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Transformers: Humanity's next 1000 years

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 19:00
Eternal health, brain uploads, the end of privacy… with technological innovations coming at breakneck speed, how will they affect our evolution? (full text available to subscribers)






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Drop into the Interstellar wormhole with Oculus Rift

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 17:00
An Oculus Rift headset puts you onto the ship piloted by Matthew McConaughey in the new science fiction blockbuster, Interstellar






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This is what brain cell conversations look like

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 16:50
Modifying neurons to flash as electrical impulses pass along them lets researchers grow light-up brains in a dish and eavesdrop on their chatter






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Historic quantum software is run for the first time

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 16:42
Written 20 years ago, the first algorithm to tap into the ultra-fast potential of quantum computing has been run on a real machine at long last






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 16:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: 10 revolutions that made us human, personal helicopters on sale in two years, making babies with Neanderthals and more
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Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit scientists

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:35
Open letter says claims made for brain games are not based on sound evidence and playing them may have the opposite effect Continue reading...






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Churning galaxy boasts a fiery halo of baby stars

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:51
The suburbs are where it's at – a baby boom on the outskirts of a distant galaxy is setting its swirly arms aflame






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Martin Perl obituary

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:42
Physicist who won the Nobel prize for his discovery of the tau lepton Continue reading...






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Information Age: Paul Robeson, McCarthy and the submarine repeater

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:06

In the 1950s, an amazing piece of kit carried the voice of the singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson loud and clear across the Atlantic to London

Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 October

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'Missing' disaster led to all-time worst extinction

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:53
There were thought to be five mass extinctions in Earth history. Fossil evidence is now pointing to a sixth – and it's not the human-made Anthropocene






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Rosetta mission: Philae comet probe could unlock secrets of the universe

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:26
Craft named after Egyptian obelisk will land on comet and collect samples that could give clues to origins of the galaxy Continue reading...






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Personal helicopter will be as easy to drive as a car

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:30
Within two years, an 18-rotor battery-powered helicopter will be on sale to rich commuters who dream of open skies instead of gridlocked highways






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The okapis skull. But where is its body?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:53

The okapi is one of the worlds most elusive mammals. In 1904, the British explorer Percy Powell-Cotton set his sights on obtaining a specimen for his growing natural history collection. He succeeded and its skull is on display. But where is the rest of it?

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Transformers: 10 revolutions that made us human

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-22 19:00
Two million years ago we were just your average primate – then we started to have some revolutionary ideas and human evolution went into hyper-drive (full text available to subscribers)






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Nonchalant night-time chimp crime caught on camera

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-10-22 18:00
Incredible night-vision videos of daring raids on farmers' fields are the first to show chimpanzees operating under cover of darkness






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Bizarre dinosaur reconstructed after 50 years of wild speculation

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:00

Deinocheirus mirificus, or unusual horrible hand, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill

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Ancient human bone helps date our first sex with Neanderthals

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-10-22 17:00

Oldest genome sequence of a modern human suggests Homo sapiens first bred with Neanderthals 50,000-60,000 years ago

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