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Forget grown-ups: apps can let kids teach themselves

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
The man running the Global Learning X Prize contest explains why it is offering $15 million to develop tablet software that teaches kids basic literacy






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Epic cosmic radio burst finally seen in real time

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
They're over in a flash, but a mega-powerful radio burst has finally been spotted in real time, rather than in old data, giving clues to their mysterious origin






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Eureka relived: Gunpowder blasts from the past

Sun, 2015-01-18 16:00
Gunpowder was a favourite toy of early scientific experimenters. So we were keen to see the enigmatic explosive in action in a replica 17th-century test rig (full text available to subscribers)






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Eureka relived: Alchemy that's more than magic

Sat, 2015-01-17 16:00
Recreating the convoluted preparations of alchemists reveals a world of painstaking chemical experimentation beyond funny robes and pointed hats (full text available to subscribers)






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First anti-obesity electronic implant wins US approval

Fri, 2015-01-16 18:17
A new device to treat obesity blocks nerve signals between the brain and stomach to suppress appetite – but its effects are small






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Today on New Scientist

Fri, 2015-01-16 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: five eureka moments lost in history, have sex then chew off your genitals, rollercoaster for geese and more






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Mice are first pioneers of medical micromissiles

Fri, 2015-01-16 16:30
Tiny machines powered by stomach acid have been tested in live mice, and could one day deliver drugs directly into the stomach lining






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Eureka relived: Rogue boiling points

Fri, 2015-01-16 16:00
We all know that water boils at 100 °C. So was the 18th-century scientist who pushed the boiling point to 112 °C wrong? There was only one way to find out (full text available to subscribers)






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Zoologger: Spider has sex, then chews off own genitals

Fri, 2015-01-16 14:36
Self-castration after once-in-a-lifetime sex helps coin spiders protect their mate from the unwanted attentions of other males






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Beagle 2 spotted on Mars in one piece after 11 years

Fri, 2015-01-16 13:13
The UK spacecraft thought lost on the surface of Mars in 2003 has now been found. And it might still have useful data that we could one day retrieve






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The moment the SpaceX rocket crash-landed on a boat

Fri, 2015-01-16 12:59
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, tweets dramatic pictures from his firm's recent failed attempt to land a rocket on a boat






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Feedback: Mindlessness for health

Fri, 2015-01-16 12:00
The boojum was seen, you see, scandal on a plate, chemistry by the numbers and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Geese use the Himalayas like a massive rollercoaster

Thu, 2015-01-15 19:00
They're well adapted high-flyers, but instead of staying straight and level at lofty altitudes, migrating geese save energy by flying up peaks and down valleys






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Super-zoom for microscope samples made from nappies

Thu, 2015-01-15 19:00
A polymer usually found in babies' diapers can puff cells up, acting like an ultra-zoom lens and bringing nanoscale features into focus with standard microscopes






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Map that changed the world has its 200th birthday

Thu, 2015-01-15 19:00
The technique may be centuries old, but the same method used to make this map of rock types across the UK is still powerful, and has even been applied on Mars






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If birds in a truck fly, does the truck get lighter?

Thu, 2015-01-15 18:32
Yes, but it also gets heavier, say researchers who weighed flapping birds with super sensitive scales






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Today on New Scientist

Thu, 2015-01-15 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: inverting the process of evolution, galactic zombies, algorithm for the luck of love, pope hope, robot scribe and more






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Five bizarre rituals – and why people perform them

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:50
They often seem to make no sense, but we keep doing them. Here are five extraordinary examples from around the world that help explain the power of rituals






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Pope's impending call for climate action is refreshing

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:00
It's gratifying that the Catholic church is backing scientists on the issue of climate change – now if only it would heed the evidence on other issues, too






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Chemical weapons sniffed quickly by zappy detector

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:30
A portable detector can quickly spot tiny amounts of chemical weapons like mustard gas that are one hundredth of the lethal level by zapping air






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