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These sparkly sea organisms are an eerie omen of climate change

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 21:00
A bloom of bioluminescent plankton has wowed crowds along a river in Southern Tasmania this week, but it could be a warning sign of climate change







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The big bang blip: Solving the mystery of why matter exists

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 20:00
Matter and antimatter should have wiped each other out at the universe's birth. The upgraded Large Hadron Collider aims to find why matter alone survived (full text available to subscribers)







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Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus, study shows

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 19:00

Researchers investigating reproductive defects in baby boys identify possible link between low levels of testosterone and paracetamol intake

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Virtual worlds so good they'll change our grasp on real life

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 19:00
New simulation technology is not just revolutionising gaming, it could transform the way we model everything from disease to economic markets and ecosystems (full text available to subscribers)







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Chatting with endangered possums may be the ticket to save them

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 18:30
How do you check how many of the critically endangered fairy possums are still around? Talk to them, of course







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Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 18:00

Finding overturns idea that tool-making ability was unique to our own ancestors and is hailed as a “new beginning to the known archaeological record”

The oldest known stone tools, dating to long before the emergence of modern humans, have been discovered in Africa.

The roughly-hewn stones, which are around 3.3 million years old, have been hailed by scientists as a “new beginning to the known archaeological record” and push back the dawn of culture by 700,000 years.

Related: Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

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Unravelling capitalism's hidden networks of power

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 18:00
A new way to measure the complexity of banks and multinational firms shows that it is not just their size that is important in a financial crisis







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Bigger brains help female fish outwit predators and live longer

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 17:51
For the first time, bigger brains have been found to help animals survive. The discovery sheds light on how bigger human brains might have evolved







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Leeuwenhoek's 'animalcules', just as he saw them 340 years ago

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 17:45
When Leeuwenhoek first observed microbes, his findings were met with scepticism. Now images captured using his microscope show exactly what he could see







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Mysterious space plane blasts off for secretive US air force mission

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 16:12

X-37B craft launched from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, its fourth long orbital flight in five years – but many details of the trip are being kept secret

A mysterious robotic space plane launched its secretive mission for the US air force on Wednesday, its fourth long orbital flight in five years.

The X-37B launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the reusable spacecraft’s fourth mission. Its third mission lasted a record-breaking 675 days in space, and ended when it landed at an air force base in California in October 2014.

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Barcode your egg and sperm cells to avoid IVF mix-ups

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 14:05
A tiny polysilicon tag can label both eggs and semen, reducing the risk of sample mistakes in the labs of fertility clinics







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Dirty air and disease: why we must end the subsidy of fossil fuels

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:47
IMF evidence about hidden costs such as pollution, traffic accidents and climate change makes it apparent just how heavily subsidised the coal, oil and gas industries are Continue reading...







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Harlequin ladybirds declared UK's fastest invading species

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:33

World’s most invasive ladybird is consolidating its presence in the country and is responsible for the decline of seven native species, scientists say

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Less is more: the science of an effective night's sleep

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:03

You can extend your lifespan without living longer by changing the way you sleep, argues science writer Jessa Gamble

Do you spend your life constantly wishing you had just a little bit more time?

When Canadian science writer Jessa Gamble offers people the prospect of more time, reactions are often mixed. Some say they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves; that they’d be “bored”.

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NHS cancer care faces fresh scrutiny after hospitals miss key targets

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:28

Up to a quarter of patients with three common types of cancer did not receive first treatment within required 62 days, official figures show

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Young blood helps repair fractured bones of ageing mice

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 10:20
Youthful blood has once again shown its promise as an elixir of youth – this time helping to rejuvenate bones. But exactly how it does so is still to be unravelled







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Can you do the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that has stumped parents and teachers?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:37

All you need to do is place the digits from 1 to 9 in the the grid. Easy, right?

Stumped? Here’s the solution

Forget Singapore.

The latest brain-mangling maths puzzle to hit the news is from Vietnam.

Related: How to solve the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that stumped parents and teachers

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The Svalbard seed vault: safeguarding the world's crop varieties – video

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:20
The Svalbard seed vault, which opened in 2008, has been entrusted by the world's governments with the safekeeping of the most prized varieties of crops on which human civilisation was raised. It contains the seeds of around 4,000 plant species – more than 720,000 individual samples. The site was built to be disaster-proof – it lies 130 metres up a mountain in Norway in case of sea-level rise and is earthquake-resistant Continue reading...







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No, there is no evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:17

Another day, another ridiculous headline about the apparently disastrous consequences of playing video games on the brain

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Smarter regulation for the sharing economy

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 07:00

Technology-based sharing platforms are touching more and more people’s lives, but policy and regulation can struggle to cope with new technologies. We need to rethink our notion of the sharing economy in order to make better regulation

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