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A long-lost rogue planet could explain unexpectedly distant asteroids

The outer solar system holds some chunks of ice and rock that orbit so far from the sun it’s hard to imagine how they got there – but an ancient…

Messages reveal how Musk and Twitter boss fell out

Bret Taylor, Twitter’s board chair, texts Musk about the dinner. “I think they were looking for an Airbnb near the airport and there are tractors and donkeys,” he says in…

Computer made from swirly magnets can recognise handwritten digits

A prototype computer built using a magnetic material called a skyrmion has been programmed to recognise handwritten digits. The approach could be particularly energy-efficient Technology 30 September 2022 By Karmela…

‘Superagers’ with sharp memories in their 80s have larger neurons

Neurons in a part of the brain involved in memory may be 10 per cent larger in superagers than others aged 80 or over Health 30 September 2022 By Carissa…

Stealth rubber coating could make submarines nearly invisible to sonar

Computer simulations found that a material made from three layers of rubber could absorb most frequencies used for sonar, which if affixed to a submarine would make it difficult to…

People trust AI to make big decisions – as long as a human checks them

Artificial intelligences are increasingly making important decisions that affect our lives, but people consider the calls made to be fairer and more acceptable if a human is in the loop…

Uganda struggles to contain Ebola variant with no approved vaccine

More than 50 cases have been identified so far in an outbreak linked to the Sudan variant of Ebola virus, which has no approved treatment or vaccine Health 30 September…

How will Germany navigate its gas shortage nightmare this winter?

Germany normally relies heavily on Russian gas for domestic heating, but with supplies cut off and energy usage already above average for the time of year, the government may be…

Statistics Are Being Abused, but Mathematicians Are Fighting Back

We encounter statistics every day, but it is not always easy to interpret them appropriately. During her doctoral thesis work in the abstract field of number theory, Dutch mathematician Ionica…

NASA’s Juno spacecraft takes closest images of Europa for 20 years

NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew just 352 kilometres above Jupiter’s moon Europa, sending back extraordinarily detailed images of the surface Space 29 September 2022 By Leah Crane One of the closest…