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Supernova shock waves create glowing arcs across sky

Thu, 2014-10-30 12:00
A forest of mysterious radiation arcs seen across our view of the universe might be down to a supernova-powered bubble expanding towards our sun






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Gold origami exerts strange power over light

Thu, 2014-10-30 11:55
Sheets of gold one nanoparticle thick have been folded into tiny origami. Dubbed plasmene, the material has some of the weirdest optical properties around






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Goodbye, paper: What we miss when we read on screen

Wed, 2014-10-29 20:00
Digital technology is transforming the way we read and write. Is it changing our minds too – and if so, for better or worse? (full text available to subscribers)






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Computers are learning to see the world like we do

Wed, 2014-10-29 19:12
It is surprisingly difficult to build computers that can recognise the many different objects we see every day, but they are getting better all the time






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Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice

Wed, 2014-10-29 18:00
As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head






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Today on New Scientist

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: the great sea otter comeback, cold moon with a warm heart, milk and broken bones, tribal lessons, overpopulation and more






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Seabed feeding frenzy proves dead jellyfish get eaten

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:30
Time-lapse imagery of scavengers tucking in proves that dead jellyfish aren't unpalatable after all, so can return nutrients to the sea's food webs






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Computer with human-like learning will program itself

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:09
The Neural Turing Machine will combine the best of number-crunching with the human-like adaptability of neural networks – so it can invent its own programs






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Cargo rocket explosion is a blow for commercial space

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:05
No one was hurt when the uncrewed Orbital Sciences spacecraft blew up seconds after take-off – but has the reputation of private shuttles been injured?






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Cellular alchemy turns skin cells into brain cells

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:00
To turn one cell into another you usually need to first rewind them into embryonic-like stem cells. But there is another, potentially safer, way






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Trap cells in sound to create strong cartilage

Wed, 2014-10-29 16:23
Ultrasound waves can be used to trap cartilage cells and bind them into sheets that can be easily grafted on to damaged tissue






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Number of disease outbreaks jumps fourfold since 1980

Wed, 2014-10-29 13:41
In the past 30 years, the number of disease outbreaks has increased, as has the number of diseases causing them – infections from animals are a big cause






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A killer plague wouldn't save the planet from us

Wed, 2014-10-29 12:30
One-child policies and plagues that cut the population won't be enough to fix our ecological problems, models suggest. Only changes in consumption will do that






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Coming face to face with a shy thresher shark

Wed, 2014-10-29 12:00
Meeting sharks can be a moving experience, says photographer Jean-Marie Ghislain, who works to educate people on the plight of sharks around the world






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What one Amazonian tribe teaches us

Wed, 2014-10-29 10:00
From female suicide to the nature of being civilised, probing tribal life in the 21st century needs an unflinching, critical eye






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Guzzling milk might boost your risk of breaking bones

Tue, 2014-10-28 23:30
A study of more than 100,000 Swedes has revealed that drinking a lot of milk is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and death






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The comeback cubs: The great sea otter invasion

Tue, 2014-10-28 20:00
After being nearly wiped out a century ago, the sea otter population in Canada is booming. But not everyone is glad to welcome them back (full text available to subscribers)






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Cold moon Enceladus has heart of warm fluff

Tue, 2014-10-28 18:04
Known for shooting spectacular plumes of water into space, Saturn's tiny moon keeps warm thanks to a core that is slushy and soft rather than rock solid






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Today on New Scientist

Tue, 2014-10-28 17:30
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: giant solar flares, our 2D future, recruiting gut bacteria to fight cancer, holograms you can touch and more






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Plan to save Great Barrier Reef doomed to failure

Tue, 2014-10-28 17:04
The only targets set by the Australian government's plan to maintain the Great Barrier Reef are impossible to meet. It's doomed to fail say leading scientists






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