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The Challenge of Cracking Iran’s Internet Blockade _ People around the world are rallying to subvert Iran's internet shutdown, but actually pulling it off is proving difficult and risky. *

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes _ At the heart of every bot-detection tool is a human's gut feeling—and all the messiness that comes with it. *

The Best USB Flash Drives for Ultra-Portable Storage _ These WIRED-tested memory sticks are a virtual filing cabinet in your pocket. *

Facebook Freeloads Off Newspapers. This Plan Might Stop It _ The Journalism Competition and Protection Act would allow publishers to finally bargain with Meta and Google. *

Skullcandy's Jib True 2 Earbuds Are Cute and Affordable _ These cool-looking in-ears pull on the heartstrings of 90s nostalgia, with added environmental efforts. *

Hugh Jackman, Liar, to Return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 _ The announcement came in the most fun way possible, but seriously—maybe it’s time the actor hung up the claws. *

The Apple Watch Ultra Can Weather Your Rugged Weekend Adventures _ This tough new smartwatch has awesome safety and workout features. It’s also a great way to stay connected in the wilderness—for better and for worse. *

Why Jann Wenner Let WIRED Start the Rolling Stone of Tech _ Plus: Hackers in paradise, Metaverse fashion victims, and street sharks. *

How to Get the Old Lock Screen Notification View in iOS 16 _ Don’t like Apple’s new Stack View at the bottom of your iPhone? Don’t worry, you have a few options. *

Go Update iOS, Chrome, and HP Computers to Fix Serious Flaws _ Plus: WhatsApp plugs holes that could be used for remote execution attacks, Microsoft patches a zero-day vulnerability, and more. *

Sofia, the Airplane-Borne Telescope, Lands for the Last Time _ Astronomers mourn the end of an infrared observatory that flew aboard a jumbo jet. It was expensive, but it saw what Earth-based telescopes can’t. *

The Future of Climate Activism Is Intergenerational—and on TikTok _ At RE:WIRED Green, scientist Sylvia Earle and climate activist Sophia Kianni discussed ways younger and older generations can work together to face the crisis. *

Colette Pichon Battle’s Plea for Climate Justice From the US Gulf _ In the closing session of Re:WIRED GREEN, the Louisiana lawyer urged the audience to join the front lines of climate activism. *

It's Time to Reframe the Story of Climate Inequity _ At RE:WIRED Green, actress Regina Hall and Sarah Shanley Hope of The Solutions Project spoke about the work being done by communities hardest hit by crisis. *

Alan Ahn Says Nuclear Is Still the Carbon-Free Fuel of the Future _ The RE:WIRED Green speaker explains how smaller, more efficient reactors will be the bedrock of energy independence. *

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez Wants to Strengthen the Grid _ The UC San Diego researcher spoke at RE:WIRED Green about ways to use advanced control theory and machine learning to maximize sustainable energy sources. *

One Solution to the Food Waste Problem: Eat Your Garbage _ At RE:WIRED Green, San Francisco restaurateur Kayla Abe explained how her kitchen makes enticing meals from ingredients that would otherwise get tossed. *

Stephen Palumbi Says ‘Super Reefs’ Can Help Save Dying Coral _ The marine biologist told RE:WIRED Green about his team’s work to breed heat-resistant coral that can continue to support vibrant aquatic ecosystems. *

Hurricane Ian Is a Warning From the Future _ Tropical storms are increasingly likely to batter the US as oceans warm—and will continue to wreak havoc so long as climate change remains unaddressed. *

The End of Google Stadia _ The company will issue refunds as it shuts down its ambitious cloud gaming service. *

The Era of Fast, Cheap Genome Sequencing Is Here _ Illumina just announced a machine that can crack genomes twice as fast as its current version—and drive the cost down to $200 a pop. *

13 Great Deals on Weighted Blankets, Outdoor Gear, and More _ Whether you like to spend the fall season indoors or out, we've got you covered. *

