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Blood bank data turns donations into a numbers game

Wed, 2015-01-28 20:30
An initiative in New York is using machine learning to figure out who's most likely to donate blood - and what's best to say to encourage them






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Plastic Age: How it's reshaping rocks, oceans and life

Wed, 2015-01-28 20:00
The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy – but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene (full text available to subscribers)






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India eyes ambitious renewables targets - with US help

Wed, 2015-01-28 19:30
Months before the UN climate summit in Paris, India has set ambitious new targets for renewable energy, and will now have access to US know-how






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Brazil hit hard by worst drought since 1930

Wed, 2015-01-28 19:00
Four million people in Brazil's south-east powerhouse have been hit by water rationing and blackouts in the country's worst drought on record






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It's OK to soak up the sun, just don't get burned

Wed, 2015-01-28 18:30
Sunshine police take note, the latest guidelines from the UK's health advisory body NICE suggest we should actively seek out some rays






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Prince Philip: Great engineers can improve the world

Wed, 2015-01-28 18:00
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for engineering recognises the huge contribution engineers make to our everyday lives, says The Duke of Edinburgh






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Today on New Scientist

Wed, 2015-01-28 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: E. O. Wilson on extinction and religion, sperm whale's poonado, fractals in throbbing stars and more






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Solo supernovae challenge cosmic distance standards

Wed, 2015-01-28 17:21
Supernovae were thought to need help from a nearby star – if they don't, we may have to rethink how we measure cosmic distances as well as dark energy






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Do sugary drinks trigger early puberty in girls?

Wed, 2015-01-28 17:00
There's a link between sugary beverages and early puberty, regardless of girls' body size. We look at what the underlying cause could be






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Fractals seen in throbs of pulsating golden stars

Wed, 2015-01-28 14:02
Zoom in on a star's vibrations and, if they're related by the golden ratio, you might see fractals, like a coastline. This could tell us about what's going on inside






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Moon milestone prizes awarded to XPrize competitors

Wed, 2015-01-28 13:51
The Google-sponsored competition to land a spacecraft on the moon has awarded "milestone prizes" to five competing teams






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Sperm whale's emergency evacuation... of its bowels

Wed, 2015-01-28 13:16
What does such a gigantic animal have to be scared of? Spooked by the photographers, this sperm whale protected itself by enveloping them in a poonado






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E. O. Wilson: Religious faith is dragging us down

Tue, 2015-01-27 20:00
The extinctions we cause will kill us too, says the sociobiology pioneer – the best thing would be to eliminate religions, though not human spiritual yearning (full text available to subscribers)






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Turbulent lessons from tropical storms

Tue, 2015-01-27 19:00
From 16th-century colonisers of the Caribbean to Katrina's victims, Stuart Schwarz's Sea of Storms explores the long geopolitical shadow of tropical hurricanes






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Today on New Scientist

Tue, 2015-01-27 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: normal foot myth, eco-utopias vs eco-activism, planets almost as old as the universe and more






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Self-help healthcare fuelled shock Greek election win

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:03
Volunteer-run services are plugging holes left by cutbacks in Greece and may have helped focus support for the radical Syriza party






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Keeping an open mind about consciousness research

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:00
Open Mind is an eclectic open-access website about cutting-edge consciousness and cognitive research






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Laser flight path caught on camera for the first time

Tue, 2015-01-27 10:00
It's usually only possible to see the spot where a laser lands rather than its path, but now an ultrafast camera has caught those photons mid-flight






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Ancient planets are almost as old as the universe

Tue, 2015-01-27 01:00
The oldest rocky planets yet are 11.2 billion years old, just a little younger than the universe – meaning the galaxy made an early start on planet building






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Shoes vs barefoot: The myth of the normal foot

Mon, 2015-01-26 20:00
The average Western foot is deformed by shoes. If you ditch them, will your feet bounce back or are you simply asking for trouble? (full text available to subscribers)






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