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Climate change hits hard • Will the European heatwave finally spark politicians into action?
UK hits 40°C for first time • UK temperature record broken as extreme heatwave causes fires, evacuations and deaths across Europe, reports Adam Vaughan
A delightful deluge of stars • The first set of science images from the James Webb Space Telescope is an incredible feast for the eyes, mind and heart
A glimpse of chemistry in a distant galaxy
Collision risk may limit Webb’s view
Cosmic questions answered • New Scientist space reporter Leah Crane explains what the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope can tell us and what it will look for in the future
Unscrambling the cosmos • Astronomers are already using the images from the James Webb Space Telescope to reveal a new understanding of the objects they depict, says Leah Crane
Field notes Rewilding in Kent • Wild bison roam in the UK for the first time Four bison were released into an English woodland that they are expected to transform, reports Adam Vaughan
Skull helps piece together puzzle of ancient human migration into America
New kind of laser could produce ultra-sharp displays
Impact of covid-19 on sperm • As the pandemic has continued, evidence has built up about the way the coronavirus affects sperm cells and fertility, reports Carissa Wong
Robot claimed to be self-aware • A machine knows its own position in space, but is this really a form of self-perception?
Moving turtle eggs to protect them harms development
Woodpeckers’ skulls don’t act as shock absorbers
Y chromosome loss may cause heart disease in some men
Modified pig hearts transplanted into brain-dead people kept on life support
Robot made of sticky tape and powder could help fix organs
Glove lets you grab like an octopus
Antarctic bacteria reveal heat limit
Penguins adapt accents to sound like their friends
Part of the family? • Firms increasingly aim to foster loyalty via corporate rituals that tap into ancient desires. We should beware, says Jonathan R. Goodman
This changes everything • The curious case of the AI and the lawyer Claiming that an AI is sentient and needs legal counsel to represent its rights is to let those truly responsible for it off the hook, writes Annalee Newitz
What we will be reading on holiday
Time to savour some science • Whether it is the science of sleep, the physics that changed the world or the inner lives of bees, we’ve got you covered for holiday reading, says Liz Else
A universe of possibilities • From climate catastrophe in Suffolk to a cyberpunk version of Delhi, Adam Roberts picks the best sci-fi to read on holiday
The games column • Armchair voyages If you can’t travel beyond your living room for a holiday, then video games have you covered, whether you fancy flying a plane, driving a truck or exploring an entire galaxy of fictional planets, says Jacob Aron
How to grow a brain • Lab-made “mini-brains” are transforming our understanding of the most mysterious organ. Just how lifelike are they going to get, asks Clare Wilson
Going viral • Plagues often spark cultural revolutions....