A Matrix Update Patches Serious End-to-End Encryption Flaws _ The messenger protocol had gained popularity for its robust security, but vulnerabilities allowed attackers to decrypt messages and impersonate users. *

How Bots Corrupted Advertising _ Botmasters have created a Kafkaesque system where companies are paying huge sums to show their ads to bots. And everyone is fine with this. *

How to Make Better Coffee at Home _ Stuck indoors with no espresso machine? Not to worry, these tips and tools will help you brew café-quality joe. *

Are You a Victim of Crypto Crime? Good Luck Getting Help _ Local law enforcement isn’t ready to deal with this new type of fraud, even with shady scams on the rise. *

The Best Apple 3-in-1 Wireless Chargers _ Keep your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods topped up with these WIRED-tested docking systems. *

Mystery Hackers Are ‘Hyperjacking’ Targets for Insidious Spying _ For decades, security researchers warned about techniques for hijacking virtualization software. Now one group has put them into practice. *

The State of the Smart Kitchen _ This week, we discuss guided cooking apps, connected appliances, and all things smart (and not so smart) on our countertops. *

How to Pick the Right Roku for Your TV _ The company has a dizzying array of streaming sticks, boxes, and soundbars to choose from, but don’t worry—these are the ones to buy. *

Our 5 Favorite Electric Kettles to Get the Water Going _ We made tons of coffee, tea, and ramen to test these gadgets—and boiled it down to these top picks. *

Climate Change Is Burying Archaeological Sites Under Tons of Sand _ Desertification can wear down ancient ruins or hide them under dunes—leaving researchers scrambling to keep track of where they’re buried. *

Climate Justice Is Possible—Just Look Beyond Technology _ At RE:WIRED Green, technologists, hackers, and activists explained how green tech must be combined with bold policy and bring people together. *

The Sustainable Future of Food Must Bring Everyone to the Table _ At this year’s RE:WIRED Green event, food scientists and environmental justice activists mapped out how we can end world hunger and preserve our planet. *

‘We Are the Asteroid’: The Case for Hope Amid Climate Fears _ During the first session of Re:WIRED GREEN, experts laid out their vision for maintaining hope in the face of unprecedented challenges to our planet. *

The Race to Find the Nord Stream Saboteurs _ Damage to the pipeline that runs between Russia and Germany is being treated as deliberate. Finding out what happened may not be straightforward. *

Google Borrows From TikTok to Keep Gen Z Searching _ Younger people seek answers on TikTok and Instagram—Google hopes to lure them back with more visual, infinite scrolling search results. *

Everything Amazon Announced at Its Annual Hardware Event _ Yes, we saw the usual spate of Echo speakers, but there’s also a brand-new stylus-powered Kindle you can doodle on. *

Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With ‘Ambient Intelligence’ _ The company’s new smart gadget uses radar to track your breathing while you sleep. It’s part of Amazon’s plan to weave its products invisibly into your life. *

Amazon Wants Its Home Robot to Anticipate Your Every Need _ The cutesy robot called Astro doesn’t do much now, but the company says it’s a step toward machines that understand your habits. *

The Quest to Find Twitter’s Elusive Bot Team _ The social media platform’s process for moderating spam, including bots, has been mired in secrecy—until now. *

The Best Kindles to Take Your Library Anywhere _ Here’s how Amazon’s ebook readers stack up—and which one might be right for you. *

Cloudflare Takes a Stab at a Captcha That Doesn’t Suck _ The internet infrastructure company has an alternative tool to check whether you’re human—and it doesn’t force you to pick out buses in tiny boxes. *

The Best Bike Computers for Every Type of Cyclist _ Track your mileage, keep tabs on your heart rate, or map a ride from here to eternity with these handlebar-mounted cycling companions. *

This Soda Maker Is the Ultimate Sparkling Water Upgrade _ The Aarke Carbonator Pro is an excellent countertop pick for fizzy-water aficionados. *

Tech Companies Are Reconsidering an Old Enemy _ Nobody likes being asked to wait, but recent political history has shown that a completely frictionless internet has its own dangers. *

