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Find all the latest science news on everything from medical breakthroughs to climate change.
19:56, 21 SEP 2020
Deepfakes to turn world into 'sci-fi dystopia' as humans 'won't tell difference'
Experts have warned that deepfake technology is rapidly advancing at a rate far faster than the technology used to detect it, with one believing it could be too smart for humans to figure out
Boris Johnson's 'tough' plan to 'save' Christmas amid pub curfew threat
The Prime Minister is urging people to obey the 'rule of six' and said family gatherings at Christmas could be possible if the R-rate falls
Coronavirus can hijack brain cells in deadly mind invasion, new study warns
Scientists in the USA have been studying the brains of dead Covid-19 victims and have discovered evidence the virus can hijack nurons in the brain to replicate itself – and may cause strokes and inflammation as a consequence
UK records huge increase in new coronavirus cases days before 'Rule of 6' begins
The UK is in the midst of a second spike in coronavirus infections, which the government argues is mainly due to younger people socialising more freely than they were during lockdown
Digital photography expert claims 'horse has bolted' on realistic deep fake editing
Adobe boss Marc Levoy has unveiled plans for the next photography revolution in which AI will edit out unwanted images before you take them but says it's not his job to worry about deep fakes
Scientists warn singing 'Happy Birthday' could spread deadly coronavirus
Scientists in Sweden studied the amount of particles released when people sing in order to understand how it affects the spread of Covid-19 – "Happy Birthday" could be a particularly bad song to sing
400-year-old mummified goat corpse discovered in icy grave by champion skier
Champion skier Hermann Oberlehrer was on a six hour hike when he made the grisly discovery of an entombed goat hidden below the ice. He said it was like "nothing" he had ever seen
Scientists 'should be looking at weirder worlds in search for alien life'
So far the search for alien civilisations has focused on planets like our Earth – but researchers now think a far wider range of worlds could provide a stable environment where life could thrive
Earth blamed for sudden rusting of the Moon that has baffled scientists
The Moon has started turning red after oxygen was carried through space from Earth to oxidise iron rocks which are found at both ends of the Moon's polar surfaces
Science teacher, 29, accused of 'sexually touching' schoolboy at her own home
Madeleine Schmaltz, 29, has been accused of groping a 16-year-old schoolboy while she was tutoring him at her own home in Saginaw, Minnesota, in the US
Biblical fortress built 3,200 years ago to keep out Philistines discovered
The newly-discovered Galon Fortress is believed to have been built by the Ancient Egyptians and Canaanites in the middle of the 12th century BC to keep out enemy forces
People who refuse to wear face masks or social distance 'likely to be sociopaths'
Scientists found those who refused to wear face masks or follow social distancing rules were more likely to be sociopath, someone who has antisocial personality disorder, cannot understand other people's feelings and will often break rules without feeling any guilt
Huge 160ft crater formed by underground gas explosion in phenomenon 'new to science'
Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky says that the huge hole, which is one of several that have appeared in Siberia over recent years, has scientific implications which he is 'not yet ready to disclose'
Top doc's 'armageddon situation' warning as hand gel use may create unstoppable superbugs
Dr Andrew Kemp warns mass used of alcohol-based hand gels to control coronavirus could see other bacteria and viruses commonly found on hands adapt to survive it
Parasites were feasting on humans in the Middle Ages, medieval skeletons show
Scientists have discovered one in four Brits suffered from tape worm infections as they investigate graves across Europe. The discovery could help fight infections today
Product used in mosquito sprays 'could kill coronavirus', military study finds
Defence scientists working with the British military have found that a common ingredient in mosquito repellent sprays might kill the strain of coronavirus that causes Covid-19
Mummified Ice Age puppy preserved for 14,000 years 'ate one of last woolly rhinos'
The chunk of woolly rhino meat that was found in the remains of a mummified puppy that had been preserved in permafrost for some 14,000 years – roughly when the giant beasts went extinct
'Spectacular' 7,000-year-old monuments built on volcano were used in mystery rituals
The "mustatils" structures date back some 7,000 years and were built for ritualistic purposes in the northwest of what is now Saudi Arabia
Millennia-old Stonehenge riddle solved as answer to stone mystery finally discovered
The iconic structure was almost certainly built around 5,000 years ago and now scientists believe they have finally solved the mystery of where the giant stones actually came from
Face mask G-string protester unveiled as an anti-masker who says 'there's no pandemic'
A man who waltzed the street of London wearing nothing but a face mask - not on his face - has been unveiled as he made the controversial claim that "there is no pandemic"
Ancient microbes can come back to life after 100million years, scientists prove
The team of scientists working in the US and Japan believe they have proved there probably isn't "a limit to life anywhere" after the extraordinary success of their study
Scientists re-discover 28 'missing' black holes in 'cocoon' of space dust using X-rays
Scientists have been surprised by the discovery of 28 black holes that were uncovered by the use of x rays – with the discoveries hopefully paving a way towards a better understanding of the giant anomalies
NASA to explore Earth's hellish 'twin' planet Venus in daring new mission
New NASA probe VERITAS, set to launch in 2026, will create the ultra-detailed maps of Venus and explain why a planet so like the Earth can give rise to conditions so like Hell
Coronavirus stress causing huge surge in cases of 'broken heart' syndrome
A team of US heart specialists have detected a sharp increase in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the so-called 'broken heart' syndrome which mimics heart attack symptoms