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Organic solar cells set ‘remarkable’ energy record

Image copyright Getty Images Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, […]

Primate speech: How some species are ‘wired’ for talk

Image copyright Zanna Clay/Lui Kotala Bonobo Project Image caption Bonobos are the non-human primates with the most extensive vocal repertoire Our primate cousins have surprised and impressed scientists in recent years, with revelations about monkeys’ tool-using abilities and chimps’ development of complex sign language. But researchers are still probing the question: why are we humans […]

Online dating: Aim high, keep it brief, and be patient

Image copyright Press Eye Scientists say the secrets to success in online dating are to aim high, keep your message brief, and be patient. Playing “out of your league” or dating people considered more attractive than you, is a winning strategy, according to a new analysis of internet daters in the US. Men had greater […]

Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Image copyright Getty Images It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept. Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their […]

Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Image copyright Getty Images It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept. Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their […]

Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Image copyright Getty Images It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept. Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their […]

Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights

Image copyright NASA Image caption The nine will now train intensively on the systems they will operate in space Nasa has named the astronauts who will fly the first missions into space on commercially provided rockets and capsules, starting next year. The nine individuals will go up on systems developed by – and contracted from […]

Small height evolved twice on ‘Hobbit’ island of Flores

Image copyright Rosino / Creative commons Image caption Liang Bua cave, where the Hobbit remains were found A new study has shown that small height evolved twice in humans on the Indonesian island of Flores. Scientists decoded the DNA of modern-day “pygmy” people to find out if they might be partly descended from the extinct […]

Too hot? Spare a thought for Londoners in 1858

Image copyright Punch magazine Image caption Failing to fund new drains was costing lives, said Punch magazine Suffering in the hot weather? Spare a thought then for the population of London back in 1858, a year of sky-high temperatures and the Great Stink. That year, the London Standard reported temperatures of over 30C by the […]

Engineered pig lung transplant ‘a success’

Image copyright J. Nichols, Science Translational Medicine 2018 Image caption The engineered pig lung is shown here in its bioreactor Scientists have successfully transplanted a bioengineered lung into a pig. To create a new lung, experts used a “scaffold” that provided structural support and slowly built up the lung tissue around it, using cells from […]