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UK mission to the moon launches Kickstarter campaign - video

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:48
Lunar Mission One launches a crowdfunding drive on Wednesday, which offers donors a chance to have a digital memory box buried on the moon. The project plans to launch a robotic probe by 2024 to drill deeper below the surface than ever before. More than 800 people signed up within hours, after being asked to pledge £60 or more Continue reading...
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Plastic pads let you climb walls like Spider-Man

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:29
Using a new adhesive, climbers can now shimmy up walls gecko-style. Plus the greatest human migration tracked by smartphone and the danger of killer robots






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Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 15:38

Half an hour of brain stimulation on sleep-deprived military staff improved their performance twice as much as caffeine

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.

Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance twice as much as caffeine, and the effect lasted three times as long.

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Dawn of farming sparked speed-evolution in weeds

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 15:31
Just a few millennia after farmers began domesticating crops, weed species had also adapted to survive exclusively on agricultural land






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Flushing is a feminist issue this World Toilet Day

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 15:06
These striking portraits reveal a daily struggle for sanitation that affects the health, safety and schooling of millions of women and girls






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Women on the pill have more to worry about than fancying their partner

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 14:39

The hormonal impacts of taking contraceptive medication for years on end are neither properly understood nor reported

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Rosetta mission lander detects organic molecules on surface of comet

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:52

Philae spacecraft beams back evidence of carbon and hydrogen that could provide clues about origins of life on Earth

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How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:44

A study suggests that an intensive programme of intervention starting at six reduces long-term risk of mental illness and drug or violence-related convictions

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Attacking critics is no way to fix the Saatchi bill

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:03

The Medical Innovation bill, also known as the Saatchi bill, has drawn strong criticism from across the medical and legal professions, from patient groups and charities. Instead of acting on that criticism, Lord Saatchi has gone on the offensive

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The strange allure of electric shocks

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:37
An experiment testing people’s altruism in the face of electric shocks is clear on one thing: we are drawn to these little blasts Continue reading...
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Crowdfunded lunar mission will put donors’ hair on the moon

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 00:01

Kickstarter-funded project planned for 2024 will also drill deep into the surface to probe the origins of the Earth and the moon

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Geckos inspire scientists in US military-developed Spider-Man suit project

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 00:01
Silicone material moulded into microscopic slanted wedges grip glass, metal, wood and plastic in a similar way to gecko’s feet

Aspiring superheroes may soon be able to climb like Spider-Man thanks to scientists working with the US military who have developed a material which enables a human to ascend a vertical glass wall.

The researchers, inspired by the sticky toes of geckos, created hand-sized silicone pads covered with tiny ridges that are capable of adhering to smooth surfaces.

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Chance to bury your DNA on the moon in a time capsule

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 00:01
A venture called Lunar Mission One aims to crowdfund a moon shot to bury a time capsule including your hair and digital records of human civilisation






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Quantum logic: It's simpler to be two things at once

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 20:00
From city design to economics, we can improve our models of complex systems if we embrace quantum weirdness, argue physicists Vlatko Vedral and Mile Gu (full text available to subscribers)






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Gift-wrapped: Exploring the history of selling pleasure

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 19:00
Packaged Pleasures explores the sensual mass marketing that technological innovation in the 19th century make possible






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Philae lander sleeps but Rosetta mission lives on

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 18:30
The European Space Agency has announced that Philae has detected organic molecules on comet 67P – and there are many more scientific discoveries to come






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Is mystery Russian spacecraft a satellite-killer?

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 18:19
A Russian spacecraft is visiting satellites, raising fears it could be part of an anti-satellite programme – if it's not an inspection craft






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: rise of killer robots, sharp-eared electronic watchdog, quantum biology, green G20, bird flu and turkeys, and more






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Green fund pledges at G20 may herald climate consensus

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-11-18 17:25
The Green Climate Fund to help poor nations adapt to climate change may reach its initial target of $10 billion by this week's deadline






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What is Object 2014-28E – a Russian military satellite or a piece of unidentified debris?

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-11-18 16:53
It’s out there in space and hurtling around in orbit above our heads, but what else is known about the mysterious item? Continue reading...
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