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Feedback: Build in how many dimensions?

Tue, 2014-08-26 12:00
Is this headline correct? Can we hope for an oracle? Is this online rule wrong? and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time

Tue, 2014-08-26 10:36
Yeast that can make opiates from other molecules raise the prospect of tanks of drug-producing microorganisms replacing open fields of opium poppies
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Perfect harmonies: How music was built into science

Mon, 2014-08-25 22:00
Music was key to Western teaching from Plato up to the 18th century. In Music and the Making of Modern Science, Peter Pesic claims it shaped today's science
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Earth electric: Harnessing our planet's low glow

Mon, 2014-08-25 20:00
Heat is constantly flowing into space from the ground beneath our feet. Might we capture some of it to generate electricity? (full text available to subscribers)
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I'm exploring the health toll of firstborn favouritism

Mon, 2014-08-25 15:00
Deep-rooted preferences for firstborn sons in India lead to malnutrition in other children, says economist Seema Jayachandran






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Open schools later so teens can lie in, say US doctors

Mon, 2014-08-25 05:01
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants all US schools with children aged 10 to 18 to delay their opening times to 8.30 am or later






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Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

Sun, 2014-08-24 23:00
Male giraffe weevils use their impressive snouts to win females, but less-endowed males use sneaky tactics to mate just as often






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Meet the lodgers: Wildlife in the great indoors

Sun, 2014-08-24 20:00
From cockroaches and bedbugs to fungi and microbes, your home is crawling with life. It has evolved with us for millennia, and now its fate is in our hands (full text available to subscribers)






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Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

Sun, 2014-08-24 18:00
A sensor implanted in their eye could let people with glaucoma monitor the condition using just a smartphone
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Doctor Who episode 1: a guide to the cool science bits

Sat, 2014-08-23 21:00
A giant dinosaur, clockwork robots and a Sherlockian mystery of spontaneous combustion. It could only be Doctor Who – now with a new, older Time Lord






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Today on New Scientist

Fri, 2014-08-22 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to see the world as a baby, China's net censors, short fiery lives of first stars, chimp empathy and more






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Shortcuts to an infant-like view on the world

Fri, 2014-08-22 16:00
Psychoactive stimulants such as caffeine and magic mushrooms may to some extent revert the brain to an infant-like state






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Botox blitz could work against stomach cancers

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:15
When you think of botox, you are more likely to imagine it smoothing skin than fighting cancer, but the toxin could be effective against stomach tumours






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Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:02
Humans and chimps both involuntarily mimic pupil dilation in others – but only if those others are members of the same species






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Blaming Ebola on God's wrath is worse than you think

Fri, 2014-08-22 11:30
Some religious leaders invoke divine retribution whenever there is a crisis, but we shouldn't just accept this as a natural reaction, argue two theologians






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Searching for survivors in Hiroshima's shattered homes

Fri, 2014-08-22 11:03
The debris left by a landslide that hit Hiroshima, Japan, on Wednesday is being carefully combed for survivors






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Trippy tots: How to see the world as a baby

Thu, 2014-08-21 20:00
We've all been there, and none of us remembers. But psychedelic drugs, love and travel are just some of the ways we can roll parts of our brain back to infancy (full text available to subscribers)






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China sting shows censors fear posts that incite unrest

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
Undercover look into the secrets of China's online censorship system shows how anything that encourages collective action makes the authorities nervous
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Earliest stars lived short, fiery lives

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
The chemical fingerprint of an ancient star suggests its predecessors were more massive than thought, ending up as huge supernovae
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Hummingbirds turned savoury into sweet to taste nectar

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
Birds lost the taste receptors for sugar, but hummingbirds clearly have a sweet tooth. Now we know how they regained it
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