At RE:WIRED Green, We’re Innovating to Fight the Climate Crisis _ Our San Francisco event brings together scientists, entrepreneurs, and more to spotlight ways that human ingenuity can save the planet. *

When Will the Pandemic Truly Be ‘Over’? _ Everyone wants to be done with Covid. But no single milestone will signal the end of the virus. *

How to Buy Ethical and Eco-Friendly Electronics _ E-waste, conflict minerals, and poor labor conditions are just a few issues blighting the tech industry. Here's how to shop more sustainably. *

I Love Twitter Bots and I Cannot Lie _ Don’t judge a bot by the troll farms—some make the internet a weirder and more wonderful place. *

Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide? _ A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger — and intervene. *

Google to Shut Down Stadia Video Game Streaming Service _ After nearly three years, Google has decided to winnow its video game ambitions because Stadia was less popular than it had anticipated. *

Meta Will Freeze Most Hiring, Zuckerberg Tells Employees _ The company’s chief executive had signaled for several months that he wanted to rein in costs as he shifts attention toward the metaverse. *

Nick Holonyak Jr., Pioneer of LED Lighting, Is Dead at 93 _ He invented a visible red-light diode. His 41 patents also included lasers that enabled DVD and CD players. *

U.S. and Russia Duel Over Leadership of U.N. Tech Group _ Member countries vote on Thursday for an American or a Russian to lead the International Telecommunication Union, which sets standards for new technologies. *

Google to Make Search and Maps More ‘Immersive’ _ From more photo-based results to neighborhood “vibe” checks, the company announced updates meant to keep two of its most popular products on trend. *

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car _ A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road. *

The Crypto World Is on Edge After a String of Hacks _ More than $2 billion in digital currency has been stolen in hacks this year, shaking faith in the experimental field of decentralized finance, known as DeFi. *

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks _ Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are now on highways in states like California and Texas. But there are still human “safety drivers” behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out? *

On Portugal’s ‘Bitcoin Beach,’ Crypto Optimism Still Reigns _ In crypto havens such as Meia Praia beach, the confidence in digital currencies remains undimmed even after this summer’s crash. *

C.E.O. of Celsius, the Crypto Bank, Resigns _ Alex Mashinsky, the founder of Celsius, which filed for bankruptcy in July, said his role had “become an increasing distraction.” *

Meta Removes Chinese Effort to Influence U.S. Elections _ The parent of Facebook and Instagram said that it had taken down what was the first targeted Chinese campaign to interfere in U.S. politics and that the effort was limited. *

Dating Apps Thrive in China, but Not Just for Romance _ China has cracked down on many tech companies, but has allowed dating apps that provide social connections to flourish. *

TikTok May Face $29 Million Fine for Failing to Protect Children’s Privacy _ British regulators have sent a warning notice to the company, the first major case under new rules in Britain that protect minors online. *

TikTok Seen Moving Toward US Security Deal, but Hurdles Remain _ A draft agreement with the Biden administration to keep the Chinese-owned video app operating in the United States is under review. That could mean more wrangling. *

Runners and Cyclists Use GPS Mapping to Make Art _ Fitness apps and the power of live satellite tracking have allowed runners, cyclists and others to draw hearts, animals, birthday wishes — and even homages to Vermeer — across their local landscapes. *

Silicon Valley Slides Back Into ‘Bro’ Culture _ Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Marc Andreessen show how the tech industry’s insular culture remains largely unchanged. *

This Surveillance Artist Knows How You Got That Perfect Instagram Photo _ A tech-savvy artist unearthed video footage of people working hard to capture the perfect shot for Instagram. It is a lesson in the artifice of social media and the ubiquity of surveillance. *

LinkedIn Ran Social Experiments on 20 Million Users Over Five Years _ A study that looked back at those tests found that relatively weak social connections were more helpful in finding jobs than stronger social ties. *

