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Water: the strangest chemical in the universe – video

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-28 09:58
You think you know water, but you don't. And if it wasn't so odd, you wouldn't be here. So how does this seemingly everyday substance turn out to be a an epic scientific story of a strange molecule that connects you to everyone and everything else and the rest of the universe? Science broadcaster Alok Jha explains

The Water Book By Alok Jha is available here

Space & satellite imagery courtesy of ESA & NASA

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New Ugandan radio stations run on sun, smartphones and buckets

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-28 08:00
Bare-bones radio stations, which use smartphones as their DJ booths, are setting information free in rural Uganda







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Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:00
An accidental discovery shows that shining lasers on a form of graphene makes it move forwards, a find that could lead to better solar-powered spacecraft







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Breast cancer could be 'stopped in its tracks' by new technique, say scientists

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-28 00:46

Discovery of method for blocking enzyme that spreads cancer cells to bones is described as ‘important progress’ in prevention of secondary stage of disease

Certain breast cancers spread to the bones using an enzyme that drills “seed holes” for planting new tumours, research has shown.

The discovery could lead to treatments aimed at preventing secondary breast cancers in patients with non-hormone sensitive disease.

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UK's cancer death rates blamed on delays in sending patients for tests

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-28 00:01

Researchers say GPs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland less likely than other countries to refer possible cancer patients immediately

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Dust from asteroid mining spells danger for satellites

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 22:00
Both NASA and private firms want to drag resource-rich asteroids closer to home to mine them, but that could stir up dust that could collide with satellites







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Machines are about to start making their own beautiful music

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 21:00
Synthesised music can sound flat and lifeless, but using AI to analyse how humans play could let computers produce creative interpretations of any score (full text available to subscribers)







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Prehistoric skull with puncture wounds could be world's first murder mystery

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-27 20:19

Pieced together from 52 fragments found in cave in northern Spain, 430,000-year-old skull seems to show victim was bludgeoned to death

Scientists have pieced together the world’s earliest murder mystery, showing that an ancient human appears to have met their end after being bludgeoned to death and thrown down a cave shaft.

The skull, which has two holes above the left eye, belonged to an early human closely related to Neanderthals who lived around 430,000 years ago. The discovery suggests that violence and murder long predate the emergence of modern humans, around 200,000 years ago.

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Drugs to keep people with HIV alive should be given without delay, trial finds

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:41

Scientists find that antiretroviral treatment should be administered before HIV virus has weakened the immune system

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Beware the wounded robot: scientists develop machines that adapt to injury

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:40

Researchers reproduce ‘animal-like’ ability to adopt new movements in response to damage, seen as crucial step towards widespread use of smart machines

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How much for your Nobel prize? A buyer’s guide to the world’s top trophies

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:02

As Leon Lederman flogs his Nobel medal, he joins an illustrious list of other scientists, sports champions and actors to have sold off their silverware. So how much can you expect to pay for them?

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CSI Stone Age: was 430,000-year-old hominin murdered?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 19:00
Forensic scientists have identified the earliest clear case of human-on-human violence. The victim, found in northern Spain, died after blows to the head







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New species of early human was Lucy's neighbour in Africa

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:00
Fossils of a new species of Australopithecus have been found near the site of Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis, suggesting the two species interacted







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Brain implant that decodes intention will let us probe free will

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:00
Designed to give paralysed people more independence, the implant also lets us see if brain activity can show a person's decisions – before they realise they've made any







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'Vaccine' stops mice feeling stress – but should people take it?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 17:00
The possibility of popping a pill before a stressful event to protect you from the consequences is a step closer after ketamine was found to do just that in mice (full text available to subscribers)







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Galapagos volcano sets the night sky ablaze

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 16:48
An eruption this week on the Galapagos islands threatened the region's iconic wildlife – but it now seems to be in the clear, including the world's only population of pink iguana







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Mystery disease claims half world population of saiga antelopes

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 16:42
Up to 120,000 animals are feared dead in central Kazakhstan, and still the cause is not known. Vets are investigating three main possibilities







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How fossil fuel burning nearly wiped out life on Earth – 250m years ago

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:05
New evidence shows that catastrophic climate change probably destroyed 96% of species at the end of the Permian period. It could happen again Continue reading...







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Wild weather across US and Mexico a sign of El Niño's return

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-27 10:53
Storms and other extreme weather in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska could be the first signs that climate's bad boy is back with a vengeance







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