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Early pregnancy test may predict miscarriage and chance of twins

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
A urine test may reveal how likely a pregnant woman is to have a successful pregnancy and give birth to a healthy child









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Japan reboots nuclear power despite protests and no waste plan

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
By Friday, Japan's residents are expected to start getting first nuclear power since the shutdown of 48 reactors that followed the Fukushima disaster









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Hornless cattle will herald a gene-editing revolution on farms

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Gene editing has created cattle that do not need painful horn removal. The same technique can spare other new breeds from suffering or culling









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Iodine supplements might raise the UK’s IQ, but jury still out

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
An analysis of pregnant women has suggested that children's IQ would rise if mothers-to-be took iodine supplements, but others question the benefits









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Space-grown lettuce tastes like salad rocket

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Astronauts aboard the ISS have grown and eaten romaine lettuce – and report that it tastes like arugula, also known as rocket, appropriately enough









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Trans fats, not saturated fat, linked to heart disease risk

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Evidence is mounting that trans fats, found in margarine and processed foods, raise the risk of contracting, and dying from, heart disease









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Why Scotland will use new EU rule to ban the growing of GM crops

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
The Scottish government plans to prohibit the growing of genetically modified crops, making use of recent EU rules on opting out









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Australia criticised over emissions cuts that defy 2 °C target

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Pledges on reducing carbon emissions by between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 would not help towards world's 2 °C target, say critics









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NASA buys $490 million Russian rides to ISS as funds fall short

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
US space agency hoped to be flying astronauts to the International Space Station by this year, but has had to extend contract with Russia for $490 million









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60 Seconds

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Octopuses share dinner over sex, drones watch dingos from above, world's smallest lemur found and more









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Neutrinos from inside Earth and deep space illuminate the cosmos

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
A batch of ghostly, chargeless particles have been caught coming from inside Earth and from deep space









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Darting eyes in REM sleep are seeing objects in your dreams

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
When your eyes move during sleep, are they "seeing" anything? Research suggests these movements could be looking at objects in our mind's eye









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Iron-age Britons engaged in mysterious pig trotter festivals

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
The discovery of thousands of bones at a site near Cardiff suggests massive bring-your-own-pig festivals helped Britons deal with the collapse of Bronze Age









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Sniff out alien life with giant library of weird chemicals

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
The search for vital signs of life in the atmospheres of other planets has taken a new turn with a vast library of biosignatures that could help us detect ET









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Spacecraft could use sat-nav for directions to the moon

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Fly me to the moon, sat-nav. Repurposing GPS satellites to direct lunar-bound spacecraft could make getting there cheaper and also improve navigation on Earth









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Distant worlds could be sheltering in a bubble around their star

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Alien worlds, like Earth, are shielded from cosmic rays by magnetic bubbles around their sun – trouble is, stars have a tendency to drop their guard









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Fish oil pills may help teenagers stave off schizophrenia

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Young people with early signs of schizophrenia may benefit from taking fish oils, which were found to reduce the risk of psychosis developing by 75 per cent









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The bird that flies 16,000 km across the Pacific for no reason

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
A puffin relative is the only bird to migrate 8000 km between western Canada and Japan, then fly back – but what for? Conditions are the same at both ends









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Kepler sees hints of asteroids pursuing planets near other stars

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
Asteroids called Trojans sit in gravitational wells around planets in our solar system – now data from the Kepler spacecraft suggests it happens elsewhere too









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Think you’re punny? Computer model can tell how good a joke is

Wed, 2015-08-12 18:00
A computer model can predict when a pun will be funny to humans. Its makers hope to develop it to give robots a sense of humour









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