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Why food is rarely the simple pleasure it once was

Sat, 2015-03-28 16:00
An exhibition at London's Science Museum and a philosophising book explore our desire for food, while another new book exposes the food industry's dark secrets







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How landscapes mould language and lives

Fri, 2015-03-27 23:00
Our surroundings can influence the words we use and feed into life's twists and turns, as two new books explore







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Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget

Fri, 2015-03-27 20:00
Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Bill McGuire







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Bee pesticide study furore is called a 'scandal'

Fri, 2015-03-27 19:30
Research quoted by the UK's former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after all







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Giant pandas' secret social life revealed

Fri, 2015-03-27 19:00
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time







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Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system

Fri, 2015-03-27 18:28
Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope







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Thirty new fly species found in LA's urban sprawl

Fri, 2015-03-27 17:32
A citizen science project in Los Angeles has discovered 30 previously unknown species of fly







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Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:54
The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA's next lander







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Great Barrier Reef reserves protected fish from cyclone

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:21
Creating reserves where fishing is banned doesn't just boost fish populations, it also makes them more resilient to big climate events such as cyclones







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How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:17
After the Germanwings air crash in France, the mental state of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has come under scrutiny. How does the industry check the health of flight crew?
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If the drugs don't work on the cancer, transform it

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:32
A way of turning tumours into a less aggressive type could halt hard-to-treat breast cancers and make them easier to attack







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Feedback: Artificial stupidity rules KO

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:00
We catalogue fruitloopery fairly completely, Flash out of the frying pan, an oddly well-named scientist and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species

Fri, 2015-03-27 02:00
The temperature limit we've chosen to protect our planet from harmful warming is 0.5 °C too high, say a growing number of climate scientists







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Bank of England guru: We're crowdsourcing economics

Thu, 2015-03-26 21:00
The financial crisis showed just how wrong our economic models can be, says the bank's research chief, Andy Haldane − so he's opening up his search for answers (full text available to subscribers)







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French toddler nearly killed by flu had gene mutation

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:43
How can the same flu virus be a mild infection in some people and a killer in others? The answer may lie in your genes







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3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:09
Watch artificial ants move a large object by mimicking the cooperative behaviour of the real insects







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Galaxy smash-ups show dark matter wants to be alone

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:00
Hints that dark matter might interact with itself via a new force are dashed







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Major Antarctic ice survey reveals dramatic melting

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:00
Coastal ice shelves are thinning and the process is speeding up, making it easier for land ice to reach the sea and raise global sea levels







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Bacteria power up by using magnets as batteries

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:00
Two types of bacteria survive by charging and recharging magnetite crystals – essentially treating the mineral as a battery







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North Dakota curbs wasteful flares of oil drilling gas

Thu, 2015-03-26 17:00
Oil companies are burning money by flaring off the gas produced in oil extraction. North Dakota, one of the worst offending states, is cleaning up its act







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