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Your unique pattern of brain activity can be spotted in 100 seconds

Everyone has a unique pattern of brain activity and it can be spotted after just 100 seconds inside a brain scanner

Climate change could slow recovery of southern right whales

Extreme El Niño weather events caused by climate change could slow the recovery of southern right whale populations

Self-healing plastic repairs itself in 10 seconds even under water

A new type of strong, flexible self-healing plastic can repair itself rapidly, even in salty or acidic water, which may be useful for divers or underwater pipes

Arid meteor shower makes new appearance in southern hemisphere skies

A meteor shower called the Arids has appeared in southern hemisphere skies, as predicted by astronomers

Covid-19 news: UK lab may have given 43,000 false PCR test results

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

Contraceptive pill may reduce polycystic ovary syndrome diabetes risk

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who take the contraceptive pill have three-quarters of the diabetes risk as those with PCOS who don’t

Pill may reduce diabetes risk for those with polycystic ovary syndrome

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who take the contraceptive pill have three-quarters of the diabetes risk as those with PCOS who don’t

Snakes started eating birds and mammals after dinosaurs went extinct

Snakes typically ate insects before the mass extinction event that wiped out the non-bird dinosaurs, but then they broadened diets to include birds and mammals

US military may get a dog-like robot armed with a sniper rifle

A four-legged robot made by Ghost Robotics and outfitted with a sniper rifle and night-vision cameras was displayed at a meeting of the Association of the United States Army

Venomous viper species from the Tibetan plateau discovered in museum

A DNA analysis of museum snake specimens has revealed two previously unrecognised species of Asian pit viper, both from the eastern Tibetan plateau

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