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  1. The Perseverance rover runs on processors used in iMacs in the 1990s

    The Perseverance rover runs on processors used in iMacs in the 1990s

    The processor in the Perseverance rover on Mars is similar to the one that powered the colourful iMacs from the late 1990s, with some added radiation shielding

  2. Motor industry lobbied for a loophole in UK fossil fuel car ban

    Motor industry lobbied for a loophole in UK fossil fuel car ban

    The UK government plan announced in 2020 is to ban new petrol and diesel model cars by 2030, but some fossil-fuelled cars are to be exempt. Now it has emerged that the concession came after lobbying by the UK car-makers' trade body

  3. Google uses underwater fibre-optic cable to detect earthquakes

    Google uses underwater fibre-optic cable to detect earthquakes

    A team including researchers at Google has used one of the search giant's underwater fibre optic cables to detect earthquakes and ocean waves generated by storms, without needing any extra equipment

  4. We've finally figured out why there were no medium-sized dinosaurs

    We've finally figured out why there were no medium-sized dinosaurs

    Fossil hunters struggle to find evidence of medium-sized carnivorous dinosaur species – perhaps because juvenile forms of giants like T. rex outcompeted them

  5. Covid-19 news: 1.4m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine unused in Germany

    Covid-19 news: 1.4m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine unused in Germany

    The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

  6. Plastic bottles holding 2.3 litres are least harmful to the planet

    Plastic bottles holding 2.3 litres are least harmful to the planet

    Plastic bottles with a capacity of 2.3 litres contain the most liquid for the lowest packaging weight and could reduce plastic waste by thousands of tonnes per year

  7. Children are getting long covid and being left with lasting problems

    Children are getting long covid and being left with lasting problems

    UK officials have called the lack of support for children with long covid a “national scandal” and parents are raising alarms about the risks posed by school reopening

  8. First universal coronavirus vaccine will start human trials this year

    First universal coronavirus vaccine will start human trials this year

    The world is in urgent need of a vaccine that protects against all coronaviruses, even those we've not met yet, warn scientists, as plans for human trials of potential candidates ramp up

  9. Exclusive: On board the mission to one of the world’s largest icebergs

    Exclusive: On board the mission to one of the world’s largest icebergs

    A vast iceberg which separated from Antarctica in 2017 is now breaking up. Oceanographer Povl Abrahamsen reports from a unique mission to study the impact of its demise using underwater robotic gliders

  10. An unscientific debate over breast milk is spilling into food banks

    An unscientific debate over breast milk is spilling into food banks

    An overzealous push for breastfeeding is affecting availability of baby formula in food banks, worsening problems for the poorest people, writes Clare Wilson