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Limitless beauty of science in Eureka prize finalists

Fri, 2014-08-08 17:04
The shortlist of images for the 2014 New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography journey from the deep sea to inner space to reveal stunning worlds






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Sleep tight? Not a chance if you're in space

Fri, 2014-08-08 15:21
The most comprehensive astronaut sleep study to date found that astronauts' sleep debt starts well before blast off, and sleeping pills might not help






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Ebola is a 'global emergency' as bodies litter streets

Fri, 2014-08-08 15:08
As the number of cases continues to rise the Liberian president has called for "extraordinary measures for the very survival of our state"
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Global warming may be to blame for tornado onslaughts

Fri, 2014-08-08 14:59
Although no more common than before, US twisters are increasingly arriving in intense bursts, sometimes more than 30 in a day






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How the weirdest designs can become great paper planes

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:30
A Japanese team has created a program that can improve the craziest design for a paper plane, ensuring it has the right aerodynamics to stay aloft






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Feedback: Such lightness with their fear

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:00
Cleanse a foul infected world, where the pestilence did reign, the powdering tub of alcoholic infamy, and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:00
The standard story is that modern humans left Africa 60,000 years ago, but fossils and genetics hint that an earlier migration made it to China






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What it's like to fly passenger planes from the ground

Thu, 2014-08-07 22:00
Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from a desk






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Let the sunshine in: We need Vitamin D more than ever

Thu, 2014-08-07 20:00
The sun's rays are even more essential to health than we thought. But how do you know if you're getting enough? (full text available to subscribers)






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Self-organising origami robot unfolds itself… and walks

Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
A flat chunk of butterfly-shaped plastic can folds itself into the shape of a four-legged robot – and simply walk away






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A million digital neurons get closer to aping a brain

Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
Copying the brain's structure could help build machines that are far more powerful and efficient than our current ones, say IBM researchers






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Pacific dead zone has been shrinking for a century

Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
Global warming should cause low-oxygen zones in the ocean to expand, driving out marine animals, but a few zones may buck the trend






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Beijing's coal ban may herald the end of the fuel

Thu, 2014-08-07 18:32
China's capital plans to ban burning coal from 2020. If the rest of the energy-hungry country follows suit, peak coal production could be near






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Today on New Scientist

Thu, 2014-08-07 18:17
All the latest on newscientist.com: Lego-like bricks for bots, dove-hunting Neanderthals, cliff-jumping ants and more






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Lack of vitamin D more than doubles risk of dementia

Thu, 2014-08-07 17:27
Severe vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia but the sunshine vitamin's protective effects are still unclear






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What to do when the power goes out in Antarctica

Thu, 2014-08-07 17:15
It's winter at the South Pole, and last week the power went out at the Halley Research Station. Base commander John Eager tells how the team coped with the -55 °C






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Zoologger: Hero ant jumps off cliff to eject invaders

Thu, 2014-08-07 16:41
Workers of Malagidris sofina wrestle with invading ants, drag them to the entrance, and throw themselves and the intruder off a cliff






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Cunning Neanderthals hunted and ate wild pigeons

Thu, 2014-08-07 14:43
Our Neanderthal cousins caught rock doves for thousands of years, suggesting their hunting skills were just as advanced as ours






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Magnets join race to replace transistors in computers

Thu, 2014-08-07 13:11
Stacks of nanomagnets could lead to slimmer, sleeker supercomputers that solve many problems in parallel, with no wires required






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Squidgy 'click-e-bricks' will let robots fix themselves

Thu, 2014-08-07 11:46
Roboticists are building unusual sculptures and tools using flexible, translucent Lego-type bricks – which the bots will be able to play with as well






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