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Hummingbirds turned savoury into sweet to taste nectar

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
Birds lost the taste receptors for sugar, but hummingbirds clearly have a sweet tooth. Now we know how they regained it
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New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: why are IQs falling? Google's Knowledge Vault, last days of Neanderthals, ever-bigger spiders in Australia and more
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UK's warmest period record sparks call for greater climate action

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:16

Policy expert says figures showing January-July was the warmest since records began should increase urgency of efforts

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Richard Dawkins apologises for causing storm with Down's syndrome tweet

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:13
Author told woman on Twitter it would be immoral not to abort pregnancy if she knew baby had Down's syndrome Continue reading...






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Sea plankton have been found on the International Space Station but how did they get there?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:59

Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Solovyev says the plankton were blown up into space by air currents on earth

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More autopsies on a body don't mean more answers

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 13:28
Medical examiner Judy Melinek says we shouldn't expect extra autopsies to shed new light on what happened in the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri






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Swelling Australian cities harbour ever bigger spiders

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 13:02
Arachnophobes have more reason to steer clear of Australia: as its cities get more built-up, urban spiders are getting larger






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Race to electrify rural Africa could help the West too

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 11:59
Investments in mini grid systems aimed at powering up remote parts of Africa may provide a test bed for rural energy infrastructure elsewhere in the world






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Would you have passed GCSE science?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 08:43
Just like exam boards combine Physics, Chemistry and Biology into double science, we have put them all together into one fun quiz. All the questions are from last year's AQA papers

Would you have passed GCSE French?
Would you have passed GCSE maths?
GCSE results: how good is your spelling? Continue reading...






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It would be stupid to ignore a drop in human intellect

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 08:00
The long-term rise in IQ scores might be coming to a halt, but we should focus on improving social conditions rather than worrying about idiocracy






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Trends in Rare Diseases or why the ice bucket challenge is a cold dash of temporary relief

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 07:32

Governments fund research into diseases that are popular with voters. But what about rare diseases, or the ones that arent popular, that nonetheless affect thousands of lives?

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Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 07:00

If we want to understand whats happening in the brain when people hear voices, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech

Hearing voices: whats your experience when reading? Survey

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Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' not to abort if foetus has Down's syndrome

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 05:14

Scientist says a mother has a responsibility to abort it and try again if she knows her baby would have the disorder

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Neanderthals walked among us  study

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 01:55

Species now thought to have held out alongside modern humans in Europe for thousands of years but extent of mixing is unclear

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Non-fatal diseases increasingly drive assisted suicide

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-20 23:30
More people with non-fatal conditions are travelling to assisted dying clinics in Switzerland






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UK launches Ebola research drive

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-20 22:00
Department for International Development and Wellcome Trust want research commissioned and completed within two months Continue reading...
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Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-20 20:30
The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world's facts






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Brain drain: Are we evolving stupidity?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-20 20:00
We got smarter and smarter in the 20th century, but now there are signs that IQs have begun to fall in countries such as the UK and Australia (full text available to subscribers)






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Digital textbooks adapt to your level as you learn

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-20 19:00
Struggling with chapter 3? Adaptive textbooks will give you extra, personalised help when you need it






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Neanderthal demise traced in unprecedented detail

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-20 18:00
A study of 40 archaeological sites in Europe suggests the Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, much earlier than thought, and that humans played a role






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