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SpaceX plans to send two civilians around the moon next year

Fly me to the moonSpaceXBy Leah CraneSpaceX just announced a plan for beginning the era of space tourism: in late 2018, the space travel company plans to send two private citizens around the moon and back again. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space ...

Game theory says publicly shaming cyberattackers could backfire

What’s the best response to a cyberattack?JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Chelsea WhyteKnow your enemy, the saying goes. But when it comes to cyberattacks, a game theory model suggests that just knowing the perpetrator and pointing the finger at them might not be the best tactic, and cou...

UTIs could soon be life-threatening without new antibiotics

Resistant E. coli can make a UTI deadlyErbe/Pooley/REX/ShutterstockBy Debora MacKenzieFor the first time, the World Health Organization has named which bacteria we most urgently need new antibiotics to fight, as they become increasingly resistant to the ones we’ve already got. Top of the l...

De-extinction dilemma: reviving dead species may doom the living

The resurrection of extinct species may soon be feasible – but expensiveMoviestore Collection/REX/ShutterstockThe resurrection of extinct species, as depicted in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, was until recently regarded as pure science fiction. Today, de-extinction looks increasingly feasib...

Snow will melt more slowly in a warmer world – here’s why

Thinner on the groundRGB Ventures/SuperStock/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Brian OwensAs global temperatures rise, snow will melt more slowly. Yes, you read that right – more slowly. Warmer global temperatures will lead to less snow in many mountainous areas, says Keith Musselman, a hydrologist at...

A loaf of bread emits half a kilo of CO2, mainly from fertiliser

Fertilisers hike your loaf’s carbon emissionsChris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via GettyBy Michael Le PageGiving you your daily bread is costly for the climate. The equivalent of half a kilogram of carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere for every loaf of bread produced in the UK, according to the best ...

Caterpillars vibrate anuses to send food and shelter alerts

Birch caterpillars follow drummer’s callJayne YackBy Karl GruberSpecies: birch caterpillar (Drepana arcuate) Habitat: Deciduous woodland with birch or alder in North America Bees buzz, cicadas sing, but caterpillars are the real musical maestros of the insect world. It turns out they use diffe...

Why we are so bad at spotting if our kids are overweight

In at the deep end: trying to deal with a child’s weight problem head-on may not be the most effective way forwardImage Source/GettyBy Simon OxenhamOverweight? You probably haven’t noticed. Repeated studies have shown that overweight and obese people often don’t consider themselves to be so. N...

Having a cigarette may make your body crave coffee too

Smoking more is likely to make you drink more coffeefStop Images GmbH/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Jessica HamzelouFancy a coffee after that cigarette? Smoking makes you drink more caffeinated drinks, possibly by changing your metabolism so that you break down caffeine quicker, pushing you to drink m...

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

Set a machine to program a machineiunewind/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Matt ReynoldsOUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCode...

The greatest danger asteroids pose to us is not from the impact

Chances are it won’t land anywhere near youGettyBy Leah CraneWind kills. The most casualties from an asteroid impact won’t come from the impact itself. The wind, pressure and heat caused by the crash are far more dangerous, no matter where the asteroid hits. Clemens Rumpf at the University of So...
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