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How Our Days Became Numbered: Great data, wrong results

Fri, 2015-06-26 20:00
As the US industrialised in the early 1900s, life insurers hunted data on everyday citizens as never before – with unintended consequences, says a new book









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Galaxy's supermassive black hole is a cool neighbourhood for ice

Fri, 2015-06-26 17:13
Despite searing radiation at the Milky Way's core, water and hydrocarbon ice are clinging on – probably thanks to sheltering dust grains









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Rainbow X-ray echoes pinpoint faraway neutron star

Fri, 2015-06-26 16:30
By observing ripples of X-rays bouncing off dust around a remote binary star, astronomers have solved a puzzle over its distance









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No, soup of everyday chemicals isn't a cancer-causing combo

Fri, 2015-06-26 14:00
Could chemicals deemed safe at common doses be carcinogenic when mixed? It's a fair question, but there is no evidence of harm, says Fiona Osgun (full text available to subscribers)









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Feedback: A Nobel calling in question

Fri, 2015-06-26 12:00
Return of Marija Gimbutas's steppe monsters, Bologna and flatulence, inspirational works of gametical genius and more (full text available to subscribers)









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Heat-tolerant genes could help corals adapt to climate change

Fri, 2015-06-26 11:40
Evidence from the Great Barrier Reef suggests corals that are tolerant of high temperatures can pass the trait to the next generation through their genes









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Rats dream about the places they wish to go

Fri, 2015-06-26 08:00
When a rat really wants to get somewhere but can't, it seems to see that place in its dreams – just like that holiday you're saving up for









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Gentle sex? Females just as feisty as males over reproduction

Thu, 2015-06-25 20:00
Males compete for sex, females choose – ever since Darwin, we've assumed that's how nature works. Time for a rethink? (full text available to subscribers)









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Wakey wakey! Yawning elephants snapped in the act

Thu, 2015-06-25 16:01
Chimps do it. Hippos do it. Now sleepy elephants have been caught having an early morning yawn









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Illegal not to act: Could courts save world from climate change?

Thu, 2015-06-25 15:25
A landmark legal ruling ordering the Dutch government to cut emissions could be the first of many – and they might do what global treaties have so far failed to









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Our eye sockets give us a wider field of view than other apes

Thu, 2015-06-25 14:00
The unique positioning of our eyes within our skulls may have played a part in our early evolution









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Grexit may be averted but threat to eurozone stability remains

Thu, 2015-06-25 12:42
Even if a bailout deal is agreed, dangers remain – the European network has inherent weaknesses, and greater wealth inequality may just make it worse









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Algorithm zeroes in on origins of disease outbreaks

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:30
In disease outbreaks, "patient zero" is the original carrier – but they can be hard to find. Now a new algorithm can help









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Papa do preach: The pope is a key ally against climate change

Thu, 2015-06-25 09:00
The Vatican's moral authority will help mobilise people on global warming, say climate science veterans Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Partha Dasgupta and Peter Raven (full text available to subscribers)







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Sexism isn't just bad for scientists - it hurts science too

Thu, 2015-06-25 07:00
The Tim Hunt furore is a stark reminder that inequality in the lab needs addressing. And not just for the important reason of social justice







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For an easier birth, stop thinking about it

Thu, 2015-06-25 00:01
Civilisation is robbing women of their capacity to give birth naturally, warns obstetrician Michel Odent (full text available to subscribers)







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What is artificial blood and why is the UK going to trial it?

Thu, 2015-06-25 00:01
As it struggles to recruit more blood donors, the UK's National Health Service has announced it will start testing transfusions with lab-grown blood by 2017







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Get ready for the leap second – it could be the last one ever

Wed, 2015-06-24 20:00
On Tuesday night the clocks will stand still at 23:59:60 to keep our time in sync with the universe. But does our high-speed world demand a new solution? (full text available to subscribers)







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Glowing world of rainbow corals found in the Red Sea

Wed, 2015-06-24 19:00
Corals that switch from green to deep red when exposed to ultraviolet light could provide a new toolkit for biomedical imaging







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Antarctic Yeti crabs cling to hot jets and farm bacteria

Wed, 2015-06-24 19:00
Crowds of blind, hairy crabs huddle together around life-giving vents and seem to cultivate bacteria on their coats in the icy depths of the Southern Ocean







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