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Proto quantum computer inspired by Victorians gets a speed boost

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
A new approach has sped up a quantum device that exploits collisions between particles, signalling that the method may have yet more mileage in it







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Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter?







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After the spill: Mystery of the vanishing Gulf of Mexico turtles

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:32
Five years on from the worst oil spill in US history, turtle populations are struggling, dolphins are in ill health and whales have lost habitat







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Watch barrel jellyfish swarm off the coast of Cornwall - video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:23
Footage shows swarms of barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo) off the coast of Cornwall in the UK. The video, taken by a local wildlife enthusiast Ross Wheeler on Wednesday from a boat near Falmouth Harbour, shows the jellyfish gliding through calm water. This swarm of barrel jellyfish, which can grow up to six feet long, was reportedly a mile long Continue reading...







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Wild chimps look both ways before crossing roads

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:00
A busy highway in Uganda is a potential death trap, but chimps have learned to look before running across, and they even wait for those less able to cross







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International Space Station captures SpaceX Dragon spacecraft - video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:35
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station welcomed SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft that arrived at its destination on Friday after a three-day journey through space. The primary purpose of the unmanned mission is to deliver more than 4,300lbs of food, clothing, equipment, and science experiments to the station, a $100bn research laboratory about 260 miles (418km) above Earth. SpaceX is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the station following the retirement of the space shuttles. Continue reading...
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Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:20

Chemicals compressed into pencils can be made to react with one another by drawing on paper, potentially making diagnostic tests quicker and easier

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Biocode mixes art and academia to explore pigeonholing

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:11
A conference on the fallibility of humans' propensity to categorise proves to be a pleasurable romp through unmapped territories







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I’ll be on statins all my life, so why am I unsure about the side-effects?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:03
Like millions of other people, the drugs I take every day to live a normal life. But the amount of information we have on the risks is worryingly thin Continue reading...







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Claiming sexism in science is over is just wishful thinking

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 16:14
Discrimination against women in the race for key science jobs has vanished, says the latest research. New Scientist's Lisa Grossman begs to differ







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Climate change may be triggering rain of rocks in French Alps

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 14:20
Rockfalls in France's "corridor of death" seem to follow warmer weather – and may become much more frequent as the climate warms







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North pole of spinning dwarf planet Ceres glows in the sunlight

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:30
The first high-resolution images of a dwarf planet have captured the sun-lit north pole of Ceres







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SpaceXpresso: long-suffering astronaut finally gets her coffee machine

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:26
  • Italian Samantha Cristoforetti welcomes arrival of Dragon supply capsule
  • Much-needed groceries and experiments delayed by launch explosion last year

Going into space is one thing. But, for an Italian, going months without a proper coffee is quite another.

On Friday morning the SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world’s first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

Related: Rocket explosion: Orbital Sciences moves to drop Russian-made engines

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New Books Party: books that arrived recently

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:10

Before heading out to a tropical island for your summer holidays, you might be interested to learn more about the critical role that islands play in the evolution of new species. Today, I share two important books with you, both of which explore the importance of islands as “natural laboratories” of evolution and ecology

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Feedback: Striving to name polyfailure

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:00
Portmanteau names proliferate, Pratchett's postulate perhaps, swiss-cheesology and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Let's talk about sex – podcast

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:22
The team discuss the ins and outs of sex surveys, plus the secrets of knuckle-cracking are revealed at last Continue reading...







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How JFK and the Cold War space race inspired an album

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:00

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting’s frontman J. Willgoose Esq explores the history behind the band’s Cold War era-inspired album The Race For Space

Public Service Broadcasting are as much a science project as they are a band. The duo create musical pieces exploring science, history and discovery using samples from vintage documentaries alongside more traditional instruments. Their latest album, The Race For Space, scavenges from the original Apollo transmissions, vintage Soviet documentaries and the actual signal broadcast by Sputnik 1 to tell the story of the 1960’s Cold War-driven mania for space travel.

On the eve of the album’s launch at Leicester’s National Space Centre, we sat down with frontman J. Willgoose Esq to go through the historic and scientific inspirations behind each track.

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Giant badgers, baby-biting foxes – these are monsters of the mind

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 10:10
What a curious beast we are, reducing the natural world to a petting zoo, then ceaselessly reinventing its threats Continue reading...
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Alzheimer’s: what the mice are really telling us

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-04-17 06:00
The latest reports of a dementia breakthrough illustrate the dangers of overhyping cutting-edge research into drugs and disease Continue reading...







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Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-04-16 21:34

Bjørn Lomborg has been given money from the hard-pressed federal budget to set up a ‘consensus centre’ at the University of Western Australia

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