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Sleep tight? Not a chance if you're in space

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 15:21
The most comprehensive astronaut sleep study to date found that astronauts' sleep debt starts well before blast off, and sleeping pills might not help






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Ebola is a 'global emergency' as bodies litter streets

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 15:08
As the number of cases continues to rise the Liberian president has called for "extraordinary measures for the very survival of our state"
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Global warming may be to blame for tornado onslaughts

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 14:59
Although no more common than before, US twisters are increasingly arriving in intense bursts, sometimes more than 30 in a day






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Stroke patients show promising signs of recovery after stem cell therapy

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-08 14:52
The pilot study was only designed to test safety, but a larger trial of the pioneering stem cell treatment is planned for next year Continue reading...






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How the weirdest designs can become great paper planes

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:30
A Japanese team has created a program that can improve the craziest design for a paper plane, ensuring it has the right aerodynamics to stay aloft






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Feedback: Such lightness with their fear

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:00
Cleanse a foul infected world, where the pestilence did reign, the powdering tub of alcoholic infamy, and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-08 09:00
The standard story is that modern humans left Africa 60,000 years ago, but fossils and genetics hint that an earlier migration made it to China






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Hamsters, Higgs and historians - blogs roundup

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

Posts on our network included a look at the race to put humans on Mars, whether closing stroke units can improve survival rates, and some scaremongering facts about Ebola

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Science research grants awarded on the basis of patents is patently wrong

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-08 07:15

Ian Macfarlane completely misses the point about research it should be focused on the pursuit of new knowledge, not the instrumentalisation of science

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Incredible journey: one wolf's migration across Europe

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-08 07:05

Slavc is a wolf. In 2011, he began an epic 2,000 kilometre migration across Europe from Slovenia to Italy via the Austrian Alps. Several months earlier, he had been fitted with a collar that allowed his movements to be tracked in incredible detail. I talked to Hubert Potonik, the biologist whose work made this possible

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What happens to the excreted drugs you flush down the toilet?

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-08 07:00

Doctors should take into account the downstream effects on the environment when they prescribe drugs, suggests a scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency

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What it's like to fly passenger planes from the ground

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 22:00
Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from a desk






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Life & Physics - in pictures

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-07 20:23

It is the holiday season, when many scientists head off around the world to exotic locations, to give talks at conferences, to install and maintain their experiments, and, occasionally, to relax. So here are some of my favourite recent and not-so-recent physics-related snaps

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Let the sunshine in: We need Vitamin D more than ever

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 20:00
The sun's rays are even more essential to health than we thought. But how do you know if you're getting enough? (full text available to subscribers)






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Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:19
It may not be able to disguise itself as a car, but the flattened robot can build itself and walk away without human intervention Continue reading...






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Self-organising origami robot unfolds itself… and walks

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
A flat chunk of butterfly-shaped plastic can folds itself into the shape of a four-legged robot – and simply walk away






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A million digital neurons get closer to aping a brain

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
Copying the brain's structure could help build machines that are far more powerful and efficient than our current ones, say IBM researchers






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Pacific dead zone has been shrinking for a century

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:00
Global warming should cause low-oxygen zones in the ocean to expand, driving out marine animals, but a few zones may buck the trend






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Beijing's coal ban may herald the end of the fuel

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:32
China's capital plans to ban burning coal from 2020. If the rest of the energy-hungry country follows suit, peak coal production could be near






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