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Meet LA's wildest night stalker - it wants fresh blood

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 17:00
This ferocious feline isn't stalking the savannah, as you might expect: it's prowling Malibu Creek State Park, a stone's throw from Los Angeles






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Rosetta probe poised to touch and taste a comet

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 16:00
Now that it has finally reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta spacecraft is ready to help tackle the question of how Earth got its oceans






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Blood test identifies people with resistant malaria

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 15:47
Malaria parasites are mutating to resist artemisinin, our most potent antimalarial drug. A new blood test could help build a firewall to stop its spread






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Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-14 14:30
A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up. Continue reading...






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Esports: Meet 'Grubby', a real pro gaming superstar

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:15
Manuel Schenkhuizen unpacks life as an esports athlete, from being watched constantly by online fans to the challenge of building a decent career






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A-level results: a toddler could pass but young women in mid-air do best

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:59

Today is A-level results day. Youre likely to see many columns and opinion pieces written about this, and the writers reflections and advice on the subject. To save you the bother, this post includes all the usual observations, claims and platitudes you can expect from such articles

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Terrifying as the Ebola epidemic is, we must not lose our research ethics

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-14 09:09
Testing experimental treatments is only possible if afflicted communities feel respected Continue reading...






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Let's rush the Ebola drug out – and be ready next time

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 09:00
The WHO is right to use unproven drugs against Ebola. But more dangerous novel diseases are out there, and we must be better prepared to tackle them






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UK push to put warning labels on alcoholic drinks

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 08:00
British parliamentarians have proposed putting warnings on drinks in a manifesto of 10 measures to tackle alcohol misuse in the UK






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Australian study finds Egyptian mummies may date back to 4,500BC

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-14 01:34

New research shows ancient mummification practice was happening 1,500 years earlier than previously thought

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Expanding waistlines will cause 3,500 more cancers each year, study finds

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-14 00:01
Scientists hope that linking 12,000 cancers each year to people being overweight will spark more action against obesity Continue reading...
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Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 23:43
Norman Baker will say in a letter to Jeremy Hunt that cannabis would help relieve symptoms of a range of medical conditions Continue reading...
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Richard Dawkins: I once tried to commune with God aged 13

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 20:17
'Angels at the altar' fantasy of now confirmed atheist revealed as leading scientist speaks at Edinburgh book festival Continue reading...






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Pole alone: The quest for a north without a south

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 20:00
We've never seen a magnetic north pole without its opposite number, but theory demands that these strange monopoles exist. So why don't we make one instead? (full text available to subscribers)






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Origin of Egyptian mummies pushed back 2000 years

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 19:00
The oldest-known Egyptian burials appear to have been deliberately mummified, suggesting that the practice is far older than Egyptologists had thought






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Stem cell research gets huge boost from Australian zebrafish discovery

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 18:02

Medical breakthrough as researchers uncover the mystery of how hematopoietic stem cells form

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Chile is facing yet another massive earthquake

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 18:00
Huge earthquakes could be on the way to Chile, after the major quake in April this year failed to relieve seismic stresses that have built up for 150 years






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Small, sticky asteroids could be extra dangerous

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 18:00
Fast-spinning small asteroids hold together using the same, weak forces that make flour clumpy. This could make it difficult to protect Earth from them






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A woman finally wins the Fields Medal after 50 years. Why did it take so long?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:42
Almost half of maths undergraduates are now women, but winning recognition at the very top of the profession has been a battle Continue reading...






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3D silk doughnut opens window on brain injury

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 17:30
A silk "brain" seeded with rat neurons responds to damage like an animal brain, suggesting it could help doctors understand and treat brain injuries






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