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Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:30
UK researchers reveal people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, manipulative and psychopathic Continue reading...






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Feedback: Ig Nobel prize for watching dogs urinate

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:30
The prizewinning science of banana-skin slips, seeing Jesus in toast and dogs aligning themselves with magnetic fields lines when relieving themselves






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Chances of first life improved by weighted dice

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 21:00
Adjusting the numbers of various types of molecule in the environment seem to improve the chances of self-replicating life generating spontaneously






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US opens 'drone zones' for a year of pioneer testing

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 20:30
From farming to firefighting, drones will soon fly into everyday life in the US – the Federal Aviation Administration has six flight zones paving the way






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Strangest star: 6 things we didn't know about the sun

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 20:00
With its fiery rains, speedy magnetic flips and an atmosphere that defies the laws of physics – our home star is as weird as it gets (full text available to subscribers)






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Global population may boom well beyond the year 2050

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 19:00
The population was expected to peak at 9 billion by 2050, but high fertility rates in Africa may mean it surges as high as 12.3 billion by 2100






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New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: why imagination matters, artificial sweeteners and health, cross-species baby cries, quantum internet and more






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Quantum internet could keep us safe from spying eyes

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 16:00
Secure networks between cities are just the beginning of an internet where not even the NSA can read your email






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Temperature-driven clock sparks new kind of generator

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:46
Inspired by a 1920s clock that harnessed changes in the volume of a gas as it heats and cools, researchers may be able to power sensors cheaply for decades






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Primal pull of a baby crying reaches across species

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:00
Mother deer rushed towards the infant distress calls of seals, humans and even bats, suggesting that these mammals share similar emotions






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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 13:19

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this years international astronomy photography competition. The observatorys annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. British photographer James Woodend beat over a thousand amateur and professional photographers to win the top prize

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Glacial lake is green with wonder in winning photo

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:49
An otherworldly photograph of a lagoon reflecting the swirls of the aurora has taken the top prize in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition






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Too early to worry about health effects of sweeteners

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:00
New research raises serious questions about how artificial sweeteners might affect our bodies, but let's keep our cool and just do more research






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DNA study reveals third group of ancient ancestors of modern Europeans

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:50
Mixture of hunter-gatherers and farmers was augmented by third wave of migrants, perhaps 5,000 years ago, from north Eurasia Continue reading...






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Three-parent babies: It's more messy than we thought

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:00
Mitochondrial replacement lets a child's cells use power packs from a donor. But if the donor can pass on other traits, that really complicates the ethics






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From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 07:01
Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford answers our Q&A about the mysteries of a component of artificial intelligence Continue reading...






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Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 07:00

A recent study found associations between cannabis use and later poor educational achievement and suicide attempts. But was the cannabis really to blame?

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From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 07:00
Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford answers our Q&A about the mysteries of a component of artificial intelligence Continue reading...






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Brainstorm in a teacup: can epilepsy fuel creativity?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-09-18 06:00

Epilepsy can be very disruptive and debilitating, but can it also spur creativity? If treatments suppress comedic inspiration and this directly affects your job, is it worth it?

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Daydream believers: Is imagination our greatest skill?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-09-17 20:00
Our capacity to create imaginary worlds could be key to our health as well as the power behind the rise of human civilisation (full text available to subscribers)






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