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Comet Siding Spring skims close to Mars after million-year journey

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 22:57

Comet discovered just last year in Australia is plunging towards the sun after passing just 140,000km from Mars

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First act of sexual intercourse was done sideways, square-dance style

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 18:00
Fossils of 380m-year-old lake-dwelling placoderms point to bony, L-shaped male organ and female cheese-grater genitals, scientists say Continue reading...






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Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 18:00
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions






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Oldest genitals found. Went out of fashion for eons

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 18:00
If you're going through a dry patch, it's nothing compared to the entire animal kingdom – it appears to have gone millions of years without copulating






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Fetus's arthritis genes can affect the mother

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 11:45
Stowaway DNA which seeps from fetuses to their mothers may raise their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and dads may be to blame






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Understanding quantum tunnelling

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 08:05

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Heres how it works

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Comet Siding Spring set to have rare near miss with Mars

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 05:12

Fly-past of comet, thought to be debris from the creation of the solar system 4.5bn years ago, poses risk to Nasa spacecraft

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Edzard Ernst: outspoken professor of complementary medicine

Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 00:05
His uncompromising research into alternative medicine has won him friends and enemies in high places Continue reading...






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Secret US spaceplane lands after 674-day mission

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2014-10-18 16:00
What was it doing up there? A robotic, top secret US spaceplane landed in California on Friday, after a record-breaking 22 months in orbit






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US space plane lands after secret two-year mission - video

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-18 15:07
A US air force plane, resembling a small space shuttle, has landed after a secret mission that lasted 674 days. The X-37B touched down in southern California after circling the earth, often subject to much speculation. The Air Force says the vessel performs 'risk reduction, experimentation and development' Continue reading...






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Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-18 13:50
Dutch team is pioneering development of crops fed by sea water Continue reading...






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Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-18 13:09

This short video, by the Cornell Lab of O, discusses the differences between and potential meanings of the sounds made by crows and ravens.

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New dinosaur species remains discovered in Venezuela - video

Guardian Science - Sat, 2014-10-18 12:33
Scientists have discovered the remains of a new species of dinosaur after a 20-year investigation in western Venezuela. The species, called the Tachiraptor Admirabilis, is thought to have lived 200 million years ago. Scientists think the dinosaur could have been an ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex Continue reading...






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Light beacons let map app talk to blind people

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2014-10-18 11:00
A museum in Delhi has installed a new infrared navigation system to help visually impaired people find their way with audio directions






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Space talk: Ann Leckie and Caleb Scharf books podcast

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-10-17 17:37
We turn our gaze to the stars, with multiple award-winning science fiction writer Ann Leckie and astrobiologist Caleb Scharf Continue reading...
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-17 17:30
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: nature's walking dead, Estonia's e-citizenship, poisonous frogs sing louder, Google's Express delivery, and more






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Locked-in people's awareness revealed by rainbow hair

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-17 17:01
A colourful visualisation of brain signals could offer a quick and easy way to identify people who are conscious but can't move or speak






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Can Google Express deliver on same-day shopping?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-17 17:00
Google has found another way to reach into our lives with its same-day delivery service. But it needs to harness new technology to make Google Express viable






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Poisonous frogs evolve to sing longer and louder

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-10-17 16:02
The strong poison and bright warning patterns of the little devil frog mean it can sing shamelessly longer and louder in its efforts to woo a mate






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New books party: Books that arrived recently

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-10-17 15:25

After my bookgasm (book-buying binge) at last weeks Frankfurt Book Fair, Ive got a mountain of wonderful books to share with you -- a project that will take place over the next few weeks.

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