The Midterm Election’s Most Dominant Toxic Narratives _ Misleading and divisive posts about the Nov. 8 midterm vote have flooded social media. Here are three prevalent themes. *

Computer made from swirly magnets can recognise handwritten digits _ A prototype computer built using a magnetic material called a skyrmion has been programmed to recognise handwritten digits. The approach could be particularly energy-efficient *

'Superagers' with sharp memories in their 80s have larger neurons _ Neurons in a part of the brain involved in memory may be 10 per cent larger in superagers than others aged 80 or over *

Stealth rubber coating could make submarines nearly invisible to sonar _ Computer simulations found that a material made from three layers of rubber could absorb most frequencies used for sonar, which if affixed to a submarine would make it difficult to detect *

People trust AI to make big decisions – as long as a human checks them _ Artificial intelligences are increasingly making important decisions that affect our lives, but people consider the calls made to be fairer and more acceptable if a human is in the loop too *

Uganda struggles to contain Ebola variant with no approved vaccine _ More than 50 cases have been identified so far in an outbreak linked to the Sudan variant of Ebola virus, which has no approved treatment or vaccine *

How will Germany navigate its gas shortage nightmare this winter? _ Germany normally relies heavily on Russian gas for domestic heating, but with supplies cut off and energy usage already above average for the time of year, the government may be forced to introduce rationing *

Don't Miss: Take part in a sci-fi adventure at London's Science Museum _ New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss *

Striking photos show scale of development in sub-Saharan Africa _ These arresting images of industrial developments in Senegal, South Africa and Namibia were taken by Edward Burtynsky, who spent four years capturing African landscapes using aerial photography *

The Seed Detective review: Why we must save rare vegetables _ Saving unusual vegetable varieties from extinction is essential for protecting crop diversity, which is under threat from mechanisation, argues Adam Alexander in his richly detailed new book *

NASA’s Juno spacecraft takes closest images of Europa for 20 years _ NASA's Juno spacecraft flew just 352 kilometres above Jupiter’s moon Europa, sending back extraordinarily detailed images of the surface *

SpaceX may help the Hubble Space Telescope boost its lifespan _ NASA and SpaceX are studying whether it would be possible to use a Dragon spacecraft to boost the Hubble Space Telescope’s orbit, extending its lifetime by up to 20 years *

When two galaxies collide they often stop making new stars _ When two galaxies collide, it creates a burst of energy that kills off star formation – a process that strangely doesn’t match up with what we see in simulations of galactic smash-ups *

Genetic test for cancer is less accurate for Black and Asian people _ A study of genetic test results used to guide cancer treatment found that Black people had their tumours misclassified twice as often as white people *

Western Arctic Ocean is acidifying four times faster than other oceans _ Melting ice has increased how fast Arctic waters are absorbing carbon dioxide, making them more acidic faster. The change could disrupt entire marine ecosystems *

Hubble and JWST both saw the aftermath of NASA's DART asteroid mission _ After NASA’s DART mission slammed into the asteroid Dimorphos, the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope took simultaneous pictures of what was left behind *

Emissions from mining a single bitcoin have increased 126-fold _ Between 2016 and 2021, the carbon emissions associated with mining bitcoin have increased from 0.9 tonnes to 113 tonnes per coin *

We are finally waking up to the causes of insomnia and how to treat it _ Millions of people struggle with insomnia, but the sleep disorder is now a solvable problem – and the most effective therapy might involve your smartphone rather than sleeping pills *

The cosmos doesn't work to my research schedule – but that's OK _ I work on the dark matter problem knowing the questions I have may be answered long after I die. This is the life I signed up for: to think about interesting ideas and hopefully find out whether any of them are correct, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein *

Sci-fi author Neal Stephenson wants to build a metaverse open to all _ Lamina1 was contacted for comment.   Neal Stephenson was contacted for comment.   Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the standards underpinning its own metaverse, and whether it might consider making it interoperable with open source standards. *

