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If the US can ban harmful trans fats, the UK should act too

New Scientist - news - 3 hours 11 min ago
America is cracking down on unhealthy trans fats in food. It's a welcome move that should spark a rethink in unregulated countries, says Oliver Tickell (full text available to subscribers)







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Guilty pleasures: What are the real risks of taking drugs?

New Scientist - news - 6 hours 11 min ago
There's a reason why drugs have a reputation for being bad for you: they are. But comparing the risks of different drugs throws up surprising results (full text available to subscribers)







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Intelligent life: Why don't we consider plants to be smart?

New Scientist - news - 10 hours 11 min ago
Plants eavesdrop on each other and communicate with other organisms via subtle messages. So why don't we recognise them as smart beings, ask two new books







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The whole hog: Unpacking our love-hate relationship with the pig

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 22:00
Some people delight in them and prize their meat, others see them as practically taboo. Mark Essig's book explains why pigs inspire such divergent views







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The cat made me do it: Is your pet messing with your mind?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 20:00
There's a feline parasite that makes us take unnecessary risks and could even cause psychosis. And up to 4 billion of us are unknowingly infected (full text available to subscribers)







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Free-running cheetah robot clears hurdles in a single bound

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 17:38
A four-legged robot with laser vision can easily detect and leap over objects in its path







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#RosettaWatch: 67P formed when two baby comets got together

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 16:00
A gentle dance involving two chunks of dirty ice may explain the distinctive duck-like shape of the Rosetta probe's quarry







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Seeing awe-inspiring natural sights makes you a better person

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:16
The sense of awe we feel from gazing at the Grand Canyon or up at some mind-bogglingly tall trees seems to make us more considerate, helpful and ethically aware







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UK's legal highs ban is unscientific and will lead to more harm

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 14:00
A plan to prohibit psychoactive substances not covered by existing law will only make matters worse, warns former UK government drug adviser David Nutt (full text available to subscribers)







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Ice hockey players wear boot and stick sensors to up their game

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 13:03
Skates, stick, helmet and wearable tech? At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ice hockey is getting a high-tech boost







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Guilty pleasures: Just how bad is social smoking?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 13:00
The risk of heart disease leaps with just a single cigarette – but the good news is that quitting the cancer sticks always pays (full text available to subscribers)







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Legal highs: what drugs will be banned?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 12:27

The sale of laughing gas is to be outlawed in the latest government crackdown on legal highs. What other drugs will be affected by the ban?

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Feedback: Do Brussels bureaucrats impose quackery? Guess!

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 12:00
We muse a homeopathic ocean; homeopathic risk rank rule; law battle - Murphy versus Sod and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Banning legal highs: the biggest obstacle is the human brain

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 11:58

There has been considerable confusion and concern around new government plans to ban legal highs. Scientifically, the only solution is to ban the human brain

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Help me 3D print homes for a NASA mission to Mars

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 09:00
How might future visitors to Mars build shelter? NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge aims to foster an innovative, sustainable solution, says Sam Ortega (full text available to subscribers)







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How has publishing changed in the last 50 years, and what has this meant to scientists?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 08:20

Scientific publishing has been transformed over the last half century, by technology and the pressures of modern academia. Julie McDougall-Waters reports on a workshop at the Royal Society that provided an opportunity to learn from those who lived through the changes

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Phablets and fauxhawks: the linguistic secrets of a good blended word

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 08:00

A brilliant word like omnishambles makes blending look easy, but there’s more to it than just jamming words together and cutting off the bits that stick out

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'Sceptical environmentalist' Bjorn Lomborg on climate change - podcast

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 07:15
We take a closer look at some of Lomborg's arguments on fracking, emissions and green energy Continue reading...







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Psychoactive substances ban will 'end brain research' in Britain, experts warn

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-05-29 06:00

David Nutt, former government chief drugs adviser, says banning of legal highs has already been destructive to Parkinson’s and anti-smoking research

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Solar-cell thread heralds promise of wearable chargers

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-05-29 06:00
Fibres containing a mineral called perovskite have been woven into cloth that acts as a solar cell







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