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Roller-coasting birds soar for months and may snooze while aloft

6 hours 47 min ago
With help from mid-ocean air currents, frigatebirds can stay airborne for up to 63 days – and it seems they’re able to snooze while soaring

Gene editing could destroy herpes viruses living inside you

6 hours 48 min ago
The CRISPR technique is a new weapon against dormant herpes viruses in the body, which cause cold sores and can be implicated in blindness and cancer

Massive stunning aurora glows over Jupiter’s north pole

10 hours 47 min ago
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a glowing ultraviolet aurora at Jupiter, just in time for the arrival of NASA's Juno probe

Watch a Cygnus spacecraft burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere

14 hours 9 min ago
Researchers chased an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft in an aeroplane in order to watch its fiery re-entry and destruction. The view was spectacular

Wonder what your plants are ‘saying’? Device lets you listen in

15 hours 48 min ago
A small device lets researchers, farmers and amateur plant lovers listen in to electrical changes inside their plants – Penny Sarchet tried it out

Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories

June 29, 2016 - 4:01pm
Ancient corridor-like “passage graves” could have helped early tribes see stars as they first rise above the horizon by blocking out the ambient light

Homebrew meteorites reveal origins of Mercury’s weird crust

June 29, 2016 - 4:01pm
Mixing up a fake powdered version of rare meteorites in the lab has shown how a freak surface feature arose from deep within the planet

When is an animal a person? Neuroscience tries to set the rules

June 29, 2016 - 11:00am
Do chimps deserve legal rights? It’s a question that advances in neuroscience mean we can no longer ignore

Robot eyes and humans fix on different things to decode a scene

June 29, 2016 - 9:44am
Tracking neural networks that process images shows that they concentrate on different areas from us, but making them more human-like might not improve their skills

Rip up the rule book and let NASA’s Mars rover check ‘life’ zone

June 29, 2016 - 8:17am
Contamination fears should not stop NASA sending its Mars rover to examine a nearby area that might contain water… and life, says Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Illusion makes people ‘feel’ force field around their body

June 29, 2016 - 7:44am
A twist on the classic rubber hand illusion lets you sense the invisible buffer zone around the body protecting us from dangers invading our personal space

Green lining? Five ways Brexit could be good for the environment

June 29, 2016 - 5:57am
Feeling despondent after the referendum result? Brexit may be bad in many ways, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a disaster for the environment

Post Brexit, experts need to reassert their value to society

June 29, 2016 - 3:10am
Trying to change someone’s mind by giving them the facts usually just makes them dig in. For reason to triumph, scientists need to learn to engage with emotion

Hear! Here! Headphones will now help you navigate the world

June 28, 2016 - 11:00pm
A new generation of devices promises to revolutionise the way we interact with computers – and silence crying babies

Beautifully preserved feathers belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs

June 28, 2016 - 8:00am
Detailed amber fossils of wings from dinosaurs just 3.5 centimetres long suggest they flew like today’s birds. Such finds let us probe how flight evolved

Zika vaccine protects mice, but may increase risk of dengue

June 28, 2016 - 8:00am
One dose protects mice from Zika but may put people at greater risk of dengue. A more targeted approach may protect against both diseases

Strange ‘dark hydrogen’ may exist deep inside giant gas planets

June 28, 2016 - 5:15am
Experiments on Earth reveal a new state of hydrogen that doesn’t reflect or absorb light – which could explain how planets like Jupiter cooled after formation

Huge newfound deposit of helium will keep MRI scanners running

June 27, 2016 - 3:30pm
Helium prospectors have uncovered a massive source of the vanishing gas, vital for MRI scanners, the Large Hadron Collider, NASA rocket fuel… and balloons

Angry scientists must fight to pick up the pieces after Brexit

June 27, 2016 - 9:46am
Brexit is the heartbreaking outcome of a misinformed debate. Scientists must fight to pick up the pieces, says Mike Galsworthy

Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions in Texas

June 27, 2016 - 8:54am
In a major victory for pro-choice advocates, the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law today