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Can we trust the claims made in scientific research findings? – podcast​

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-02-27 06:00
What does the mathematical model of accuracy of research papers say and is CIA studying climate control as a potential weapon? Ian Sample reports from the AAAS meeting in San Jose Continue reading...






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Argentinian congress approves deal with China on satellite space station

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:22
  • Approval for base was related to controversial economic and trade accord
  • Installation would be first outside of China’s borders

Amid the barren and windswept Andes foothills of Argentina’s southern Neuquén province, a large billboard signals in English the entrance to the China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General (CLTC) – China’s first space installation outside its own borders.

After two years’ work, some 300 Argentinian workers led by nine Chinese managers have completed the cement casing for a 35-metre-diameter antenna – and on Wednesday night the base was finally approved by Argentina’s congress, amid a fierce debate about its true purpose.

Related: Argentina's president Cristina Kirchner attacked for 'racist' Chinese joke

Related: China's exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern

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Treating inherited disease could start in the womb

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 21:30
Experiments in mice suggest that treatment of haemophilia could be more successful if the baby's immune system is primed while in the womb






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Programmable pop-up materials can morph on command

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 20:40
Sheets of programmable matter can be made to pop into complex 3D shapes 100 times taller than their original thickness when heated, and could find uses in medicine






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Kitchen-table physics lets you do big science at home

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 20:00
Five groundbreaking experiments for a low-tech lab: from a solar storm detector in a jam jar to a Large Hadron Collider in your salad bowl (full text available to subscribers)






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Global warming slowdown probably due to natural cycles, study finds

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 19:00

Manmade warming in past decade has likely been offset by cooling from natural cycles in the Pacific and Atlantic - but effect will reverse in coming decades

Manmade global warming over the past decade has probably been partly offset by the cooling effect of natural variability in the Earth’s climate system, a team of climate researchers have concluded.

The finding could help explain the slowdown in temperature rises this century that climate sceptics have seized on as evidence climate change has stopped, even though 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have happened since 2000.

The slowdown in no way invalidates that the burning of fossil fuels will increase Earth’s surface temperature.

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Gene that makes human brain unique identified by scientists

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 19:00

Key DNA strand propels neuron growth in brain’s region central to reasoning, language and sensory perception

A strand of DNA that lies at the heart of what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom has been identified by researchers in Germany.

Scientists in Dresden found a gene that drives the expansion of the human brain and helps to make it the most complex structure in the universe.

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Britons may have imported wheat long before farming it

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 19:00
The discovery of DNA in the southern part of the UK from what appears to be ancient wheat flour hints at a trade in what would have been a prestigious food






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Nasa probe spots mysterious shiny patches on dwarf planet Ceres

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 18:55

Images from Dawn spacecraft reveal a pair of bright spots which scientists believe may be primordial ice reflecting sunlight

A Nasa probe that is speeding towards the largest object in the asteroid belt has spotted two mysterious shiny patches on the otherwise dark and cratered body.

The latest images from Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft reveal a pair of bright spots on Ceres, a 590-mile-wide dwarf planet, with the brightest of the two reflecting at least 40% of the sunlight that falls on it.

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Future-predicting neurons discovered in the brain

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 18:22
Brain cells that help us predict the intentions of others before they've actively made a decision have been discovered in monkeys






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The Nether: Real morality for a virtual world

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 18:00
A new play uses the idea of paedophilia in a simulated reality to raise tough questions about how we should behave in virtual spaces






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 17:37
All the latest on newscientist.com: why you need touch, the questions you're dying to ask about head transplants, and putting animals online






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Memory lapse draws bumblebees to untried flowers

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 17:00
Bumblebees can recall which flowers yield nectar, but like people they can get mixed up – leading them to home in on flowers they have no experience of






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Body swaps sound like fantasy, but pose real questions

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:00
Transplanting living human heads onto new bodies raises extraordinary ethical questions. We'd better think about them before someone tries it
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6 things you're dying to ask about head transplants

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:00
Read about the proposed head transplant surgery? Here are answers to questions on the tip of your tongue. And no, we can't defrost all the cryogenic heads






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First photo of Earth from space was from deadly rocket

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 13:25
The first ever photograph of our planet from space marks the moment when rockets became space exploration vehicles and not just bomb carriers






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Astrology should never have any role to play in healthcare

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 13:19

Tory MP David Tredinnick seems to believe that astrology could inform and improve UK healthcare. This view is misguided and potentially dangerous

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Is this the moment Greece's suffering starts to ease?

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:56
The new Syriza government has won a little breathing space to tackle Greece's public health crisis, says sociologist Alexander Kentikelenis






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Shopping vouchers 'most effective' way to help pregnant women stop smoking

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:33

One-fifth kicked the habit before giving birth when receiving financial incentives in a Cambridge university study, more than twice the rate using traditional services

Pregnant women are more likely to stop smoking if they are given shopping vouchers as a financial incentive, according to scientists.

The study found that one-fifth of women in the scheme had stopped smoking by the time they gave birth, more than twice the rate achieved using traditional support services.

People have this attitude of ‘why should the feckless poor who smoke their head off during pregnancy be rewarded?'

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