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A travel guide to touch

Mon, 2015-03-02 14:00
Touching each other is an important part of social interaction around the world – but it's a case of different strokes for different folks (full text available to subscribers)






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Germ-killing molecules identified in alligator blood

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:00
Over more than 37 million years, alligators have developed a formidable defence against infections that we might be able to harness






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My drug-filled nanospheres heal at the speed of light

Mon, 2015-03-02 12:00
Our bodies have a habit of scattering medicine to the wrong places, so Adah Almutairi is targeting diseases with light-activated nanotechnology






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Evolution's big bang: how life on Earth took off

Sun, 2015-03-01 20:00
Life was single-celled and boring for billions of years, then BOOM! the ancestors of most animals alive today appeared – thanks to a perfect storm of events (full text available to subscribers)






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Volleyballene puts a new spin on buckyballs

Sun, 2015-03-01 11:00
The molecule is a super-stable mash-up of 60 carbon atoms and 20 scandium atoms, and it looks a lot like, yes, you've guessed it, a volleyball






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Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

Sat, 2015-02-28 13:00
Being trustworthy and accurate could help a web page rise up Google rankings if the search engine giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links






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To save the rainforest, let the locals take control

Fri, 2015-02-27 20:00
Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce






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Amazon deforestation soars after a decade of stability

Fri, 2015-02-27 19:00
Satellite images of the Amazon show that deforestation in Brazil has, at points, risen to levels 467 per cent of last year's






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Why US law on guns and mental health needs to change

Fri, 2015-02-27 18:00
As eight die in shootings in Missouri, why oppose a law compelling psychiatrists to report patients with mental illness, asks Jessica Hamzelou






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Today on New Scientist

Fri, 2015-02-27 17:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to do big science at home, programmable pop-up materials and the colour of that dress






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A user's guide to touch

Fri, 2015-02-27 17:00
Ever wondered why being stroked produces wildly different sensations depending on where you're being touched? We have the answers (full text available to subscribers)






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Drone buzzes South America's first wildlife bridge

Fri, 2015-02-27 16:56
Aerial footage reveals a unique green overpass designed to reconnect habitats sliced in two by an Argentinean road






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Great white sharks attack prey under cover of sun

Fri, 2015-02-27 15:08
It seems great white sharks exploit the glare of the sun to catch their prey unawares






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Feedback: Ferrari jumps the units shark

Fri, 2015-02-27 12:00
Oceans and oceans of units, how large are your chips?, slither of a name challenge and more (full text available to subscribers)






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What colour is the dress? Here's why we disagree

Fri, 2015-02-27 10:48
Science explains why the internet is split over the colour of a dress – and what it could tell us about our internal biases






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Treating inherited disease could start in the womb

Thu, 2015-02-26 21:30
Experiments in mice suggest that treatment of haemophilia could be more successful if the baby's immune system is primed while in the womb






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Programmable pop-up materials can morph on command

Thu, 2015-02-26 20:40
Sheets of programmable matter can be made to pop into complex 3D shapes 100 times taller than their original thickness when heated, and could find uses in medicine






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Kitchen-table physics lets you do big science at home

Thu, 2015-02-26 20:00
Five groundbreaking experiments for a low-tech lab: from a solar storm detector in a jam jar to a Large Hadron Collider in your salad bowl (full text available to subscribers)






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Britons may have imported wheat long before farming it

Thu, 2015-02-26 19:00
The discovery of DNA in the southern part of the UK from what appears to be ancient wheat flour hints at a trade in what would have been a prestigious food






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Future-predicting neurons discovered in the brain

Thu, 2015-02-26 18:22
Brain cells that help us predict the intentions of others before they've actively made a decision have been discovered in monkeys






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