VAR, urban mining and the world’s fastest web at New Scientist Live

VAR, urban mining and the world’s fastest web at New Scientist Live

With the programme for New Scientist Live really shaping up, here are five things you won’t want to miss out on at our award-winning show… Technology in sport is giving athletes the crucial edge over their rivals, helping umpires make difficult decisions and giving fans exciting new ways to experience the action. As we’ve seen […]

Why tidal power won’t solve the world’s renewable energy needs

Why tidal power won’t solve the world’s renewable energy needs

There are widespread calls for the UK government not to abandon a trailblazing tidal power project, but this energy source is no green panacea Artist’s impression of the Swansea tidal power project By Hans van Haren The fate of a pioneering £1.3 billion proposal to build a tidal power lagoon on the UK coast at […]

World’s biggest bird feeder will use 500 tonnes of shellfish

World’s biggest bird feeder will use 500 tonnes of shellfish

Great knots (Calidris tenuirostris) above Yalu Jiang, ChinaGerrit Vyn / Nature Picture Library By Frank Swain A race is on to build the world’s largest bird feeder, to save tens of thousands of migrating birds. China’s Yalu Jiang nature reserve, near the North Korean border, covers 50 kilometres of estuarine mudflats. Every year, 250,000 birds […]

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has become the world’s biggest carmaker

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has become the world’s biggest carmaker

RENAULT unveiled the EZ-GO, a concept for a robotaxi, at the Geneva motor show, which opened on March 5th. Nissan, in conjunction with DeNA, a Japanese software firm, recently began trials of driverless taxis in Japan. The two companies are pursuing their own paths towards the future of mobility. Yet both are bound together in […]

Deep sea discovery suggests world’s oldest fossils misunderstood

Deep sea discovery suggests world’s oldest fossils misunderstood

MARUM –Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen By Colin Barras We might need to rethink what we know about the oldest fossils ever found. Some of the best evidence for early life is provided by structures called stromatolites. Many geologists assume these stromatolites were made by microbes living in shallow, sun-drenched water. This […]

The world’s largest-ever tech deal now depends on Qualcomm

The world’s largest-ever tech deal now depends on Qualcomm

Hock Tan hones the art of the deal VALENTINE’S DAY might seem like a good time to discuss a proposal. But whether it brought luck to Broadcom’s attempt to woo its rival chipmaker, Qualcomm, is still unclear. As The Economist went to press, a meeting between the boards of both firms to discuss Broadcom’s bid […]

How brothel keeper develop world’s main business playground

How brothel keeper develop world’s main business playground

Lance Gilman, tech-titan whisperer PAST the neon lights of Reno and the cookie-cutter homes of neighbouring Sparks, the I-80 highway winds through a thinly populated expanse of arid hills and lunar valleys in Storey County. On one side of the road flows the Truckee River; on the other bands of wild horses forage for parched […]

Richemont, the world’s second-biggest luxury firm, bets on digital

Richemont, the world’s second-biggest luxury firm, bets on digital

Clickbait for plutocrats A YOUTUBE video featuring a woman sporting a gold watch and driving a convertible, which has been viewed online nearly 5m times. A social-media “influencer” with more than 11m followers on Instagram posting photos of herself wearing the same timepiece. A limited flash sale of the watch on Net-a-Porter, a website. Purveyors […]

Deadly heat: How to survive the world’s new temperature extremes

Deadly heat: How to survive the world’s new temperature extremes

The sun sets in a market in Thailand, but the heat doesn’t always let upSirichai raksue/Alamy Stock Photo By John Pickrell EVEN by Australian standards, last summer was a scorcher. January 2017 was the hottest ever recorded in Sydney and Brisbane, and great swathes of the south-east endured temperatures that often exceeded 40°C for weeks on […]

China tackles climate change with world’s largest carbon market

China tackles climate change with world’s largest carbon market

Christian Petersen-Clausen/Getty By Timothy Revell China has upped the ante in its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow the progress of climate change. The Chinese government is launching a nationwide carbon market that should encourage power companies to cut their emissions. China is the world’s largest polluter, responsible for more than a quarter […]