45% of China’s urban land is rapidly sinking due to manmade development

A perfect storm is brewing for China’s most densely populated areas due to rising sea levels and subsiding land that has been accelerated beyond normal fluctuations. Scientists have sounded the alarm that, without intervention, urban areas below sea le… Continue reading 45% of China’s urban land is rapidly sinking due to manmade development

Paintball-blasting home security camera redefines ‘enter at own risk’

A big-thinking Slovenian startup has created a curious smart security camera that doesn’t just spy on your visitors, but will actively open fire on potential intruders with paintball pellets – or even tear gas rounds – with “ultra high precision.” What… Continue reading Paintball-blasting home security camera redefines ‘enter at own risk’

Kombucha microbes break down fat stores like fasting – without the effort

It may not be to everyone’s taste, but kombucha tea may be able to deliver the benefits of fasting, without the hardest part – the fasting itself. Researchers found that when the yeasts and bacteria from the fermented, sweetened tea colonized the gut, … Continue reading Kombucha microbes break down fat stores like fasting – without the effort

Hare for it: 2024 British Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners

A dramatic image of a soccer ball covered in invasive goose barnacles has taken out the top prize in this year’s prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards, beating out more than 14,000 entries capturing the world around us.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading Hare for it: 2024 British Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners

Potato chip breakthrough crunches cancer risk for healthier snack

In what many of us would consider a true public service to one of the world’s best food groups, scientists have flicked the switch on a mechanism that causes cold-stored potatoes to produce the carcinogen acrylamide. Growing these genetically tinkered … Continue reading Potato chip breakthrough crunches cancer risk for healthier snack

Ultrasound waves spark movement in sleepy sperm by up to 266%

Scientists have boosted the motility of sluggish sperm by up to 266%, by blasting the cells with noninvasive, 40-MHz ultrasound waves to induce movement. Capturing the technique’s impact on individual sperm cells, the study opens the door to new non-in… Continue reading Ultrasound waves spark movement in sleepy sperm by up to 266%

Robot built with ‘insect brain’ can zip around obstacles with ease

In an age of increasingly advanced robotics, one team has well and truly bucked the trend, instead finding inspiration within the pinhead-sized brain of a tiny flying insect in order to build a robot that can deftly avoid collisions with very little ef… Continue reading Robot built with ‘insect brain’ can zip around obstacles with ease

Existing jab offers “ray of hope” for preventing rheumatoid arthritis

Abatacept has had a significant impact in preventing or delaying the onset of arthritis for those most at risk

A drug currently used as a second- or third-line treatment for those with rheumatoid arthritis has shown huge promise as a preventative, stopping the onset of the debilitating disease in 92.8% of at-risk participants after 12 months.

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Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals

Contrary to what has long been believed, there was no peaceful transition of power from hunter-gather societies to farming communities in Europe, with new advanced DNA analysis revealing that the newcomers slaughtered the existing population, completel… Continue reading Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals