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Italian physicist's book on Einstein's relativity theory becomes surprise hit

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:57

Sette Brevi Lezioni di Fisica (Seven Brief Lessons in Physics), by Carlo Rovelli, promoted alongside Fifty Shades of Grey in Italian bookstores

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How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:41

Using 19th century physics can demonstrate that light is a form of electromagnetic wave ... or improve your Wi-Fi reception

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Killer seals develop a taste for shark guts

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:00
Seals and sharks usually eat smaller fish, but striking images from South Africa suggest seals may be preying on sharks their own size







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Our pets are getting too fat. As I found out, indulging them can have serious consequences

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 15:55
My cat got diabetes because her diet was unhealthy and I overfed her. I’ve learned my lesson Continue reading...







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Drones cleared to check power lines after outages

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 15:00
Electricity firm Commonwealth Edison, based in Illinois, become the first in the US to get permission to start sending drones to inspect damaged power lines
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It's mating time for Scotland's giant pandas, with a little help from the vets

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:42

Tian Tian and Yang Guang said to be ‘extremely interested in one another’ at Edinburgh zoo

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Germanwings co-pilot 'deliberately crashed' plane after locking out captain

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:15
French prosecutors believe the co-pilot flew Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 into the Alps on purpose after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. We spoke to pilots to find out how this could have happened
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Can parental training improve the course of autism?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:11

A new study tests a controversial idea: that the everyday interactions between caregiver and child can change the way autism develops

This story was originally published on 23 March on sfari.org, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org

One afternoon in October 2012, a communication therapist from Manchester visited the home of Laura and her three children. Laura sat down at a small white table in a dimly lit room to feed her 10-month-old daughter, Bethany, while the therapist set up a video camera to record the pair’s every movement. (Names of research participants have been changed to protect privacy.)

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Should we thank god for civilisation?

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
The idea that religion led to modernity is gaining momentum. But that doesn't mean it should lead civilisation now
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Rock grab from asteroid will aid human mission to Mars

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 12:20
NASA plans to grab a boulder off a nearby asteroid, throw it into orbit around the moon, and then send humans out for a visit, testing some tech on the way
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Don’t fear the GM super-spud – we need it to feed mouths

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 10:01
Anti-GM activists will never accept anything ‘unnatural’, but the genetically modified potato being developed in Norwich could be of tremendous benefit Continue reading...







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Remembering an overlooked treaty

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 09:51

On the 40th birthday of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, we look back on an important moment in the history of science, technology and arms control

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UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 08:00

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view

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RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 07:01

Starlings and house sparrow numbers dwindling as survey reveals long-term downward trend despite overall boost to populations due to a warm winter and bumper harvests

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Nasa plans mission to land on asteroid and explore deep space

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-03-26 05:41

The mission in 2020 would cost more than $1.25bn and involve grabbing a boulder from an asteroid and having humans inspect it in space

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First year-long stay on the ISS about to begin

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-03-26 00:00
One twin will spend the year in space, the other on the ground. Monitoring their health could let us tease apart the effects of space flight from genetics
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Alzheimer's progress slowed by plaque-busting drug

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-03-25 22:00
A clinical trial has shown that the drug aducanumab slows cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's and reduces the amount of amyloid plaque in their brain
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Rare giants of coral reefs gather in London

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-03-25 21:30
A collection of coral reef rarities and giant specimens are poised to take centre stage in an exhibition opening this week at London's Natural History Museum
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Richard III DNA tests uncover evidence of further royal scandal

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-03-25 21:15

Latest genetic tests reveal another break in the male line, potentially undermining the legitimacy of the entire House of Plantagenet

When scientists revealed last year that an adulterous affair had apparently broken the male line in Richard III’s family tree, they vowed to investigate further.

But rather than clear up the mystery, their latest genetic tests have uncovered evidence of another royal sex scandal. This time, the indiscretion could potentially undermine the legitimacy of the entire House of Plantagenet.

Related: Benedict Cumberbatch is related to Richard III, scientists say

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