Swarms of Mini Robots Could Dig the Tunnels of the Future
The underground excavation industry is exploring mini robots, plasma torches, and superheated gas to replace the massive boring machines now in use.
Turkey Probably Hasn’t Found the Rare Earth Metals It Says It Has
The deposits discovered reportedly contain enough resources to meet global demand for 1,000 years—surpassing even China’s reserves. But experts are skeptical.
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The Race to Build Wind Farms That Float on the Open Sea
There’s huge potential to generate renewable energy far out in the ocean. But designing turbines that can survive rough waters isn’t exactly a breeze.
This Year’s Extreme Weather Is Just Getting Started
Climate change and natural variability are making 2022 a year of big weather events—so get ready for more heat waves, droughts, and hurricanes.
Rising Food Prices Will Make Obesity Rates Worse, Not Better
When faced with food insecurity, studies show that people gravitate toward cheap, energy-dense meals that are bad for their health.
The Story of Abortion Pills and How They Work
Mifepristone and misoprostol are a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy, but many people around the world still don’t know these drugs exist.
Inside the Hidden Lab That’s Digging for Dark Matter
The XENONnT dark matter experiment requires a vast lab 1,400 metres below the surface, tonnes of liquid xenon and a series of precision chambers.
Why it’s so hard to stop people from panic buying
It's easy to roll your eyes at queues of cars at petrol stations, but panic buying is more rational than it might seem
The UK’s CO2 shortage was entirely predictable
The current CO2 shortage is a perfect storm of stretched supply chains and high prices. The government could have been more prepared
Tornado investigators are unlocking the UK’s extreme weather secrets
The costs of extreme weather are likely to rise in the coming years. Weather investigators are trying to understand what we may face in the future
The hunt is on for Europe’s earliest, crucial Covid-19 deaths
Tissue samples from patients who died in the early days of the pandemic are unlocking the secrets of how Covid-19 initially spread
Doctors are finally taking esports injuries seriously
Repetitive strain injuries and mental health problems can wreck the lives of esports players – Lindsey Migliore is on a quest to make doctors take them seriously
How to stop Christmas 2020 from being a Covid-19 disaster
Covid-19 restrictions across the UK will be relaxed over Christmas, but with the virus still circulating, any festivities will pose some risk
Seven big unknowns about the breakthrough coronavirus vaccine
Early results from the Pfizer/BioNTech clinical trial are our most hopeful signs of a successful vaccine yet, but there are several things we still don't know
They dreamed of esports glory. Then their bodies broke down
Professional gaming is booming, with millions on offer for the best players. But esports is also taking a physical and mental toll – and some have decided that enough is enough
The government has known since June that most people aren’t self-isolating
Data available to the government for three months has shown that almost 90 per cent of people told to self-isolate for 14 days do not do so
‘A chaotic mess’: The UK’s Covid-19 testing programme is falling apart
Cases are rising rapidly and the UK’s testing infrastructure is straining at the seams
Bees could teach humans a thing or two about social distancing
Bees have all kinds of tricks to stop diseases getting into the hive. But if one gets infected, it's time to for its neighbours to drag it to its death
Coronavirus is pushing the UK towards a cancer crisis
Urgent referrals for cancer tests and diagnoses have fallen as people have stayed away from the NHS. Now doctors are worried these late diagnoses could lead to a spike in cancer deaths
How the UK’s coronavirus testing regime totally unravelled
At the very start of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK was ahead of the curve with testing. Then things started to go wrong, quickly