You’re Safe Til 2024: Deep History is about humanity's turning points _ This impactful one-man show from David Finnigan explores the moments in Earth’s history when humans faced turning points *

Piecing together the story of ancient glass after the Beirut explosion _ In 2020, a chemical explosion in Beirut caused 218 deaths and widespread destruction. It also shattered one of the world’s richest collections of ancient glassware, offering experts the chance to analyse the artefacts in ways that would otherwise have been impossible *

Robotic pill that delivers drugs to gut could end insulin injections _ A drug-carrying capsule with a motor protects medicines from stomach acid and enzymes before releasing them in the small intestine *

Wild boar appear destructive, but they make excellent conservationists _ Keystone species such as wild boar, eagles and lynx were managing the planet quite well for millions of years before humans got involved. We must cherish them, says Benedict Macdonald *

Anti-Body review: Exploring our transhuman future with dance _ Who and what will we become as the future unfolds? Anti-Body at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London is a dance work that uses motion-capture tech to show how our influence extends beyond our physical bodies into the digital world *

Newly recognised species of sloth has a head like a coconut _ Maned sloths were thought to be one species but a genetic and physical analysis suggests there are actually two *

Air pollution raises our risk of a stroke and its later complications _ Exceeding the World Health Organization's recommended air pollution exposure limit could substantially increase our risk of a first-time stroke *

Satellite uses sun reflections to detect offshore methane leaks _ Methane leaks from offshore oil rigs are normally hard to spot from space but a technique called “glint mode” now makes it possible *

Dangerous fungal lung infections could be treated with CAR T-cells _ Adapted immune cells known as CAR T-cells could treat lungs infected by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus in people with suppressed immune systems, a study in mice suggests *

Dogs can smell when we're stressed from our breath and sweat _ In a test to see if dogs can identify material that has been exposed to breath and sweat from stressed humans, they got it right around 94 per cent of the time *

The covid-19 pandemic has left people less extroverted and agreeable _ The covid-19 pandemic has changed our personalities – a study of more than 7000 US adults found that people are less open to new experiences and less conscientious than before the pandemic *

Hurricane Ian hits the coast of Florida with 155 mile-per-hour winds _ A category 4 storm made landfall in Florida on Wednesday afternoon, displacing millions of residents and causing severe flooding and destruction *

Alzheimer’s drug results are promising – but not a major breakthrough _ The results for the amyloid-targeting drug, lecanemab, are a step forward, but it is unclear if this treatment will be truly helpful for those affected by Alzheimer’s *

Could Labour's Great British Energy firm spark a green revolution? _ Keir Starmer, the leader of the UK's Labour party, has promised to create a publicly owned renewable energy firm. Could it help meet the UK's climate goals? *

Experimental Zika vaccine stops the virus from replicating in mice _ Pregnant mice that were vaccinated before being exposed to Zika also showed signs of a healthier pregnancy than their unvaccinated counterparts *

Bitcoin has emitted 200 million tonnes of CO2 since its launch _ Bitcoin's demand for electricity has led to huge carbon emissions, but a slump in the cryptocurrency's price and rising energy costs have slowed its energy use, at least temporarily *

Light from a quasar shows hints of one of the universe’s first stars _ Astronomers examining a quasar may have found remnants of the explosion of one of the first stars in the universe, a behemoth about 300 times more massive than the sun *

Coronavirus vaccines could cut the risk of long covid by two-fifths _ Being vaccinated against the coronavirus can cut the risk of having long covid symptoms 12 weeks after the infection by 41 per cent *

Why the UK could be heading for a flu-covid 'twindemic' this winter _ Warnings about a bad flu season were were proved wrong last year - but could be right about the forthcoming winter now that social mixing is back to normal *

Mysterious stone spheres could be from an ancient Aegean board game _ Stone spheres found at ancient settlements across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas could have been playing pieces for a board game involving stone slabs *

JWST has taken a picture of the gaseous ‘skeleton’ of a spiral galaxy _ NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has taken a picture of the galaxy IC 5332, peering through the dust that separates its spiral arms to reveal the gas and stars beneath *

