have lived there alongside Neanderthals, scientists said Wednesday.
How can I get ice off my car? An engineer who studies airborne particles shares quick, easy techniques
Switching off at home, mastering hobbies and greater control over workload can all help improve self-doubt at workThe modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their work“I’m not sure I can ever get my confidence back. Do you think I can?”Simon* was visibly distressed asking me this question. An experienced mental health professional, he was more...
West's 'hot drought' is unprecedented in more than 500 years
If you live somewhere that gets cold in the winter, you've probably seen cars parked outdoors covered in a thin layer of ice on a chilly morning. But what causes this frost, and how can you get rid of it quickly?
Chile wildfires kill at least 51 in 'unprecedented catastrophe'
There's no precedent in at least five centuries for how hot and dry the West has been in the last two decades, new research asserts using analysis of tree rings.
Parisians vote in anti-SUV parking and pollution referendum
Wildfires blazing across Chile have killed at least 51 people, leaving bodies in the street and homes gutted, with flames continuing to spread on Sunday and the toll expected to rise.
Exploring new physics arising from electron interactions in semiconductor moiré superlattices
Polling stations opened in Paris on Sunday for a referendum on tripling parking costs for hefty SUV-style cars, a campaign that has drivers' groups up in arms against city hall.
‘Gloom is good’: after my wife died I found solace in poetry and music
Semiconductor moiré superlattices are fascinating material structures that have been found to be promising for studying correlated electron states and quantum physics phenomena. These structures, made up of artificial atom arrays arranged in a so-called moiré configuration, are highly tunable and characterized by strong electron interactions.
This article is real — but AI-generated deepfakes look damn close and are scamming people
You can’t fight death, sickness, ageing and life’s various indignities, but you can play very loud rock’n’rollEvery morning my older daughter calls from London. “What you doing today?” Erm… she’s most solicitous. She’s really checking in to check that I’m not checking out – that I haven’t woken up dead or had a stroke or a dizzy spell or plunged down some stairs or...
First UK patients receive experimental messenger RNA cancer therapy
TV chef Mary Berg, crooner Michael Bublé, comedian Rick Mercer and hockey megastar Sidney Crosby are the latest Canadian celebrities to become the face of AI-generated deepfake scams. As the technology gets better, experts warn the legal system has a lot of catching up to...
The British clinical trial of the revolutionary new mRNA treatment will test its effectiveness in combating a range of cancersA revolutionary new cancer treatment known as mRNA therapy has been administered to patients at Hammersmith hospital in west London. The trial has been set up to evaluate the therapy’s safety and effectiveness in treating melanoma, lung cancer and other solid tumours.The...