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Is a hole in the head the answer to traumatic brain injury?

Thu, 2015-04-23 09:00
An extreme surgical procedure may save lives but the quality of that life is under scrutiny. Clare Wilson joins the surgeons examining if it's worth the risk







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Australia has chance to go 100 per cent renewable by 2050

Wed, 2015-04-22 23:00
But its government has been cutting back on climate-change measures, even arguing for a reduction in renewable-energy targets







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Jolt of java helps spermbots in final race to the finish

Wed, 2015-04-22 21:00
Caffeine gives brief boost to tiny swimming robots made from bull sperm, helping them to ferry drugs around the body or help in reproductive technologies







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The greatest physics theorem you've never heard of

Wed, 2015-04-22 20:00
This concept's played a greater part in physics than relativity and quantum theory, so why has the great woman behind it not achieved Einstein's fame? (full text available to subscribers)







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These neon-lit cells reveal new ways of preventing blindness

Wed, 2015-04-22 19:00
Targeting a protein that causes rampant growth of cells in retinal blood vessels could lead to new treatments for vision loss in older people







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Injectable lab finds your best cancer drug by trying many at once

Wed, 2015-04-22 19:00
The torturous trial-and-error process of finding the best cancer drug for an individual could be a thing of the past thanks to a couple of clever devices







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California moves closer to tightening child vaccination laws

Wed, 2015-04-22 18:30
State education committee passes a bill banning parents exempting kids from vaccination because of "personal beliefs", as lawmakers around the world discuss similar measures







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Tainted love: Bees prefer food laced with harmful pesticides

Wed, 2015-04-22 18:00
Rather than avoid neonicotinoid pesticides, bees opt specifically for sugars that contain the chemicals – even though they might be detrimental to wild bees







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Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity

Wed, 2015-04-22 18:00
The early evangelist Paul became a Christian because of a dazzling light on the road to Damascus, but one astronomer thinks it was an exploding meteor







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Wireless routers could spy on your breathing and heartbeat

Wed, 2015-04-22 17:00
A radar-like system that fits inside a Wi-Fi box can record health data and keep tabs on your mood – without you even noticing







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Sydney storm erodes sandy beaches, giving a taste of the future

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:00
Shifting sands seen at Bondi and other beaches in Australia this week may worsen as sea levels rise, eroding sandy beaches there







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Old Scientist: How biologists tussled over the Loch Ness monster

Wed, 2015-04-22 15:22
Half a century ago, the Loch Ness monster was something science was trying to get to the bottom of – as a running feud in the pages of New Scientist reveals







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E-cigarettes are smoke of choice for US schoolchildren

Tue, 2015-04-21 18:32
US high schoolers are opting for e-cigarettes over conventional cigarettes. Good news? Or have we just shifted the problem?







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Stars throw out a lifetime's waste carbon in just 1000 years

Tue, 2015-04-21 17:00
A star has been seen spewing carbon from its core into space, where it might form organic molecules useful for life, but the speed of the expulsion was a surprise







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Nice legs: Native American bee poses for his close-up

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:00
A photographer has set himself an epic project to capture all North America's bee species, including this fuzzy-legged specimen that bared its mandibles for the camera







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Space geckos seen playing on their trip into orbit

Tue, 2015-04-21 10:15
Reptiles rarely play on land, but now a group of "geckonauts" has been caught on camera playing with a floating collar







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Morality is rooted in the way societies get their energy

Mon, 2015-04-20 20:00
Why do different groups of people have vastly different views of right and wrong? Archaeologist Ian Morris thinks he's found what's really fuelling our values (full text available to subscribers)







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19th-century champagne haul shows seabed is perfect wine cooler

Mon, 2015-04-20 20:00
Chemical analysis of champagne from a shipwreck reveals the wine "kept its intrinsic characteristics", despite 200 years at the bottom of the Baltic Sea







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Hair analysis on trial after FBI admits to using flawed evidence

Mon, 2015-04-20 19:00
The FBI has admitted that flawed evidence was accepted in nearly all of the trials that took place over the 1980s and 90s. Is hair analysis still any use at all?







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Miniature sea snails found in acidic sea near volcanic seeps

Mon, 2015-04-20 18:15
The snails have shrunk to adapt to acidic seas, an effect expected in marine species with shells as oceans keep acidifying







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