Earth’s surface may be teeming with trillions of dark matter particles _ When dark matter is captured inside a planet or star, much of it sinks to the middle – but if it sometimes bounces off regular matter, there may be huge amounts of it lurking just beneath the surface *

First images show aftermath of NASA's DART asteroid collision mission _ As NASA’s DART spacecraft slammed into an asteroid, a small satellite called LICIACube watched from afar – now it has sent back its first images of the collision *

Rebecca Wragg Sykes on the objects that reveal the Neanderthal mind _ Cognitive archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes says we can learn something about the minds of Neanderthals by studying the stuff they left behind, from painted shells to stalagmite circles. We might even find hints about why they went extinct *

Gene therapy infused into the brain eases rare condition in children _ A gene-replacement therapy has eased the debilitating symptoms in a group of 30 children with AADC deficiency *

Heating homes with hydrogen is bad for both your wallet and the planet _ A review of studies looking at heating homes with hydrogen has found that high cost and poor energy efficiency means the gas isn't a viable solution, despite many governments pushing ahead with the idea *

Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines to Europe suffer mysterious leaks _ Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, key gas pipelines between Russia and Europe, have sprung large leaks within hours of each other, sparking fears of deliberate sabotage *

Who should own the copyright on AI-generated artwork? _ Artificial intelligences can create images inspired by the human-generated art they train on. This is raising concerns over copyright and artists’ livelihoods *

RSPB and other nature charities raise alarm over UK government plans _ Plans to relax planning laws in "investment zones" in parts of England and to abandon a scheme that rewards farmers for protecting wildlife are being widely condemned by environmentalists, including the Wildlife Trusts, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and National Trust *

NASA's DART mission successfully smashed into asteroid Dimorphos _ The Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft beamed back its final moments before colliding with the asteroid Dimorphos in an attempt to change its orbit, and the collision was captured by telescopes on Earth *

Brazilian election will determine the future of the Amazon rainforest _ The re-election of president Jair Bolsonaro would severely harm the Amazon rainforest, while his rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is promising to reverse much of the recent environmental damage and meet climate change targets *

Guatemala’s rainforest is expanding thanks to community efforts _ The forests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve are growing rather than shrinking, because of a community-led conservation programme *

Deadly stellar radiation blasts 'habitable' exoplanets every few days _ Planets orbiting M-class red dwarf stars have been suggested as some of the most promising places to look for alien life, but now it seems powerful outbursts from the stars could render them uninhabitable *

New Scientist Live 2022: What to know about our science festival _ Don't miss your chance to be part of New Scientist Live, the world’s greatest festival of ideas and discoveries, taking place at London's ExCeL and streaming online from 7 to 9 October 2022 *

Spoofing cyberattack can make cameras see things that aren’t there _ A targeted transmission of radio waves can disrupt what a camera detects – and the technology has the potential to fool object-detection systems into seeing things that aren’t there *

Luck may influence us more than nurture, so let's give parents a break _ Emerging research suggests that, alongside genes and environment, much of who we become is down to chance occurrences in the developing brain. Does that mean parents are off the hook? *

Show children how to make a simple electric motor with a magnet _ Using just a magnet, a battery, a nail and a piece of copper wire, this is the simplest electric motor you can make, says Alom Shaha, but it is utterly delightful and children will love it *

Two provocative new novels inject some fantasy into the sci-fi outlook _ Ling Ma's Bliss Montage and Christopher Priest's Expect Me Tomorrow use fantasy to address real issues. Will this perspective energise people to do something about the future, asks Sally Adee *

Scientists are slathering reefs with antibiotics to stop coral disease _ Researchers have resorted to applying antibiotics on corals to save Caribbean reefs from deadly disease, but there are concerns this could create antibiotic resistance in other marine animals *

Robot navigates indoors by tracking anomalies in magnetic fields _ Metal pipes beneath the floor provide enough local disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field for an autonomous robot to work out where it is and navigate around a lab *

