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Archerfish up their game to outgun rivals stealing their catch

Mon, 2015-07-20 17:00
Their accurate water jets rarely fail to down prey above water, but archerfish had to sharpen up to outdo their more numerous rivals under the surface









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$100m project uses world’s best radio telescopes to find aliens

Mon, 2015-07-20 12:40
A Russian billionaire has teamed up with a host of famous names, including Stephen Hawking, to listen for aliens in the million nearest star systems









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Universal plaque-busting drug could treat various brain diseases

Sun, 2015-07-19 14:30
A drug that breaks up different types of brain plaque shows promising results in animals and could prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease









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New Horizons team baffled by discovery of icy plains on Pluto

Fri, 2015-07-17 20:11
Data downloaded from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in the past few days has revealed strange terrain, a large atmosphere and yet more mysteries on Pluto









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Volcano hunters dig into the Sahara’s watery past

Fri, 2015-07-17 17:17
A pioneering trip to the highest mountain peaks of the Sahara uncovers a dramatically different climate and landscape in the desert's past









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Can’t get Kylie out of your head? Blame the shape of your brain

Fri, 2015-07-17 16:47
The reason some people get catchy tunes stuck in their head more than others might be just because their brains are shaped differently









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Super-cheap origami disease-testing kit can be printed on demand

Fri, 2015-07-17 11:54
A sheet of paper can be turned into a personalised diagnostic toolkit using nothing more than an inkjet printer and a few well-placed folds









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Vibrating stars could reveal elusive ripples in space-time

Fri, 2015-07-17 11:00
Stars vibrate like musical instruments, a property that tells us about their insides – and that could reveal gigantic gravitational waves









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Apollo–Soyuz: A cold war handshake in space, 40 years on

Fri, 2015-07-17 00:01
A largely forgotten space story of the 1970s turned out to have a long reach, helping to pave the way for the International Space Station









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Chance of polar bears surviving food shortage recedes with ice

Thu, 2015-07-16 19:00
Hopes that polar bears could save energy via "walking hibernation" have been crushed – leaving them more vulnerable to climate change than thought









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Gene therapy cures blindness by healing eyes and brain together

Thu, 2015-07-16 18:02
As well as repairing retinal cells, gene therapy reawakens visual pathways in the brain, enabling people with type of heritable blindness to see again









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Discovered: the unique feature that makes human screams so awful

Thu, 2015-07-16 17:00
What is it about a scream that makes your blood run cold? Scientists have found the feature that makes them unlike any other human sound









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Australian PM bans renewable energy body from investing in wind

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:00
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is ordered to boost profits but banned from investing in solar and wind – it's a set up, say critics









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Pluto mission marks end of planet exploration era. Where next?

Thu, 2015-07-16 11:32
We've just visited the last outpost of our solar system with NASA's New Horizons mission. But don't think we're done – there's still so much more to discover









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Pluto wows with first close view of ice mountains on its surface

Wed, 2015-07-15 22:55
The first high-resolution photos of the dwarf planet's surface are stunning - but they are nothing like we expected









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To vanquish AIDS by 2030, “pay now or pay forever”

Wed, 2015-07-15 18:45
The next five years are key if we are to stop AIDS. An extra $30 billion is needed above current annual spend but the paybacks will be huge, says the UN









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Coal renaissance means switching to plan B on climate change

Wed, 2015-07-15 18:15
Coal use is growing globally and, to avoid catastrophic warming, climate scientists say we must change the way we tackle carbon emissions









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Fussy eating may have doomed ape-like humans

Wed, 2015-07-15 18:00
Australopithecus bahrelghazali was perhaps the most enigmatic of early hominins, feeding only on sedges rather than a broad diet like its nearest relatives









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Cyberchondriacs act as early warning of drugs’ side effects

Wed, 2015-07-15 18:00
Social media combined with new tech can help to spot unexpected drug reactions years before the official reporting system









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The battle to store the world’s tweets for the future

Wed, 2015-07-15 18:00
Five years ago the Library of Congress promised to archive the entirety of Twitter for future generations to study. It's still not here, what's the hold up?









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