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Video chat in US jail shelved over concerns for inmates

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 16:30
Dallas County Jail lost its bid to install "video visitation" equipment after concerns were raised that in-person visits would be restricted






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Scotland's scientists breathe easier after No vote

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 16:01
Scientists in Scotland are largely relieved by the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, believing science to be safer in a united kingdom






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Epilepsy gives woman compulsion to write poems

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:30
To whom shall I compare thee? A woman with epilepsy has a rare condition – the constant urge to write poetry, which may shed light on creativity






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Stricter rules will thwart Japan's whaling attempts

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 14:54
From now on, Japan will have to work much harder to convince the world that its "scientific whaling" should be allowed to continue






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Gaze-tracker lets you connect to devices with a glance

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 14:08
A headset computer that knows where you're looking can connect you to your devices or to other people with just a look and a nod






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Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 12:58
In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival






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Apple's smart watch could have us all self-monitoring

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 12:12
With its finger on your pulse, the Apple Watch will spawn a new generation of apps to monitor health, fitness and perhaps even emotions






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Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 11:33
Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says physician Christian Brown






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Royal Society 2014 Winton Prize for Science Books shortlist announced

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:44

The Royal Society just announced the six books that were shortlisted for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books.

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Comments, comets and cannabis - blogs roundup

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:00

Posts on our network this week included an in-depth look at five sigma, Lonesome Georges return to the public foray in New York, and a look at whether epilepsy can fuel creativity

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Faith and Wisdom in Science by Tom McLeish, review rich and discursive

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:00

McLeish doesnt buy the argument that religion is about turning untested belief into truth. Science, he points out, also makes claims that turn out to be false

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Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:30
UK researchers reveal people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, manipulative and psychopathic Continue reading...






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Feedback: Ig Nobel prize for watching dogs urinate

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:30
The prizewinning science of banana-skin slips, seeing Jesus in toast and dogs aligning themselves with magnetic fields lines when relieving themselves






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Chances of first life improved by weighted dice

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 21:00
Adjusting the numbers of various types of molecule in the environment seem to improve the chances of self-replicating life generating spontaneously






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US opens 'drone zones' for a year of pioneer testing

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 20:30
From farming to firefighting, drones will soon fly into everyday life in the US – the Federal Aviation Administration has six flight zones paving the way






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Strangest star: 6 things we didn't know about the sun

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 20:00
With its fiery rains, speedy magnetic flips and an atmosphere that defies the laws of physics – our home star is as weird as it gets (full text available to subscribers)






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Global population may boom well beyond the year 2050

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 19:00
The population was expected to peak at 9 billion by 2050, but high fertility rates in Africa may mean it surges as high as 12.3 billion by 2100






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: why imagination matters, artificial sweeteners and health, cross-species baby cries, quantum internet and more






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Quantum internet could keep us safe from spying eyes

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 16:00
Secure networks between cities are just the beginning of an internet where not even the NSA can read your email






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Temperature-driven clock sparks new kind of generator

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:46
Inspired by a 1920s clock that harnessed changes in the volume of a gas as it heats and cools, researchers may be able to power sensors cheaply for decades






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