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Covid-19 news: England proceeds with step 3 despite surging variant

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Early signs of Parkinson’s disease could be spotted in the nose

A nasal swab, similar to those used in coronavirus testing, may be able to detect the first signs of Parkinson’s disease by identifying misfolded proteins

Pigs can breathe oxygen via their rectum, so humans probably can too

Piping an oxygen-rich liquid into a pig's rectum can boost their blood oxygen, a step towards doing the same thing in people as a treatment to restore lung function

Astronomers may have found black holes that formed soon after big bang

We have now detected gravitational waves from 47 pairs of black holes smashing together, and nearly a third of them may be strange primordial black holes

Depression and inflammation appear to be linked – but it's unclear why

People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies than those without, but it is unclear whether this link is purely genetic or also influenced by people's behaviour

China is about to land its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars

China’s first Mars rover, known as Zhurong, is expected to land on the planet’s surface on 14 May, making China the third country ever to land a rover on Mars

The way we use emojis evolves like language and changes their meaning

A study of emoji use on Twitter has found that their meaning changes over time over time. For example the fist bump changed from signifying a willingness to fight, to being used to support movements such as Black Lives Matter

Clouds of atoms trap light in a way that could store quantum data

When an atom absorbs light, it re-emits it almost immediately – but a cloud of atoms can hold on to the light for a while, which could be useful in future quantum computers

Deep-sea snailfish repairs its DNA to survive 7 km below the surface

To survive 7000 metres below the surface of the sea, the Yap hadal snailfish has evolved advanced mechanisms for repairing its DNA and safeguarding its proteins

Covid-19 news: UK fights surging variant with local vaccine roll-out

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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