Life expectancy dropping in places with bad COVID-19 vaccine rates
Life expectancy in western Europe bounced back in 2021, a new study has found – but it hasn’t in some other places.
‘Sentient’ cells in a petri dish taught to play Pong
Next time you’re getting your ass kicked at Fortnite or online chess, it could be at the metaphorical hands of a petri dish of brain cells.
‘Killer robots’ will be nothing like the movies show – here’s where the real threats lie
Increasingly, the decisions to identify, track and destroy targets are being handed over to algorithms.
Dictators up their abuses while hosting sporting tournaments – study
Awarding sporting events to countries run by dictatorships worsens their human rights abuses, a new study has found.
German scientists unlock the secret of jazz music’s ‘swing’
It’s been nearly 100 years since Duke Ellington recorded ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing’, and science has just caught up.
Virtua Fighter’s ancient polygon graphics get modern AI makeover
A nerd fed a bunch of screenshots from 1993’s Virtua Fighter into an AI to see what they’d look like in a modern game.
Petting dogs is good for your brain – but they have to be real
Petting a dog lights up the part of the brain that regulates and processes social and emotional interactions, a new study has found.
People like product reviews with swearwords in them
Next time you’re writing an online review, consider dropping an F-bomb or two, if the platform allows it.
Science has finally worked out why dudes send nudes
Finally, we know why some men send dick pics – to get nudes in return, or sex.
Evidence for dinosaur-killing asteroid’s tsunami found in New Zealand
The asteroid that (probably) wiped out the dinosaurs released more than 30,000 times the energy of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, a new study has found.
Scientists make beer nicer by genetically engineering it to have more ‘banana’ flavour
Scientists say they’ve found a way to make beer tastier using genetic engineering. But they’re not entirely sure why it works.
Moon might have taken just hours to make, NASA says
One day the Earth had no moon, the next it was there, according to a radical new theory on the creation of our only major satellite.
Unwelcome politician turns 6yo’s birthday party into campaign event
A real estate agent standing for office in New Zealand has been criticised for gatecrashing and campaigning at a six-year-old’s birthday party.
The asteroid NASA hit with a probe now has a 10,000km-long tail
The asteroid NASA smacked around last week now has a tail almost as long as the Earth is wide.
Multi-factor authentication: Do I really need to bother with it?
Having more rigorous security measures when logging in can help to protect your accounts, and significantly reduces the likelihood of many automated cyber attacks.
Rugby players more than twice as likely to suffer dementia, Parkinson’s
And that’s not all – playing at the top level boosts the risk of motor neurone disease by 15 times.
How ruining the climate for bugs will backfire on humans
Animals can only endure temperatures within a given range. The upper and lower temperatures of this range are called its critical thermal limits.
Erect nipple-shaming common despite being ‘uncontrollable’ – study
People think women whose nipples get erect when sexually aroused are more promiscuous and less intelligent than those who don’t, a new study has found.
Might robot warfare make commanders more humane?
Reducing the number of humans an order passes through might make those making the decisions feel more responsibility for the outcomes.