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Iron maiden voyage: world's largest aircraft looking for investors

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-03-31 08:40

The manufacturer of the Airlander 10 is looking for investors to follow in the footsteps of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and the US military

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Anglo-Saxon antibiotics are just the start – it’s time to start bioprospecting in the past

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-03-31 08:05

Researchers at the University of Nottingham say a thousand year old recipe may offer hope in the fight against antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’. So what other super-remedies might we find in the history of medicine?

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Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-03-31 01:00

Survey shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking

Scientists have called for urgent controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children after finding high rates of usage among secondary school pupils in the region.

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'Tampon tests' could be used to track sewage in rivers

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-03-31 00:15

Trial using tampons and UV light successfully identified sewage pollution entering rivers from households

Glow-in-the-dark tampons could be used to show where sewage is seeping into rivers, scientists have suggested.

A study has found that tampons absorb even tiny amounts of “brighteners” found in detergents, toothpaste and shampoo and subsequently glow under UV light.

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Pesticide residue on food could affect sperm quality, says Harvard study

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-03-31 00:05

Analysis of semen from men at fertility clinic matched with questionnaire on consumption of fruit and vegetables

Eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues could adversely affect men’s fertility, leading to fewer and poorer quality sperm, a study suggests.

Research by Harvard University found that men who ate the greatest amount of fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49% lower sperm count and a 32% fewer normally formed sperm than those who consumed the least.

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Female embryos more likely to die in pregnancy than males, study claims

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:45

Analysis of 140,000 embryos contradicts belief that males are more vulnerable and suggests mortality rate for females is higher overall

Female embryos are more likely to die during pregnancy, scientists have claimed, overturning a long-held belief that males are more vulnerable in the first months of life.

Until now the “fragile male” hypothesis had been widely accepted and it was thought that female babies were more robust and less likely to suffer fatal health problems or genetic abnormalities in the womb.

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Clone your tumour to fight your cancer

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 20:00
Every tumour is unique – could armies of cancer-infested mice avatars help find the best drugs for each individual? (full text available to subscribers)







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Scott Kelly speaks from the International Space Station - live stream

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 19:30

This live stream has ended

Nasa flight engineer Scott Kelly speaks live from space at the start of his year-long mission aboard the International Space Station

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A big bank balance leads to big-brained babies

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 17:51
The world's largest study of brain structure and socioeconomic status shows parental wealth affects the size of a child's brain - and their intelligence







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We now talk about menopause as if it were afternoon tea: is that a good thing?

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 17:12

Thanks, celebs, for emboldening women and ridding them of their shame over the workings of their internal plumbing. Then again, why don’t men’s ageing bodies get this much attention?

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Climate change: at last a breakthrough to our catastrophic political impasse?

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 16:34
Expecting the Paris talks to succeed is a pious hope: but the Oslo principles, launched today, argue that governments are already in flagrant breach of their legal obligations to the planet Continue reading...







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Brain development in children could be affected by poverty, study shows

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 16:13

Scans show that brain regions crucial for the development of language, memory and reasoning skills tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds

Brain scans of children and young adults have revealed that specific brain regions tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds than those born into wealthier families.

The effects were most striking among the poorest families who took part in the study, where even modest changes in wages could have a significant impact on the structure of the children’s brains.

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UK to pioneer national meningitis B vaccination scheme

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 16:12
Later this year, all babies in the UK will begin receiving jabs against the country's most common form of meningitis







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The fossil fuel divestment campaign is inherently flawed

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:49

There is no winning scenario for the planet in an institutional divestment strategy, says Gerrit Heyns

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David and Goliath: What do we do about surveillance?

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:00
From spyware designed to catch students misbehaving to police tracking rioters by phone, we are spied on as never before, reveals a book by Bruce Schneier







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English speakers, you stink at identifying smells

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:00
Why do English speakers struggle to identify even common smells like cinnamon, asks linguist Asifa Majid. Is it down to language itself, or our environment?







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Reverse silhouettes capture the beauty of nature

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:00
Hungarian-born Bauhaus artist Gyorgy Kepes placed leaves and other objects on top of photo-sensitive paper to create striking, monochrome "photograms"
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Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:26
A potion made from a medieval medical recipe killed MRSA bacteria in the lab, raising hopes it could lead to new treatments for modern-day skin infections
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Neutrinos rarely interact, but watch them hit the Nova detector here!

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-03-29 22:16

We hoped to restart the Large Hadron Collider last week but it didn’t happen. However, particle physics marches on...

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