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Blood of world's oldest woman hints at limits of life

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 20:15
She lived to 115, but a study of Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper's blood hints at factors limiting lifespan






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Brazil approves use of genetically modified mosquitoes

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:54
Mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus have been engineered to cause crashes in wild populations, and could soon be used in the US as well






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Deaf people get gene tweak to restore natural hearing

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:00
People who have lost their hearing will be injected with a harmless virus carrying a gene that should trigger the regrowth of their ears' sensory receptors






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Armed Russian robocops to defend missile bases

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:00
Russia is using gun-toting robot sentries to defend its army bases and shoot intruders






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Playing peek-a-boo in a colossal rocket box

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:40
We take a rocket's-eye view of the monolithic gantry surrounding the European Space Agency's latest launch vehicle, the Vega, as it prepares for take-off






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Contemplating the power of war to end all wars

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:00
The threat of mutually assured destruction, military or economic, promotes peace in many places. If war has ultimately forged a safer world, what's next?






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Astronauts repair space station computer on emergency spacewalk

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 16:49

After receiving parts and supplies from SpaceX on Sunday, astronauts replace failed computer for critical control systems

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Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:48

Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into the Wolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. While only about 1,600 giant pandas exist in the wild, the centre is the brain child of Director Zhang Hemin and has been successful at teaching them to survive in the while by mimicking conditions of their natural habitats. Zhang Xiang became the first female panda to be released into the wild. These pictures show the extraordinary lengths the keepers go to with the pandas

How do I become ... a panda keeper

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Creation - Review

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:39
Written by a geneticist and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, Creation is a fascinating exploration of the origin and the future of life on Earth. Continue reading...






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Scientists solve mystery of Southern Ocean 'quacking' sound

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:05
Noise heard in the Southern Ocean has been attributed to the underwater chatter of the Antarctic minke whale Continue reading...






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Build a stable wormhole with the help of dark aliens

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:00
An extension of Einstein's gravity would let us build a wormhole – if we could send messages to invisible aliens via space-time ripples






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Game of primes ends as mathematics gets too difficult

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:00
There's a ceasefire in an online race to solve the 165-year-old twin prime conjecture, but the game has brought us closer than ever to a proof






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Zoologger: Sailfish is lethal d'Artagnan of the deep

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:45
The Atlantic sailfish's hunting strategy involves using its sword-like bill to slash its sardine prey so fast the "blade" becomes invisible to the eye






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Protein that shrinks depressed brains identified

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:13
Why the connections between brain cells in depressed people are often shrivelled was a mystery – but a single protein could be to blame






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What's war good for? It's made a more peaceful world

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00
For all the horror and brutality of battle, war has a surprising upside – it helps create larger and safer societies, argues historian Ian Morris (full text available to subscribers)






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Czech deer still wary of iron curtain boundary

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:36
Areas where Czechoslovakia had three electrified fences now avoided by generation of deer who never encountered them Continue reading...






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Shakespeare: Poet, playwright, scientist?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-23 12:10
Shakespeare is known for being many things – but never a scientist. On the eve of his 450th birthday, we show how his imagination was fired by the natural world
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Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:38
Josie Cunningham's decision to put career first is no different to that made by thousands of women seeking abortion. So why has she been subjected to a national hate campaign? Continue reading...






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Space images show North Korea's changing landscape - video

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:00
New images taken from the International Space Station show North Korea's changing landscape. Where previous images have shown the country shrouded in darkness, unlike neighbouring South Korea, now specks of light can be seen. Scientists say this changing picture can be used to track North Korea's economic progress Continue reading...






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The sacking of David Moyes: a scientific rationale

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-04-23 07:15

David Moyes has been sacked as manager of Manchester United football club after only 10 months. As it seems to be a legal requirement that all media sources cover the story in painstaking detail, here is a scientific explanation of why his dismissal might have occurred

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