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Dust from asteroid mining spells danger for satellites

Wed, 2015-05-27 22:00
Both NASA and private firms want to drag resource-rich asteroids closer to home to mine them, but that could stir up dust that could collide with satellites







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Machines are about to start making their own beautiful music

Wed, 2015-05-27 21:00
Synthesised music can sound flat and lifeless, but using AI to analyse how humans play could let computers produce creative interpretations of any score (full text available to subscribers)







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CSI Stone Age: was 430,000-year-old hominin murdered?

Wed, 2015-05-27 19:00
Forensic scientists have identified the earliest clear case of human-on-human violence. The victim, found in northern Spain, died after blows to the head







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New species of early human was Lucy's neighbour in Africa

Wed, 2015-05-27 18:00
Fossils of a new species of Australopithecus have been found near the site of Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis, suggesting the two species interacted







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Brain implant that decodes intention will let us probe free will

Wed, 2015-05-27 18:00
Designed to give paralysed people more independence, the implant also lets us see if brain activity can show a person's decisions – before they realise they've made any







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'Vaccine' stops mice feeling stress – but should people take it?

Wed, 2015-05-27 17:00
The possibility of popping a pill before a stressful event to protect you from the consequences is a step closer after ketamine was found to do just that in mice (full text available to subscribers)







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Galapagos volcano sets the night sky ablaze

Wed, 2015-05-27 16:48
An eruption this week on the Galapagos islands threatened the region's iconic wildlife – but it now seems to be in the clear, including the world's only population of pink iguana







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Mystery disease claims half world population of saiga antelopes

Wed, 2015-05-27 16:42
Up to 120,000 animals are feared dead in central Kazakhstan, and still the cause is not known. Vets are investigating three main possibilities







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Wild weather across US and Mexico a sign of El Niño's return

Wed, 2015-05-27 10:53
Storms and other extreme weather in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska could be the first signs that climate's bad boy is back with a vengeance







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Mission to Europa will test Jupiter moon's friendliness to life

Tue, 2015-05-26 20:17
NASA has announced the instruments for its next mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, one of the solar system's best candidates for hosting life







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Fetal cells injected into a man's brain to cure his Parkinson's

Tue, 2015-05-26 20:00
An experimental Parkinson's treatment abandoned in the 1990s has been revived – and could restore a person's control of their movement within five years







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4 sinister threats that loom for the cashless society

Tue, 2015-05-26 17:00
Increasing reliance on electronic payment creates dangers for consumer protection, privacy, political interference and competition, says Jem Bendell (full text available to subscribers)







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Good looking: Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

Tue, 2015-05-26 15:00
One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older (full text available to subscribers)







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After ISIS storms Palmyra, race is on to log global heritage

Tue, 2015-05-26 13:30
Ancient buildings are sitting ducks in war. But efforts are growing to preserve them digitally in case disaster strikes, says Emma Cunliffe







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Life at Faulty Towers carries on despite being deep underwater

Tue, 2015-05-26 12:00
More than 2 kilometres underwater, this towering array of natural chimneys, known as black smokers, spews out mineral-rich superheated water, nurturing life







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We must put the brakes on glaciers to stop the seas rising

Mon, 2015-05-25 20:00
The public may balk at geoengineering, but we've got to think boldly if we're going to protect our coasts, says glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk (full text available to subscribers)







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North American ragweed to bring autumn allergy misery to Europe

Mon, 2015-05-25 16:00
Ragweed pollen is the bane of many lives in the US, and climate change could help the plant become much more common in Europe by 2050







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Good looking: Video games that can help you see better

Mon, 2015-05-25 13:00
Playing shoot 'em ups has a surprising benefit – it can train your brain to sharpen your vision (full text available to subscribers)







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How to Clone a Mammoth: But should we?

Mon, 2015-05-25 09:00
With the science nearly upon us, a new book highlights the ethical and logistical issues of bringing back proxies of extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth







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Forget colour overlays - dyslexia is not a vision problem

Mon, 2015-05-25 06:00
The popular belief that dyslexia is caused by sight problems has been blown out of the water by a study of 6000 school children. So what does cause it?







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