Climate change: Last 7 years were the warmest on record
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Climate change: Last 7 years were the warmest on record

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization found that 2021 was the seventh hottest year to date, at 1.11°C above pre-industrial levels Environment 19 January 2022 By Adam Vaughan In Palmdale, California, temperatures reached 41.1°C in July 2021 ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images The past seven years were the warmest on record as climate change continued apace, […]

Dinosaurs: Ancestor of long-necked Diplodocus ran swiftly on two legs
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Dinosaurs: Ancestor of long-necked Diplodocus ran swiftly on two legs

The gigantic and slow sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus had small two-legged ancestors – and one, Thecodontosaurus, was quick and nimble 19 January 2022 By Christa Lesté-Lasserre Thecodontosaurus antiquus Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy An early ancestor of large, long-necked, four-legged dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus was a quick, nimble biped that probably used its forelimbs […]

New tarantula species: YouTuber finds new-to-science tarantula that lives in bamboo stems
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New tarantula species: YouTuber finds new-to-science tarantula that lives in bamboo stems

A species of tarantula seems to live exclusively inside hollow bamboo stems, which no other tarantula is known to do 18 January 2022 By Jake Buehler Taksinus bambus – a tarantula that lives inside bamboo JoCho Sippawat Tarantulas make their homes everywhere from dusty desert burrows to a rainforest canopy. Now, researchers have discovered a […]

Phage therapy: Treatment for superbug infections is being tested in Belgium
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Phage therapy: Treatment for superbug infections is being tested in Belgium

Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations Health 18 January 2022 By Michael Le Page Illustration of bacteriophage viruses attacking a bacterium iLexx/Getty Images The use of bacteria-killing viruses known as phages to treat […]

Neutral atom quantum computer made fully programmable for first time
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Neutral atom quantum computer made fully programmable for first time

Most quantum computers are based on superconductors or trapped ions, but an alternative approach using ordinary atoms may have advantages Technology 18 January 2022 By Alex Wilkins Quantum computers use the properties of quantum physics to perform calculations ArtemisDiana/Shutterstock A quantum computer that uses ordinary atoms to perform calculations could be a rival to more […]