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The BepiColombo spacecraft is about to make its first Mercury flyby

By Will Gater Artist’s impression of the BepiColombo spacecraft at Mercury Spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington The European and Japanese mission BepiColombo…

Woman who first gained sense of smell at age 24 finds it disturbing

By Alice Klein Most of us take our sense of smell for granted Obradovic/Getty Images A woman who was born without the brain regions required for smell has mysteriously started…

Apple and Google Remove ‘Navalny’ Voting App in Russia

MOSCOW — An app designed by Russian activists to coordinate protest voting in this weekend’s elections disappeared from the Google and Apple app stores in the country on Friday, a…

Mushballs inside Uranus and Neptune may solve an atmospheric mystery

By Leah Crane Uranus may have clumps of ammonia hiding in its atmosphere Buradaki/Alamy Uranus and Neptune may be hiding slushy hailstones called mushballs deep inside them. These huge clumps…

UN says global carbon emissions set to rise 16 per cent by 2030

By Adam Vaughan A coal-fired power plant in Hammerstadt, Germany Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images A UN analysis today revealed a bleak upward trajectory for global carbon dioxide emissions, despite…

Mosquitoes sucked up by traps that mimic breathing

More than 300 mosquito-catching machines have been deployed in the French town of Hyères after the insects started to affect tourism. The Qista machines mimic human breathing to lure in…

Watch cuttlefish migrate together in a defensive line with a lookout

By Richard Kemeny [embedded content] The cuttlefish has a reputation for being a rather solitary cephalopod. But new footage reveals that groups of wild cuttlefish form shoals to migrate, suggesting…

The AI body scanner detecting skin cancer and other news

BBC Click’s LJ Rich looks at the best tech news stories of the week including: Apple unveiled new iPhone 13 handsets which come with Cinematic Mode, a portrait-style option for…

High-speed internet via airborne beams of light

But it has been improved by adjusting the level of laser power being transmitted, which works a bit like a telescope, relying on mirrors, lights, software and hardware to move…

City-wide quantum data network in China is the largest ever built

By Matthew Sparkes A new quantum network in Hefei, China, runs on fibre-optic cables asharkyu/Shutterstock A city-wide quantum communications network in Hefei, China, that has been running for almost three…