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Shared brain activity predicts audience preferences

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-31 21:45

Similarities in the brain responses of small groups of people may predict the popularity of a product within the wider population.

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Next rover will pull oxygen from Martian air

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 20:03
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will be bristling with new gadgets, including a camera with zoom, an enhanced laser, and equipment for turning CO2 into oxygen






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Ghost of the cloud forest: Seeking the white possum

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 20:00
Jo Chandler enters Australia's lost world of species marooned by evolution to meet one of its rarest, a creature uniquely vulnerable to climate change (full text available to subscribers)






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Dinosaurs shrank for 50 million years to become birds

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 19:00
The meat-eating theropod dinosaurs shrank 12 times in a row, going from over 200 kilograms to less than a kilogram, until they were small enough to fly






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How close are we to having a drug to treat Ebola?

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 18:38
As the Ebola virus death toll rises in West Africa, New Scientist rounds up the best contenders for treatments and vaccines






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Rainbow slinky offers a way into Schrödinger's box

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 18:17
This wiry mass proves for the first time that we can predict the most likely way in which a quantum system will collapse – and perhaps, one day, control it






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Comet mission must not keep space fans in the dark

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 17:57
The European Space Agency should change tack and not sit on pictures from a pioneering mission to a comet, says space science writer Daniel Fischer






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Detergent treatment turns a mouse see-through

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 17:15
Using a combination of chemicals, researchers are able to look inside and through a whole animal for the first time






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The secret system controlling your Facebook News Feed

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:00
No one really knows exactly how Facebook decides what we see when we log in. Reverse-engineering the algorithm behind it could help us find out






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Species named after Sir David Attenborough - in pictures

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-31 14:00

A 20 million-year-old grasshopper trapped in amber is the latest species to be named after the natural history broadcaster. From spiders to shrimps, here are some other species carrying his name

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Anti-vaccine movement turns on vit K shots for babies

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 14:00
The health of infants is being put at risk as anti-vaccine groups discourage uptake of vitamin K for newborns, says Amanda Marcott






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Zoologger: Octopus mum broods for record-breaking time

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 12:30
A deep-sea octopus was seen brooding her eggs for four and a half years without a break to eat – the longest brooding period of any animal






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Fun with science blogging (two Flapping years)

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-31 12:00

The Brain Flapping blog is two years old today. In that time, it has caused many bizarre things to occur. Here are some of them

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When NASA space crews play make believe

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-31 11:58
Two simulated trips to space, on a Hawaiian volcano and underwater off Florida, have just ended. What do these fake expeditions help astronauts learn?






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Malaria experts bid to stamp out disease before parasite becomes drug resistant

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-30 22:00
Leading scientists say spread of artemisinin-resistant parasites to Africa could prove disastrous Continue reading...






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Heart attack on a plate? The truth about saturated fat

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-30 20:00
After decades of health warnings, the idea that steak, cheese and lard are bad for your heart is melting away. The truth is more complex – and delicious (full text available to subscribers)






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Secret language of penguins decoded

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-30 19:00
Six distinctive calls made by African or 'jackass' penguins express the birds' ecstasy, love, hunger, anger and loneliness Continue reading...






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First video of a ghostly white shrimp-like sea monster

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-30 19:00
The world's largest amphipod has been caught on film for the first time – and even if you love shrimp, this critter may give you nightmares






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Driverless cars could be on UK streets in six months

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:08
Business secretary Vince Cable announced today that the law is to be changed to allow self-piloting cars, like Google's, on Britain's roads by January 2015






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Leaving Earth made the moon lemon-shaped

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:00
The moon has odd lemon-like bulges on each side. A new model shows they were caused by the pull of Earth's gravity when the moon was young






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