FOR those of us who turn to science for answers, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is unsettling. We don’t know what proportion of infected people are likely to die; our figures for how many other people on average each carrier infects are only estimates; and the total number of cases is likely to be far higher than those confirmed so far.
If the prospect of climate change makes you stressed, anxious or depressed, you aren’t alone. The phenomenon is significant enough that psychotherapists met in London on Saturday to discuss how best to manage the dread and fear people are experiencing over our impact on the planet.
For the past 62 years, New Scientist has been asking the biggest possible questions about the origins of everything and the future of life and the universe.
But journalism has traditionally been a profession enjoyed by a privileged few, meaning those asking and answering these questions have often been from a relatively small pool of talent.
THE suggestion that a bacterium behind gum disease could be the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s is an early contender for most astounding science story of the year.
A portrait of two golden snub-nosed monkeys has won the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
IT IS tempting to think that people who entrust their family planning to an app that uses body temperature to work out when they are fertile deserve all they have coming - but all contraceptive methods fail.
Birth control app Natural Cycles has come under fire for unwanted pregnancies, but this just reveals how little we understand contraception
Banning nuts on planes and in schools may seem like hysteria, but there's good reason: allergies are becoming more common. And you may not realise how you're affected
We've all heard that being too clean can cause allergies, or exposure can help you beat them. Most advice doesn't stand up, but there are things that do seem to work
You can grow into and out of allergies your whole life; they come in groups; women are more allergy prone... Wild ideas about allergies abound, but which should you believe?
TO EVALUATE a new drug, you need a clinical trial that’s designed to most clearly reveal its effects. But such efforts to get the clearest signal have led drug developers to skew clinical trials to one particular group: white people.
Darwin's warm little pond, the deep ocean and icy shores – all have been suggested as the birthplace of life. Now one location could have it all