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Nowhere to hide: the danger of satellite spies

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:00
The next generation of surveillance is already here and will redefine what we mean by public space






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From dyed shirts to dense matter your science questions answered

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-12 06:59

Understanding how colour catchers can stop your whites going pink in the wash, why gravity is actually part of space-time, and how you can have a nice cup of tea and a sit down without worrying about the caffeine

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Cave art and harpoon tips show African roots of our creative genius

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-11 21:30
The discovery of wall paintings in Indonesian caves suggests that the human ability to express ourselves began before we trekked out of Africa Continue reading...






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Wonder stuff: Frozen smoke to clean the world

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2014-10-11 16:00
Almost as light as air, aerogels are a heavyweight solution for everything from heat-bleeding windows to carbon emissions (full text available to subscribers)






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Robotic dive suit helps explore ancient shipwreck off Antikythera island  - video

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-11 14:32
An international team of divers find new artefacts while excavating an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. A high tech robotic diving suit was used to search the luxury cargo ship which sank in the first century BC, and was first discovered in 1900. A warrior's spear, a table vase and parts of a bed were found in the latest dive Continue reading...






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Life and Physics in pictures - No. 2

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-11 14:27

Some vaguely physics-related snaps from the past few weeks

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Gamers polled on Xbox can predict US election results

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2014-10-11 12:00
Cheaper, faster and able to reach larger audiences than traditional methods, polling through game consoles could predict the outcome of US elections






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Martian methane sniffer adapted for Earth

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2014-10-11 08:00
The hypersensitive methane detector on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is being repurposed to ferret out gas leaks on Earth






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Exercise may be the best anti-ageing pill

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 18:30
Muscle loss is now seen as a cause - not a consequence - of disease and frailty in old age. Will muscle-boosting drugs aid those unable to exercise?






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Ebola deaths to peak in places before vaccine is ready

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 18:06
Vaccine trials are starting but there won't be enough doses to make a difference until April – by which time the epidemic may have peaked in some regions






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Violins evolved by Stradivarian design

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 18:00
Evolutionary tree spanning four centuries of violin shape shows how the maestro of violin-making came out on top






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Australia's toad vanguard hops straight to invade fast

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:38
The fastest of Australia's cane toad invaders hop along straighter paths, allowing them to invade ever further and faster






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: goggles that remake reality, Ebola in the rich world, lung cancer's weak spot, sidewinding snake-bot and more
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Look into the eye of typhoon Vongfong as it nears land

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:21
Satellite images reveal the fury of the storm that is set to hit Japan this weekend, just one week after the typhoon Phanfone struck






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Scientists hope to unravel mystery of the Titanic of the ancient world

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:16

Third search for truth about sunken vessel near Antikythera island in Greece reveals objects including bronze spear

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Explosive meteors may have seasonal peaks

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:02
Powerful incoming meteors like the rock responsible for last year's explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, may not be completely random after all






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Chicago uses big data to save itself from urban ills

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:00
The Windy City is using sophisticated predictive models to pinpoint risk areas and help it reduce everything from rat problems to cases of lead poisoning






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We can't 'cure cancer', but we can stay one step ahead of it

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-10-10 14:34

Cancers ability to evolve drug resistance makes it impossible to eradicate, but we may one day transform it from a killer into a long-term illness

Chemotherapy: from world war to the war on cancer
Chemotherapy is brutal, but targeted drugs can reduce collateral damage

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Wonder stuff: Electron freeway for cool gadgets

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-10 13:00
Wish your smartphone could keep its cool? Then discard its wasteful silicon chip and get on the stanene superhighway instead (full text available to subscribers)






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Science communication: could you explain it to your granny?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-10-10 12:51

The art of science communication is to pitch something as complicated as quantum mechanics in a way that is not only engaging but also faithful to the evidence

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