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to almost 200 genetic variants _ In a study of more than 2300 people with chronic fatigue syndrome, 91 per cent had these genetic variants, in a discovery that could improve diagnosis and treatment *

Bowhead whales live longer thanks to mutation that also shrinks testes _ We may have discovered one of the key reasons for the extraordinary lifespans of bowhead whales, which can live for more than 200 years *

Don't Miss: Galwad, a multimedia climate-responsibility experience _ New Scientist's weekly round-up of the best books, films, TV series, games and more that you shouldn't miss *

Vesper review: Exquisite dystopian sci-fi has a Brothers Grimm edge _ Set on an Earth where the ecosystem has collapsed, this ravishing sci-fi film is centred on Vesper, a young girl struggling to find a cure for her paralysed father *

Physicists found the shortest measurement to collapse a quantum state _ Measuring a quantum object makes it lose its odd quantum properties, and it only takes between 0.1 billionth and 0.1 sextillionth of a second *

Decarbonising the shipping industry will cost more than $1 trillion _ Powering all shipping vessels with zero-emission fuels by 2050 would slash the industry's emissions, but it would require between $1 trillion and $1.4 trillion of investment *

Web of blood vessels helps protect whales’ brains while swimming _ When a whale pumps its tail up and down to swim, a wave of increased blood pressure moves from the tail to the head – but a network of vessels redirects the animal’s blood to protect the brain *

These male hummingbirds evolved to be tiny so they can do cool dives _ Male bee hummingbirds evolved to be much smaller than females, possibly because their diminutive size allows them to make faster and more elaborate courtship flights *

Nature, nurture, luck: Why you are more than just genes and upbringing _ Your genes and environment play a big part in forming you, but there is an unexplored third element at play too: luck. The chance events that shape your brain in the womb may influence who you become as much as your genetics, and perhaps even more than the effect of parenting *

Too many electric cars charging at night may overload electrical grid _ As electric car ownership rises, we will need new infrastructure to avoid overwhelming electricity grids – including public charging stations and more daytime charging *

Scientists who discovered cause of narcolepsy win Breakthrough Prize _ Emmanuel Mignot and Masashi Yanagisawa won the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in life sciences for their discovery of the molecular mechanisms in the brain that cause the sleep disorder narcolepsy *

Defining what constitutes a 'new' species isn't straightforward _ Even at this time of rapid extinction, there are many species to be discovered, but we need to take care over what we mean when referring to "new species", says Penny Sarchet *

Bubble of hot electrons seen hurtling around our galaxy’s black hole _ For about two hours, a bubble of extremely hot electrons whirled around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole at 30 per cent of the speed of light, and then it was destroyed *

Astronomers trace fireball in Earth's skies to space rock that made it _ In an effort to learn more about near-Earth asteroids, astronomers have used telescopic surveys to find an image of a space rock that produced a 0.4-kiloton fireball over the Pacific Ocean *

Lemurs hug tree trunks to cool down when temperatures top 30°C _ A type of lemur called a white sifaka embraces the base of some trees to release heat, with the bottom of the trunk being up to 5°C cooler than the surrounding air *

JWST has captured an astonishing view of Neptune and its rings _ A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows eight of Neptune’s moons and four of its rings – two of which haven’t been seen in more than 30 years *

To encourage sustainability, we must remember we are apes, not angels _ If we want to change our consumerist society, we need greener status signals that appeal to our animal instincts, says Solitaire Townsend *

What’s the best recipe for bubble mixture? Scientists have the answer _ Physicists have found that adding guar gum and glycerol to a detergent solution helped to create large, long-lasting soap bubbles *

Sperm move in packs like cyclists to push through thick vaginal fluid _ In mock-ups of the female reproductive tract, bull sperm cluster in groups of two to four, which seems to help them swim upstream *

Married women who work during middle age are happier later in life _ In heterosexual married couples, women are happier later in life when both partners work in middle age, researchers find *

