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Covid-19 news: High-grade masks cut infections in healthcare workers

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Sam Wong , Graham Lawton , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool A female doctor wears an…

Covid-19 boosters work well but we don’t need them yet

By Graham Lawton A pharmacist draws up a dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Toronto, Canada. Canadian Press/Shutterstock Booster shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine work well, but as yet…

Dinosaurs may have already been going extinct before the asteroid hit

By Krista Charles Even before an enormous asteroid struck Earth, dinosaurs may have been losing species diversity Jorge Gonzalez There is new evidence that the diversity of non-avian dinosaur species…

Compostable plastic cutlery can be recycled into home-insulating foam

By Matthew Sparkes Foam structures of various sizes made from recycled PLA plastic Heon Park Compostable plastic can be turned into a foam that functions as building insulation, creating a…

Earliest known bubonic plague strain found in 5000-year-old skull

By Adam Vaughan The skull of a young man thought to have died from plague 5000 years ago Dominik Göldner, BGAEU, Berlin The bacterium behind the Black Death, which wrought…

Voyagers review: Lord of the Flies in space is full of mystery

By Gregory Wakeman Lily-Rose Depp stars as Sela Courtesy of Lionsgate Voyagers opens in the year 2063 with Earth on the brink of destruction due to climate change. After discovering…

New form of liver dialysis could help people with failed organ recover

By Clare Wilson CT scan of a person with cirrhosis of the liver (orange) Science Photo Library People with liver failure may in future be able to recover by being…

See Bizarre Seeds and Fruits from around the Globe

When it comes to admiring plants, flowers can hog all the attention. And though the ephemeral blooms may be dazzling, what appears after the petals fade—the fruits and seeds—are elegant…

Meerkats in zoos don’t put as much effort into social niceties

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre Meerkat’s having a group hug on a rainy day because of the cold Shutterstock/nattanan726 Meerkats in zoos fight over food more aggressively, are pickier about which of…

We’ve caught a black hole devouring a neutron star for the first time

By Leah Crane A black hole consumes a neutron star Deborah Ferguson (UT Austin), Bhavesh Khamesra (Georgia Tech), and Karan Jani (Vanderbilt) Astronomers have definitively detected a black hole devouring…