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Amphibians' swim stroke has lasted 270 million years

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:16
A newly discovered set of fossilised tracks in the Italian Alps suggests modern salamanders swim and walk much as their ancient cousins did






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The earth eaters mining 'Europe's biggest hole'

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:00
Giant excavators at Germany's Hambach mine are churning out eye-watering amounts of lignite – aka brown coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel out there






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Detroit water shut-offs condemned as threat to health

Tue, 2014-07-15 11:57
Health professionals are speaking out against Detroit's policy of cutting off water to people with unpaid bills – warning of a disaster in the making






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Fighting fear, denial and death on Ebola frontline

Tue, 2014-07-15 08:00
Emergency nurse Anja Wolz, who is tending to the sick in West Africa, says medical staff can beat Ebola with more drugs and better health education






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Rogue elements: What's wrong with the periodic table

Mon, 2014-07-14 20:00
Weights gone awry, elements changing position, the ructions of relativity – chemistry's iconic chart is far from stable, and no one knows where it will end (full text available to subscribers)






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Reaping the whirlwind of Nazi eugenics

Mon, 2014-07-14 19:00
In the 1960s, eugenics was reinvented as behaviour genetics, but soon went back off the rails. Aaron Panofsky's Misbehaving Science explores what happened






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World's most endangered seal seen wrestling octopus

Mon, 2014-07-14 18:30
An incredibly rare sighting of a Mediterranean monk seal shows how it captures an eight-legged lunch






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First boron buckyballs roll out of the lab

Mon, 2014-07-14 18:02
Cage-shaped molecules made of 40 boron atoms may lead to new "wonder" materials with unique properties






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Today on New Scientist

Mon, 2014-07-14 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: mobile malware, sex 'n' science 'n' rock 'n' roll, famine's epigenetic legacy, spaceport UK, Ebola and more






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Spaceport UK: Government plan to launch spaceplanes

Mon, 2014-07-14 13:53
The UK Space Agency has revealed it is planning to build a spaceport somewhere in the UK before 2018 – and Scotland looks to be a prime location






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Dream Job: Science impresario at summer music fests

Mon, 2014-07-14 11:07
Sex and science and rock & roll? Celebrating the diversity of human sexual organs at a world famous music festival is all in a day's work for Zoe Cormier






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I'm homing in on the genetic essence of life

Mon, 2014-07-14 11:00
Synthetic biologist Hamilton Smith wants to find the smallest genome that will keep a bacterium alive – and tidy up evolution's sloppy work






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US bioterror fears are driving Ebola drug development

Mon, 2014-07-14 08:00
Research provoked by the 9/11 attacks has given us the best hope yet of averting future Ebola epidemics in West Africa, says Curtis Abraham






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Phone invaders: The rise of mobile malware

Sun, 2014-07-13 20:00
Your most intimate companion may be betraying you. Smartphones are lucrative targets for cybercriminals and keeping them true might not be as easy as we hoped (full text available to subscribers)






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Australia is drying out thanks to our emissions

Sun, 2014-07-13 18:00
South-west Australia can expect to see annual rainfall drop by 40 per cent compared with the mid-20th century, and it seems humans are to blame






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Famine puts next two generations at risk of obesity

Fri, 2014-07-11 18:30
Malnutrition during pregnancy can lead to genetic changes that affect the next generation of mice, and health impacts that linger for two






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Marine microbes march to the beat of the same drum

Fri, 2014-07-11 18:14
Microbes that don't usually follow a day and night cycle have been shown to tune their biology to photosynthetic species in the open ocean






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HIV 'cure' won't work until virus eliminated from body

Fri, 2014-07-11 17:47
A baby in Mississippi reported free of HIV has relapsed – showing that even traces of the virus can rebound






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Fri, 2014-07-11 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to expel garden snails, jellyfish in the sky, disco-era spacecraft out of gas, dinosaurs head home and more






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Dinosaurs are heading home after fossil poacher jailed

Fri, 2014-07-11 17:15
Mongolia will recover enough stunning fossils to start its first dinosaur museum after a prolific smuggler was brought to justice by an undercover sting






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