Drone swarm that 3D prints cement structures could construct buildings _ Bit by bit, drones can print structures made of foam and cement. The technique could transform future construction sites and post-disaster reconstruction *

Bananas threatened by devastating fungus given temporary resistance _ A way to make Cavendish banana plants temporarily resistant to Fusarium fungus could lead to new ways to protect them from Panama disease *

Mosquitoes are being genetically modified so they can't spread malaria _ Gene editing mosquitoes so they die before malaria parasites can develop inside them could stop the spread of the deadly parasite entirely, according to lab studies and computer models *

Earth's algae and moss could survive under the light of another star _ Experiments on Earth mimicking the rays from a red dwarf star show that cyanobacteria, algae and moss can grow under these light conditions, backing the idea that some exoplanets could host life *

DNA records reveal mass migration from Europe into Anglo-Saxon Britain _ People in the east of England in early mediaeval times could trace three-quarters of their ancestry to recent migrants from continental Europe. *

Enceladus shown to have all six of the essential elements for life _ Reanalysis of icy rock grains from a ring of Saturn – fed by ice plumes from its moon Enceladus – has revealed the presence of phosphorus, the only key essential element for life that hadn’t already been spotted *

Cheetahs are back in India but conservationists have doubts over plan _ India plans to introduce up to 36 cheetahs in Kuno National Park, but conservationists warn the habitat isn't big enough to support a stable population *

Your gut microbes may influence how ill you get with malaria _ After being bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitoes, people with a certain mix of gut bacteria had much higher levels of the parasite in their blood than those with different microbes *

Engine based on Maxwell’s demon concept may help us understand entropy _ Researchers have built an engine based on a famous thought experiment called Maxwell’s demon, and it may help us understand how entropy is produced *

Woodpecker brains process their own tree-drumming as if it's birdsong _ The brain circuitry that lets birds learn songs is active when woodpeckers drum on trees, suggesting the abilities may have emerged from similar evolutionary processes *

A third of scientists working on AI say it could cause global disaster _ A survey of artificial intelligence researchers found that 36 per cent believe AIs could cause a catastrophe on the scale of nuclear war *

Quantum memory device could make real-world quantum internet possible _ A quantum memory device can store information at room temperature – a step towards building a quantum internet that could transmit secure data across fibre-optic cables *

Amphibian deaths in Central America led to malarial mosquito surge _ Tadpoles of frogs, toads and salamanders eat the larvae of mosquitoes, which spread malaria *

World’s richest countries fall short on renewable energy targets _ Eleven of the 20 largest economies got a C or worse on a renewable energy report card, which assessed their plans to reach net zero and their targets for producing and using renewable energy *

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw confront the black hole information paradox _ The particle physicists explain the latest thinking on what happens to the stuff that falls into black holes – and what it reveals about the deepest structure of the universe *

Ten must-see talks at this year's New Scientist Live _ From conspiracy theories to black holes, ultra-processed foods to the great climate upheaval, these are the talks you don't want to miss at this year's New Scientist Live, says Rowan Hooper *

NASA is ready to knock an asteroid off course with its DART spacecraft _ The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is preparing to crash into the asteroid Dimorphos in an attempt to change its orbit *

Plan to cut Ethereum energy use sees miners switch cryptocurrencies _ The Merge, a long-awaited update which promised to slash Ethereum’s vast energy consumption, has instead pushed miners towards other cryptocurrencies *

Face recognition technology for pigs could improve welfare on farms _ Machine learning software can identify individual pigs based on their facial features with high accuracy, which could help farmers give animals individualised food and veterinary care *

Most big coastal cities have areas sinking faster than sea level rise _ 44 of the 48 most populous coastal cities have areas sinking faster than the sea is rising, driven by groundwater pumping and compacted soil from heavy buildings *

Umbilical cord 'milking' cuts brain injury risk for babies born limp _ Squeezing nutrient-rich blood from the umbilical cord into babies who are born pale or struggling to breathe improves health outcomes *