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Culture clash: When scientists must tread with care

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 21:00
Science loses when traditional beliefs obstruct its way – but might lose more if it steamrollers over believers' objections, too







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Proto quantum computer inspired by Victorians gets a speed boost

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
A new approach has sped up a quantum device that exploits collisions between particles, signalling that the method may have yet more mileage in it







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Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter?







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After the spill: Mystery of the vanishing Gulf of Mexico turtles

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:32
Five years on from the worst oil spill in US history, turtle populations are struggling, dolphins are in ill health and whales have lost habitat







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Watch barrel jellyfish swarm off the coast of Cornwall - video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:23
Footage shows swarms of barrel jellyfish (Rhixostoma pulmo) off the coast of Cornwall in the UK. The video, taken by a local wildlife enthusiast Ross Wheeler on Wednesday from a boat near Falmouth Harbour, shows the jellyfish gliding through calm water. This swarm of barrel jellyfish, which can grow up to six feet long, was reportedly a mile long Continue reading...







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Wild chimps look both ways before crossing roads

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:00
A busy highway in Uganda is a potential death trap, but chimps have learned to look before running across, and they even wait for those less able to cross







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Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:20

Chemicals compressed into pencils can be made to react with one another by drawing on paper, potentially making diagnostic tests quicker and easier

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Biocode mixes art and academia to explore pigeonholing

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:11
A conference on the fallibility of humans' propensity to categorise proves to be a pleasurable romp through unmapped territories







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I’ll be on statins all my life, so why am I unsure about the side-effects?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:03
Like millions of other people, the drugs I take every day to live a normal life. But the amount of information we have on the risks is worryingly thin Continue reading...







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Claiming sexism in science is over is just wishful thinking

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 16:14
Discrimination against women in the race for key science jobs has vanished, says the latest research. New Scientist's Lisa Grossman begs to differ







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Climate change may be triggering rain of rocks in French Alps

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 14:20
Rockfalls in France's "corridor of death" seem to follow warmer weather – and may become much more frequent as the climate warms







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North pole of spinning dwarf planet Ceres glows in the sunlight

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:30
The first high-resolution images of a dwarf planet have captured the sun-lit north pole of Ceres







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SpaceXpresso: long-suffering astronaut finally gets her coffee machine

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:26
  • Italian Samantha Cristoforetti welcomes arrival of Dragon supply capsule
  • Much-needed groceries and experiments delayed by launch explosion last year

Going into space is one thing. But, for an Italian, going months without a proper coffee is quite another.

On Friday morning the SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world’s first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

Related: Rocket explosion: Orbital Sciences moves to drop Russian-made engines

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New Books Party: books that arrived recently

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:10

Before heading out to a tropical island for your summer holidays, you might be interested to learn more about the critical role that islands play in the evolution of new species. Today, I share two important books with you, both of which explore the importance of islands as “natural laboratories” of evolution and ecology

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Feedback: Striving to name polyfailure

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:00
Portmanteau names proliferate, Pratchett's postulate perhaps, swiss-cheesology and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Let's talk about sex – podcast

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:22
The team discuss the ins and outs of sex surveys, plus the secrets of knuckle-cracking are revealed at last Continue reading...







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How JFK and the Cold War space race inspired an album

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:00

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting’s frontman J. Willgoose Esq explores the history behind the band’s Cold War era-inspired album The Race For Space

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Giant badgers, baby-biting foxes – these are monsters of the mind

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 10:10
What a curious beast we are, reducing the natural world to a petting zoo, then ceaselessly reinventing its threats Continue reading...
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Alzheimer’s: what the mice are really telling us

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 06:00
The latest reports of a dementia breakthrough illustrate the dangers of overhyping cutting-edge research into drugs and disease Continue reading...







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Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-04-16 21:34

Bjørn Lomborg has been given money from the hard-pressed federal budget to set up a ‘consensus centre’ at the University of Western Australia

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