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New books Party: Books that arrived recently

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:59

Today I share my first impressions of books about urban birds, materials science and a children’s dystopian novel that was recently adapted into a film.

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Smoking, squirrels and Saatchi - blogs roundup

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 12:28

Posts on our network this week included a new study on Australian attitudes towards plain packaging, the announcement that a major brain pathway has been rediscovered, and a look at the effectiveness of motivational posters

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Feedback: When the web was in the egg

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-11-21 12:00
We may think the machine stops, a world palace of knowledge, web arrives with woo-woo prose and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Galaxies in filaments spaced like pearls on a necklace

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:59
What began as a project looking at the statistics of galaxy distributions found an underlying pattern that could help astronomers learn how the universe evolved






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Bankers think they have to behave badly. Let’s remind them they’re human

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 09:27
Shielding them from flashing share prices may help, but in the long term we need to change what it means to be a banker altogether Continue reading...
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Does Miss America really promote gender equality in science?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:30

Despite good intentions and a strong dedication to the promotion of science and technology, pageant winners chosen largely by their attractiveness in swimsuits perpetuate gender inequality and serve as poor role models

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Man’s headaches due to tapeworm living in his brain for four years

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 07:20

Parasitic worm normally found in amphibians and crustaceans in China may have scavenged nutrients from patient’s brain

A man who went to see his doctor after suffering headaches and experiencing strange smells was found to have been living for more than four years with a rare parasitic worm in his brain.

In the first case of its kind in Britain, the ribbon-shaped tapeworm was found to have burrowed from one side of the 50-year-old man’s brain to the other.

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Astronauts to have coffee machine delivered to space station

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-11-21 04:11

New zero-gravity ‘ISSpresso’ coffee machine to be delivered to International Space Station

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Watch a tapeworm squirm through a living man's brain

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-11-21 00:01
A tapeworm that usually lives in frogs and dogs has been found crawling across a man's brain, most likely tucking into fatty acids from the cerebral tissue






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Magic shoes: How to hear yourself instantly happy

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 20:00
Perception-skewing shoes can make you feel slimmer, happier and full of energy by retuning your body's soundtrack






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Crowdfunding donations reinvent what a charity is

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 19:30
A growing number of non-profits are modelling themselves on technology start-ups rather than traditional charities, allowing donors to give direct to a cause






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Humans needed barley to conquer Tibet's giddy heights

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 19:00
Swapping millet for hardier crops from the west enabled permanent settlements to move up to the heady heights of Tibet 3600 years ago






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Us vs universe: Unfuzzying the uncertainty principle

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:30
There is a loophole in Heisenberg's quantum uncertainty principle – and we're squeezing light through it to detect gravitational waves (full text available to subscribers)






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: 8 ways we bend the laws of physics, hackathon vs Ebola, Philae's thumpdown, video contact lenses and more






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Brain damage could be repaired by creating new nerve cells

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:00

Researchers have regenerated damaged areas in the brains of mice by converting structural cells into functioning neurons

Scientists have raised hopes that brain damage caused by strokes, stab wounds and even bullets could one day be repaired by converting structural cells into functioning neurons.

For the first time, they have managed to regenerate damaged areas of the cerebral cortex of living animals by transforming a type of support cell found in the brain.

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Radar net protects tigers and keeps them neighbourly

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:36
Wireless network of radars spots poachers who enter a reserve, or tigers leaving in search of cattle and alerts the wardens






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Banking turns people into rotten cheats

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:34

A new study suggests that while bankers are no more flawed as human beings than the rest of us, the culture of the financial sector needs to change

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World Toilet Day. Yuck!

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:46

The psychology of disgust helps explain why there is resistance to talking about toilets and how to get around it.

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Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:32

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them? With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.

Let us know your thoughts. Post in the comments below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @karlmathiesen

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Listen to the thump of Philae landing on comet 67P

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:53
The sound the Philae probe made as it first made contact with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week has been released by the European Space Agency






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