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Liquid bits could brim with data in future computers

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:42
A future form of computing could see information stored on clusters of microscopic particles suspended in liquid






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Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus hits the US and Europe

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:00
Locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus have been identified in the US for the first time, while cases soar in Europe and Central America






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Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

Wed, 2014-07-23 13:13
The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response






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Brazil to unleash GM-mosquito swarms to fight dengue

Wed, 2014-07-23 10:34
Modified mozzies will be raised and released on a commercial scale for the first time, but critics warn that this biotech has not been sufficiently tested






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We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone

Tue, 2014-07-22 20:00
How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter knows how to stash it in rock so it can't leak out again – the next step is to go big (full text available to subscribers)






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A bird in the hand: The tale of one woman and her hawk

Tue, 2014-07-22 19:00
This pulse-quickening story of a woman's obsession with training a female goshawk makes H is for Hawk a modern classic in a nature-writing renaissance






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Alcohol improves your sense of smell - in moderation

Tue, 2014-07-22 18:04
Low levels of alcohol can improve your ability to discriminate between different odours, but be warned, the effect is reversed if you drink too much






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Today on New Scientist

Tue, 2014-07-22 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: seaweed farms of the future, cyclist in drag act, PTSD for Gaza's children, archaeology of human networks, and more






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Latest HIV 'cure' claims prompt calls for more caution

Tue, 2014-07-22 16:32
Bone marrow grafts have helped both patients stay all but virus-free for three years. But the disease has come back before in others, and a simpler treatment is needed






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Gaza conflict will traumatise a generation of children

Tue, 2014-07-22 15:36
Besides the death toll and obvious physical damage, Israel's attacks will leave many of Gaza's surviving children with post-traumatic stress disorder






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Lasers make fibre optic tubes out of thin air

Tue, 2014-07-22 14:16
Corralling light using laser-heated air can let you send signals vast distances without the light getting lost. It could be used to detect explosives at a distance






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Cycling is a drag act in virtual wind tunnel

Tue, 2014-07-22 12:00
A hideously complex mass of equations can tell you about air flow over your boat, F1 car or bike – while also making the prettiest images in engineering






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Seaweed supper: recipes for a three-course meal

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:00
Edible seaweed is not only nutritional, it's delicious too – but don't take our word for it, try it for yourself






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Kelp wanted: Pioneering the seaweed farm of the future

Mon, 2014-07-21 20:00
Seaweed from vast underwater farms could fill our tanks with biofuel, clean up pollution and even harvest uranium. Meet the vanguard of the marine revolution (full text available to subscribers)






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Beyond the bones: The archaeology of human networks

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:00
The idea of human as networker is fast replacing the idea of human as toolmaker in the story of the human brain, claim two new books on our evolution






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Own the record-breaking scramjet NASA and Russia built

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:30
In its day, this CIAM-NASA HFL "Kholod" scramjet was the fastest thing in the air. Just the thing for your private museum






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Today on New Scientist

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: the other side of a black hole, self-sculpting rock arches, hungry seals at wind farms, smart goggles and more






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Smart goggles let helicopter pilots see through fog

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:16
An augmented reality headset may allow the pilots of business jets and helicopters to take off and land in fog, torrential rain, snow and dust storms






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Hungry seals tour offshore wind farms looking for food

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:00
Grey and harbour seals in the North Sea weave in and out of offshore wind farms in search of fish, which gather around turbines






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Drug combo 'game changer' for drug-resistant TB

Mon, 2014-07-21 16:04
Early results of a drug combination called PaMZ offer the best hope in decades of bringing the pernicious, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis under control






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