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Barcode your egg and sperm cells to avoid IVF mix-ups

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 14:05
A tiny polysilicon tag can label both eggs and semen, reducing the risk of sample mistakes in the labs of fertility clinics







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Dirty air and disease: why we must end the subsidy of fossil fuels

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:47
IMF evidence about hidden costs such as pollution, traffic accidents and climate change makes it apparent just how heavily subsidised the coal, oil and gas industries are Continue reading...







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Harlequin ladybirds declared UK's fastest invading species

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:33

World’s most invasive ladybird is consolidating its presence in the country and is responsible for the decline of seven native species, scientists say

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Less is more: the science of an effective night's sleep

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:03

You can extend your lifespan without living longer by changing the way you sleep, argues science writer Jessa Gamble

Do you spend your life constantly wishing you had just a little bit more time?

When Canadian science writer Jessa Gamble offers people the prospect of more time, reactions are often mixed. Some say they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves; that they’d be “bored”.

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NHS cancer care faces fresh scrutiny after hospitals miss key targets

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:28

Up to a quarter of patients with three common types of cancer did not receive first treatment within required 62 days, official figures show

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Young blood helps repair fractured bones of ageing mice

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 10:20
Youthful blood has once again shown its promise as an elixir of youth – this time helping to rejuvenate bones. But exactly how it does so is still to be unravelled







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Can you do the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that has stumped parents and teachers?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:37

All you need to do is place the digits from 1 to 9 in the the grid. Easy, right?

Stumped? Here’s the solution

Forget Singapore.

The latest brain-mangling maths puzzle to hit the news is from Vietnam.

Related: How to solve the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that stumped parents and teachers

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The Svalbard seed vault: safeguarding the world's crop varieties – video

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:20
The Svalbard seed vault, which opened in 2008, has been entrusted by the world's governments with the safekeeping of the most prized varieties of crops on which human civilisation was raised. It contains the seeds of around 4,000 plant species – more than 720,000 individual samples. The site was built to be disaster-proof – it lies 130 metres up a mountain in Norway in case of sea-level rise and is earthquake-resistant Continue reading...







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No, there is no evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:17

Another day, another ridiculous headline about the apparently disastrous consequences of playing video games on the brain

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Smarter regulation for the sharing economy

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 07:00

Technology-based sharing platforms are touching more and more people’s lives, but policy and regulation can struggle to cope with new technologies. We need to rethink our notion of the sharing economy in order to make better regulation

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The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 06:00

Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze

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UK heritage sites to receive £98m lottery cash boost

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 00:01

Lovell telescope and Lincoln Cathedral among recipients of bumper handout to preserve Britain’s scientific and technological history

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Air force prepares mini space plane for launch cloaked in mystery

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-05-19 23:20

Unmanned X-37B flight, to depart from Cape Canaveral, is the fourth in a secretive programme and will carry Nasa and military experiments

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Your brain's unique response to words can reveal your identity

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 21:00
Reading a list of words provokes brain activity unique to an individual. This could lead to a more secure alternative to fingerprint recognition or iris scans







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Mixed Messages: Are our genes and culture at cross purposes?

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 20:00
Why privilege genes over culture when people like South America's Mbaya, who eschew sex and pass on their culture through adoption, seem to argue the opposite?







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Everyday drugs: What's the latest on aspirin?

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 18:00
First they said everyone should take it. Then they said healthy people shouldn't. Now it seems to protect against cancer. Here's how to weigh up the risks (full text available to subscribers)







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2 ºC warming goal shaky as governments throw cash at fossil fuel

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 17:31
Shell is said to be preparing for a 4 ºC warmer world future, while governments keep subsidising fossil fuels with $5.3 trillion a year globally







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Last chance plan to save world's rarest ape, the Hainan gibbon

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 17:20
There are only 25 individual Hainan gibbons left, but a new plan aims to turn the tide and save this unique ape







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Iron levels in brain predict when people will get Alzheimer's

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-05-19 16:56
High levels of iron in the brain could hasten the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The finding could help identify people at risk







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Innovation and equity in an age of gene editing

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-05-19 16:24

As experts gather in Atlanta to discuss the rights and wrongs of editing human genomes, four of the attendees (Charis Thompson, Ruha Benjamin, Jessica Cussins and Marcy Darnovsky) explain why it is vital to put social justice at the heart of the debate.

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