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Banking turns people into rotten cheats

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:34

A new study suggests that while bankers are no more flawed as human beings than the rest of us, the culture of the financial sector needs to change

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World Toilet Day. Yuck!

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:46

The psychology of disgust helps explain why there is resistance to talking about toilets and how to get around it.

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Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:32

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them? With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.

Let us know your thoughts. Post in the comments below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @karlmathiesen

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Listen to the thump of Philae landing on comet 67P

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:53
The sound the Philae probe made as it first made contact with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week has been released by the European Space Agency

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‘Happy gene’ may increase chances of romantic relationships

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:22

Having a double dose of a gene that boosts levels of serotonin appears to increase students’ chances of romance

Chinese scientists claim to have found a gene variant that nudges up the odds of university students being in romantic relationships.

They found that students who inherited two copies of the gene type were more likely to have a romantic partner than other students. The researchers put the effect down to the influence that the gene variant has on a person’s mood and mental wellbeing through the brain chemical serotonin.

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Motivational posters: do they actually work?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:08

Motivational and inspirational quotes and images seem to saturate every facet of our daily lives. Given how widespread they’ve become, it would be fair to assume they actually work. However, the science behind it suggests otherwise

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Us vs the universe: 8 ways we bend the laws of physics

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:58
Whether it's squeezing the uncertainty out of Heisenberg or busting the cosmic speed limit, we're outsmarting the universe to learn its secrets

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Rainbow palette found in Brooklyn's contaminated water

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:00
The Gowanus canal is one of the most polluted waterways in the US, but new species of microbe have evolved in these toxic but strangely beautiful waters

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Philae comet probe detects organic molecules – video report

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:09
Scientists from the European Space Agency say the lander Philae has discovered organic molecules containing carbon – the basis of life on Earth – on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The find may give clues to our planet's early history. The ESA probe touched down on the comet on 12 November after a 10-year journey Continue reading...
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From the archive, 20 November 1970: The diary of a persistent schoolboy zoologist

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-11-20 05:30

‘25 Oct. Bought a French grass snake for 15s. The snake has not eaten yet. I offered it some flies but it refused to eat them’

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The Art of Maths takes centre stage at lecture - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Marcus du Sautoy news - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:13

The Art of Maths takes centre stage at lecture
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Professor du Sautoy, OBE, is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is well known for popularising mathematics and in 2009 won the Michael ...

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Challenges for US-Iran nuclear talks

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 21:00
An interim deal freezing Iran's nuclear enrichment programme expires on 24 November – the race is on to agree a new deal

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Gay gene discovery has good and bad implications

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 20:30
The finding that male homosexuality has a strong genetic component should be a boon for gay rights – but it could backfire

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Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellite’ survive reentry

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 20:23
Geckos used to study reproduction in space die in orbit, but thermophilic microbes still able to multiply after landing

A Russian “sex satellite” mission studying the cosmic reproduction of geckos, flies and bacteria has returned to Earth with the geckos dead but some of its bacteria still alive.

Two basalt discs with bacteria samples had been affixed to the outside of a Foton-M satellite that was launched into space by a Soyuz rocket in July. After almost six weeks in orbit 350 miles above the earth and a fiery reentry into the atmosphere, a strain of bacteria resistant to extreme heat was found alive in three of 24 indentations on the discs, a researcher from the mission announced at an astrobiology and aerospace medicine conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

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What it's like to have Parkinson's for 15 minutes

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:30
A theatre company in London is using simple technology to build a first-hand experience of disabling conditions like Parkinson's

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Hackathon develops tech tools to fight Ebola epidemic

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:00
Innovations such as pulse readings by webcam and triage by SMS are just some of the ideas coders are pursuing to help rein in Ebola

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Contact lenses with built-in video could be 3D printed

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:30
A new technique for 3D-printing nanoscale LEDs into contact lenses could one day turn them into heads-up video display – or tools to spot pilot fatigue

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'Good viruses' defend gut when bacteria are wiped out

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:15
Some viruses may help protect the body from disease and injury by keeping the gut healthy, much like "good bacteria" do, suggests a study in mice

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Sun’s magnetic field sparks lightning on Earth

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:14
Changes in the field could be used to forecast lightning in an area, alerting power companies and hill walkers to risks

Lightning is by its very nature unpredictable, but forecasting when and where it will strike has become easier following new research.

Space scientists have found that lightning strikes in the UK are being driven by changes that are occurring millions of miles away deep inside the sun. They found that the frequency of lightning strikes follows regular patterns that match the rotation of the sun’s magnetic field, increasing by up to 50% under certain circumstances.

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