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How I overcame the 'horrors' of a state-school education

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 07:14

Much is said about the differences between state and private school education, and a new initiative to help enhance ‘character’ in schools seems destined to further emphasise this division. But is a private education really a superior one? Or are the benefits all to do with a more privileged position?

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Science and health news hype: where does it come from?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 07:00

Our research shows that most exaggeration in health-related science news is already present in the press releases issued by universities. As alarming as this is, it creates an opportunity to foster more accurate journalism

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Warning over experimental brain boost

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 22:00

Equipment that can boost cognitive performance may also impair brain function, research from Oxford University has shown

Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from scientists at Oxford University has shown.

A steady stream of reports of stimulators being able to boost brain performance, coupled with the simplicity of the devices, has led to a rise in DIY enthusiasts who cobble the equipment together themselves, or buy it assembled on the web, then zap themselves at home.

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Personality affects maths-enhancing brain-zap method

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 22:00
Only people who find maths stressful benefit from a brain-stimulation technique – proving for the first time that the effects of zapping depend on personality

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US firms to be given special dispensation in bid to boost search for Ebola vaccine

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 20:55
  • HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell announces step under Prep Act
  • ‘Legitimate liability concerns must not hold back Ebola vaccine’
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Tories ‘must explain’ why they stopped minister attending Lima climate talks

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 20:35
Lib Dem MP Ed Davey says Amber Rudd ‘disappointed’ by Michael Gove’s decision to make her stay for counter-terror vote Continue reading...
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What Pacific islanders have taught me about friendship

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 20:00
Human culture is about survival of the friendliest, says anthropologist John Edward Terrell – and Westerners could learn from more traditional societies (full text available to subscribers)

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The wonders of orchids: Beautiful, smelly and sexy

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 19:00
Darwin would have been amazed by the leaps in our knowledge about his favourite flowers, cleverly described in Darwin's Orchids: Then & now

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Most US patients on opiate painkillers prescribed dangerous drug cocktails

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 18:13
  • Study of 6.8 million Americans finds 60% at risk from drug combinations
  • Number of prescriptions and amount of medication on the rise
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Moving objects make hummingbirds wobble mid-flight

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 18:05
Immersing hummingbirds in virtual reality is revealing that they are surprisingly sensitive to a moving view

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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how low can fish go? Paris says "non" to diesel, how to kill off WMDs, ancient lake in Martian crater and more

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Paris says 'non' to diesel in anti-pollution push

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 16:34
The French capital could become the first major metropolis to ban diesel cars in an effort to reduce pollution from nitrogen oxides

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Billionaire bought James Watson’s Nobel prize medal in order to return it

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:48
Alisher Usmanov wants medal to remain with Watson and for money he paid for it to be donated to scientific research

The richest man in Russia and a major shareholder in Arsenal football club has come forward as the buyer of James Watson’s Nobel medal – declaring that he now plans to give the piece back.

Alisher Usmanov, the Russian entrepreneur, paid $4.1m (£2.6m) for the medal at an auction at Christie’s in New York city last week, but said he will return it to Watson, who with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, shared the 1962 Nobel prize in medicine for discovering the double helical structure of DNA.

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Malaria death rate halved, but many still lack nets

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:10
Bednets, diagnostic tests and newer drugs have saved an estimated 4.3 million lives, but malaria still killed half a million people globally last year

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Know your history? From Victorians to housewives, five myths exposed

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 14:36
Now that the violent image of the Vikings has been debunked, it’s time to look at a few other popular history misconceptions Continue reading...
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From Stephen Hawking’s struggle to city birds: top 10 science + tech books

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 14:00
Our critic on the pick of the latest titles covering everything from big data and the computer revolution to social media Continue reading...
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Facebook's 'emotional experiment' is most shared academic research

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:33

A paper revealing Facebook’s secret experiments on users received more online attention than any other scientific paper published this year, a new study finds.

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The nitty-gritty of killing off WMDs

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:00
To rid the world of bioweapons and nukes, we must accept paradoxes and understand the complexities of the technology, argue two fascinatingly forensic books

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Open access and the direction of travel in scholarly publishing

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 11:24

Recent moves by established journals to make research papers freely available signpost the direction of travel in academic publishing

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Picture this - insects on the menu

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:00
These bitesize, protein-filled beauties could be the canapés of tomorrow Continue reading...
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