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Esports: Pro video gaming explodes with big prize pots

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:50
Star video gamers now earn huge cash prizes and have legions of fans, just like in any other sport – and esports are only getting bigger
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Esports: Doping is rampant, industry insider claims

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 16:09
Drugs to improve focus or remain cool under pressure are part of many esports players' strategy to get ahead, claims a former industry employee






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Shark Week - ditch Hitler and fiction posing as fact

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 14:35
There's a worrying trend of fearmongering and pseudoscience on the Discovery Channel's annual take on all things shark, says marine biologist David Shiffman






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Do you hear voices? You are not alone

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 13:36

Auditory verbal hallucinations or hearing voices is not restricted to people who have a form of psychosis. For many, the voices provide support and guidance or have a spiritual aspect

Hearing voices: whats your experience when reading?

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Margaret Thatcher's surprising relationship with Dorothy Hodgkin

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:41

A new play explores one of the most intriguing friendships in the history of science and politics: Margaret Thatcher and Dorothy Hodgkin. Alice Bell spoke to playwright Adam Ganz

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The spy who bugged me: spook kit from the 1960s

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:27
The belly buster, ultra-thin pincers and a secret silver dollar. The tools of 20th century western spycraft, from the CIA Museum






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Could a video game stop the vicious worm?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:48
A tapeworm transmitted from pigs to humans is a leading cause of epilepsy, but researchers say a game can prevent it Continue reading...
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Fields medallist: How Rubik's cube inspired new maths

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:30
Manjul Bhargava, who has just won the most coveted prize in mathematics, explains the link between Rubik's cube and his groundbreaking work in number theory






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Archaeologists uncover vast ancient tomb in Greece

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 09:09
Site dates to end of Alexander the Great's reign in 4th century BC and may be grave of a prominent Macedonian, say officials Continue reading...






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Fields Medals 2014: prizes for maths work that few of us can grasp

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:17
Don't worry if you don't understand the work of this year's winners. Nor do most of their university colleagues Continue reading...






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Nanoparticles could help deliver a killer blow to cancer

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 07:00

Nanotherapy is showing promise as a means to target chemotherapy, kill tumour cells by heating or enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy

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Fields Medals 2014: the maths of Avila, Bhargava, Hairer and Mirzakhani explained

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 06:00

The following texts were provided by the International Mathematical Union, which awards the Fields Medals. They do an excellent job of explaining in as accessible language as possible what the four 2014 medallists did to earn their awards

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Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-08-13 02:30
The first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal prize discusses her life as a mathematician Continue reading...






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Iranian woman wins maths' top prize, the Fields medal

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-08-12 20:32
Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University is the first woman to win the Fields medal, alongside three male mathematicians receiving the award in Seoul






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Meet your maker: Homing in on the ancestor of all life

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-08-12 19:00
What was the last shared ancestor of all life like? How did it make its living? A radical new answer could explain some of the most mysterious features of life (full text available to subscribers)






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European spacecraft refuels International Space Station - video

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-08-12 18:42
European cargo ship the Georges Lemaître docks with the International Space Station, bringing more than seven tonnes of fuel and supplies to the crew on board. It is the fifth and final docking mission of the European Space Agency craft which will burn up upon re-entry over the South Pacific Ocean Continue reading...






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The high life of the self-experimenters

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-08-12 17:33
It seems that legal high inventor Dr Z wasn't the first person to dabble in drugs they made in the lab. Here are some other psychonauts who did the same
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-08-12 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to rescue Hubble, machine that predicts heart attacks, Dr Z the legal high designer, Iraq air drops and more






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Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw obituary

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-08-12 15:58
Brilliant mathematician with a special interest in magic squares, she served as an educational adviser to Thatcher in the 1980s Continue reading...






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