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Metal solves mystery of flames that inspired Homer

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-16 14:00
Turkey's eternal fires have remained burning for thousands of years but now the source of the methane that fuels them has been found






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Nick and Teslas Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove - review

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 11:31

The newest instalment in the Nick and Tesla science mysteries series, where young people learn to use their scientific and electronics knowledge to solve mysteries around them.

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Virtual reality can help people conquer their phobias

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:00

Exposure therapy has proved a highly successful treatment for phobias, but its impractical for things such as fear of public speaking or flying. The answer may be virtual reality

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Social anxiety: why the mundane can be terrifying

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:00

Many people experience severe anxiety in mundane social situations, such as group introductions or paying bills. Why does this happen? And is there any useful purpose to it?

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Dementia diagnosis targets: a problem of scale?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:00

GPs are under pressure to reach diagnosis targets for dementia, but the prevalence estimates on which theyre based cannot be trusted

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Anthropocene: is this the new epoch of humans?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 06:00
Geologists, climate scientists, ecologists and a lawyer gather in Berlin for talks on whether to rename age of human life

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Humanity's terrifying impact on Earth justifies new Anthropocene epoch

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-16 06:00

The greatest transitions in the geological timescale are marked by the flowering or decimation of life. With species extinction and global warming gaining speed, humanitys impact on Earth is clear

Scientists gather to discuss naming age of humans

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Diet fast or diet slow, the same weight piles back on

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-16 00:00
Lose the pounds too fast, gain them all back? It seems not. Crash dieters regain the same amount of lost weight as those taking a longer-term approach






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Giant kangaroo weighed 240kg, looked like a rabbit and walked like a human

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-15 21:03

Scientists believe the now-extinct two-legged sthenurine kangaroo was more than two metres tall and unable to hop

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What would a world without fossil fuels look like?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 20:00
Our advanced civilisation is built on easily exploited coal, oil and gas. New Scientist explores an alternative history that holds lessons for us all (full text available to subscribers)






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Extinct giant kangaroos didn't hop, they walked

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 19:00
They had faces like rabbits and some were 2 metres tall, but the oddest thing about extinct relatives of modern kangaroos is that they walked just like us






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Cancer code aims to nudge us all into avoiding risks

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 18:30
Along with the usual suspects, cigarettes and booze, the European code for avoiding cancer has been updated to include having the HPV vaccine and breastfeeding






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Fly in the face of danger with first-person drone view

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 18:00
Zip past obstacles at 160 kilometres an hour but without risking life and limb – the immersive sport of first-person video drone racing makes it possible






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 17:45
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: whale chasing, Rosetta selfie, sight improved with stem cells, porcupine-inspired surgical staples, and more






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Lockheed announces breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-15 16:57
  • 100MW reactor small enough to fit on back of a truck
  • Cleaner energy source could be in use within 10 years

Reality check: has Lockheed really cracked fusion?

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Mini MRI to check bone health on space station

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 16:24
A wrist-scanning MRI could fly to the ISS to monitor astronauts' bone health in microgravity, as well as helping people in far-flung parts of Earth






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Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on the power of dreams video

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-15 16:14
Maggie Aderin-Pocock tells the 2014 Observer Ideas festival about the power of dreams, the wonder of science and her journey from a dyslexic girl at the back of the class to internationally renowned space scientist.

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Will Mars Ones volunteers get to live on the red planet? Yes, briefly

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-15 16:00
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology reckon settlers on Mars would all be dead within a few months Continue reading...






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Lighting cities with cheap, glaring LEDs is a dim move

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 15:32
The roll-out of cheap energy-saving street lights with a bluish glare has little regard for people or wildlife. There is a better way, says Jeff Hecht






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Australia prime minister to chair new science council

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-15 14:45
Still no appointed science minister, but there will be a council with a budget of A$12 million to improve the focus on science, mainly through education






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