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Temperature-driven clock sparks new kind of generator

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

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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Glacial lake is green with wonder in winning photo

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

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

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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Daydream believers: Is imagination our greatest skill?

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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Rainbow galaxies reveal why cosmos is full of spirals

Wed, 2014-09-17 19:30
Psychedelic pictures of 30 galactic collisions show for the first time that merging galaxies often spawn disc-shaped offspring like our Milky Way






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Finding Nemo is real: Clownfish make epic sea journeys

Wed, 2014-09-17 19:00
Clownfish travel hundreds of kilometres, but it is the larvae rather than the adults that migrate






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China clamps down on dirtiest coal to curb pollution

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:30
The largest consumer of coal in the world has announced radical restrictions on coal imports and its domestic transport and use






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Artificial sweeteners linked to glucose intolerance

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:00
Aspartame, saccharin and sucralose made mice glucose intolerant – a risk for diabetes – probably by altering their gut flora. Is it happening in humans too?






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Lasers slim down on stopped-light diet

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:00
A new kind of laser that powers up by freezing light in its tracks could lead to computers that run on photons instead of electrons






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Today on New Scientist

Wed, 2014-09-17 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: preferred vs promoted in digital media, Jaws in Cornwall, psychology experiments we'd ban now and more






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Record sea ice around Antarctica due to global warming

Wed, 2014-09-17 17:30
The extent of Antarctica's sea ice has hit yet another record high, and counter-intuitively global warming is responsible






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World closes in on goal of halving hunger by 2015

Wed, 2014-09-17 16:57
The number of people without enough to eat has fallen rapidly over the past 25 years, but sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia are still struggling






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Shockers: Psychology experiments that we'd ban now

Wed, 2014-09-17 16:10
You can learn a lot about people if you mess with their minds. Here are four infamous experiments in which psychologists gave in to unethical temptations






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Boeing and SpaceX bag NASA's $6.8bn space taxi prize

Wed, 2014-09-17 14:40
NASA has announced that two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, will start launching astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017






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Leaky wells, not fracking, polluted US drinking water

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:57
The act of fracking is probably not contaminating US drinking water – the real problem is leaks from the wells that bring natural gas to the surface






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Stem cells used in landmark therapy for failing sight

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:03
A Japanese woman with macular degeneration is the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, made from her own skin






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No, Jaws is not lurking off the Cornish coast

Wed, 2014-09-17 08:00
Scaremongering claims of a great white shark in UK waters could have been easily avoided, says shark conservation biologist David Shiffman






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Simple urine test detects cervical cancer virus

Tue, 2014-09-16 23:30
It is not as accurate as sampling HPV DNA from the cervix itself, but the test might benefit women who are too scared to have a conventional smear test






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