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Esa favours moon not Mars for next crewed mission

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-01-20 15:06

A new video from the European Space Agency talks about an international effort to return humans to the moon as a stepping stone for future crewed missions

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Google mulls SpaceX investment to supply global internet access by satellite

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-01-20 14:57

Internet giant considers partnership with Elon Musk’s spaceflight company to increase satellite internet coverage

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OK Glass? Wearables march on despite Google's setback

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-01-20 13:30
Google's wearable computer Glass may not have won many fans, but it was a vital step in the integration of human and machine, says Hal Hodson






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How many giant pandas are there?

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-01-20 13:05

China is about to announce the findings of its latest giant panda “National Survey”, a once-a-decade census that aims to put a figure on the number of giant pandas left in the wild. Will the figure be accurate?

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World leaders in Davos to focus on risks to humanity

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-01-20 12:30
Environmental issues and cutting-edge technologies rank high in the World Economic Forum's list of threats, announced ahead of its annual meeting in Switzerland






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A drowned town has resurfaced – population one

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-01-20 12:00
The waters have dropped in Villa Epecuén, Argentina, to reveal the changes wrought by decades underwater – and allow one resident to return






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Ukraine is left struggling as health workers flee

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:21
Fighting in eastern Ukraine has left the region without basic healthcare and at a high risk of TB and other infectious diseases






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Baby turtles to be tagged for study into notoriously tough flatbacks

Guardian Science - Tue, 2015-01-20 07:53

Hatchlings on display at Aquarium of Western Australia before being released to provide data on the behaviour of the tenacious flatback sea turtle

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Deadly sea snail uses weaponised insulin to make its prey sluggish

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-01-19 20:00

The geographic cone snail can send whole schools of fish into hypoglycaemic shock by releasing insulin into the water

A tropical sea snail uses a potent form of insulin to subdue its fish prey, scientists have discovered.

The geographic cone snail (Conus geographus) uses the chemical to cause a plunge in the fish’s blood sugar, leaving it sluggish and unable to escape. The snail can entrap whole schools of small fish in this way.

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Rite reasons: Why your brain loves pointless rituals

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 20:00
Logic and reason sets our species apart, but we are also born with a mind for nonsensical rituals – and they may be even more crucial for our survival (full text available to subscribers)






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Cunning snails drug fish with insulin then eat them

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 20:00
Cone snails spray a chemical cocktail to knock out fish – and it contains a fast-working insulin molecule that could help drug development for diabetes






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Can bitcoin outgun the abuses of big data?

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 19:00
If bitcoin-like currencies take off, might people power stop big firms from invading our privacy? A bold thought from crashing together two new books






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Soviet Union fall helped drug-resistant TB to take off

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 17:54
The first world war helped spread TB round the world, but it was the collapse of the Soviet Union that enabled the multidrug-resistant form to take off






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New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: eureka moments relived, epic cosmic radio burst seen in real time, anti-obesity implant and more
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See chicken develop on drugs through a cracked eggshell

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 17:00
Peek inside two eggs containing moving, developing chicks to see how giving one a muscle stimulant can have a life-long effect on its body shape






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Let’s quit together: health kicks are easier if your partner signs up too

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-01-19 16:00
People whose partner stops smoking, loses weight or gets more active are far more likely to succeed in adopting healthier habits themselves

Quitting smoking, getting fit or losing weight are all easier if your partner is on the same health kick, new research suggests.

People whose partner stops smoking, loses weight or gets more active are far more likely to be successful in adopting healthier habits themselves, according to a study that compared people trying to get healthy at the same time as their partner or separately.

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Eureka relived: Spark of genius proved truth of light

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 16:00
Heinrich Hertz's 19th-century experiments proved electricity and light were connected – and recreating them shows what a tour de force they were (full text available to subscribers)






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Asteroid 2004 BL86 set for close encounter with Earth in January

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-01-19 13:42

Measuring a third of a mile across, the asteroid should reach a point three times distance from Earth to the moon, says Nasa

An asteroid a third of a mile across will pass close by Earth on 26 January.

Codenamed 2004 BL86, the asteroid is expected to reach a point about 745,000 miles from our planet, or three times the distance to the moon.

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How do you buy a dinosaur?

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:55

Professor Paul Barrett, head of fossil vertebrates and anthropology at London’s Natural History Museum, reveals the story of how the museum obtained a rare Stegosaurus skeleton for research and display

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Ecstasy and tragedy: how to prevent recreational drug deaths – podcast

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:44
Four recent deaths in the UK have been linked to a batch of 'Superman' ecstasy pills. Should public facilities for testing drugs without fear of prosecution be made available? Continue reading...






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