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After Ashley Madison: How to regain control of your online data

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Recent hacks have exposed just how vulnerable everyone's personal data is. New technologies could change the very basis of how companies store our information









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Aspirin may restore pregnancy sex ratio skewed by inflammation

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Women who have miscarried appear less likely to give birth to boys, and inflammation skews the sex ratio further. Low doses of aspirin could restore it









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Quantum computer firm D-Wave claims massive performance boost

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
The world only quantum computer maker says its upgraded chip is 15 times faster than ordinary computers, but experts doubt the comparison is a fair test









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London’s low-emission zone fails to improve air quality

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Charging drivers to enter parts of London did not improve air quality or schoolchildren's respiratory health in the first three years of the scheme









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High-energy LHC plans held up by UFOs and electron clouds

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Researchers pushing the Large Hadron Collider to its limits say engineering difficulties will cut short the amount of physics data gathered this year









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Hidden viral protein brings universal flu jab closer

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Flu subtly changes each year to stop us becoming fully immune. A normally hidden protein that stays the same in all flu viruses could make a universal vaccine









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ISIS shows off Palmyra destruction as museums race to save rest

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Islamic State has released images of a 2000-year-old temple being blown up as international efforts are stepped up to protect Syria's remaining treasures









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60 Seconds

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Hawking's new idea, self-aware plants, Kiwis cull wrong bird and more









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More than 100 billion billion Earth-like planets might exist

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
We've discovered enough exoplanets to get an idea of what sort of worlds exist. And realise its highly likely life – and civilisations – exist outside of Earth









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Metamaterial wormhole teleports magnetic fields across space

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Better MRI scanners could result from a trick in which a magnetic field springs up from nowhere, using materials famous for their link to invisibility cloaks









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Watery time capsule hints at how life got started on early Earth

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Water locked away in rocks for 1.5 billion years reveals conditions were right for complex organic molecules to form in deep sea hydrothermal vents









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Hormones boost placebo effect by making you want to cooperate

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Therapies based on hormones that make us more trusting enhance our natural placebo effect – a finding that could alter the way clinical trials are conducted









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Octopuses seen throwing things may be using shells as weapons

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
The gloomy octopuses crowded at Jervis Bay, Australia, appear to spit and throw debris such as shell at each other in what could be an intentional use of weapons









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China stock crash a sign of nation’s transition to a new economy

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Financial events this week reflect what made the nation's tough emissions targets possible – a shift from heavy industry towards a more advanced economy









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Dainty step gives mosquito legs super strength to walk on water

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
A mosquito can bear up to 23 times its total body weight on each leg, which is crucial for landing on water – the insect's secret is way it stands









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Submerge a wine glass in water to make an ‘inverted glass harp’

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
The physics of musical wine glasses gets an update, as a wine glass inside water turns out to be just as tuneful as the reverse









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Ant knows how to self-medicate to fight off fungal infection

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
When their bodies are under attack by a fungus, one species of ant chooses food laced with hydrogen peroxide and is more likely to live as a result









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Bed-wetting dries up after magnetic stimulation of lower back

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
Stimulating the brain magnetically seems to help with some symptoms of depression, stroke and schizophrenia. Now it has been applied to the back to help with bladder control









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Zoologger: Daring raptors lock talons mid-air and cartwheel down

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
We thought it was part of courtship: birds of prey get entangled, then spiral downwards and may even crash. But it seems it's often anything but romantic









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Genetic switch makes fat cells burn energy rather than store it

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-08-26 18:00
We now know how to turn fat cells into ones that burn calories as heat rather than store them – raising the prospect of a gene therapy for obesity









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