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The climate imperative • We can’t let crucial action on emissions be derailed by today’s short-term crises
Bitcoin powers on • Cryptocurrency mining continues to consume increasing amounts of computer power, despite a drop in prices, reports Matthew Sparkes
First image of our galaxy’s black hole • The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has released the first ever picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, reports Leah Crane
What’s next for the Event Horizon Telescope?
Countries drag their feet on COP26 pledges • Six months on, we are still waiting to see improved climate plans that were promised at the summit in the UK, reports Adam Vaughan
NHS health data plan mothballed • A plan to use the mobile phone records of NHS patients to predict mental health crises has been scrapped, showing the difficulties of using such data, reports Matthew Sparkes
Last days of the home for clever birds • A Cambridge lab that has made seminal discoveries on animal intelligence is facing closure as funding dries up, reports Alison George
Maxwell’s demon could be made real without breaking the laws of physics
Flu vaccine cuts risk of heart attack in next year by a third
Virtual reality mask makes breathing harder for realism
Genetically modified bacteria learn to play tic-tac-toe
African ant diagnoses and treats wounds with antimicrobial medicine
Sweater uses wireless charging to top up your gadgets
Quantum-safe encryption delayed • Hitch for new security methods to keep data secure when quantum computing matures
Portable liquid sunlight could power your gadgets
The shape of a city influences how much rain it gets
Some medicines to treat back pain may prolong the problem
Invasive chameleons have evolved new colour displays
Modern flu may be down to 1918 virus
Algae battery used to power processor
Long-frozen testicle cells can make sperm
Plants can grow in moon soil, but not very well
Why do octopuses self-destruct?
Stemming the gap • Girls are just as capable as boys in science and mathematics, but ingrained attitudes stop them from engaging, says Maria Rossini
No planet bee • A sting in the tail The recent boom in urban beekeeping is pitting domesticated bees against wild pollinator species and damaging conservation efforts, writes Graham Lawton
Evelyn’s big adventure • This poignant, playful sci-fi adventure features a woman coping with everyday chaos and a threatened multiverse, says Robyn Chowdhury
How poor sleep kills you – and others
Greener shoots • Farming is killing our planet, argues a terrifying new book. Luckily, it also offers radical solutions, finds Rowan Hooper
Out of this world • A couple discover a portal to another planet in Night Sky, but the show’s most affecting moments have nothing to do with intergalactic travel, finds Josh Bell
Solar surprise • Solar storms can wreak havoc on Earth, but we usually see them coming. Now physicists fear the sun will strike with no warning at all, finds Stuart Clark
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