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Raising awareness • As awareness of “hidden” conditions rises, we must make sure research keeps up
Launch, launch and launch again
Strange alga has seven genomes • DNA analysis has revealed that a single-celled alga has an unusual collection of different organisms living inside it, finds Michael Le Page
Signs of near-death experiences seen in brain activity of dying people
Star being eaten will take revenge as a black hole
Chemists are teaching GPT-4 to experiment and control robots
We finally know why champagne bubbles rise in a straight line
Theoretical objects called topological solitons may look like leaky black holes
Male elephant seals with large harems die younger
Can we trust AI search engines? • AIs that generate convincing answers are more likely to cite information incorrectly
Alien eavesdroppers might respond to us by 2029
Smart glasses dim only the brightest objects in your view
Doctors are hypnotising people before surgery
Covid-19’s impact on the gut • The coronavirus is increasingly being linked to gastrointestinal symptoms, but how the infection affects the gut – or how to treat it – is unclear, reports Michael Marshall
Analysis Environment • Sales of electric vehicles are soaring – but is that all good? One in five cars sold worldwide in 2023 will be electric, but the shift to batteries brings its own problems, finds Madeleine Cuff
Japanese Hakuto-R spacecraft crashes into the moon
Brain disruption makes us mess up when under pressure
Hyenas seen sharing dens with warthogs and porcupines
Wildfires have drastically reduced lynx habitat in Washington state
Supermassive black hole reveals its powerful jet
A way to write words inside liquid
Yeast-filled robots speed up brewing
Assassin bugs lather up with sticky resin to help trap prey
Overcoming your inner goblin • A rise in antisocial behaviour indicates covid-19 lockdowns disrupted our cultural evolution, says Jonathan R. Goodman
No planet B • Keeping fossil fuels underground A radical new proposal wants the world to sign up to a deal to halt development of new oil, gas and coal fields. It is gaining a lot of traction, says Graham Lawton
Wild at heart • Domestic cats are a paradox, argues a new book that delves into their origins and the emerging science of feline behaviour. Michael Marshall explores
Musical magic • Transmuting the sounds of the deep ocean and the marvels of geometry into music is a class act, finds Bethan Ackerley
The games column • Build it and they will come Simulation-style city builders like SimCity have tended to mirror US urban living. Terra Nil, the latest of a new and very different wave of builder games, puts nature first, says Jacob Aron
Paying attention to ADHD • More and more people suspect they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including Caroline Williams. But how can we best diagnose this misunderstood condition and help those who have it?
The prevalence of ADHD
DO YOU HAVE ADHD?
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TREAT ADHD?
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