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Oxygen oasis for early life found in ancient rock

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 19:00
A 2-billion-year-old rock has revealed the first evidence of the isolated pockets where oxygen-breathing life may have evolved
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Baxter the robot brings his gentle touch to novel jobs

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 18:30
A robot designed to work alongside humans in factories is finding a range of unusual alternative applications – from treating patients to farming in space






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An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 18:05
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly






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Worm neuron hack to probe the mysteries of our brains

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 18:00
Hijacking how neurons of nematode worms are wired is the first step in an approach that could revolutionise our understanding of brains and consciousness






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New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: turning CO2 to stone, one woman and her hawk, alcohol sharpens smell, liquid computers and more






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Tragic cruise ship Concordia makes its final journey

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 16:58
After the world's most expensive salvage operation, the ill-fated Costa Concordia is being floated back to Genoa, where it will be chopped up for scrap metal






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Kinect projector guides people up a climbing wall

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 16:18
Smart projector plots glowing climbing routes onto a wall and tracks the movement of climbers as they follow it, suggesting the next move as they go






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Liquid bits could brim with data in future computers

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 15:42
A future form of computing could see information stored on clusters of microscopic particles suspended in liquid






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Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus hits the US and Europe

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 14:00
Locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus have been identified in the US for the first time, while cases soar in Europe and Central America






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Digging up trouble: beware the curse of King Tutankhamun

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-23 13:17
The ancient Egyptian boy-king's tomb was excavated in 1923, then people started dropping like flies. A new exhibition explores the greatest archaeology story ever told

Ancient Egypt fever: 'Tutmania' strikes the UK in pictures Continue reading...






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Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 13:13
The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response






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New stem cell operation could revolutionise treatment of knee injuries

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-23 10:46
Operation being trialled at Southampton hospital involves coating damaged cartilage with stem cells from patient's hip Continue reading...






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Brazil to unleash GM-mosquito swarms to fight dengue

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-23 10:34
Modified mozzies will be raised and released on a commercial scale for the first time, but critics warn that this biotech has not been sufficiently tested






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Pandas search high and low to get their fill of different bamboos

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-23 03:44

Chinese and Australian scientists find pandas migrate long distances to maintain a balanced diet which helps them breed

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We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-07-22 20:00
How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter knows how to stash it in rock so it can't leak out again – the next step is to go big (full text available to subscribers)






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A bird in the hand: The tale of one woman and her hawk

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-07-22 19:00
This pulse-quickening story of a woman's obsession with training a female goshawk makes H is for Hawk a modern classic in a nature-writing renaissance






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Alcohol improves your sense of smell - in moderation

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-07-22 18:04
Low levels of alcohol can improve your ability to discriminate between different odours, but be warned, the effect is reversed if you drink too much






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Safety concerns remain over three-person IVF

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-07-22 18:00
Using mitochondrial replacement therapy to create embryos with DNA from three people could have serious consequences

Read HFEA panel's response here Continue reading...






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-07-22 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: seaweed farms of the future, cyclist in drag act, PTSD for Gaza's children, archaeology of human networks, and more






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Latest HIV 'cure' claims prompt calls for more caution

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-07-22 16:32
Bone marrow grafts have helped both patients stay all but virus-free for three years. But the disease has come back before in others, and a simpler treatment is needed






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