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Spirals in Time: Uncover the secrets in seashells

Sat, 2015-06-20 17:00
From exotic sea butterflies to deadly cone shells, Helen Scales's new book shows that molluscs are one of the most diverse and numerous creatures on the planet







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Conservation dilemmas: Is a shopping mall as alive as a wolf?

Sat, 2015-06-20 09:00
It's getting tricky to work out what we mean by "alive" and worthy of conservation efforts. Two new books explore this strange frontier







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Cradle of creation: Evolution shapes up new ecosystem in the lab

Fri, 2015-06-19 18:55
The longest running evolutionary lab experiment is letting us watch one major evolutionary change transform an entire ecosystem







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Grand Theft Sedna: how the sun might have stolen a mini-planet

Fri, 2015-06-19 18:00
Sedna is one of several "ice dwarfs" in our solar system with bizarre orbits. Could the young sun's gravity have snatched them from a passing star?







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Artificial brain turns clouds into psychedelic pig-snails

Fri, 2015-06-19 17:00
Neural networks are great at pattern recognition, but when they try too hard to identify things in a scene they can turn it into surreal artwork







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Lava lakes spotted on Venus may be how it stays so blemish-free

Fri, 2015-06-19 16:44
Our evil twin planet has a smooth face, implying its blemishes were masked by lava. Now we've finally seen evidence of the stuff bubbling up from a geological rift







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Face recognition row over right to identify you in the street

Fri, 2015-06-19 15:41
Government and industry talks over a code of conduct for face recognition collapsed this week. It could mean privacy in the physical world is slipping away







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Zoologger: The fish that can vanish in 2 seconds flat

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:40
The slender filefish can quickly blend in with its surroundings thanks to pigment cell and specialised skin flaps







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Feedback: A new cold war

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:00
Big bomb balls-up, Apples of discord, very dry martinis and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Team of hyenas works together to steal fresh carcass from lions

Thu, 2015-06-18 21:00
Most animals wouldn't confront a fearsome predator like a lion. But through sophisticated group work, hyenas launch successful raids







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A green divide to keep us and nature apart would harm, not heal

Thu, 2015-06-18 20:00
New greens suggest we shift to cities and focus on technology to reduce our land use and leave nature to heal. Let's not head for the hills, says Fred Pearce (full text available to subscribers)







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Crushing ivory stockpiles destroys vital evidence of poaching

Thu, 2015-06-18 19:00
Samples of confiscated illegal ivory should be taken before destroying stockpiles to allow forensic investigators to trace poaching and trafficking routes







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Silver coat lets Saharan ants withstand scorching desert heat

Thu, 2015-06-18 19:00
Unique triangular hairs help keep Saharan silver ants cool at 70°C by manipulating the physics of light







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Self-confidence school: Can you really fake it to make it?

Thu, 2015-06-18 18:00
From Superman poses to power tunes, plenty of tricks are claimed to bestow that all important self-assurance. New Scientist finds the truth behind the TED talk (full text available to subscribers)







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DNA study backs Native American claim to Kennewick Man remains

Thu, 2015-06-18 18:00
Genome evidence may have settled the ancestry of perhaps the most contentious skeleton ever unearthed in the US







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Humans can bug-out to Mars without ruining search for life

Thu, 2015-06-18 16:13
We sterilise spacecraft bound for Mars, but we can't sterilise humans. A mock Martian trek in the Arctic shows we won't need to, our microbes don't spread as we feared







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How to spot home-grown ISIS recruits online before they leave

Thu, 2015-06-18 14:00
Crime analytics software is being used to track the people being targeted by radical groups like ISIS in an effort to stop recruitment







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Chasing shadows: How long can we keep looking for dark matter?

Thu, 2015-06-18 11:00
We've known we need dark matter since the 1930s, but still haven't found it. The search can't go on forever







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CO2 emissions stall thanks to China's passion for renewables

Wed, 2015-06-17 23:01
China leads way in breaking link between economic growth and rising carbon emissions, as investments in green energy beat fossil fuel spending for fifth year







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Voice recognition is so good I wrote this story without typing

Wed, 2015-06-17 22:00
Fancy getting rid of your keyboard? Speech recognition software has vastly improved and now the dream is that computers will divine and anticipate our needs (full text available to subscribers)







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