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Eyes on the skies: ensuring drones enhance city life

We need a wider public conversation about the drones that will soon be widespread in urban areas, says innovation charity Nesta

Marvel at the images from Cassini’s first Grand Finale orbit

The Cassini spacecraft is beginning its final set of daring orbits with breathtaking images of the Saturn system and rings

DIY gun control: The people taking matters into their own hands

With the Trump administration stripping away firearms legislation, can citizen scientists and technologists rein in the excesses of US gun culture?

Feedback: Betting on a round Earth could leave you out of pocket

Taking on Flat Earthism can be a gamble, as Alfred Wallace discovered. Plus: snakes on ice, one weird trick to save pandas, and more...

Did Goya get an autoimmune disease before his art went scary?

Known as the father of modern art, Goya was struck by a mysterious illness in the 1790s. Now a doctor has diagnosed this as the rare condition Susac’s syndrome

We could detect alien life by finding complex molecules

One chemist has a new strategy to scan for life on other worlds: bypass organic chemistry in favour of any molecules too complicated to form spontaneously

How to usher in an AI future with gain rather than pain

The consent of the people will be needed if the machine learning revolution is to succeed, says Paul Marks

First look at images from Cassini’s dive between Saturn’s rings

These are the first images of the planet taken as the Cassini spacecraft made the first of its 22 planned dives between its rings.

Chimps pass on sponge drinking trick like a family tradition

After a few chimpanzees started using moss to soak up water from a pond, the behaviour has spread. The pattern might tell us about how early human culture spread

Crunch time for bitcoin as it faces last chance to go mainstream

Bitcoin is at a crossroads. One route will make it as easy to use as a debit card, the other ends in obscurity. Can its users agree on its future?

We still haven’t heard from aliens – here’s why we might never

The most ambitious SETI project yet found nothing in its first data release, and a new approach suggests we might never make contact even if alien life is common

Infrared telescope spots mystery flare-ups in distant galaxies

A new category of infrared sightings, nicknamed SPRITEs, could be showing us previously unseen phases in the lives and deaths of stars

First Americans may have been Neanderthals 130,000 years ago

If the finding from butchered mastodon bones stands up to scrutiny, it could change everything we thought we knew about the earliest humans in the Americas

Amazon rainforest under threat as Brazil tears up protections

The political turmoil and fast-tracking of big development projects is putting deforestation gains under threat

Defying dementia: It is not inevitable

Growing older doesn't necessarily mean you'll get dementia. Cases are rising as more of us live longer, but the reasons are debated and you can fight back

Eel patrol: Tracking down poachers with the wildlife police

Fishing for the endangered European eel is allowed only under strict rules. Clare Wilson joins the environmental officers patrolling the banks of the UK’s River Severn

Artificial womb helps premature lamb fetuses grow for 4 weeks

A fluid-filled plastic bag can help extremely premature lambs to develop and grow – and will be used to support premature babies in three years’ time

Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper. The hunger hormone ghrelin may be why – and it may protect against Parkinson’s disease

UK does more to protect marine areas overseas than at home

The government is failing to designate marine protected areas off its coast as promised, says a parliamentary report

NASA and ESA join forces to build life-seeking Europa lander

The space agencies just announced a bold plan to search for aliens on Jupiter’s icy moon through a joint American-European mission

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